Jimmy SengenbergerJimmy SengenbergerNovember 20, 20176min90

Tax reform is all the rage right now, just as it should be.  We have a complex web called the tax code that is nearly 75,000 pages long, including all the guidelines.  At 39.1%, our corporate tax rate – combining federal and state – is the highest in the industrialized world.  And our individual tax system is punitive and burdensome.  This structure cries out for change.


Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 9, 20171min3320

The Millennial Policy Center, the conservative think tank for a younger conservative demographic, is putting on Blues, Brews & (Policy) Views next Saturday night in Denver.

The center is putting on the “cross-generational” fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at its headquarters at on the second floor at 3443 S. Galena St. in Denver.

The $20 ticket includes “a delicious dinner, engaging conversation” one drink ticket then a cash bar, plus “the groovy musical stylings of the Millennial Falcons Blues Band!” the center said in an announcement. Kids younger than 12 are welcome, and their ticket price is $10.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

“Today’s policy debates are incredibly important in the short-term and significant in the long-run, but they can also be divisive and exhausting at times,” Jimmy Sengenberger, the president and CEO of the Millennial Policy Center, told Colorado Politics. “We think it’s time to cut loose a bit, chill out and come together to have some fun. Plus, there’s nothing better to bring people together than a little live Blues, some nice, cold Brews and a respectful exchange of Views.”


Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 21, 20173min3240

One of the most active and effective organizations for young voters is launching a campaign Thursday to crowd-fund $4,000 for research and advocacy around tax reform.

The Denver-based Millennial Policy Center think tank hopes to do the same kind of work it did, from a conservative point of view, on the healthcare debate last spring, publishing and publicizing an in-depth policy paper on the subject as Republicans were ramping up their attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The center, which defines millennials as those born between 1981 and 1998, is urging those who want to support its work to learn more and donate on its website.

Donations to the nonprofit think thank are tax-deductible. The goal is to fund not only research, but social media, videos and other means of publicizing its findings. Besides healthcare, the policy center did laudable and even-handed work on college affordability this year, as well.

“The Millennial Generation is naturally attuned to opportunity and prosperity – the very goals of broad-based tax reform. Millennials are innovative, creative, and inherently inclined to freedom,” Jimmy Sengenberger, the Millennial Policy Center’s president and CEO, told Colorado Politics. “Just think about the unprecedented amount of choices and opportunities that we have before us – Uber and Lyft, and apps and plentiful smartphone options. Innovations like these only come through individual initiative and achievement, which stems directly from being free to think, free to act and free to choose.

“So much of our potential is stifled by government red tape and a complex tax code. If we want to unleash the unlimited potential of each and every individual, we need to cut the red tape and; perhaps more importantly, simplify the code! This is our once-in-a-generation chance to do it, and it’s time for millennials to step up to the challenge and embrace the future.”


Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 14, 20173min3170

Fifth-graders will join politicians at the state Capitol Friday to celebrate the U.S. Constitution and kickoff a statewide civics campaign.

The Denver-based Liberty Day Institute will lead the celebration of Constitution Day with a nonpartisan rally and the launch of a statewide civics education program. Constitution Day is the national recognition of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

The institute’s proprietary character Jefferson Quincy Washington III Esq., along with Liberty Day President and CEO Jimmy Sengenberger will emcee the events in period attire at the Capitol, starting at 9 a.m.

“We are thrilled to host this unique rally on the Capitol steps in celebration of Constitution Day and as a message of the importance of civic education in schools,” Andy McKean, the Liberty Day Institute’s 1996 founder and president emeritus of the Liberty Day Institute. “Even more, I’m excited that this will be our official kickoff to a statewide initiative that will reach more than 50,000 fifth graders in the 2017-2018 school year.”

The Liberty Day Institute raised nearly $55,000, and counting, to distribute Constitution booklets, flashcards and other teaching materials thanks to grants from the Rotary, Optimist and Lions clubs, the Daniels Fund and others.

The day is a little politically one-sided, judging by the lineup of confirmed attendees, including Republican gubernatorial candidates George Brauchler, Doug Robinson, Steve Barlock and Greg Lopez, as well as state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who is a potential candidate for governor next year.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and House Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist, both Republicans, are also on the bill.

The Liberty Day Institute said officials from both major parties were invited to participate. Some declined, others had prior commitments. Elected officials who would like to participate are still welcome, but they should contact the organizers in advance.

“Democrats and Republicans alike have long supported the Institute’s nonpartisan civic education program, and we are so grateful for that support,” Sengenberger said in a media advisory.

Joey BunchJoey BunchMay 19, 20173min610

One of the more interesting and well-focused organizations I’ve seen in awhile, the conservative Millennial Policy Center in Denver, keeps doing things right. Jimmy Sengenberger, the 26-year-old radio host who is the center’s president and CEO, is keeping a clear, consistent drumbeat on higher education.

The center is holding a forum on the subject May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at its headquarters in South Denver at 3443 S. Galena St.

A panel will talk about the high cost of higher ed. The Millennial Policy Center’s recent white paper addressed the  soaring costs that track with the availability of grants and loans — cost chasing cash. The paradigm leaves millennials buried in debt, Sengenberger contends in the report.

“It’s that time of year again when high school graduates are making that ever-intimidating, all-important decision on where they will go to college. And it’s a stark reminder of the skyrocketing cost of college in America today,” Sengenberger said in a statement. “Our research has found that there are a number of key, dramatic cost-drivers in higher education – and government tends to be at the root of them.”

Krista Kafer, a Colorado Christian University professor and 710 KNUS radio host, will moderate the panel that includes Sengenberger, a 2011 Regis University graduate; University of Colorado Regent-at-Large Heidi Ganahl; and University of Colorado junior Marcus Fotenos, the student body president for external affairs.

Those who attend will be able to ask questions, Sengenberger said.

“With all my heart I believe affordable, quality higher education is the key to keeping the American dream alive,” Ganahl said in the press release. “It’s time to address the issues our colleges face head on, and I’m excited Jimmy and his organization are jumping in.”

The forum will be streamed online on the Millennial Policy Center’s Facebook page.

Fotenos said one of the most common concerns he hears from his CU constituents is the cost of college degree.

“This is a complex problem that all students are facing, and there is no simple solution,” he said in a statement. “I am excited to speak on this panel and bounce ideas off of some of the best minds in Colorado.”

Joey BunchJoey BunchMay 9, 20173min580

If you follow this site closely you know I love locally shot Youtube videos that tells a Colorado political story. Nourie Boraie with the Senate Republicans and Joel Malecka with the House Republicans bring it week in and week out on their respective caucus YouTube pages.

I’m glad I didn’t have to pick between them, because the winner for the first Joey’s Colorado Politics Youtube Video Prize for this year’s legislative session goes to Jimmy Sengenberger and the Millennial Policy Center.

He’s not getting a gold statue, but I owe him a plate of fried chicken at The Welton Street Cafe in Five Points. (Man, that’s good chicken.)

A couple of weeks ago the Millennial Policy Center, a Denver-based conservative think tank on policy and finances, put out a paper questioning whether it was loans and grants chasing the high price of higher-ed, or the other way around.

Now Sengenberger backs up with some clever satire.

“These days it’s hard to see how colleges and universities are all that different than a used car salesman,” he says, after hearing a pitchy from a guy who looks like one of my uncles who sold hubcaps in Slidell.

“… Yet for some reason we keep buying what they’re selling.”

Whether you’re on board with the center’s point of view on the cost of college chasing the availability of people to pay, you have to respect the creativity and execution of this YouTube gold.

“Push, pull or drag your degree into Bill of Goods today. Got some AP credits? Trade them in for something you can really use, like that yoga class.”

“The reality is that with all that money out there, college has gotten more expensive over the years, not less,” Sengenberger says on the video.

“Why is that? In 2015, the New York Federal Reserve found there was a direct connection between the rising cost of college and the growing availability of student loans and grants.”

(Editor’s note: This blog was updated to correct the spelling of Nourie Boraie’s name.)

Joey BunchJoey BunchMay 2, 20173min690

The climbing cost of higher education is responding to the availability of loans and grants, according to a report out Monday from Denver’s Millennial Policy Center.

“Restoring Higher Education in America” looks at cost and reform for higher ed from a conservative point of view. Jimmy Sengenberger, the author of the report and the center’s 26-year-old president and CEO, said competition is the answer.

‘College is not for everyone,’ senator says, so make tuition assistance flexible

“It’s essential that any substantial higher education reform measures directly address the main drivers of this $1.4 trillion college calamity by injecting real market forces – especially competition – throughout the system,” he said in a statement.

The center used May Day, the spring festival and the socialist International Workers’ Day, to provide its research and analysis on the cost of higher education.

“It’s that time of year again when graduating high school students, consumed by ‘senioritis’ are making that ever-intimidating, all-important decision on where they will go to college. And it’s a stark reminder of the skyrocketing cost of college in America today,” Jimmy said.

“In the last decade alone, the cost of college has skyrocketed 170 percent, the average new graduate is $37,000 in debt, and student loan debt now stands at $1.4 trillion. The trajectory we are on is both unsustainable and destructive, and strategic reforms are needed.”

The full report is available here.

It also calls for:

Dramatic Reforms to the Financial Aid System. A fundamentally broken system requires dramatic reforms. There are five key steps which, phased in over a period of no more than 2-3 years, will remedy the flaws inherent in the student financial aid system and lower costs.

First, the duplicitous nature of our various student loan programs – Perkins, Federal Direct (subsidized and unsubsidized), and the PLUS loans – is unnecessarily complex. Congress should instead consolidate these student loan programs into two programs, one for students and one focused on parents. Congress should also reinstitute the option of private servicing of loans, as opposed to having the Department of Education as the exclusive lender, and establish academic performance standards and time limits on loans.

Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 22, 20174min74
The upstart Millennial Policy Center think tank in Denver has published its first policy paper, and it’s worth a read for a fuller perspective on Obamacare. From a young conservative perspective, Revitalizing Healthcare in America takes on the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. “Obamacare’s stated goals are to ‘increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, […]

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