Police officials are urging city leaders to use $500,000 of coronavirus relief funds to purchase ShotSpotter, the gunshot detection software. Officials are reviewing the funding rules to see if the purchase is legal.
Absent any federal financial help, Gov. Charlie Baker has patched together a multi-million dollar package from COVID relief funds and the state budget that will help assist housing, small business owners and job seekers.
Mayor Jenny Durkan's move, made as the city faces a $300 million shortfall in 2020, has triggered criticism from some council members. The funds were to combat displacement and advance community equity.
By Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times | October 19, 2020
The rules the president has pushed through have successfully lowered immigration numbers to the lowest in decades, but many experts are concerned about the impact the restrictions will have on job growth and the economy.
By Don Lee and Molly O'Toole, Los Angeles Times | October 12, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic encouraged Americans to begin relying more on fintech for things like check deposits and money transfers. As the change becomes permanent, some financial firms are having to catch up to the tech.
A Multnomah County study found that publicly funded broadband is too expensive to be feasible. Now the county must seek out cheaper, maybe less effective, options to ensure that every household has access to the Internet.