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It’s difficult to believe that I have been residing in Colorado Springs for nearly two years. I am proud to call this community home and excited with what has been accomplished during my tenure. I’m pleased as I look ahead to 2013, especially after the challenges faced in 2012. After my hire at the Colorado… Continue Reading CVB appreciates having the trust of Colorado Springs

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Let’s not give up on manufacturing in America

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Whenever I meet someone for the first time and they ask what I do for a living, and I tell them I am in manufacturing, the typical response is, “I thought we didn’t make anything here anymore.” I am quick to point out that we still make a lot of “stuff” in the United States.… Continue Reading Let’s not give up on manufacturing in America

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NeuStream best answer to Regional Haze Rule

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By Scott Hente, Colorado Springs City Council president As a Colorado Springs Utilities residential and business customer, I understand the importance of reliable, affordable energy. As the chair of Utilities Board, it is, in part, my responsibility to ensure that we continue to meet these customer expectations. Since 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has… Continue Reading NeuStream best answer to Regional Haze Rule

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A phrase that has found its way into our daily lexicon this year is “fiscal cliff.” It refers to a combination of federal government spending cuts and expiring tax cuts that many fear could be a serious drag on the U.S. economy beginning at the start of 2013. These scheduled spending cuts and tax increases… Continue Reading Everybody should be preparing for the fiscal cliff

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With the election over and status quo in Congress, many see the “fiscal cliff” as an artifice intended to cause unwilling politicians and party leaders to do something in the national interest. It’s also understood that what Congress did, Congress can undo, and that we are not likely to see solutions — just more can-kicking.… Continue Reading End the trade deficit, and fiscal issues will go away

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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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