Pension reform...
Retirement Age More Than Just a Number
Sate employees can retire with full, but insecure, benefits as early as 58. Folks in the private sector will be eligible for full Social Security at age 67, continuing to fund state employee's retirement until then. If you don’t think this scenario is fair, you’re not alone. Read more from Joshua Sharf in this Page 2 op-ed.
Diminishing returns...
Time to End Public Transit Subsidies
Transportation scholar Randal O'Toole has a bone to pick with transit subsidies. In this Complete Colorado Page 2 article, Randal says, "But looking at the finances and ridership of transit systems around the country, it’s hard not to conclude that all government transit is wasteful transit." Read the whole thing here.
The facts cast doubt...
On Colorado Teen Pregnancy
Economist Linda Gorman writes, "Has Colorado really had more success in preventing “teen” pregnancies than other states? Gov. John Hickenlooper said yes in a news conference convened within days of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision. But the numbers cast serious doubt on his story." Read the whole thing here.
Emerging technology...
How to Think About Drones
The mandated integration of drones into the airspace by 2015 presents Colorado and other
states with a unique opportunity. In this Issue Paper, author Barry Fagin offers suggestions on how to promote the benefits for private and public actors, while mitigating the risks drone use presents.
Reaching the Hispanic Community...
Raaki Garcia Show
The Raaki Garcia Show is primarily in Spanish with experts in education, law, politics, policy, energy, and the goal is to educate Hispanic families about the ideas of liberty and free markets. Listen every Tuesday and Thursday from 11-12p on 1150 AM and online at

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July 24th, 2014
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Jon Hanover talks about his path from the business world into education, his success teaching kindergarten in an innovative blended learning environment, and his role as founder of the newly approved, innovative Denver charter school Roots Elementaryopening in fall 2015.
Blended Learning Vision Coming to Life in Denver (21:52 min).
Should We Let the Courts Fix Tenure? (21:49 min).
What Do Americans Think About Standardized Tests, School Choice? (22:22 min).

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July 30th, 2014
My father always told me that nothing says “kid-friendly” like a day of gamblin’ at the ol’ horse track. Coloradans for Better Schools, the backers of Initiative 135, agree. And just this week, it was reported that the initiative has received enough signatures to appear on the ballot in November. Everyone, say hello to Amendment [...]

Gamblin’ for Children.
Let’s Grow Colorado K-12 Course Access But NOT Reinvent the Wheel.
Diminishing returns: time to end public transit subsidies.
Numbers cast doubt on Hickenlooper’s teen pregnancy claims.
Driverless cars improve mobility while mandatory V2I invades privacy.