Colorado Futures Center

Independent, nonpartisan and academically grounded, the Colorado Futures Center is a 501 c 3 organization dedicated to informing about economic, fiscal and public policy issues impacting community economic health and quality of life in Colorado and beyond.

Fight Over Gallagher Amendment Could Impact Your Checkbook, And Your Fire Department’s Budget

Listen to CFC Executive Director Phyllis Resnick discuss Amendment B on KUNC.

Of the ballot questions Coloradans will vote on in November, Constitutional Amendment B might be the most confusing. So, to help us navigate the complex world of the 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) and the 1982 Gallagher Amendment, Colorado Edition turned to Phyllis Resnick, executive director and lead economist of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University.

Perspectives on the Pandemic

The Colorado Futures Center announces its newest resource, Perspectives on the Pandemic, our research dedicated to a better understanding how the COVID recession is impacting all Coloradans – people, households and governments.

NEW Jobs Report Foreshadows Housing Instability for Colorado’s Vulnerable Workers: The Time is Now for Colorado to Assess and Plan for Longer-Term Impacts

517,000 workers in 406,500 Colorado lower-income households rely on employment in one of the four industries most impacted by COVID-related job losses: Retail Trade; Accommodation and Food Service; Arts, Entertainment and Recreation; and Health Care and Social Assistance.  If forecasts prove correct, a significant share of the job losses will be permanent. This brief argues that the time is now for Colorado to explore sustainable solutions, beyond emergency aid, for those affected by permanent job losses.  The first step in crafting sustainable solutions is to better understand who is affected.  The workers and households most adversely affected are:

  • Majority Female: 60 percent of the workers in these industries are female
  • Plurality in Prime Working Years: Just over four in ten of these workers are over age 44
  • Concentrated in Rental Housing: 56 percent are rental households
  • Experiencing Housing Cost Stress Pre-COVID: 223,500 households were spending over 30 percent of their income on housing before COVID-related job losses
  • Single Parents: Three in ten cost stressed households are headed by a single parent
  • Housing Vulnerable Children: 141,500 children live in housing cost stressed households with a parent working in the affected industries.  110,000 of these children are being raised by a single parent.
  • Lacking a College Degree: Among the housing cost stressed, 183,000 workers lack a college degree

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NEW Who Are Colorado’s School-Age Children Without Access to Internet?

Nearly 1 in 20 school-age children in Colorado who are living in households without internet. This brief is designed to help Colorado leaders and decision makers better understand who these children are, where they live, and how Colorado’s digital divide has the potential to widen the state’s existing educational achievement gap. Specifically, the 54,000 school-age children in Colorado living in households reporting no internet access are:

  • Overwhelmingly Hispanic: Two-thirds of children living without internet are Hispanic.
  • Disproportionally Young: 49 percent of children without internet access are in elementary school.
  • Largely Lower Income: 52 percent of children without internet live in households earning less than $50,000, with 25 percent in households learning less than $25,000.
  • Geographically Dispersed: These children live in all regions of the state, but in higher numbers in Southwest Colorado and in the metro Denver region.
  • Children of Essential Workers: A majority, 57 percent, of these children have at least one parent working in an essential industry.

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NEW How Will Municipal Sales Tax Performance be Affected by COVID-Induced Income and Wealth Effects?

Municipal sales tax revenues will respond to the COVID recession differently and depending on the composition of the local tax base.  This brief explores how the revenues for a select group of Colorado cities, specifically those that are members of Municipal Fiscal Facts, will respond to the changes in household income and wealth likely to result from the current COVID recession.

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Studies And Reports

Helping you understand the current and topic issues related to the fiscal state of Colorado

Family Economic Security

The Colorado economy is evolving, and as it does the labor market is evolving along with it. In a pattern similar to that of the US overall, Colorado has been losing middle income jobs, albeit less steeply that nation-wide. As a result, fewer of Colorado’s jobs support household self sufficiency.  Since housing is the single [...]

March 1st, 2020|Categories: Housing|

The 2013 Colorado Sustainability Study

The Colorado Sustainability Study released December 3, 2013 reveals the budgetary health of the state of Colorado through the year 2030. The 2013 Sustainability Study is an update to earlier research published in 2011. The 2011 study is available here: General Fund Revenues and Expenditures: A Structural Imbalance Learn more about the findings of the Sustainability Study with [...]

December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Sustainability|

Housing Affordability’s Impact on Local Government Finance: A Case Study

A joint report by Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University and the Piton Foundation, released in December 2014, researched housing affordability’s impact on local government finance in Adams County, and found that the county faced $170 million in crowded-out spending due to a lack of affordable housing options. Households that are cost-burdened have a [...]

December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Housing|
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