Tax-credit program gets fresh study
An official leading a review of tax credits designed to promote Colorado economies in distressed areas said Wednesday that the goal of the study is to restore confidence in the decades-old program, which now covers most of the state.
Jobs and the Economy
As the U.S. economic recovery approaches its fourth year, the unemployment rate among blacks has started to rise again. That rate moved from 13.6 percent in January to 14.4 percent in June, while the overall unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent to 8.2 percent.
Reuters: U.S. new jobless claims fall sharply to four-year low
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell sharply to the lowest level in four years, a hopeful sign for the struggling labor market, government data showed on Thursday.
Family Economic Security
Denver Post: House Agriculture Committee approves 5-year farm and food bill
The House Agriculture Committee has approved a five-year farm and nutrition bill that gives farmers new ways to protect themselves from bad weather and poor prices and slices about 2 percent off the $80 billion the government spends every year on food stamps.
Denver Post: Victims of Front Range wildfires eligible for jobless benefits
People out of work because of the Front Range wildfires and ineligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
Durango Herald: Health official explains Affordable Care Act
In an attempt to separate the chaff from the wheat, Marguerite Salazar, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Denver, spoke at the Durango Public Library. Her appearance was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women and the Citizens Health Advisory Council of La Plata County.