Two veteran Colorado government money managers are joining the Common Sense Policy Roundtable as Terry J. Stevinson Fellows, who are tasked with examining the critical issues facing Colorado and coming up with achievable solutions.
Henry Sobanet was the state budget director under Govs. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and Bill Owens, a Republican. He currently serves as chief financial officer of the Colorado State University system. Sobanet served on the Colorado Transportation Commission from 2005 to 2009.
Ben Stein is formerly Colorado’s deputy state treasurer before he served as chief financial officer of the Colorado Department of Transportation. Stein also is the former chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and currently works on transportation for the Denver office of Atkins Global, a design and engineering consulting firm.
Their mission will be to take on Colorado's transportation needs. The system's needs are estimated at $9 billion over the next decade to keep up with growth.
“Meeting our transportation needs is a problem Coloradans continue to face," Kristin Strohm, the roundtable's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Without an updated and robust infrastructure, our economic vitality is at risk,” continued Strohm. “Both Henry and Ben have a wealth of experience in transportation and the state budget.
"Their expertise will be invaluable to this project.”
The fellowship is named for a founding board member of Common Sense Policy Roundtable.
“We believe sound fiscal and economic research is essential to uphold Colorado’s economic vitality, future, and individual opportunity," Strohm said. "That’s exactly what the Stevinson fellowship is about.”