Truth and context in political discussion is more important now than ever. So often, assertions are made without evidence or follow-up, leaving voters without the information they need to make informed choices about candidates or issues. This new series aims to cut through the noise to provide factual analysis about the issues facing Colorado.

We’re dedicated to peeling back the rhetoric and giving you the facts. Below, find a collection of fact sheets with up-to-date research to help you stay informed on the issues leading debates & discussion around the state.

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Fact Sheets

Despite its importance, Colorado’s caring workforce is in a state of crisis, due in-part to sustained under-investment. The impacts of this crisis are felt not only by individual workers, but also by the thousands of Coloradans who depend upon the care these individuals provide.

Read the full fact sheet to learn more. | 10/26/2022

Colorado’s convoluted tax system leads to different tax experiences across the state. Making matters more difficult, we have some of the most unique rules for setting tax policy in our state’s constitution and statutes. The ongoing debate over the adequacy, fairness, and sustainability of public funding counts on voters to be informed decision makers about how taxes work in Colorado.

Read the full fact sheet to learn more. | 9/29/2022

Colorado faces a housing crisis that worsens each year. A scarcity of housing at all income levels, high demand to live in Colorado, and restrictive zoning laws have contributed to skyrocketing rent and home prices. There remains much more work to be done, but the legislature took productive steps toward solving this crisis.

Read the full fact sheet to learn more. | 9/15/2022

Quality early child care is a long-recognized cornerstone of economic mobility and security. Yet, despite its recognized importance, the care Colorado families need remains both unaffordable and inaccessible.

Read the full fact sheet to learn more. | 8/19/2022

It’s easy to get confused by the big numbers that get thrown around when discussing Colorado’s state budget. Taxpayers and voters need to know how their tax dollars are being spent and why government can’t seem to keep up with the services that constituents rely on. 

Read the full fact sheet to learn more. | 8/02/2022

Property taxes have become a hot topic as property values – especially those for residential property – have significantly risen in many parts of Colorado over the last several years. While the rise in property taxes certainly has impacted personal budgets, they are a crucial source of funding for local services.

Read the full fact sheet to learn more. | 8/02/2022

Colorado has long struggled to find sustainable sources of transportation funding given the stranglehold that TABOR has on state finances. In 2021, state lawmakers passed SB21-260. It created four revenue streams, including a retail delivery fee, that are intended to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Read the full fact sheet to learn more. | 7/21/2022

In late summer, every Colorado taxpayer who filed a 2021 tax return by June 30th, will receive a check for $750. Joint filers will receive $1,500. The funds will be a welcome boost as inflationary pressures at the national and global levels push prices higher for staples like food and fuel. What are these checks and how were they calculated?

Read the full fact sheet to learn more. | 7/21/2022