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A Republican bill encouraging Colorado agencies to seek waivers from federal regulations got initial approval. The proposal would direct state agencies to explore whether it’s possible to seek waivers from federal regulations and determine if it’s possible for Colorado to implement its own rules. Agencies would report to the Legislature annually to discuss waiver possibilities.… Continue Reading Colo. bill to explore federal waivers passes 1st vote

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Colorado lawmakers and the recycling industry are talking about how recycling old computers, televisions and other electronics can create jobs. A bill pending that is now in the state Senate would ban certain electronics from going to a landfill. The Senate has given preliminary approval to the measure, and it faces one final vote before… Continue Reading Colo. lawmakers promoting electronic recycling bill

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Bid preference for hiring local workers weighed

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A proposal to give bidding preferences to companies that employ mostly Colorado workers for state projects is getting its first hearing. The bill is one that Senate Democrats have heralded as one of the main features of their job-creation plan this legislative. But the idea is not welcomed by Republicans and some business groups. Senate… Continue Reading Bid preference for hiring local workers weighed

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PPACG awards $5 million to widen I-25

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will provide $5 million in local match money to widen Interstate 25  north. The project will expand I-25 to six lanes between Woodmen road and Interquest Parkway. Of the $5 million, $2.3 million comes from Congestion Mitigation Air Quality money and $2.7 million comes from Surface Transportation Program… Continue Reading PPACG awards $5 million to widen I-25

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Colo. bill would bar credit checks for some jobs

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Lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill to prohibit employers from using consumer credit information against potential employees unless they’re applying for a job that involves financial decisions. Democrats sponsoring the proposal say the use of credit information creates barriers for people who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for employment. The bill… Continue Reading Colo. bill would bar credit checks for some jobs

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Clothing and school supplies would be tax-free during an annual Colorado “sales tax holiday” under consideration in the Colorado House. The bill would make Colorado the 17th state to waive sales taxes on back-to-school items for a short period each year. Colorado’s proposal would set the holiday for the first weekend in August. The holiday… Continue Reading Sales tax holiday considered in Colorado

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Colorado takes pride in its Western entrepreneurial spirit — and that extends to the belief of some lawmakers that business owners should be able to use deadly force against anyone who tries to take what’s theirs. It’s an idea that conjures Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, and its supporters have taken liberties with the hardboiled character’s… Continue Reading Make My Day law for business advances in Colorado

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Lawmakers are debating whether Colorado illegal immigrants who graduate from state high schools should qualify for college tuition that’s lower than the out-of-state amount. A Senate committee led by Democrats will hear the proposal Thursday and decide whether it should move forward. The Democratic bill would a separate tuition category that is a bit higher… Continue Reading Tuition for illegal immigrants to be debated in CO

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On jobs, CO lawmakers moving past rhetoric

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If there’s one thing Colorado’s sharply divided Legislature agrees on, it’s the importance of jobs. But Democrats and Republicans are now past the speech-making phase of the session, and their differences on how best to go about improving the economy will come to the fore. An early look at how far apart the parties are… Continue Reading On jobs, CO lawmakers moving past rhetoric

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Colorado Springs had an unemployment rate of 9 percent in December, according to the latest figures from the Division of Labor and Employment. The number is up from 8.7 percent in November, but is lower than the 9.4 percent unemployment rate in December 2010. Statewide, unemployment decreased one-tenth of a percent to 7.9 percent. The… Continue Reading Unemployment down in Springs – but still higher than state, nation

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