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Katie McReynolds: "The ABC test takes a sledgehammer to the economy when a scalpel would do. It fails to recognize that not every independent contractor is a rideshare driver at risk of exploitation. The test cannot see that some independent contractors, like many real estate agents whom I work with, have deliberately chosen independent work over an employment relationship and have no interest in being anything else." Continue Reading

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Chris Wright: "Roughly 1 billion, or 15 percent of the world’s population, live highly energized, wealthy, modern lifestyles recognizable to Coloradans. More than twice that many people — one third of the global population — cook their daily meals burning wood and dung and have either no electricity or only modest, intermittent access to electricity. I can think of no starker illustration of the immense inequality in today’s world." Continue Reading

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Lynn Granger: "Companies and organizations across the United States and globally pivoted focus [during the pandemic] to ensuring their people felt heard. Substantial conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion took place across the country. And in these moments of darkness, progress poked its head through and made everyone feel like real change was possible." Continue Reading

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Jennifer Schubert-Akin: "You'd think after their recent embarrassing about-face on the censorship of the COVID-19 lab-leak theory, social media companies might reconsider their growing content restrictions. In Steamboat Institute's case, the opposite is true. YouTube has increased its censorship of our content, blocking an uncontroversial political discussion while barring us from uploading content." Continue Reading

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Stephen Shepard: "With so much media and widespread attention focused on how hyper-partisan and how polarized our political system has become, it is encouraging to see elected officials in the Colorado General Assembly. They take the time to consider the issues before them seriously to make decisions based on sound reasoning and good judgment, even if it cuts against the grain." Continue Reading

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Ben Murrey: "Because the legislature set last year’s budget based on the bleak May 2020 revenue forecast, the improvement to General Fund revenues over expectations has left the state with a surplus going into the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. That on top of the billions in federal funds puts the state in a phenomenal fiscal posture. Unfortunately, lawmakers have proved more interested in increasing spending on pet projects than on securing a sound fiscal future for the state." Continue Reading

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Barney Strobel: "The climate impacts we are experiencing in Colorado are a result of global warming caused by emissions from countries around the world. All emissions, including those from Colorado, contribute to global warming, but Colorado produces only about 120 million tons of CO2 equivalents, or only about 0.21% of the 2019 total Global GHG of 57,400 million tons." Continue Reading

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Lang Sias and Amy Slothower: "Record growth in government revenue has led to an estimated $5.3 billion in state surplus funds. Legislators would be wise to use these funds to tackle some of the most fundamental and persistent challenges in our state budget. Addressing the substantial debt that our Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) has racked up should be a top priority." Continue Reading