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Survey shows dip in business leaders' confidence in the economy

It was the first pessimistic outlook recorded by the survey since the second quarter of 2011 and the lowest index value since the end of the recession.

How women (and businesses) in Colorado can fight for equal pay

By first understanding and evaluating the wage gap that exists between men and women in Colorado, businesses and individuals alike can take the appropriate actions to remedy and resolve the gap.

Denver Leaders Unveil New Plan for $15 Minimum Wage

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Councilwoman Robin Kniech are proposing the minimum wage hike. This is the result of new legislation, HB19-1210, which gives local governments the authority to set a citywide minimum wage greater than the state constitutional wage.

How Treating Voting Like a Business Could Actually Improve It

In recent election cycles, Colorado (and Denver) have consistently boasted some of the highest voter turnouts in the country. In the 2018 midterm election, the state was ranked at No.2, second only to Minnesota, with 61.9% of eligible voters casting a ballot.

Denver Makes Top 20 List of ‘US Superstar Cities’

Based on Reuters analysis of federal data, Denver ranked as one of the top twenty superstar cities in the U.S., but this might not be a good thing. Following the 2007-2009 recession, the spoils of growth have been divided as some cities thrive and others languish.

New State Incentive Aims to Help Disperse Job Growth

The Remote Rural Work Program kicked off in July to provide additional tax incentives to companies bringing 20 new jobs to the state and hiring at least one remote worker. The aim is to help disperse job-growth prosperity into rural areas.

Tackling Hypocrisy Head On in the Outdoor Recreation Industry

Last week, the Colorado Business Roundtable brought together industry stakeholders to discuss the issues surrounding outdoor recreation. The panel discussion included members from the Outdoor Industry Association, Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Western Governor’s Alliance and the Western Energy Alliance — all of which call Colorado home.

A Game of Chicken: The Politicization of the Federal Reserve

The reason the Federal Reserve is so effective and powerful is because of its political independence. The markets react to what the chair of the Federal Reserve says and in past crises, the Fed’s actions have provided a calming influence when markets panicked.

Why Immigrants Are Good for Colorado’s Economy and Soul

Nearly 550,000 immigrants – or 10% of the state population – call Colorado home. They pay nearly $4.2 billion in local, state and federal taxes and hold nearly $13 billion in spending power.

The Greater Impact of the US-China Trade Tensions

On May 10, trade tensions between the United States and China escalated with the U.S. raising tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Reinventing a Blue-Collar Economy Around Green Energy

The city is moving to re-brand itself as the renewable energy hub of not just Colorado, but more grandly yet, the southwestern United States, as big money slides into the effort to decarbonize the economy

Can Colorado Lead in Economic Sustainability?

In economics, theories have evolved, debates are robust, and data is far more accessible. But virtually all aspects still focus on a growth paradigm. Growth in total output, growth in jobs and growth in incomes.
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