In a new campaign, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is warning that the Trump administration’s escalation of trade tariffs is “the wrong approach, and it threatens to derail our nation’s recent economic resurgence.” The U.S. Chamber released a state-by-state analysis of the potential impact of retaliatory tariffs from China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico, […]
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Hold that five dollars. Giving to panhandlers can do more harm than good, service providers say, and the new HelpCOS campaign is promoting a better way to give. Launched May 31 by the city of Colorado Springs in partnership with Pikes Peak United Way, HelpCOS recognizes increasing frustration at panhandlers on the streets, doubts over […]
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Nonresidential property owners will start receiving a new monthly bill next month from the city of Colorado Springs. The city will begin collecting stormwater fees July 1 that, for commercial, industrial, municipal and federal properties, will amount to $30 per acre per month. For some property owners, the cost will be substantial. But Mayor John […]
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As recently as a year ago, a developer who wanted to complete a project in El Paso County had to hand-carry an application composed of dozens of documents to the county Planning and Community Development Department. Now, using the department’s Electronic Development Application Review Program, developers, builders, commercial and industrial businesses, and other landowners can […]
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Hundreds of local employees commute to work by bicycle, whether they ride downtown or to other locations. Vicki McCann, marketing supervisor for the city of Colorado Springs Transit Services Division, hopes that number will swell to thousands on June 27, the 25th annual Colorado Bike to Work Day. “An event like this can be fun […]
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Most landlords and property managers don’t have anything to worry about when it comes to the city of Colorado Springs’ proposed housing code changes. “If a property manager is doing what they are supposed to be doing, they shouldn’t have any issues with them,” said Laura Nelson, executive director for the Apartment Association of Southern […]
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Charles Marohn recalls, as a child, taking walks with his grandfather, who had lived through the Great Depression. During their time together, Marohn would watch as he collected cans along the roadside to sell for scrap. “He’d take a truckload in for $5,” Marohn said. “Nobody does that today. That seems crazy and beneath us. […]
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In common with public employee pension plans in almost every state, the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association is less than fully funded. In other words, its assets are less than its liabilities. As of PERA’s comprehensive annual financial report of Dec. 31, 2016, the fund held assets valued at $43.15 billion, against liabilities estimated at […]
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Motorists and cyclists appear to have gotten used to the new parking-protected bike lanes on Weber Street, says the senior bike planner for Colorado Springs. “They seem to be working safely for all users,” said Kate Brady, who joined the city in 2016. Along with bike lanes that have been added to Cascade Avenue between […]
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A bipartisan marijuana tracking bill that was postponed indefinitely in a Feb. 7 Senate committee meeting is delayed, not dead. There’ll be a refined version of SB18-029 “Development of Marijuana Tracking Technology,” this legislative session, co-sponsor Sen. Kent Lambert said, that will better explain how marijuana tracking will protect Colorado’s legal businesses, tax revenue, marijuana […]
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Pikes Peak Regional Building Department’s 2018 budget was approved by Colorado Springs City Council on Tuesday, but not before a lengthy discussion about RBD’s policy of giving extra revenue back to several projects and nonprofits that spent money on building permits in 2016-17. Councilor Don Knight even proposed an amendment to the budget resolution, that […]
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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers wants more police officers and firefighters. City council agrees, but also wants to add more bus service and watering in city parks. All will likely be approved when the 2018 city budget is finalized Dec. 12. Suthers submitted his proposed 2018 budget to city council on Oct. 3, as required, […]
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