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We’re on the verge of beginning construction of the Southern Delivery System, one of the most important water projects in Colorado and the history of our city. The Colorado Springs City Council approved moving forward with SDS construction in order to begin delivering water in 2016. This project will provide the water we’ll need through… Continue Reading SDS will deliver major benefits for decades

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In a recent talk at a Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. luncheon I identified the Colorado Springs area as the gateway to what I call the “Lifestyle Belt” of America. Lifestyle Belt is a phrase that came to me as I pondered the great population centers that have characterized this nation. The first major… Continue Reading The hope, promise of America’s Lifestyle Belt

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Still not happy about the economy

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The recession that started in December 2007 ranks as one of the longest and deepest. And it’s unclear when we’re going to feel like the recession is behind us. Real gross domestic product growth in 2008 was an anemic 0.4 percent, followed by -2.4 percent in 2009. Last year’s decline was the largest one-year drop… Continue Reading Still not happy about the economy

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Labor board picks don’t bode well

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On March 27, President Obama made good on his promise to make recess appointments to vacant positions. Among the 15 appointments that were announced, two are of particular interest to the business community. Craig Becker and Mark Pearce were appointed to vacant slots on the National Labor Relations Board, swinging the makeup of the Board… Continue Reading Labor board picks don’t bode well

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Nothing predatory about ‘payday’ lenders

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Is a store that earns $8.96 for a 45-hour work week “raking it in?” Believe it or not, some elitist people and the mainstream media think so. This misconception stems from a misunderstanding of APR, or annual percentage rates. Colorado is currently debating regulatory bans of payday lending based on this annualized interest calculation which… Continue Reading Nothing predatory about ‘payday’ lenders

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By Christie McCall Individuals and businesses often dedicate many hours to negotiating the terms of a contract, but it can all be worthless if you don’t really know who you’re contracting with. Who you contract with might be just as important as the contract terms you so carefully negotiate. If a contract breach occurs, the… Continue Reading What do you know about the entity with which you are contracting?

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Financial literacy lessons should start early

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Charting a course for fixing the financial woes of the U.S. economy has turned out to be a more complex and daunting task than many ever thought possible. Families across the nation have been profoundly affected as parents have lost jobs and belt-tightening continued as the recession persisted. April is National Financial Literacy Month, an… Continue Reading Financial literacy lessons should start early

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A little more light on the coal-burning issue

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A thank you to John Hazlehurst for explaining both sides of the HB 1365 debate (CSU takes contrarian view on gas, April 2). I would like to provide additional information critical to the issue. While low-cost, low-sulfur coal provides the majority of the power for our community, Colorado Springs Utilities already has a diverse mix… Continue Reading A little more light on the coal-burning issue

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The United States is in the throes of conducting its census. This once-per-decade counting provides some interesting perspectives on where this country is, where it’s been and where it’s going. But there is a downside to the data collected by the census and used by media and government officials to support pet programs. Many of… Continue Reading Census numbers won’t tell the ‘real people’ story

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Clean Jobs Act good for Colorado economy

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Colorado is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live, with its plentiful outdoor activities and beautiful views. However, those views are sometimes compromised by haze and ozone, and these issues have caused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to keep a close eye on the state, and the Denver Front Range in particular,… Continue Reading Clean Jobs Act good for Colorado economy

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