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As tax time comes around, and as the president keeps bringing up minimum wage, let’s consider our attitudes toward income, wealth and inequality. One of the basic tenets of the capitalist marketplace (Adam Smith) was that a moral code binds the community within which markets operate. Our moral sentiments provide the framework for fairness and… Continue Reading Looking for the right standard to implement wage fairness

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It would take an Act of Congress” is an old saying, to be sure, but also applicable in the current situation banks are facing to legally provide services to the marijuana industry. Despite bankers’ varied attitudes about legalizing marijuana, now that it is legal in Colorado, banks are supportive of government efforts to permit financial… Continue Reading Banks need law, not guidance, to deal with MMJ

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Good news beneath headlines

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We usually try to keep our focus on the local and state economy, realizing that the Colorado Springs business community has abundant sources to keep up with what’s happening at the national level. But occasionally we run across stories that clearly are worth sharing, if only because many local readers might overlook them in the… Continue Reading Good news beneath headlines

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King responds to CSBJ editorial

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(Editor’s note: Keith King, president of the Colorado Springs City Council, sent the following statement to the Business Journal in response to an editorial in the March 21 issue of CSBJ under the headline, “Time to battle C4C opponents.”) Council President’s Statement regarding the Business Journal’s Editorial The only correct statement in the Business Journal’s… Continue Reading King responds to CSBJ editorial

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As most readers probably have figured out by now, our focus throughout this week’s issue will be the “Business of Sports” in Colorado Springs. That doesn’t mean having a multitude of stories about every aspect of our local sports industry. In fact, sports always will be part of the Business Journal’s potential mix for any… Continue Reading Routon: Don’t forget sports as key to our future

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City Councilor Joel Miller’s attempt to rewrite Colorado Springs eminent domain ordinances may seem well-intentioned. But laws, like elected officials, are not always what they seem to be. Miller had unveiled his ordinance at the group’s work session on Monday, and he insisted upon bringing it up for a vote on Tuesday. City Attorney Wynetta… Continue Reading Eminent domain brings out the best and worst

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Until a few months ago, Tucker Wannamaker could set up a quick meeting by just picking a downtown coffee spot in Colorado Springs, and anyone could be there in minutes. Here in the nation’s capital, where he has lived since January, the options actually aren’t that much different for the co-founder of Magneti… Continue Reading Wannamaker finds his place amid D.C. scene

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Defending the individual voter

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You won’t find endorsements for political candidates in the Colorado Springs Business Journal. That’s simply not how we operate. We’ve been asked and encouraged to support certain individuals, but we make no exceptions. We might take a stand on ballot issues that affect the community as a whole, and obviously the local business scene, but not… Continue Reading Defending the individual voter

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Staying focused on two zones

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Listen to leaders talk about the keys to revitalizing Colorado Springs, and you’ll hear several recurring responses. Mayor Steve Bach talked about three specific “drivers” this week at his monthly briefing. One is the airport’s commercial zone, being cultivated to appeal to possible manufacturing companies. Next is the future evolution surrounding University of Colorado Health… Continue Reading Staying focused on two zones

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Who’s to blame for ignored road plans?

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Sometime in the next year, if the political pieces fall into place, we should be hearing about firm plans for fully rebuilding the Interstate 25 interchange for U.S. Highway 24/Cimarron Street, or as maps and signs also call it, Exit 141, with the project finishing as soon as 2017. We’ll hear leaders talk about the… Continue Reading Who’s to blame for ignored road plans?

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