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El Paso County’s Citizen’s College will reconvene Sept. 12 and 19. The classes are offered to residents who want to learn about County government and its services. The Citizens’ College will be conducted in two all-day sessions on consecutive Saturdays and will be hosted at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center and Terry R.… Continue Reading Enrollment open for county’s Citizen’s College

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Pulse of housing market growing stronger

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WASHINGTON (A.P.) – New U.S. home sales rose by the largest amount in more than eight years last month, in another sign the housing market is finally bouncing back from the worst downturn in decades. The Commerce Department said Monday that sales rose 11 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000,… Continue Reading Pulse of housing market growing stronger

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The nation’s unemployed are increasingly willing to pull up stakes and relocate to find a job – which could reignite home sales in some areas of the country. According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, 18.2 percent of job seekers who found jobs in the second quarter moved for the position – an increase… Continue Reading Relocating just part of job hunting these days

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Colorado ranks second among the states for economic outlook and 10th for economic performance. The American Legislative Exchange Council gave the state high marks for low tax rates, competitive workers’ compensation costs and the absence of a death tax. The top five states for economic outlook are Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Virginia and South Dakota. The… Continue Reading Economic outlook survey ranks Colorado No. 2

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The National Federation of Independent Businesses and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce say the health care reform bill, dubbed America’s Affordable Health Choices, could have a devastating effect on the nation’s smallest employers and derail the economy for decades. “House Bill 3200 falls short – and it’s disheartening how people keep saying this is a… Continue Reading Small businesses: reform bill bad economic medicine

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Two decades of Indian gaming

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Native American gambling establishments, which now generate more than $22.8 billion annually in revenue, came into existence after President Ronald Reagan signed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act during 1988. That law grew out of a 1976 Supreme Court decision, Bryan v. Itasca County. The Bryans, a Chippewa couple living in a mobile home on an… Continue Reading Two decades of Indian gaming

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Fountain doesn’t want it, and Cripple Creek surely doesn’t either. But there are rumblings that an American Indian tribe is considering building a casino about 10 miles south of Colorado Springs. Earlier this week, lobbyists for the Colorado Gaming Association, the casino industry’s trade association, met with several elected officials in El Paso County to… Continue Reading Indian casino in Fountain?

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The disparity has existed for years, but didn’t garner as much attention until the Troubled Asset Relief Program and other “bailouts” brought executive compensation to the forefront. Continue Reading CEO, worker pay gap widening

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The 20th Amendment to the Colorado Constitution authorizes the medical use of marijuana for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions and establishes an affirmative defense to state criminal laws for patients and their primary caregivers. While some distributors of medical marijuana and law enforcement agencies say the amendment is too vague and that some form… Continue Reading Distributors, law enforcement seek medical marijuana regulation

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Hefty executive compensation packages won’t be going the way of zoot suits or high-waisted jeans anytime soon. But as the recession and bailouts have brought scrutiny to corporations and the financial industry, the future of executive compensation is changing. Company executives and directors are concentrating on “keeping their bottom line in the black,” said April… Continue Reading Evolution, not extinction, for grandiose executive pay

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