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Financing Colorado's Future

The Center's two-part report on the fiscal sustainability of the state government's General Fund has generated nearly 100 articles, TV and radio reports and other mentions in the media. CCEF staff have given or are scheduled to give nearly 100 presentations and interviews on the project, which was recognized with the "Most Distinguished Research" award by the national Governmental Research Association.

Media Highlights

CU Connections, Jan. 12, 2012:  "Report: Without structural changes, state's revenue forecast is bleak"

"A study by the University of Denver presented Wednesday to the CU Board of Regents contends the revenue structure in Colorado is broken. Phyllis Resnick, Center for Colorado's Economic Future at DU, said that even if Colorado were not entrenched in its worst recession in 70 years, the future of the state's revenue stream and the funding of programs such as higher education would still look bleak."

The Denver Post, Sept. 4, 2011:  "Editorial: It's time to talk taxes, Colorado"

"A sobering study from economists at the University of Denver shows it's high time for Colorado to start a conversation about what we expect from government and how much it will cost — and about asking voters for the taxes needed to pay for it."

Boulder Daily Camera, Sept. 1, 2011:  "Real solutions for Colorado's future"

"In a dozen years, Colorado will only collect enough sales, income and other taxes to pay for the three largest programs in the General Fund: public K-12 schools, health care and prisons. Think about that: Fund three core services, and there is nothing for the university system. Nothing for child protective services. Nothing for transportation. Nothing for capital construction or maintenance. Projected spending for all programs -- some of them, like Medicaid and K-12 spending, already mandated by law -- will exceed projected revenues by nearly $3.1 billion in 2023. The next year, that will widen to $3.5 billion."

The Huffington Post, Sept. 1, 2011:  "University of Denver Researchers Warn of Impending Colorado State Budget Crisis"

"A non-partisan study conducted by DU's Center for Colorado's Economic Future paints a dire picture of the state's long-term budget. The report, released Wednesday, recommends lawmakers consider tax increases to augment state spending as budget cuts alone will not be enough. A thousand-foot perspective of the problem: increasingly volatile inputs to the state's General Fund are not contributing fast enough to match the state's obligations. Health care, prisons, and education funding currently comprise the state's biggest financial commitments."

The Denver Post, Mar. 1, 2011:  "Editorial: Fiscal overhaul still imperative"

"With or without a jobs boom, it's clear Colorado can't grow its way out of its budget woes. While growth is the most important ingredient in the budget's recovery, the state will struggle with a structural imbalance even once healthy growth resumes."

CCEF Director Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown

Recent Presentations and Briefings

The Colorado Trust, Mar. 19, 2012

El Pomar Foundation, Feb. 28, 2012

University of Colorado Faculty Council, Feb. 16, 2012

Colorado Association of School Executives, Feb. 1, 2012

Colorado School of Mines Board, Jan. 27, 2012

League of Women Voters, Jan. 23, 2012

University of Colorado Board of Regents, Jan. 11, 2012

Colorado Concern, Dec. 16, 2011

Great Outdoors Colorado Board of Directors, Dec. 13, 2011

Colorado Association of School Boards, Dec. 11, 2011

Colorado Realtors, Nov. 3, 2011

Colorado Women's Collaborative, Nov. 17, 2011

Gov. John Hickenlooper and staff, Oct. 31, 2011

Colorado Fiscal Managers Association, Oct. 28, 2011

Colorado Senior Lobby, Oct. 24, 2011

Colorado School Finance Project, Oct. 21, 2011

Full List of Presentations