What can we do about income inequality? In a long piece in Politico, billionaire venture capitalist Tom Hanauer supports nearly doubling the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. Hanauer is seriously rich. He was the first non-family member to invest in Jeff Bezos’ tiny little online bookstore, and also...
Colorado Springs Utilities board members decided yesterday to nix a contract to study selling or leasing its electric power generation. The board unanimously decided not to move forward with a $500,000 study, suggested in 2012 by Mayor Steve Bach in a letter to the board. Board chairman Keith King signaled the...
Budget documents from 20 Colorado school districts show taxpayers spent more than $5.8 million over the past five years for the activities of teachers unions, expenses that were mostly covered by their collective bargaining agreements. The costs ranged from $1.3 million in the Douglas County School District since 2007 to...
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will provide $5 million in local match money to widen Interstate 25  north. The project will expand I-25 to six lanes between Woodmen road and Interquest Parkway. Of the $5 million, $2.3 million comes from Congestion Mitigation Air Quality money and $2.7 million...
The proposed 2017 city budget makes interesting reading — all 639 pages of it. Most of it is dry and predictable, but some sections stand out because they illustrate budget tendencies or anomalies that deserve examination. Here are five takeaways from this year’s proposed budget for Colorado Springs. CITY DEBT In an...
Here’s how 19th century snake-oil purveyors advertised a remedy for whatever ails you: “Hasheesh Candy, The Eastern Gunjah of Enchantment, or Oriental Exhilarant and Nervine Compound. A pleasurable and harmless stimulant confectionized for Nervousness, Debility, Confusion of Thoughts, Loss of Appetite, Depression of Spirits, Nervous Headache, Chills and Fever, Impotence,...
While the U.S. Olympic Museum and UCCS William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center are well under way, the construction of two downtown sports facilities and a new visitor center at the U.S. Air Force Academy — remaining components of the City for Champions suite of projects —...
Tech companies say the Trump administration’s import tariffs have hit them with price increases too steep to absorb — and it’s going to get worse in January. The tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods started at 10 percent Sept. 22. Cisco Systems added a 10 percent pass-through to...
It’s always fun when the buzzing of media mosquitos so annoys the powerful that they react inappropriately – especially when you, as the mosquito in question, manage to avoid getting slapped. But it’s not so much fun when the official’s action may not be merely inappropriate, but possibly unethical. Last...
Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: A majority of the Colorado Springs City Council members are aggressively anti-business. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from Tuesday’s council meeting. Thanks to the Feckless Five (Council President Keith King and Councilors Helen Collins, Don Knight, Joel Miller and Andy...
City officials announced over the weekend that they have hired a city clerk, a position that has been without a permanent appointment since July when former City Clerk Kathryn Young retired. Sarah Johnson was chosen after a two-month recruitment period in which more than 97 people applied, officials said. Johnson has...
Colorado Springs cleanup crews had cleared much of the debris strewn along Cheyenne Canyon Road by Wednesday, when the city invited nearly a dozen reporters and photographers for a press tour of the washed-out paths, cracked roads and eroded landscapes of North Cheyenne Canon Park. “Our public works department has...