Common Sense Policy Roundtable will provide frequent updates on this page to help keep the Colorado community informed with the latest data and links to valid COVID-19 resources.
These reports and findings do not stand in judgment of any policy, any decision or any action aimed at protecting the vital public health interests of Colorado and the nation amid this crisis. Aggressive steps to slow the spread of the Coronavirus are indisputably critical. Colorado’s political leaders have, by in large, approached these decisions in a bipartisan way, and with sober and sensible resolve. This report does, however, frame the nature of the trade-offs for the people of Colorado if sweeping policies that prevent large segments of the citizenry from working stay in effect over-time. It has been said — to govern is to choose. As policy makers weigh these difficult decisions in the coming weeks, this report gives color to both the systemic and the highly-personal impact of one range of scenarios on the people of this state.
DAILY BLOG UPDATES
Over the weekend, AEI Resident Fellow, Scott Gottlieb, released National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening, which can be found at www.RoadMaptoReopening.com. It is a detailed and thoughtful plan for how to combat the current crisis, while protecting the...read more
Small businesses will likely be hit the hardest as a result of social distancing and public health guidelines.read more
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimated that the US economy could lose roughly 14 million jobs by Summer of 2020.read more
Following a similar policy imposed on the City of Denver, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state of Colorado.read more
In this episode of the Common Sense Digest, our Chairman Earl Wright leads a discussion about the topic at the forefront of our collective consciousness: COVID-19.
The US economic system has ground to a near halt and the potential economic and fiscal impacts are just beginning to be understood.
Despite recent estimates forecasting the state will face a $1 Billion reduction in revenue from previous projections for the next budget cycle, it appears that those estimates will only be revised downward.
INFORMATION & RESOURCES
The Governor has issued a statewide Stay-at-Home Order effective beginning at 6:00 am Thursday, March 26 through April 11, 2020. The Governor, when announcing the order, noted that data shows that the measures taken so far have made a difference, however, we need to do more and go farther by this measure, in order to save thousands of lives. Here is a helpful FAQ that was released along with the Order.
The Governor sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to declare a Major Disaster for the State of Colorado. This will make available additional federal resources.
For municipalities, see this helpful link from the Colorado Municipal League that is tracking actions on the municipality level.
Additionally, this is a helpful link from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that details all of the Governor’s Executive Orders and Public Health Orders issued, with additional information and helpful FAQs.
RELIEF FUND RESOURCES
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748)
Help Colorado Now: Hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way, relief funds and volunteer efforts through Help Colorado Now. This effort has raised $7.7 million and more than 9,000 volunteers have signed up, including 2,000 health care volunteers. Funds raised will be used to support the needs of communities impacted by COVID-19 in both response and recovery. Organizations helping with the response to COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for funds.
From US Chamber on Paycheck Protection Program:
From NCLS on state funding:
From Politico on stimulus bill:
From City & County of Denver small business relief fund:
AEI’s National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening
CAPITOL & LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
Initiative & Title Board Tracking:
Six briefs have been filed with the Supreme Court on the issue of whether the 120-days of the Regular Session of the General Assembly must be consecutive or not. Read more here in this Colorado Politics story has five of the briefs.
Colorado General Assembly: Forecast March 2020
Colorado Governor Jared Polis: Colorado Economy