Independence Institute

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727 E. 16th Ave.

The Independence Institute (II) is a libertarian think tank based in Denver, Colorado.[2] The group's stated mission "is to empower individuals and to educate citizens, legislators and opinion makers about public policies that enhance personal and economic freedom."[5]

The Independence Institute was founded in 1985 by John Andrews, a former Republican state legislator from Colorado.[1][6] The organization's current president is Jon Caldara.[3]

A view of the entrance, including the sign and the statue of Jefferson.

The Independence Institute is a proponent of educational choice and charter schools. II supported school board members in Douglas County, Colorado who became the majority there in 2009 and subsequently ceased recognizing the district’s union, expanded charter schools, and attempted to initiate a voucher system.[7] [8] However, a new school board majority elected in 2017 has promised to reverse many of these policies.[9]

Prior to winning election to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat, Jared Polis wrote a white paper for the institute about privatizing the U.S. Postal Service.[6]

II supports gun rights, including the right of concealed carry.[6][10][11]

In 2013, II opposed Amendment 66, an unsuccessful ballot measure which would have increased the state's income tax by $950 million.[12] The organization supported the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), which was passed by Colorado voters in 1992.[13]

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