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Colorado Springs voters upset the gloomy prognostications of many seasoned political observers on Tuesday night, passing both the revived stormwater fee (Issue 2A) and the proposed $42 million School District 11 tax increase by comfortable 56-44 margins. Voters also approved by two-to-one margins Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Issue 5B and El Paso County Issue […]
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Scott Robinson is like a lot of business owners in Colorado Springs and around the country, who are both excited about the possibility of tax cuts and somewhat skeptical about them coming to pass. As president of Concepts in Millwork, a manufacturing company in eastern Colorado Springs, Robinson is supportive of President Donald Trump’s proposed […]
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A sparse crowd of reporters gathered around City Clerk Sarah Johnson in the lobby of the city administration building Tuesday night, waiting for her to announce the first results of the city election. It seemed nobody expected the news that followed. Reading slowly from a sheet of paper, Johnson repeated the results of each race […]
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As the General Assembly moves just past its halfway mark for the 2017 session, it’s time to look at the bills that still have a chance to affect the way Colorado Springs companies do business. With state government divided between parties, few bills have made it through the legislature to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. Passed […]
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There’s no doubt that local communities benefit from the cash flowing into the election contest. What’s uncertain is how much the economy benefits and how long that benefit lasts. Economic development experts say every economic activity has an impact, but figuring out the exact effects of the lengthy campaign season isn’t always easy. Economists say […]
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During his second State of the City address as mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers spoke at The Broadmoor hotel on Sept. 8 about the city’s progress and potential — painting an optimistic picture of health and prosperity. “A year ago, in my first State of the City address, I reported that the state of […]
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It looks like there won’t be an increase to the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax in 2017. During a meeting with business professionals discussing Colorado Springs’ strengths and weaknesses in the tourism industry, Doug Price, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the city will not include­ the initiative to increase Colorado Springs’ tax […]
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Healthier Colorado, a Denver-based nonprofit advocacy group that was spun off and seed-funded by the Colorado Health Foundation three years ago, has proposed a state constitutional amendment that would substantially raise taxes on tobacco products. Drafted by Denver attorney Mark Grueskin, the amendment was formally filed Thursday (April 21) morning. Amendment 143 will increase taxes […]
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Academy Bank and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance are hosting an opportunity to meet U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R, Cortez, congressman for the Third Congressional District of Colorado. The district includes Pueblo County, the San Luis Valley and western Colorado, but does not include El Paso and Teller counties. The event will take place […]
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In this off-year election, Colorado Springs voters chose to fund roads and trails, and voted to let the city keep $2.1 million above revenue limits required by law. It was a victory for new Mayor John Suthers. “Our polls a day ago said that we’d win by 30 points,” Suthers said, “so we’re very happy.” […]
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Last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage did more than just that — it created the potential for a positive economic impact fueled by a class of Americans who suddenly found themselves on improved federal footing. In the wake of the historic 5-4 ruling that found marriage to be a constitutional right […]
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Fixing the city’s aging infrastructure is on the top of Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers’ to-do list, while dealing with potential military personnel cuts is the main priority in Fountain. Monument’s mayor is worried about a new methadone clinic downtown, while Woodland Park’s mayor is concerned about affordable housing. And in Manitou Springs, the city […]
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