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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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Dan Haley: "Fortunately, over the past 15 years, the United States shale revolution allowed our country to become less dependent on foreign oil and natural gas than at any time since John Kennedy was running for president. It’s an amazing feat that stabilized our energy security, re-set our foreign policy, and created jobs and sweeping economic benefits across the country." 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

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Heidi Gill: "I am troubled by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s suite of new regulatory proposals, including a 2,000-foot setback as a baseline for future energy development. Such an arbitrary distance not only defies science, data and the will of Colorado voters, but it will all but halt the very innovation and technological progress that such regulations would seemingly hope to achieve." Continue Reading

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Katharine Knarreborg: "As an owner of an engineering and manufacturing company, I am analytical and thorough in my approach to policies that affect my business. I take my time to understand and research the proposals, and Proposition 118 was no different. What I’ve found has been far from a doomsday scenario. On the contrary, the policy contained in Proposition 118 is affordable, needed, and would benefit my business, both in the long and short term." Continue Reading

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Dave Davia: "If passed, Proposition 118 would implement a $1.3 billion, state-run family and medical leave program. To fund the program, the measure requires employers and employees to pay a 0.9% “payroll premium,” or tax directly from employee wages — like a FICA tax. While 0.9% does not sound significant, it’s more than a 20% increase in payroll taxes." Continue Reading