The number of unemployed Colorado residents losing federal unemployment benefits is rising amid Congressional inaction…Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis is making apologies to a Colorado judge for lifting parts of his work for a series of essays McInnis passed off as his own, and issued a statement about the situation…Vestas Wind Systems says it will [...]

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A bill that would give businesses a new tax credit for rehiring laid off workers this spring and summer passed the state senate yesterday. It would apply for the 2011 tax year and still needs to clear the house. Bente Birkeland has more from the capitol.

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Colorado officials say a judge was wrong when he ruled they can’t require the Army to set a legally binding deadline to destroy chemical weapons stored in the state…A wind farm in northeastern Colorado with 273 turbines is looking at adding more…and, Democratic Senator Mark Udall says he is introducing a bill to extend residential [...]

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Amazon.com is firing its affiliate marketers in Colorado just one week after a new law went into effect that aims to collect sales taxes from online purchases. Amazon calls the regulations burdensome and unconstitutional and says it will no longer advertise within the state. The Governor says the move is completely unjustified. Bente Birkeland reports [...]

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The online retailer Amazon is cutting off affiliates that help it sell products in Colorado because of a new tax on online sales…Colorado Department of Transportation officials are on the scene of a rockslide along I-70 between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero…and, crews from Ft. Carson and El Paso County fire departments are [...]

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Colorado lawmakers have approved several new tax bills, which now go before the governor for approval…Colorado’s state-chartered worker compensation insurer has offered the state $200 million for greater autonomy…and, Colorado’s two Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate are scheduled for their first debate tonight.

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The Colorado House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a bill that would give commercial rafters the right to navigate the state’s rivers and limited rights to use the riverbanks to avoid obstacles…Colorado mountain towns whose lodging-tax collections have suffered along with the travel industry are trying to make sure homeowners who rent out [...]

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The state senate has cleared nine measures that would eliminate millions of dollars in business tax exemptions. They’re part of Governor Bill Ritter’s budget proposal to help fill a more than 1 billion dollar shortfall for the coming budget cycle. Bente Birkeland has more at the state house.

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It’s now up to the state senate to tackle a controversial package of business tax exemptions. The finance committee heard testimony on four of the bills yesterday. The debate, while milder than last week’s hearing in the house, was still contentious at times. Bente Birkeland reports from the state house.

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After roughly 30 hours of debate, state lawmakers cleared a slew of bills on Monday that would eliminate business tax exemptions to help fill the budget shortfall. Republicans and Democrats argued heatedly about whether the measures were necessary, or would cost jobs and further stifle a struggling economy in the long run. Bente Birkeland has [...]

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The fight over Governor Ritter’s proposal to eliminate roughly 130 million dollars in business tax exemptions and credits extended into the wee hours Thursday morning, and the debate is far from over. Just hours after the hearing, opposing sides further locked down on their positions when business and education groups held back to back rallies [...]

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The Colorado Department of Revenue mistakenly sends back-tax notices to residents with contested conservation easements…the Air Force Academy says religious tolerance at the school has improved…and, AAA predicts about one-third of the population in the mountain west will travel more than 50 miles for the holidays.

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The Colorado Department of Revenue says sales tax collections for November were down compared to the same month last year…lawmakers discuss the state budget…and, Pueblo city council to consider extending a medical marijuana dispensary moratorium, according to the Pueblo Chieftain.

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On October 23, 2009 By

The Colorado Springs E-Town Hall meeting about the 2010 city budget…King Soopers warns employees of a possible lock-out…and, questioning President Obama’s nominee for Colorado’s U.S. attorney.

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Ballots for the November election are arriving in voters’ mailboxes beginning this week, and in Colorado Springs, one of the issues on the ballot is 2C, a property tax mill levy increase. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin recently sat down with a supporter and an opponent of the proposal. Yesterday we heard from 2C author Jan Martin. [...]

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Ballots for the November election are arriving in voters’ mailboxes beginning this week, and in Colorado Springs, one of the issues on the ballot is 2C, a property tax mill levy increase. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin recently sat down with a supporter and an opponent of the proposal. Tomorrow at this time we’ll hear from Andy [...]

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The Citizens Project hosted an issue and candidate forum last night at the Penrose Library in downtown Colorado Springs. Speaking on issue 2C were Councilwoman Jan Martin (pro) and resident Andy McElhany (con). Measure 300 heard arguments from Douglas Bruce (pro) and Councilman Scott Hente (con). School board candidates also made presentations.

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Several energy rich counties in western Colorado say the state is under valuing oil and gas equipment and that’s costing counties millions of dollars in lost tax revenues. Counties are conducting audits and finding unreported pipelines and other machines. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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On August 5, 2009 By

Colorado’s Title Board approves ballot language for a measure that aims to protect embryos…Governor Bill Ritter says he won’t ask for a tax increase to help balance the state budget…and, a new law aimed at protecting bicyclists goes into effect.

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Examining long-term options for the state budget…looking at the possibility of high-speed rail connecting Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas…and, talking about an art project involving the Arkansas River.

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State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have long complained about the conflicting parts of the budget that make it difficult to legislate and shift money during economic downturns. A 16-member panel will try to tackle that problem this summer, but committee members say reaching any kind of agreement will be challenging. Bente Birkeland [...]

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It’s April 15th, tax day, and many cities saw antitax protests. As KRCC’s Aaron Retka reports, Colorado Springs was no exception.

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The State Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a property tax freeze that was backed by Governor Bill Ritter. Republicans argue that the freeze violates the state constitution and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, known as TABOR. Bente Birkeland talks with reporters about the broader implications of the decision as part of the Capitol [...]

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