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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 16, 20183min802

The Millennial Policy Center in Denver updated its “Restoring Higher Education in America” policy paper this week after the Brookings Institution called student loan defaults a looming crisis in its report last Thursday.

The left-leaning Washington, D.C., think tank alleges that data shows “default rates depend more on student and institutional factors than on average levels of debt. For example, only 4 percent of white graduates who never attended a for-profit defaulted within 12 years of entry, compared to 67 percent of black dropouts who ever attended a for-profit. And while average debt per student has risen over time, defaults are highest among those who borrow relatively small amounts.”

The right-leaning Millennial Policy Center said in its paper last year that the cost of higher education has risen without good reasoning while tracking along with the increased availability of loans. The paper proposed reforms at the state and federal levels.

“Our research shows that the burden of student loans isn’t expanding because college is becoming more expensive,” Millennial Policy Center president and CEO Jimmy Sengenberger said in a statement. “Rather, school is too expensive because of the growth of student loans and grants.

“The fact is that ‘free college’ and student loan forgiveness would greatly exacerbate the cost crisis, not resolve it. It’s essential that any substantial higher education reform measures directly address the main drivers of this nearly $1.5 trillion college calamity by injecting real market forces – especially competition – throughout the system.”

You can read the updated Millennial Policy Center paper by clicking here.

“The Brookings report is a startling reminder that the college cost calamity and student loan bubble are indeed a catastrophe in the making,” Sengenberger said. “It is imperative for students and graduates alike that we address this crisis today, rather than kicking the can down the road.”


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 9, 20183min2378

Periodic opinion page contributor Jimmy Sengenberger, prez of the right-leaning Millennial Policy Center in Denver, says his organization is weighing in on a California court case with potential landmark implications for guns owners.

The center and attorney Joseph G.S. Greelee, a fellow in constitutional studies and firearms policy at the center, filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco against a pending California state law that criminalizes possession of 10-round gun magazines and even confiscates the magazines from current owners. The law’s implementation had been halted last year in a lower federal court, and that court’s injunction is now being appealed in by the California attorney general. (Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership and Denver’s Independence Institute are also partnering with the center on the amicus filing in the case, Virginia Duncan, et. al., v. Xavier Becerra.)

Explains Millennial in a press announcement Monday:

…MPC argues vigorously for (the law’s) unconstitutionality.  The Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment protects arms “in common use.” Magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds are some of the most common arms in the country: tens of millions of Americans own over 100 million of these magazines nationwide. California’s law is extraordinary because it not only bans these extremely popular arms, but it actually confiscates those arms from law-abiding citizens who already own them.

What’s at stake for Millennials? Says the youthful Sengenberger in the announcement:

“As a group focused on the future and representing the interests of young Americans, the Millennial Policy Center has a keen interest in the long-term viability of the constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms … Ronald Reagan once said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We take this seriously, and we will engage in policy debates for freedom, including in the courtroom.”


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 12, 20173min402
The Millennial Policy Center's Jimmy Sengenberger, Rock 'n' Roll edition. (YouTube.com)
The Millennial Policy Center’s Jimmy Sengenberger rocks for tax cuts. (YouTube.com)

Could that be the Millennial Policy Center’s Jimmy Sengenberger on YouTube, rockin’ and rollin’ his way through an ad hoc appeal to Congress to pass the tax-reform bill?

By golly, it is. The youthful policy advocate and talk radio presence is joined by similarly youthful bandmates Jason Dashiell, Josh Loun and Eric Barney in a tribute to the tax cuts now pending in Congress.

The ubiquitous Sengenberger, who regularly makes a right-of-center pitch to today’s twenty- and thirty-somethings while wearing yet another hat as president of the Millennial Policy Center — and whose polemics periodically appear on Colorado Politics’ opinion pages — wails:

“Run, run Congress, Trump’s got tax cuts to sign;
Trump make them hurry, just get everybody in line…”

You get the idea. You won’t hear any denunciation of a “Trump tax heist” from this batch of Millennials; as far as they’re concerned, lawmakers can’t get the pending tax plan to the Oval Office fast enough.

And in case you’re wondering, the Millennial Falcons Blues Band’s retro-rockabilly number, with its forced lyrics, isn’t intended so much as a worthy addition to the Chuck Berry song book as it is simply a self-consciously spoofy way of making a serious political point.

Whether or not you buy their line, it is fun to see Sengenberger go to town on the harmonica. You wouldn’t have thought a baby-faced policy wonk had so much old soul.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 6, 20174min885
Jimmy Sengenberger asked Colorado’s Sen. Cory Gardner questions about Roy Moore and tax reform on his “Business for Breakfast” show on Denver’s Money Talk 1690 Wednesday morning. While President Trump and the Republican National Committee has gotten behind Moore in the Senate race in Alabama next week, Gardner has not, he said on the radio […]

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Jimmy SengenbergerJimmy SengenbergerNovember 20, 20176min580

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.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 9, 20171min566

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.”


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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 21, 20173min562

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.”


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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 14, 20173min641

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.