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The Congressional Budget Office just announced that President Obama’s health care law will reduce the deficit by $84 billion more than previously thought, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to opt out of the law’s Medicaid expansion. Those savings may sound nice. But the law doesn’t do much to address our country’s… Continue Reading The Affordable Care Act not so affordable after all

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Automation gives jobs, but also takes them away

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The recession of 2007-08, and the glacially slow, still ongoing recovery since, prompt the question: When will the jobs return? The answer — that many of them won’t — is a painful one for all of us. Job creation had been ebbing for years before the recession and, in the coming years, is likely to… Continue Reading Automation gives jobs, but also takes them away

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In October, Colorado Springs Utilities presented our 2013 annual budget to the Utilities Board. It’s a lean, responsible spending plan focused on delivering our customers essential utility services and helping to strengthen the community we serve. Our 2013 budget is $1.059 billion, $52 million less than last year’s budget. This reduction is largely the result… Continue Reading Lower fuel costs, efficiency keep Utilities’ bills down

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By Margaret Sabin CEO, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services All of the election-year commotion and fog surrounding health care costs, access, and who pays what, has failed to address the central problem of health in the United States: Americans as a whole are becoming profoundly unhealthy, the result of engaging in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that are… Continue Reading Culture of improved health can impact bottom line

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One of the first questions an owner establishing a new business must answer is: “Do I need to operate the business as an entity or not and if so, what type of entity?” The general rule of thumb is that, if you are going to have employees or partners, you want to operate the business… Continue Reading LLC or S-corporation: The basics of entity selection

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PPRTA renewal: Essential for the city’s future

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This fall’s ballot includes an important issue that affects voters every day: the extension of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority capital improvement program. The PPRTA was initiated in 2004 by business and community leaders to address a critical backlog of transportation projects, after Colorado Springs was named the nation’s most-congested city of its size.… Continue Reading PPRTA renewal: Essential for the city’s future

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Guide your brand to sustainable success in 2013

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In a recent CNBC show called Keeping America Great featuring two American icons, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, a college student asked Gates something like this: “Considering your level of success, what do you attribute to just sheer luck?” Gates answered that first it was being born in America and second, being born at this… Continue Reading Guide your brand to sustainable success in 2013

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Hiring young people can affect a generation

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“The tyranny of low expectations” describes how young people in America often are failed by those who do not expect enough from them, and even worse, believe them incapable of meeting high standards. Pikes Peak Community College serves many students who arrive unprepared for the academic demands of college courses. We capably teach students the… Continue Reading Hiring young people can affect a generation

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Maketa makes his case for county Question 1A

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The Sheriff’s Office is mandated by state law to provide services to all county residents inside and outside of municipal boundaries. It must provide housing, food and basic medical care to an average population of 1,430 inmates at the County Jail, secure transportation of inmates to and from court, and respond to crime throughout the… Continue Reading Maketa makes his case for county Question 1A

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Letters – October 12, 2012

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Lamborn’s record of failures Election time is fast approaching, and our community must ask itself whether Doug Lamborn the right person to represent us in Congress. Of the 34 pieces of legislation he’s introduced, none have been signed into law, and 28 of those have never made it out of committee. We have paid him… Continue Reading Letters – October 12, 2012

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