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A compromise bill extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed should be enacted, but it’s not going to help the economy very much, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. Boehner, R-Ohio, made the remarks hours after bipartisan congressional bargainers announced agreement on legislation extending those provisions through 2012 and heading… Continue Reading House speaker says payroll tax bill won’t add jobs

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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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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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Easy names could be key to workplace success

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A simple name, like Sue or Bob or Billy, could be an advantage for employees looking to climb the corporate ladder. If you’ve got an easy-to-pronounce name, you are more likely to win friends and favor in the workplace, according to a study by Simon Laham at the University of Melbourne and Adam Alter at… Continue Reading Easy names could be key to workplace success

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Colo. GOP’s beetle-kill timber bill questioned

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Colorado Republicans want to eliminate local restrictions they say stifle the sale of beetle-killed timber. But groups representing local governments say there are no such restrictions. That’s calling into question the validity of one of the centerpieces of the GOP’s jobs package this year. Republican Speaker of the House Frank McNulty used his speech to… Continue Reading Colo. GOP’s beetle-kill timber bill questioned

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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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House Republicans say a fresh push for a 1,700-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline could be part of a new round of negotiations over extending the payroll tax cut and benefits for the long-term unemployed. House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton tells reporters the House leadership is looking at every option after President Barack Obama decided… Continue Reading House GOP to push for pipeline despite Obama move

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Information Technology jobs continue to be among the hottest career fields in the state and in the Springs. People who love creating software, managing information systems and keeping hackers away from invading computer systems, have one of the lowest unemployment rates of any profession, said a local high tech jobs expert. “It’s definitely a growing… Continue Reading IT job market is tops with high pay, low unemployment

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Local tech business might leave town

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ModusLink Global Solutions is considering moving Tech for Less jobs to Bloomington, Ind. ModusLink bought Tech for Less in 2009 and said this week it may consider moving jobs. A former employee said this week that the company plans to move some operations to Bloomington, shut down one of the facilities, and possibly move customer… Continue Reading Local tech business might leave town

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Americans’ confidence in the economy in November bounced back to its highest level since July, the latest sign that consumers are beginning to feel more cheerful about spending during the holiday shopping season. The Conference Board, a private research firm, says Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index rose 15 points to 56.0. That’s up from… Continue Reading Americans in November more confident about economy

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