Jobs and the Economy
Denver Development Services' office is issuing more permits and site-development plans than a year ago, a sign that new construction and basic home-improvement projects are on the upswing.
The economy and uncertain political climate are making small business owners less optimistic, and hesitant to expand. The National Federation of Independent Business says its index of small business owners' sentiment fell 3 points in June to 91.4 after edging lower in May.
Colorado Springs Gazette: Senate Democrats pushing tax cuts for business
Democrats want to push tax cuts through the Senate for companies that hire new workers, give raises or buy major new equipment this year.
Colorado Springs Gazette: Local schools win health grant
A local school district and charter school were among 13 grant recipients statewide of Colorado Legacy Foundation's School Health and Wellness Initiative, the group announced Monday.
Denver Post: Health care options for young, healthy and broke
They're young, healthy and flat broke-and now the government says they have to buy thousands of dollars' worth of medical insurance. What should tapped-out twentysomethings do? Well, some may just do nothing. The annual fine for shrugging off the new federal insurance requirement, which is to begin in 2014, starts out at a relatively low $95, depending on income. That would be far cheaper than paying premiums.
Family Economic Security
Colorado Springs Gazette: Report: Some lose homes over as little as $400
The elderly and other vulnerable homeowners are losing their homes because they owe as little as a few hundred dollars in back taxes, according to a report from a consumer group.