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One Colorado Springs man believes he has the solution to the health care crisis — and it isn’t more government programs, subsidies or taxes. In fact, Steve Hyde believes free markets can address the issues with costs and access. His idea, outlined in the book, “Cured,” is to give people the money to buy their… Continue Reading Is there a free market solution to health care crisis?

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People on the Move – July 31, 2009

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David Csintyan has been selected to participate in the Ford Foundation Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development. He is CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Chris Fullen has been named director of relocation and business development for The Platinum Group. She has 16 years of relocation experience, including 14 with the Prudential network.… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 31, 2009

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The city has apparently forgotten to turn in homework on time. It has failed to meet the July 24 deadline to submit notice for participation in the November election as required by state statute. So, whether Colorado Springs issues will be included on the ballot depends on whether County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink will… Continue Reading City misses county election deadline

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Despite El Paso County’s ongoing financial woes, County Commissioners won’t be asking the voters to approve any new taxes. “I think we need to make it clear that we won’t be going to the voters and asking for a tax increase,” said Board Chair Jim Bensberg, after the commission had received a grim overview of… Continue Reading County commissioners decide against tax increases

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Lottery defies downturn

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Despite the poor economy, the Colorado Lottery managed to post its second best sales performance during fiscal year 2009. Sales totaled $493.4 million for the year ended June 30. The Lottery also returned $119.6 million to the state, the third best year in terms of proceeds. “I think we’ve weathered the storm well,” said Colorado Lottery Director Jack Boehm.… Continue Reading Lottery defies downturn

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Shoppers stop shy of the drop

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Discreet is the new chic. After the stock market shocks of last year, consumers and investors were desperate to curb spending. Americans started hoarding money, foregoing what were once considered necessities. However, as the stock market shows signs of recovery, people are investing again, and even buying things other than bare necessities, such as new cars… Continue Reading Shoppers stop shy of the drop

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The Governor’s Energy Office is seeking applications from organizations interested in providing weatherization services to large, multi-family buildings. The project, which is being funded by money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, is designed to help low-income families save energy and cut utility bills. In the past, the majority of weatherization services have focused largely on single-family homes and mobile homes.… Continue Reading State launching multi-family weatherization project

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CHFA gets $45.1 million in stimulus money

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The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority has received $45.1 million in federal stimulus money to help finance the construction of 1,800 affordable rental units and create about 750 jobs. The money is part of the Tax Credit Assistance Program and Tax Credit Exchange Program, both established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. CHFA will distribute the money in… Continue Reading CHFA gets $45.1 million in stimulus money

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The percentage of job seekers starting their own businesses jumped to its highest level since 2007, according to the quarterly Challenger Job Market Index. About 8.7 percent of job seekers gaining employment in the second quarter of this year did so by starting their own enterprises. That’s up from 6.4 percent in the previous quarter, and… Continue Reading Confidence among entrepreneurs could be on the rise

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WASHINGTON (A.P.) – The number of newly laid-off workers filing first-time claims for jobless benefits rose last week, though the increase was mostly because of seasonal distortions. Many economists say new claims, which track layoffs and firings, are trending downward in a modest sign of improvement in the labor market. The Labor Department said today that the… Continue Reading Jobless claims’ downward trend a hopeful sign

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