Local News

City Workers Get A Raise When Laid Up
Private-Sector Counterparts Get Less

Colorado Springs city government employees get substantial raises for not working when injured. They have a built in financial incentive to stay home, though it’s not clear whether any indulge it. CLICK HERE for the full article.
March 17, 2011

Big State Budget Cuts Won’t Be Fun
Hickenlooper Lives In Economic Reality

It’s a sad week in Colorado, after Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday proposed severe state budget cuts. If enacted by the Legislature, teachers will lose jobs, students will suffer, four state parks will close and state colleges will see less funding. Everyone will feel it.  CLICK HERE for the full article.
February 17, 2011

Council Punts Idea Of Learning City’s Total Pension Obligation
With only a couple months left in office, the Colorado Springs City Council passed on a proposal Monday to determine the combined pension obligations of the city government and its enterprises.  CLICK HERE for full article.
February 7, 2011

Memorial Reveals PERA Replacement
In an e-mail to employees Wednesday, Memorial Health System’s leaders laid out the retirement plan they hope to implement if the city-owned hospital is eventually spun off as an independent nonprofit and leaves the state’s Public Employees Retirement Association.  CLICK HERE for full article.
January 26, 2011

City Council and Mayor “stunned”
by the cost of buying out the Memorial Hospital employees pension liability (PERA).
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January 25, 2011

Memorial Health System
$246M Pera Tab Sinks April Nonprofit Vote

Getting Memorial Health System out of the state’s Public Employees’ Retirement Association would cost a staggering $246.2 million, Colorado Springs City Council members learned Monday. The huge tab led the council to shelve plans to put a proposal to turn Memorial Health System into an independent nonprofit on the April ballot.  CLICK HERE for full article.
January 25, 2011

Pension Tension
The sweet retirement deal public employees enjoy just may spoil a few things for the rest of us. CLICK HERE for the full article.
January 23, 2011

Decision Time
City Council must vote next week whether to put the Memorial issue on April’s ballot. CLICK HERE for full article.
January 23, 2011

Pressure Mounting To Delay Memorial Vote
Days before the Colorado Springs City Council decides whether to put Memorial Health System’s future on the April ballot, pressure is building to delay the vote until November or later.  CLICK HERE for full article.
January 21, 2011

Memorial Health System
Denver Hospital Weighs In On Future
Campaigns To Delay April Election On Memorial

A Denver hospital giant is working overtime to persuade the Colorado Springs City Council to reconsider putting Memorial Health System’s future on the April ballot. CLICK HERE for full article.
January 6, 2011

Memorial Would Make Payments To Springs
Task Force Trying To Gain Voter Support

An independent Memorial Health System would make a one-time $5 million payment to a foundation set up to promote health care in Colorado Springs and would make yearly payments of at least $500,000, a City Council task force laying out plans to free the city-owned hospital agreed Tuesday. CLICK HERE for full article.
January 5, 2011

Area Employment
Forbes Is Bearer Of Bad News For Job Hunters

Here’s a lump of coal in the city’s Christmas stocking: Colorado Springs tied for the worst job outlook in the country for the winter, according to a Forbes list based on the quarterly Manpower employment outlook survey. CLICK HERE for full article.
December 22, 2010

Living Costs Rise, Still Low.
Living costs in the Colorado Springs area were a mixed bag during the third quarter — moving closer to the national average, yet remaining near the lowest levels of the past 20 years as the local economy struggles to emerge from the recession. CLICK HERE for full article.
December 22, 2010

The Springs Among Safest U.S. Cities
Fiscal Restraint Hasn’t Caused High Crime

Colorado Springs — the media symbol of danger caused by limited-government extremism — is the 14th-safest big city in the country. CLICK HERE for the full article.
December 10, 2010

Springs Sales Tax Collection
12 Straight Months Of Up
“Recession Is Over When It Comes To Retail”
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November 15, 2010

Colorado Springs Police Department.
‘Good Old Days’ Are History, Chief Says. Low-Priority Calls Can Wait In The ‘New Normal’.
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November 1, 2010

City Council
Therapeutic recreation backers protest deep budget cuts.
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October 29, 2010

Colorado Springs’ Do-It-Yourself Government
The citizens of Colorado Springs must decide how much they want from their government, and how much they’re willing to pay for it.
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September, 2010

The Springs City Manager Separates Budget, Finance Offices
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July 29, 2010

Memorial: Better off out of PERA?
Memorial Health System employees, worried that a sale of the network will eliminate their state-run pensions, could be better off under a different retirement plan.
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July 10th, 2010

Too Generous?
City audit reveals costly policies regarding workers’ compensation for illnesses and injuries that happen on — and even off — the job.
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May 20, 2010