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CHI provides reform information and glossary

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Don’t know the difference between CHIPRA and COBRA, but are still interested in following the health care reform debate? The Colorado Health Institute has put together a list of objective, nonpartisan resources for people interested in finding out more about reform proposals in Congress. And now you can download the CHI’s glossary of health care… Continue Reading CHI provides reform information and glossary

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Colorado Springs ranks 91 on a list of 100 cities with the worst traffic, well below the only other Colorado city to make the list: Denver, at No. 15.
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The Colorado Department of Local Affairs will oversee the distribution of a record $80.4 million from the Local Government Severance Tax Fund and Federal Mineral Lease Fund. Just over 500 cities, counties and school districts will receive money. Legislation passed last year authorized a new method of distribution, adding factors such as new well and… Continue Reading State distributing $80 million in mining severance taxes

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Retailers post August sales declines

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NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers on Thursday posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions. A monthly compilation of 31 retailers’ results by The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs showed sales in established… Continue Reading Retailers post August sales declines

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El Paso County is reporting a threefold jump in use tax collections. In spite of a nearly 20 percent drop in building valuation for the first eight months of the year, use tax collections on building materials increased threefold during the same period. From April through August, collections of use tax on building materials is… Continue Reading County use tax collections up 373 percent

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Think you could do a better job than Gov. Bill Ritter balancing the state budget?

Here’s your chance.

Colorado State University has developed the Colorado Backseat Budgeter, which gives Web users a chance to balance a mock state budget.
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Earlier this year, Colorado joined 13 other states in banning the practice of texting while driving, but according to some insurance industry officials, the law’s purview is not limited to individuals. Employers are now concerned that they may be held liable for accidents caused by their employees while driving and conducting work-related conversations on cell… Continue Reading Insurance Institute warns of texting while driving and company liability

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Colorado will receive $3.5 million as part of two settlements with drug manufacturer Pfizer, including $2.8 million as part of a $1 billion Medicaid multistate settlement and $705,000 as part of a $33 million non-Medicaid multistate settlement. Continue Reading Colorado gets $3.5 million from drug settlement

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Company reports more than $1 billion in debt Freedom Communications Inc., owner of more than 30 daily newspapers including The Gazette, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U. S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., this morning. According to Bloomberg News, the company said that it has assets of between $500 million and $1 billion, eclipsed… Continue Reading Freedom bankruptcy official

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SBA offers help in getting federal contracts

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The Small Business Administration has launched an online training course, “Recovery Act Opportunities: How to Win Federal Contracts,” to teach small businesses how to compete for federal contracts. As part of the federal initiative announced last month, the SBA and Department of Commerce are offering the course for small business owners. The course will help business… Continue Reading SBA offers help in getting federal contracts

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