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Jobs in Colorado increased by8,800 in October to more than 2.2 million, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percent to 8.1 percent. “Some positive trends are beginning to emerge on the Colorado jobs front,” said Ellen Golombek, executive director. “While we still have a […]
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Currently, for a citizen-initiated amendment to be placed on the ballot to change Colorado’s constitution, an individual or group must collect about 98,492 voter signatures and receive more than 50 percent of the vote. Some people want to change that. One of the major issues examined during 2015 bipartisan discussions across the state — known […]
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Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012. It’s the latest instance in which lawmakers on Capitol Hill have allowed partisan sniping to hold up action that polls show […]
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The 50 people attending a city-sponsored stormwater gathering on Oct. 24 unequivocally endorsed a regional approach to the county’s stormwater problem. Mayor Steve Bach did not attend. City Council President Keith King said the mayor and City Council are philosophically “starting to come together. I think he’ll come around,” King said of the mayor’s perspective. […]
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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is unveiling a bill that would help keep foreign students with high-tech skills in the United States. Bennet says the bill being unveiled Tuesday will create a new category of visas for students graduating with specialties in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He says the bill will help fill Colorado’s increasing […]
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The federal government may cut millions of dollars a year in direct subsidy payments to Colorado farmers for corn, wheat and soybean crops. The cuts are part of agriculture reform heading to the U.S. Senate in a couple of months. Instead of subsidies, farmers are asking for a government-backed insurance program that would safeguard farmers […]
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Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices. The subsidy, free insurance that would cover farmers’ “shallow crop losses” before their paid insurance kicks in, has […]
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Seven vinyl banners draped this month along one of Chicago’s most iconic bridges, advertisements some have dubbed “a visual crime” and “commercial graffiti,” are reviving a debate about how governments raise money in tough economic times. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, a public school district in Colorado is selling ads on report cards […]
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(Editor’s note: This is a revised version of a story that was posted Monday with updated information. The proposal at the end is unchanged.) “Colorado Springs Forward” is a relative newcomer to a long list of action-oriented community nonpartisan groups, but it may become a formidable player nonetheless. During the past several months, it has […]
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Monday’s City Council work session, scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, didn’t get underway until 2:22. It wasn’t because Councilors were shirking their duty – they were there, meeting behind closed doors in “executive session,” considering an undisclosed legal matter. It seemed obvious that they were discussing the city’s strategy regarding the Public Employees’ Retirement […]
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Colorado Springs city government and Colorado Springs Utilities signed a five-year contract last week with an international company that will provide fleet maintenance services for both entities beginning next year. City officials said outsourcing fleet maintenance of more than 3,500 vehicles and equipment is estimated to save the city and Utilities more than $4 million […]
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An independent audit of the city’s Urban Renewal Authority requested by Mayor Steve Bach recommends the authority and city partner more closely. The review, conducted by Hogan Lovells law firm, suggests the authority move into city offices and use city resources, such as planners and staff, in order to operate more efficiently. Questions about two […]
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