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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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After six years and more than $600,000 spent in a public-private partnership, the coalition that hired El Paso County’s first lobbyist is pleased with its investment. The group of 13 (10 members started the program in 2010 and paid $10,000 each to hire the lobbyist; the number is now 13 members) private businesses, nonprofits and […]
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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 founded an Internet marketing company […]
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In an unprecedented media alliance, the Colorado Springs Business Journal, The Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent are combining to host the first in a series of political debates during this election year, with incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn debating Republican challenger Ret. Gen. Bentley Rayburn at 6 p.m. Monday, June 16 at Centennial Hall, […]
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In the first public discussion of new federal satellite export policies, industry experts and government officials expressed optimism about the long-awaited reforms and their potential impact on the space-based economy. The Satellite Export Controls Workshop took place Monday afternoon at The Broadmoor during the 30th annual Space Symposium, addressing the revised rules of the 1999 […]
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The Colorado Congressional delegation urged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to lift the cap on funding for emergencies for transportation issues. The cap, at $100 million, isn’t going to be enough to meet the repair and rebuilding needs for state roads and bridges, according to a press release from the delegation. They’re asking Congress […]
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While Boulder, Estes Park and Lyons were hit harder than Colorado Springs during last week’s floods, the city’s infrastructure received significant damage in certain places. According to a press release from Colorado Springs, initial assessments show extensive damage on Gold Camp Road and Cheyenne Road. Gold Camp and Camp Creek had pond and sidewalk damage […]
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President Barack Obama approved a request from Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado’s congressional delegation for federal disaster assistance related to the flooding in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties. “The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency  are authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of […]
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Sen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities. Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs. […]
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Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Changes were made to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which include removing the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses […]
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Despite a full-court press by Colorado Springs’ business and community leaders, its federal lobbyist and the state’s congressional delegation, no money was approved for watershed management or protection after the Waldo Canyon fire and the High Park fire. The House of Representatives failed to pass an amendment to an appropriations bill that delegated funds to […]
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Some Americans could see equivalent to a month’s salary in federal tax refunds this year. The nation’s taxpayers will receive an estimated $230 billion in federal tax refunds this year, according to the American Tax & Financial Center at TurboTax. The refunds will be welcome, especially for the estimated 40 percent of U.S. households living […]
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