Want a shot at doing what politicians in Washington can’t seem to do: balance the federal budget and erase the debt? The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is given ordinary Americans the chance to stabilize the debt through a budget simulator that teaches the public about changes that must be made to control the […]
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President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate from the dismal jobs market to assertions that Republican rival Mitt Romney protects the rich.   Obama, in an address from the White House later Monday, will call on Congress to […]
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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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Oil prices fell nearly two percent Monday over fears that the world economy will remain weak and push down demand for crude. West Texas Intermediate oil, which is used as a benchmark to price oil in much of the U.S., fell $1.30 to $96.37 in midday trading in New York. Brent crude, which is used […]
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The Obama administration wants to speed up permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines in 12 states, as it moves to create jobs and modernize the nation’s power grid. The projects are intended to serve as pilot demonstrations of streamlined federal permitting and improved cooperation among federal, state and tribal governments. The lines […]
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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet wants to know what businesses think about their experiences with federal grants and contracting processes. Bennet launched two online surveys for Coloradans who have applied for, submitted bids or have been awarded federal grants and contracts. “As I travel the state, I’ve heard from Coloradans who have had both positive and […]
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Here’s an overview of how various markets are reacting to the impasse in Washington over raising the U.S. borrowing limit. The U.S. government could default on its debt after Aug. 2 if the limit isn’t raised. — Stocks: On Wednesday the Dow lost 198.75 points, or 1.6 percent, to close at 12,302.55, its fourth straight […]
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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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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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Colorado could lose as much as $366 million in federal funding for education, clean water, law enforcement and other state or local services if Congress doesn’t stop sequestration efforts, according to the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization. The House of Representatives passed a budget that would cut 22 percent of the […]
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The Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have issued an ozone alert for the Front Range. Officials say hot temperatures, clear skies and light winds may lead to increased ozone throughout the region. The alert is in effect until 4 p.m. Monday. Ozone can trigger attacks for people […]
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The U.S. Forest Service says it will form a committee to advise the U.S. agriculture secretary how to implement a new planning rule that is set to be finalized this winter. The new rule would guide how management plans are developed for the 155 national forests around the country, 20 grasslands and a prairie. The […]
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