Jon Caldara is the President of the Independence Institute, Colorado's free-market think tank in Denver, Colorado. He also hosts a radio talk show on 630 KHOW. His current affairs television program, Devil's Advocate with Jon Caldara, airs on Colorado Public Television Channel 12, Friday nights at 8:30. Caldara also writes about the latest Independence Institute efforts at the Cauldron, by Caldara.

Jon Caldara started his political career in 1994 when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation District, one of the largest governments in Colorado. He later became Chairman of that board. For four years Caldara was a columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera. He has been a radio broadcaster on 850 KOA and 630 KHOW since 1998.

Caldara is a veteran of many political battles, running campaigns against tax and debt increases and for freedom-based reforms. On behalf of taxpayers he has fought: the 1997 Guide the Ride transit tax increase; 1998 Referendum B, a billion statewide tax increase; 2000 Amendment 23, the unfunded spending mandate for K-12 schools; 2001 spending on a monorail system; 2004 RTD's Fastracks tax increase; and in 2005, Colorado's attack on the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, Referenda C and D . In 2008 he led the effort for a ban on deducting union dues from public paychecks, Amendment 49. And in 2010 he championed Amendment 63 the Health Care Freedom Act.

Among his many recognitions, 5280 Magazine twice named him one of the top 10 most influential men in Denver. Westword awarded Caldara Denver's Best Media Manipulator. The Denver Post put Caldara on their list of people to watch. The State Policy Network honored him with the Thomas Roe Award. The Colorado Jaycees named him Outstanding Young Coloradoan.

Jon's greatest pride is being father of three amazing children; daughter Parker, who died of cancer in 2001, daughter Piper who came along to save him in 2002, and wild-man Chance born in 2004, who despite his Down Syndrome, is the frat brother Jon never had.


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October 28th, 2014
Yesterday I shared a really interesting survey-based analysis by Dr. Martin West that strongly suggests the average American has a good handle on how well their local schools perform, but a lot less accurate picture of how well their local schools are funded. On average, voters underestimate how much is spent per pupil by their [...]