The Colorado Forum was established in 1978 to create an informed, objective voice on critical public policy issues facing the state. Our 65 members are recognized leaders in the business, education, healthcare, media, legal, real estate, energy and non-profit communities and represent disparate regions in the state of Colorado. Forum membership is politically diverse; we are a nonpartisan organization that operates by 100% consensus. More >



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Fiscal Policy


Our Perspective


Colorado’s fiscal system has a structural imbalance - created by inherently conflicting constitutional mandates - that will continue to widen the gap between General Fund revenue and necessary expenditures. Even as Colorado’s economy improves, the imbalance, although unintentional, will persist because of contradictory constitutional provisions initiated and passed by Colorado voters at different points in time. 

In spite of ongoing efforts to create new efficiencies, reduce expenditures, and stimulate job growth, it has become evident that Colorado cannot rectify this structural fiscal imbalance simply with budgetary cuts and/or stimulating economic growth.  Until additional resources are generated, recurring budget cuts will continue to jeopardize some of the state’s most important projects and services, including PreK-12 education, our higher education institutions and our transportation infrastructure.  Coloradans need to determine what state services they wish to preserve and what they are prepared to eliminate, given these fiscal constraints.


Our Work


The Colorado Forum has been deeply engaged on matters of state fiscal policy for more than three decades.  The Forum convened the Fiscal Planning Project which worked to examine the state’s financial situation, inform Coloradans about the fiscal challenges facing the state, and develop options for viable solutions.  In 2015, the Forum, along with other civic and business leaders, initiated a research, education, and outreach endeavor, Building a Better Colorado.  Building a Better Colorado is a statewide nonpartisan effort to engage Coloradans in a conversation about key policy areas for improving our state, including state fiscal policy.  The initiative is exploring the imbalance between citizens’ expectations of the services that government should provide and the ability of their government to address those expectations.  Building a Better Colorado is convening 37 community meetings across the state in 2019.



Our Perspective


The nation’s growing debt and deficit is a serious threat to the economic well-being and national security of the United States.  It is urgent and essential that our leaders in Congress and the President of the United States put in place a plan to address our skyrocketing debt/deficit and manage our domestic policy. These priorities must ensure that our country allows everyone to thrive.