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Economy/Politics

Jun 7, 2024

Boulder Built for Remote Work

A recent study has deemed Boulder the best metro area in the country for working remotely, while another Front Range city — Fort Collins — checks in at No. 7 nationally. The study, by Florida-based professional agency directory DesignRush, analyzed housing costs, percentage of remote workers, broadband connections and commut[...]

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Jun 6, 2024

Renters in Colorado Worry That Renting Will Hurt Them in the Long-Term

Knowing when and how to buy a home in the current market can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Between a new report that found renting is cheaper than buying a home in the fifty largest metros and the long-held belief that building equity through homeownership is important for accumulating wealth, both renting a home and [&[...]

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Jun 6, 2024

Federal Court Blocks Colorado’s Discrimination Against Catholic Preschools 

A federal court in Colorado ruled this week that the State of Colorado violated the law by excluding Catholic preschools from the State’s new universal preschool (UPK) program on the basis that they consider religious affiliation in making enrollment decisions. In St. Mary Catholic Parish v. Roy, two Catholic preschools and[...]

Jun 5, 2024

Coloradans Not Alone in Property Tax Battles as Home Values Soar

Rising home values have led to higher real estate taxes around the U.S. Now many states are looking to provide relief to frustrated residents. New laws enacted in Colorado, Alabama and Wyoming will limit the growth in tax-assessed values for homeowners. A Kansas special session on tax cuts is to start June 18. Nebraska also [&he[...]

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Jun 4, 2024

Colorado Lawmakers Urge USPS to Address Staffing Issues in Mountain Communities

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper alongside U.S. Representatives Brittany Pettersen and Joe Neguse reiterated their calls to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to improve mail delivery service for Colorado’s mountain communities. Following a USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit of mail servic[...]

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May 31, 2024

Addressing Immigration: How This Key Issue is Shaping the 2024 Election and U.S. Policy

Immigration is a top-of-mind topic these days. It was Trump’s strong suit in getting the Republican nomination in 2016 and will continue as his lead card to play in this year’s election. READ: Challenges Ahead — Economic Concerns and Inflation Spell Trouble for 2024 Elections A Gallup poll shows voter concern over immigrat[...]

May 23, 2024

New Study Suggests Denver’s Transit System, RTD, is Plagued by Crime and Costs

A study of metro Denver’s transit system by the Common Sense Institute examines the history of RTD and the budget, ridership and crime impacting the system today. From 2020 through 2022, 66% of RTD’s revenue came from sales and use taxes in participating counties, amounting to $275 per Denver metro area resident, according t[...]

People queue up to attend an orientation session for recent immigrants, Monday, May 20, in Denver.
May 21, 2024

Ambitious Migrant Program Underway in Denver

In a hotel conference room in Denver, Dallenis Martinez attended orientation with hundreds of other migrants Monday for the city’s new, ambitious migrant support program, which includes six-month apartment stays and intensive job preparation for those who can’t yet legally work. It’s an about-face from strategi[...]

Panorama Downtown Denver
May 17, 2024

Business, Residential and Tourism Growth in Downtown Denver Reaches an Important Juncture

Like cities across the country, Downtown Denver is at a pivotal moment in history. While looking toward the Downtown Denver of the future, we call for a focus on business support and dedication to business retention and attraction. The city has and continues to face challenges, however these challenges bring about opportunity fo[...]

Colorado State Capitol Building, USA
May 17, 2024

Legislative Session Outcomes Addressed by Gov. Jared Polis at Denver Metro Chamber and Colorado Competitive Council’s State of the State

Colorado’s business community heard from Gov. Jared Polis and business leaders from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Competitive Council (C3) about the outcomes of the 2024 legislative session at the Chamber and C3’s annual State of the State event, presented by Xcel Energy. With more than 600 community memb[...]

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May 3, 2024

Colorado’s State Arts Agency Gets First Budget Increase in Over a Decade

On Monday, April 29, Governor Polis signed Colorado’s FY24-25 state budget, which included $1.25 Million in additional operating funds to Colorado’s state arts agency, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI). This is the agency’s first operating budget increase in over a decade. READ: Governor Polis, OEDIT Announce 180 Small[...]

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Apr 29, 2024

What If the Fed Doesn’t Cut Rates in 2024? Implications for Stocks, Bonds, and the Housing Market

What happens to stocks, bonds and the housing market if the Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) doesn’t cut interest rates this year? This is what seems to be on everyone’s mind. Investors have been betting on rate cuts since last November, and this assumption has been the primary driver of the great stock market returns through[...]