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  Senate leaders moved toward showdown votes Wednesday on rival Democratic and Republican plans for extending broad tax cuts that will otherwise expire in January.   In an announcement that seemed to surprise Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor that he was accepting a Democratic offer to hold back-to-back […]
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Some say that July 1 marked the dawn of a new era in Colorado gun-control policy, but one local gun shop owner says it amounts to a business setback. “What we did is create a useless law that hurts Colorado business and has no effect whatsoever on the crime rate,” said Paul Paradis, who owns […]
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For the last two years, the economic indicators for the Western region have advanced above the neutral zone of 50.0 – thanks in no small part to the growth in energy, exports and agriculture. The Mountain States region includes Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and that region is performing above the national average, according to the […]
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Mitt Romney says he likes being able to “fire people” who don’t provide adequate business services. The Republican presidential candidate also is defending his business background as rivals step up their attacks. Romney told a Nashua Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Monday that he wants to allow people to shop for their own health insurance […]
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Gov. John Hickenlooper released an updated version of the statewide economic development plan created earlier this year to spur Colorado’s economy, help businesses grow and attract new jobs to the state. “Colorado is already seeing the benefits of taking a bottom-up, collaborative approach to economic development,” Hickenlooper said. “Earlier this month, Arrow Electronics announced it […]
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The city of Colorado Springs and the Westside Community Center LLC have renewed their partnership agreement to continue operating the Westside Community Center at 1628 W. Bijou St. The new agreement will run through December 2015. The partnership started in 2010, and the Westside Community Center LLC was created by the Center for Strategic Ministry, […]
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As our elected leaders continue finding new ways to avoid cooperating on important issues, there’s a growing sense that perhaps doing nothing beats making a serious mistake. So, once again, we’re hearing rumbles that the stormwater fee for El Paso County property owners might not make it onto the November ballot, after all. Never mind […]
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The State Historical Fund awarded 53 grants for historic preservation totaling more than $6 million for the fiscal year 2012 grant round. These new grants join 322 already active grant projects, for a total of nearly $35 million in direct investment in the State of Colorado.
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The state Department of Transportation refunded nearly $106 million of the transportation revenue bonds it issued in 2004 to accelerate projects across the state. The money was available when CDOT refinanced the bonds, which have an average interest rate of 1.42 percent. The interest on the original bonds ranged from 3.6 percent to 3.7 percent […]
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Was there anything to learn by sitting through two City Council candidate forums? On Monday, more than 100 civic-minded voters braved icy streets to watch candidates strut their stuff in an environmental forum at Stargazers. Twenty-four hours later, a slightly different crowd gathered at the Mining Exchange Hotel for the Business Journal-KOAA forum. The formats […]
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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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In a few hours, sometime after 7 p.m. tonight, April 7, we’ll know the 2015 city election outcomes – but there’s still time to speculate about the results. In the spirit of forecasting the Academy Awards, here are a few questions that only the voters can answer. Will there be a mayoral runoff election? Yes. […]
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