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Colorado unemployment claims are sharply rising again with restaurants seeing largest share of job cuts

In the aftermath of 15 mostly Front Range counties hitting critical COVID-19 spread and being forced to implement red-level restrictions in mid-November, the job losses are piling up again.  Approximately, 36,256 people filed for unemployment last week for the first time — or their second or third time, as they lost their job again. New […]

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Colorado’s unemployment fund could run out of money next month. Here’s what that means for businesses.

By the time Colorado does its annual June checkup of the special fund used to pay unemployed workers, the account will likely be empty, and possibly in the red.  Out-of-work Coloradans should be OK, though. They’ll still get unemployment pay because the state, as it’s done in the past, will borrow money from the federal […]

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Colorado lawmakers began slashing the budget and state employees are bracing for the worst

Two weeks after she tested positive for COVID-19, Brandi Axelsen is still waiting for her symptoms to subside so she can return to work. The licensed psychiatric technician works for the state of Colorado and contracted the disease on the job helping clients with developmental disabilities.  Her state-paid sick days expired and she now must […]

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Colorado’s “doubled-up” households have surged since the recession. That could prolong the housing crunch.

Tim Merrick arrived in Fort Collins with the intention of starting over, of regenerating the work life that had gone bust in Arizona while also living close to his daughter as she attended college nearby.  Then he faced the Colorado conundrum: Where could he find affordable housing? Living off his Social Security while he searched […]

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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, one of the state’s top Republicans, on what’s ahead for the GOP, his city and his future

When John Suthers termed out of statewide office in 2015, after one of the longest runs as Colorado attorney general in state history, the powerful Republican did not slide into retirement. Within six months, he was elected mayor of the second-largest city in the state and quietly began working to jumpstart Colorado Springs’ listless recovery […]

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Brian Watson’s financial history resurfaces as he runs for Colorado treasurer. The Republican says “I’m thankful for those lessons.”

Brian Watson, the Republican candidate for Colorado treasurer, isn’t ashamed to talk about his personal financial history, including tax liens and other troubles during the Great Recession. In fact, he’s written a book about it and even says it gives him a unique experience that makes him better suited to handle the state’s assets. “We […]