Founded in 2010, Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR) is a non-profit free-enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. “We believe sound fiscal and economic research is essential to uphold Colorado’s economic vitality, future, and individual opportunity,” said CSPR President & CEO Kristin Strohm.
Research at CSPR is conducted to help Coloradan’s better understand the economic and policy issues that matter most in their lives. From education, to health care, to energy, to transportation, and many other top issues – CSPR develops insightful and educational research on the most critical debates facing Colorado.
“We examine the economic impact of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws by employing dynamic modeling that accurately measures the impact of each measure on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity.”
CSPR collaborates with four additional Colorado organizations to decide which policy topics to undertake and owns the dynamic economic simulation models Tax-PI and PI+, developed by the private company REMI. Known as the REMI Partnership, CSPR along with their partners – Colorado Concern, The Colorado Bankers Association, The Colorado Association of Realtors and Denver South Economic Development Partnership – uses the regional economic modeling program to inform and improve the quality of public policy decisions.
“Too often, policymakers and elected officials make decisions based on a fiscal note that identifies the cost impact of a particular measure based on a static picture of the economy. We know there is nothing static about our economy,” continued Strohm. “To fully understand the impact of a policy on a particular industry or region, we have to consider the larger impact on taxes, jobs in other sectors, and investment in local markets.”
Strohm pointed to SB 181 as an example. “In the case of SB 181, lawmakers considered new regulations for the oil and gas industry. The REMI Partnership released a report on SB-181, the findings demonstrated that the measure would impact far more than just the energy sector – it also threatened the overall economy and the significant tax revenues that fund public education and many other essential services.”
This Fall, CSPR and the REMI Partnership expect to release studies on education, health care, growth, transportation and more. “There is no shortage of policy proposals for us to consider,” said Strohm.
To meet the growing number of policy demands, CSPR recently announced the addition of two new fellows. Dr. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner joins CSPR as Education Fellow. “Dr. Dickhoner’s expertise in education policy is a tremendous addition to our research team. A well-educated workforce is one of the biggest drivers of the Colorado economy and CSPR will continue to focus on this issue area,” continued Strohm.
Dr. Dickhoner has an extensive background in education and policy research. She most recently served as the Principal Consultant & Accountability Policy Specialist for the Colorado Department of Education. She graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy from the University of Colorado Denver.
CSPR also recently named Sumaiya Nehla Saif as the Women in Economics Fellow.
Saif received her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Asian University for Women (AUW), Bangladesh. She recently completed her graduate degree in Economics from the University of Denver, where she received the Edmund Barbour Award for Outstanding Achievement and Satish Raichur Award for Excellence of a Graduate Student in the Study of Political Economy.
Throughout her academic journey, Saif has researched on a wide range of topics such as efficiency analysis in public health expenditure, female labor productivity, female entrepreneurship and management practices and international trade, spanning various countries such as Brazil, India, Bangladesh, South Korea and Vietnam
“We are excited about the expansion of our team and building on recent success and look forward to the many upcoming policy discussions,” concluded Strohm.
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