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.
Raising the gas tax...
Congress Shouldn't Be Running Transportation
Our transportation system is vast and complicated, and there’s no reason to think Congress can know where every dollar should be spent any more than it knows what clothes you should wear today or what you should have for dinner tonight. Randal O'Toole breaks down the inefficiencies in the feds running the whole transportation system in this Complete Colorado Page 2 op-ed.
So you want to help the poor...
Stop Taking Cars Away!
Transportation policy expert Randal O'Toole argues in this Complete Colorado Page 2 op-ed that you can be either anti-car OR pro-poor people. You cannot be both. Why? Because cars help lift the poor out of poverty. If the poor are a concern, they must be given every opportunity to help themselves improve their lives. Cars do just that.
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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Jon Hanover talks about his his role as founder of the newly approved, innovative blended learning Denver charter school Roots Elementary—opening in fall 2015.

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