Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 6, 20174min938
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, 20176min624

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, 20171min603

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, 20173min606

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 BunchJune 2, 201712min1812
People and activists of Greenpeace protest with a sign reading “Airtrump – free ticket – From: Paris – To: Hell” against the decision of the US government to exit the Paris climate deal in front of US Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, Friday, June 2, 2017. (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP)

Colorado leaders left and right had strong feelings about President Trump’s symbolic withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate accord Thursday.

Here is a digest of what  people said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper:

“It is a serious mistake to back out of the Paris Accord. This is a historic global agreement between almost every nation on earth to address the single most pressing issue facing humanity. Abandoning this climate deal is like ripping off your parachute when you should be pulling the ripcord. America’s greatness has always been demonstrated by our moral leadership. Today, we break ranks with 190 nations who are working together to stop the worst effects of climate change, which the scientific community agrees would devastate the global economy and our planet, and the defense community agrees would destabilize vulnerable nations that have served as breeding grounds for international terrorism.

“The U.S. is letting go the reins of world leadership, allowing other countries like Russia, India, and China to take our seat at the international table. Our economic and technological competitiveness will suffer. Isolationism is not leadership. Colorado’s commitment to clean air and clean energy will continue. Clean energy is abundant, home-grown, and creates 21st century jobs for our modern workforce across every part of our state. We renew our commitment to pursue cleaner energy at a lower cost. To do otherwise would be governmental malpractice.”

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet:

“The President made a catastrophic mistake by putting a misguided campaign promise before the needs of our economy and the credibility of American diplomacy,” Bennet said. “Before this decision, the United States was on track to achieve energy independence, reduce its carbon footprint, and create good-paying jobs in rural communities—with Colorado leading the way. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement attempts to undercut the progress we have made.

“In Colorado, we will continue working to meet the carbon emissions targets set in the Clean Power Plan. The administration should reverse this shortsighted decision and work to protect our planet, economy, and national security.”

State Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction:

“The U.S. is the leader in clean reliable energy, being part of the Paris agreement was symbolic at best. We have a 100 year history using fossil fuels and beyond to better everything from clean water, clean air advanced medical equipment to shoes on our feet, we’ll be just fine without the Paris Agreement.”

State Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver:

“Coloradans value our natural heritage and our lands. Our leaders know it’s not a partisan issue – it’s our collective livelihood. That’s the Colorado way. The Paris Accords are about protecting people. Declining economies and scarce resources are certain outcomes. Marginalized communities in urban and rural Colorado will be hit the hardest.

“And since the White House won’t lead, Colorado will. Tomorrow, I will join my colleagues to create a bipartisan plan to help protect Coloradans from the untold consequences of the president’s failed leadership on this issue.”

Jon Goldin-Dubois, president of Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates:

“President Trump’s decision to back the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord is short-sighted and unwise. Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, and its effects, like drought and increased wildfires are already being seen here in the American West. As the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide pollution, the U.S. should lead on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“If the President of the United States fails to lead, the American people and leaders in our western States will. Western Resource Advocates will continue to work with elected leaders with our communities, with leaders in the clean energy industry and with investors on smart and economical solutions to reduce carbon pollution.”

Pete Maysmith, executive director of Conservation Colorado:

“This is a disappointing and infuriating day, and the president has shown once again that he is reckless. The power and leadership on clean energy and climate change now shifts to states, cities and the private sector. Whatever Governor Hickenlooper, mayors, county commissioners, and other leaders across our state had been planning to do on climate change – they must now do twice as much. The time for bold action is now.”

Jimmy Sengenberger, president and CEO of the Millennial Policy Center:

“President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change is the right move, for all of the reasons so aptly expressed by the president in his Rose Garden statement this afternoon. The fact remains that former President Obama’s decision to sign on to the accord was unconstitutional in the first place, as a binding treaty requires Senate confirmation. In effect, what President Trump just did was reinstate a fundamental constitutional tenet. As one Millennial Policy Center fellow put it, ‘If you like your unconstitutionally signed, financed, and implemented U.N. treaty, you can keep your unconstitutionally signed, financed and implemented U.N. treaty.’

“… While we agree that humans do impact our climate in some ways, our response must not be disproportionate and come at the expense of the economy and American livelihoods. We applaud President Trump’s decision today and hope that he will take a more thoughtful, measured approach to leading on this important issue moving forward.”

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter:

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement is wrong and takes our country and Colorado backwards not forward. I’m disappointed and frustrated by this decision. Clearly climate change is a threat to our way of life in Colorado.

“Colorado is a proven leader in developing technologies that reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. I will continue to fight for the progress we’ve made in Colorado and push to reduce the impact of climate change in our communities.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy:

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement takes our nation backwards. Climate change is the greatest threat to humanity. With or without Washington’s help, Colorado will continue to lead. Scientists and engineers here in Colorado are world leaders in developing, producing and marketing advanced solar and wind technologies. We can keep electricity affordable, reduce carbon pollution and bring new jobs to Colorado, especially in rural Colorado. In 2015, cleantech businesses employed 4,250 workers in eastern Colorado alone. This lays the foundation for economic prosperity for our state for decades to come.

“Colorado should have the cleanest air in the country, and be a model for the nation in using clean, renewable sources of energy. To accomplish this goal, I propose Colorado raise its renewable energy standard from 30% to at least 50%. In 2004 Colorado passed the first in the nation, voter-approved renewable energy standard. We will likely reach this target ahead of time and it’s time we raised it.”

Colorado Sierra Club Jim Alexee:

“This president and his administration are on the wrong side of history with this remarkably short-sighted decision. Global climate change is an issue that requires moral and political leadership from the U.S. and energy-rich states like Colorado.

“If our federal government isn’t going to make smart decisions for our environment and economy, it’s time that U.S. cities and states take the lead. Here in Colorado, Pueblo, Boulder and Aspen have committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2030; it’s time for leaders across Colorado to act by embracing the future and boldly committing to a sustainable future.”

Joey BunchJoey BunchMay 19, 20173min302

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, 20173min315

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, 20173min287

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, 20174min260
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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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 8, 20173min203
The conservative Millennial Policy Center in Denver is planning a forum next week to discuss how Obamacare might best be repealed and replaced from the view of conservative healthcare reform fellows. “Our initiative will tackle the barriers to affordable, consumer-driven healthcare. We will develop and share practical, comprehensive solutions to revitalize healthcare for all Americans — […]

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