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Yes, government should help create jobs

Here’s a profoundly irritating campaign trope, to which most of our council/mayor candidates seem to subscribe: “Governments don’t create jobs — companies, entrepreneurs and people create jobs. The role of government is to remove obstacles to business and stick to the basics — public safety, infrastructure and parks!” That sounds great on the campaign trail,… Continue Reading Yes, government should help create jobs

What do politicians love? Ask ’em, and you’ll get the usual mush. They love America, the Constitution, the Declaration, the flag, their church, their families, their hometown, their adopted hometown, the brave men and women in uniform who defend our country and keep us safe and secure, and so forth. Maybe so, but love is… Continue Reading Polarizing politics create a strange state

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The local Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART) for Colorado Springs raises around $4 million annually, a total that has decreased slightly the past several years, with the exception of last year.  According to the city’s 2014 budget, income from LART was $3.955 million in 2011, $3.936 million the following year and $4.023 million in… Continue Reading Take it to the ballot: Raise funds via tourism

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Two generations ago, Jane Jacobs published “Cities and the Wealth of Nations,” amplifying and refining ideas that she had suggested a few years earlier in “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” Jacobs was an urbanist in an era when middle-class Americans shunned cities in favor of the suburbs — the land of low… Continue Reading Perhaps it’s our city’s turn to break down some barriers

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Xcel threatens to cut Boulder solar rebates

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Xcel Energy officials are threatening to cut solar rebates and energy-efficiency programs if Boulder voters approve a plan to break from Xcel and start a municipal utility. Xcel regional vice president Jerome Davis said in a letter Tuesday that during the five or more years it will take to form the utility, the company may… Continue Reading Xcel threatens to cut Boulder solar rebates

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Boulder has decided to eliminate sugary and fattening snacks from vending machines at city facilities. Starting next year, city vending machines will no longer carry candy and cookies, The decision is part of a national campaign spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. The city’s action plan calls for providing… Continue Reading Boulder to ban junk food at city vending machines

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Venture capital investment in Colorado and the nation dropped during the first quarter from the previous three months. Investors provided $63.1 million in VC funds to 15 Colorado companies in the first quarter, compared with $253.7 million in the previous quarter and $67.9 million in the same period a year ago, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers’ MoneyTree report.… Continue Reading Venture capital funding slips in Colo., nation

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Boulder County sets 2025 zero-waste goal

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Boulder commissioners have approved a plan to achieve a goal of becoming a zero-waste county by 2025. The commissioners adopted the plan earlier this month that outlines 28 recommendations to divert most waste from landfills. About 35 percent of waste throughout the county is currently diverted from landfills by initiatives that include recycling and composting.… Continue Reading Boulder County sets 2025 zero-waste goal

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Boulder banker accused of fraud

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The Colorado Securities Commission filed a complaint and issued a temporary restraining order against a Boulder company, alleging that they are violating the anti-fraud and licensing provisions of the Colorado Securities Act. Mark Hamilton Yost and his company, Yost Co., are accused of defrauding investors in at least one private fund. The company is accused… Continue Reading Boulder banker accused of fraud

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LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – Boulder County commissioners are considering their next move after a county agency approved an application that could allow a one-time organic egg farm become a large medical marijuana farm. The commissioners are weighing whether to call into question a decision by the county land-use department that could lead to the rezoning… Continue Reading Boulder Co. may hold hearing on proposed pot farm

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