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Online sales boom poses challenges for Colorado tax forecasting — and for brick-and-mortar retailers

For the past several years, business at Oveja Negra in Salida has grown a healthy 15-20% a year. In 2020, Lane and Monty Willson said sales of their custom-designed bike bags tripled. And all those orders from bikepackers were made online.  “We are so, so lucky to be in this position, but there are major […]

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Colorado will begin accepting applications to fund for small businesses affected by coronavirus

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America Colorado small businesses suffering from the effects of the coronavirus will be able to apply for grants and loans under a new state program, Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday. The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will be open to businesses with fewer than 25 employees and will place […]

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Colorado lawmakers focus on essential workers amid coronavirus, push to make paid sick leave a right for all

To lift public health restrictions and reopen Colorado, Democratic lawmakers say the first step is to protect essential workers like Mirja McDade in the retail and service industries. McDade’s past jobs in the restaurant industry didn’t include paid sick time, so she worked regardless of her health. “The food industry is probably the worst as […]

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U.S. Senate will take up bill to fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund, Mitch McConnell says

When the U.S. Senate returns from its Memorial Day recess in June it will take up a bipartisan bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and direct $1 billion a year to address the backlog of maintenance in the nation’s national parks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, made the […]

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Governor opts to ask — not mandate — that people stay home; requires some employers to limit in-person workforce by 50%

Updated on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 5:46 p.m.: Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order that goes into effect Thursday, March 26, and lasts until at least April 11. CENTENNIAL — Gov. Jared Polis on Sunday implored — but did not go so far as to require — Coloradans to go out in […]

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Colorado governor orders closure of restaurants, bars for at least 30 days to stem coronavirus spread

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday ordered the closure of all Colorado restaurants and bars to in-person dining in a dramatic effort to slow the new coronavirus as it rapidly spreads across the state. The order, effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, lasts for 30 days, but is renewable. It also mandates that gyms, casinos and theaters, […]