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Web retailers generally don’t have to charge sales taxes in states where they lack a store or some other physical presence, but a number of states aching under the weight of the recession are seeking a way around that rule. Because companies like Amazon.com Inc. get help drumming up sales from online affiliates – people… Continue Reading States crafting ways to gain tax revenue from Web sales

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Vice mayor’s plan would shift majority of city revenue from sales taxes to property taxes Vice Mayor Larry Small wants to restructure the way the city levies and collects taxes, shifting the burden from an all-too-often see-sawing sales tax to a more stable property tax. The essence of the proposal is simple: Small calls for… Continue Reading Small floats 600% mill levy increase

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For many people in the Pikes Peak region, the poor economy has hit a little too close to home. Laid Off Camp-COS – a free seminar, job fair and networking event for the unemployed – is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m., July 16 at 1160 Lake Plaza Drive. The event is open to job-seekers,… Continue Reading Local Laid Off Camp an opportunity for job seekers

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Retail food prices at the supermarket are down about 2 percent from the first quarter of 2009, marking the third consecutive quarter of declining prices. An informal survey by the American Farm Bureau estimated the cost of 16 food items used to prepare a meal was $46.29, down $1.12 from the first quarter of 2009.… Continue Reading Food prices drop for third consecutive quarter

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Military spending vital to Springs economy

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Despite continued worries about the economy, one thing is certain — the economic impact of the military is vital to the well-being of the Pikes Peak region.

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Providers say plan won’t fix underlying problems that plague health care system Health care reform legislation has centered around the “public option” — government sponsored insurance — and insurance companies are lining up in opposition. The proposal has a $1.4 trillion price tag, and would create a government insurance program to compete with private insurance… Continue Reading Providers hold no hope for health care legislation

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Those few extra pounds you’ve been meaning to lose? Think again. They might be unsightly, but they could add to your longevity. That’s according to a 12-year study that will be published in Obesity, an online health journal. Underweight people and those who are extremely obese are at increased risk of dying, but carrying a… Continue Reading Don’t sweat the bulge, you might live longer

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Real Estate: Optical Engines expanding

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Optical Engines Inc. has just leased 5,000 square feet of office/research and development space at 842 Sierra Madre St. Based in Chicago, the company that integrates laser technology with low power consumption controls, chose to move one of its division here based on quality of life, said Lloyd Riphenburg, who, along with Charley Conrad of… Continue Reading Real Estate: Optical Engines expanding

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People on the Move – July 2, 2009

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Rick Ninneman has joined M3 Insurance Solutions for Business as an executive vice president. He previously was a senior large group account executive. Ted Telford has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a senior manager in the firm’s national credits and incentives practice. He has experience in the technology, financial services and business process outsourcing industries.… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 2, 2009

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For several years, Colorado Springs resident Tim Chase had been looking at Manitou Springs, largely a tourism business market, as a potential spot for an enterprise. He just didn’t know what type of business might fit in among the rows and rows of boutiques and restaurants. He has owned several businesses, worked as a business consultant and… Continue Reading Retail roundup: Entrepreneur finds rare Manitou market niche in bike shop

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