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State leaders ask Congress to lift emergency fund cap

The Colorado Congressional delegation urged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to lift the cap on funding for emergencies for transportation issues. The cap, at $100 million, isn’t going to be enough to meet the repair and rebuilding needs for state roads and bridges, according to a press release from the delegation. They’re asking Congress… Continue Reading State leaders ask Congress to lift emergency fund cap

While Boulder, Estes Park and Lyons were hit harder than Colorado Springs during last week’s floods, the city’s infrastructure received significant damage in certain places. According to a press release from Colorado Springs, initial assessments show extensive damage on Gold Camp Road and Cheyenne Road. Gold Camp and Camp Creek had pond and sidewalk damage… Continue Reading Colorado Springs releases initial damage list

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President declares disaster in Colorado

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President Barack Obama approved a request from Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado’s congressional delegation for federal disaster assistance related to the flooding in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties. “The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency  are authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of… Continue Reading President declares disaster in Colorado

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Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

Sen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities. Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs.… Continue Reading Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

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Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Changes were made to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which include removing the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses… Continue Reading Women-owned businesses gain more access to federal contracts

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Despite a full-court press by Colorado Springs’ business and community leaders, its federal lobbyist and the state’s congressional delegation, no money was approved for watershed management or protection after the Waldo Canyon fire and the High Park fire. The House of Representatives failed to pass an amendment to an appropriations bill that delegated funds to… Continue Reading House fails to approve Colo. money for watershed protection

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Tax refunds could be a month’s salary for some

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Some Americans could see equivalent to a month’s salary in federal tax refunds this year. The nation’s taxpayers will receive an estimated $230 billion in federal tax refunds this year, according to the American Tax & Financial Center at TurboTax. The refunds will be welcome, especially for the estimated 40 percent of U.S. households living… Continue Reading Tax refunds could be a month’s salary for some

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Small businesses eligible for SBA drought loans

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Small, nonfarm businesses in 43 Colorado counties, including El Paso and Teller counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration. “These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on Nov. 1, 2012, in the following primary counties,” said Alfred E. Judd, director… Continue Reading Small businesses eligible for SBA drought loans

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Businesses across the country have received their official Economic Census form in the mail. Owners have until Feb. 12 to respond. The Economic Census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. Forms went out to nearly 4 million businesses, including large, medium and small companies representing all U.S. locations… Continue Reading Economic Census forms sent to 4 million businesses

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A coalition of local business, community leaders and elected officials are trying to secure a $19.8 million appropriation to federal legislation that provides disaster assistance related to Hurricane Sandy and Fort Collins High Park fire. They say the money is sorely needed to aid with lingering Waldo Canyon fire recovery efforts. Organizations included in the local effort include the Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Springs lobbying for $20 million under Hurricane Sandy federal relief package

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