Three of the voter initiatives that will appear on the November ballot sure sound attractive. Among other things, they promise to lower state income taxes, eliminate vehicle-registration fees, require government-owned authorities to start paying property taxes and forbid the state from assuming debt of any kind. What’s not to like? A lot, it seems. Critics […]
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You’ve got a dozen or more old computers, keyboards and monitors in the storage room, and you can’t just toss them in the dumpster because it’s against the law – they’re full of dangerous chemicals and metals. So who are you going to call? Try Better Environment Through Technology Recycling. BETTR, as it calls itself, […]
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Colorado Springs City Council narrowed its options in legislating retail sales of recreational marijuana to two: an outright ban or a moratorium of nine to 12 months. But city residents will have to wait a few more weeks to learn the outcome. That’s because some Councilors making the decision aren’t talking — at least not […]
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In what might have been a preview of next week’s City Council public hearing regarding retail marijuana sales in Colorado Springs, City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler hosted her first District 5 town hall meeting at the Patty Jewett Golf Course clubhouse Tuesday evening. The meeting, billed as “A Conversation with Your Councilwoman,” drew a mostly middle-aged […]
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State lawmakers will be in Colorado Springs early next week to hear about transportation issues from local residents. The Transportation Legislation Review Committee, made of 18 lawmakers, will be in town from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20,  at the Gallogly Events Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. During the past 10 years, […]
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Employers in Colorado added 4,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June, dropping the state’s unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, according to the state’s Bureau of Labor and Employment. While there was a net increase overall, government jobs dropped by 2,600 jobs, while the private sector added 7,100. June marked the fourth straight drop in […]
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During my brief career in politics, I ran for office on four separate occasions. In 1989, I ran for the District 20 school board and lost. Two years later, I ran for an at-large City Council seat and barely made it, taking the fourth and final position by a few hundred votes. Four years later, […]
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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has filled several vacant positions in his administration – including an interim planning director. Kyle Campbell will be the new interim director of planning. Campbell is getting paid $175 an hour, which city officials say is the standard consultant fee. Campbell was chosen for the position because of his 20-year […]
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City Councilor Joel Miller announced his resignation from City Council Monday morning, effective at the end of the afternoon Council work session. Concurrently, he announced that he’ll run for mayor in next April’s city election. Miller, who took office 19 months ago, said that multiple frustrations in office contributed to his decision. “The same old […]
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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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After calamitous losses on Wall Street and fears of another recession, the economy got a dose of good news Thursday: The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time since April. Layoffs are easing in most states, and some economists are predicting mild improvement in job growth. The brighter […]
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Colorado drivers are wondering why more than 100 bridges that are among the worst in the state are still waiting for repairs. The bridges are among 121 that need repairs. So far, only six have been completed. The projects are funded by higher vehicle registration fees, fines for registration and bonds. Transportation officials say some […]
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