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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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Preparing for the upturn

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As business advisors and accountants, we are privy to business owners’ thoughts and actions resulting in those figures. We are seeing that business owners are ready to come out of hibernation this spring. Whether they feel they’ve weathered the storm and the economy is on the rise or think there is still time before we… Continue Reading Preparing for the upturn

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Tradable goods essential to well being

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Before Adam Smith, Plato wrote that man is not self-sufficient and that people have different aptitudes, key reasons for working together and the basis for wealth-creation. He also wrote that “it is … impossible to found a state in a place where it will not need imports … And if our agent goes empty-handed, and… Continue Reading Tradable goods essential to well being

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