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Budget uncertainty hurts business, government

When asked to compare my experience as a senior business executive with my time as an Air Force general officer, my response is that the two are not all that different. People matter most; leadership with clear goals is essential; assessing risk and reward is a constant requirement. Another common thread: Stability and predictability are… Continue Reading Budget uncertainty hurts business, government

City Council clears Pico of ethics allegation

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The Colorado Springs City Council found that Councilman Andy Pico did not violate the city’s code of ethics by working for a firm the city has a contract with. The finding came after a closed executive session on Monday at which time the council reviewed a report written by the city’s three-person Independent Ethics Commission.… Continue Reading City Council clears Pico of ethics allegation

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Henry named head of Colorado PTAC

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Gary Henry will be the new executive director for the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Henry, who worked as vice president of operations at McNew & Associates before accepting the PTAC job, was also on the board of directors for the PTAC for more than three years. The PTAC is a state and federal government… Continue Reading Henry named head of Colorado PTAC

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While the 2013 session of Colorado’s Legislature offered a share of both victories and defeats, the sentiment among the state’s business community is that overall, it was a loss. On one hand lawmakers approved several pro-business bills, including legislation to provide startup incentives, expand Medicaid and protect the small-business health care market. But on the… Continue Reading Business leaders take dim view of Legislature’s work

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The average person likely has never heard of the Federal False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 — 3733). Yet, it probably will touch the lives of most Americans directly or indirectly at some point. The FCA, which imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud governmental programs, is widely used in the context of… Continue Reading Deal with the government? Take care with submissions

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  Senate leaders moved toward showdown votes Wednesday on rival Democratic and Republican plans for extending broad tax cuts that will otherwise expire in January.   In an announcement that seemed to surprise Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor that he was accepting a Democratic offer to hold back-to-back… Continue Reading Senate ready for symbolic showdown on tax cuts

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State forecasts $149m in additional revenue

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The state will have about $149 million additional revenue during the next fiscal year than the Office of State Planning and Budget originally forecasted. The overall increase is due, according to a press release from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office, to continued improvement in the job market and increased business confidence. Sustained production is buildinga foundation… Continue Reading State forecasts $149m in additional revenue

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Federal budget deficit to dip to $1.1T, CBO says

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A new budget report released Tuesday predicts the government will run a $1.1 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ends in September, a slight dip from last year but still very high by any measure. The Congressional Budget Office report also says that annual deficits will remain in the $1 trillion range for the… Continue Reading Federal budget deficit to dip to $1.1T, CBO says

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Nick Kittle has been chosen to be the city’s innovation and sustainability manager, reporting to chief of staff Steve Cox. It’s the second new position created by Steve Bach since he became mayor this spring. Kittle’s new job is to streamline many of the city’s processes and policies, making it easier and more efficient for… Continue Reading Kittle takes on job to make city more efficient

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The nation’s health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report released Thursday. How much is that? Including government and private money, health care spending in 2020 will average $13,710 for every man, woman and… Continue Reading Gov’t: Health tab to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020

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