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THE FUTURE OF Finance

THE FUTURE OF Finance

Grand Rapids Police Want COVID Funds for Gunshot Detection

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.

By Michael Kransz, mlive.com  |  October 28, 2020
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Money Matters: Voters to Decide Major Tax Initiatives

Arizona, California and Illinois are just some of the states that have significant tax measures on the ballot that could impact billions in state revenue for years to come.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  October 28, 2020
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The Misunderstood Math of Defunding the Police

There isn't enough money there to significantly redress urban inequalities. The best way forward is to rethink law enforcement budgets for better policing and to de-fang unions that shield bad cops.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  October 27, 2020
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Massachusetts Gov Proposes Millions for State Stimulus

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.

By Steph Solis, masslive.com  |  October 23, 2020
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Seattle’s Budget Plans Would Eliminate $30M Equity Fund

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
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Oklahoma City Gives More Funds to Minority Small Businesses

The city council has approved $2.75 million from the city’s CARES Act funding to support Black business owners who weren’t eligible for aid from federal pandemic relief programs.

By Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman  |  October 16, 2020
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Trump Immigration Policies Have Negative Impact on Economy

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
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To Revive Air Travel, Bring COVID Testing to the Airport

Fear of contagion en route is keeping travelers on the ground, crushing local businesses and regional economies. Airport authorities should band together to establish on-site rapid testing.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  October 13, 2020
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COVID Accelerates FinTech Adoption for Users and Companies

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.

By Keith Lewis, CQ-Roll Call  |  October 8, 2020
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Oregon County Estimates Public Internet Would Cost $1 Billion

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.

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian  |  October 6, 2020
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California Economy Will Take Several Years to Recover

While some parts of the state’s economy have bounced back, economists have predicted that California’s unemployment rate will not return to it’s pre-COVID rate until late 2024.

By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times  |  September 30, 2020
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