How Lower-Income Americans Get Cheated on Property Taxes

Many homeowners are paying a total of billions of dollars extra because of inequities in assessing property values.

#black-people, #cook-county-ill, #income-inequality, #local-government, #minorities, #property-taxes, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #taxation

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Border Towns Brace for More Migrants as the Border Slowly Reopens

Small towns in Texas and Arizona are seeing dozens of migrants arriving each day, in some cases straining local resources. More are coming, federal officials warn.

#asylum-right-of, #border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #local-government, #mayorkas-alejandro, #texas

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As Cuomo Reels, Pleas for Political Support Come From His Vaccine Czar

Larry Schwartz, whom Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put in charge of the state’s vaccination efforts, called some county executives about support for the governor.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-department-nys, #local-government, #new-york-state, #schwartz-lawrence-s, #sexual-harassment, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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In One Afghanistan District, an Unofficial Cease-Fire With the Taliban

An unofficial cease-fire brokered by local officials, farmers and Taliban forces is an example of how communities, driven by despair, have engineered their own ways to stop the fighting.

#afghan-national-army, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #local-government, #panjwai-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

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Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

A looming hit to tax revenues puts pressure on Congress to deliver relief.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #recession-and-depression, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #republican-party, #senate, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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To Plug a Pension Gap, This City Rented Its Streets. To Itself.

Cities and states issued at least $6.1 billion in pension bonds last year. Novel ways to do so include renting property they already own under dummy corporations.

#california, #california-public-employees-retirement-system, #government-bonds, #local-government, #municipal-bonds, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #states-us, #west-covina-calif

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New Boston Police Leader Put on Leave as Domestic Abuse Allegations Surface

The mayor said the 1999 abuse allegations “were not known to me or my staff” when the commissioner, Dennis White, was sworn in.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boston-globe, #domestic-violence, #local-government, #police, #police-department-boston-mass, #walsh-martin-j, #white-dennis-a-1961

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Inside the Shadowy Militias Luring Unsuspecting Afghans to Fight, or Die

Afghanistan’s poor are being deceived into defending outposts from the Taliban, sometimes under the guise of construction work — a scheme partially bankrolled by the government.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #balkh-province-afghanistan, #ghani-ashraf, #local-government, #noor-atta-mohammad, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Struggling Local Governments May Get Help From the Private Sector

As their fiscal woes become worse, some government officials are looking more closely at public-private partnerships as a way to jump-start their economies.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #infrastructure-public-works, #local-government, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How the U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure

After the White House declined to pursue a unified national strategy, governors faced off against lobbyists, health experts and a restless public consumed by misinformation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #governors-us, #local-government, #states-us

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Fear Spreads in Minnesota Town as ‘Extremist Group’ Moves to Open Church

Many residents of Murdock, Minn., said they were horrified that an organization condemned by watchdogs as a white supremacist hate group would open a church. City leaders said they had little choice but to grant a permit.

#asatru-folk-assembly, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #local-government, #murdock-minn, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #whites, #zoning

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China Has All It Needs to Vaccinate Millions, Except Proof Its Vaccines Work

Across the country, local governments plan to inoculate 50 million people by early next year. But the vaccines have not officially been approved.

#china, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Kentucky Hurting While Awaiting Federal Pandemic Aid

Urban and rural fortunes diverge in the state, with the pandemic compounding troubles that predated it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-aid-us, #government-employees, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #paul-rand, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment

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A $900 Billion Plan Would Help the Economy, but Not Fix It

While a compromise package gaining steam in Congress would provide urgent help to the economy, some people and businesses would be left out in the cold.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #senate, #small-business, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Blue States and Red, Pandemic Upends Public Services and Jobs

As a standoff over federal aid persists, state and local governments are making deep budget cuts. “Everything’s going to slow down,” one official said.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #states-us, #taxation, #united-states-economy

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Ransomware Attack Closes Baltimore County Public Schools

The attack, first discovered late Tuesday, disrupted the district’s websites and remote learning programs, as well as its grading and email systems, officials said.

#baltimore-county-md, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #extortion-and-blackmail, #local-government, #privacy

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Chinese Statue to Goddess of Beauty Sparks Debate

As China fights to end extreme poverty while also recovering from the economic damage of the coronavirus, the supposed wisdom of building huge statues in poorer areas to grow tourism is coming under harsh scrutiny.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #local-government, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #poverty

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Is Trump Trying to Take the Economy Down With Him?

His Treasury secretary is shackling the nation’s central bank and closing an emergency program for local governments.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #local-government, #municipal-bonds

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A Third Member of the Cincinnati City Council Is Charged With Corruption

The charges against Alexander Sittenfeld, a mayoral hopeful, stunned local political leaders and reinforced what federal prosecutors have called a “culture of corruption” that has undermined trust in City Hall.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cincinnati-ohio, #city-councils, #corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #dennard-tamaya, #local-government, #pastor-jeffrey, #sittenfeld-alexander

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‘Tsunamis of Misinformation’ Overwhelm Local Election Officials

From Philadelphia to Sonoma County, Calif., election officials said they were working marathon hours to fight a flood of falsehoods.

#absentee-voting, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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California Tax Revolt Faces a Retreat, 40 Years Later

Proposition 13 in 1978 curbed property tax increases. Now voters may strip protection for commercial buildings, helping hard-hit local budgets.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jarvis-howard-1903-86, #landlords, #local-government, #political-advertising, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #recession-and-depression, #referendums, #small-business

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A Common Retort After Insensitive Remarks by Elected Leaders: Resign

Officials have long atoned for their racist and inappropriate comments. But unlike years past, when apologies might have been enough, they have also been asked to step down.

#apologies, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #blackduck-minn, #carbon-hill-ala, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #endicott-ny, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #harper-woods-mich, #healdsburg-calif, #henry-brian-1967, #local-government, #luray-va, #mayors, #pawleys-island-sc, #petal-miss, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media

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The Fed’s $4 Trillion Lifeline Never Materialized. Here’s Why.

The Federal Reserve was meant to take $454 billion and drastically expand it. So far, it has lent $20 billion.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #federal-reserve-system, #house-of-representatives, #interest-rates, #local-government, #mnuchin-steven-t, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #stocks-and-bonds, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Man Arrested After Threatening Wichita Mayor Over Face Masks

Text messages from the man contained a “very descriptive plan of execution,” including locating the mayor, hanging him and turning him into fertilizer, Mayor Brandon Whipple said.

#brandon-whipple, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #local-government, #masks, #meredith-dowty, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #wichita-kan

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Trump Is Killing the Economy Out of Spite

So what will he do if he loses the election?

#federal-state-relations-us, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #small-business, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As China Ages, a Push to Add Elevators Offers a New Kind of Economic Relief

China’s premier wants to retrofit three million older apartment buildings all over the country, but he still needs political buy-in at the top.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elderly, #elevators-and-escalators, #guangzhou-china, #li-keqiang, #local-government, #politics-and-government

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The G.O.P. Plot to Sabotage 2021

Republicans are already acting as if there’s no next year.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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Conflicting Virus Data in Texas Raises Distrust of the Government

Delays, discrepancies and abrupt leaps in coronavirus case and death counts in Texas have baffled residents and frustrated local officials. Here is what has gone awry.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #harris-county-tex, #hidalgo-county-tex, #local-government, #nueces-county-tex, #states-us, #statistics, #texas

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Police Chief Cheated to Get His Job, and Officers Helped, U.S. Says

Armando J. Perez, the police chief of Bridgeport, Conn., and another official were charged with conspiring to rig the hiring process to ensure Mr. Perez got the top job.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bridgeport-conn, #connecticut, #corruption-institutional, #dunn-david-1948, #frauds-and-swindling, #ganim-joseph-p, #local-government, #perez-armando-j-1955, #police, #police-department-bridgeport-conn

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Seven Election Day Nightmares

We asked security experts to tell us what keeps them up at night — and what to do about it.

#absentee-voting, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #elections-house-of-representatives, #local-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-machines

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Selling the Census Last Minute, With Cowboys and Sudoku

Worried that people won’t be counted, community groups and local governments are spending big to get the word out. “It’s an absolute panic,” one executive said.

#advertising-and-marketing, #census, #census-bureau, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #local-government, #mobile-applications, #telemundo-communications-group-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #univision

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Less Music, More Trash: Cities and States Line Up Billions in Cuts

With lawmakers in Washington at odds over sending more aid, local officials are slashing funding for everything from orchestra subsidies to composting to education.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #moodys-investors-service-inc, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Trump Never Stops Talking About ‘Our Suburbs’

Political polarization along racial lines is worst in small towns and suburbs, where more than half of African-Americans live.

#black-people, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #rural-areas, #suburbs, #trump-donald-j

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The Recession Is About to Slam Cities. Not Just the Blue-State Ones.

Those with budgets that rely heavily on tourism, sales taxes or direct state assistance will face particular distress.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #local-government, #recession-and-depression, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #states-us, #taxation

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China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

Strong sales at China’s biggest construction equipment maker show Beijing’s strategy for recovery after the virus. But while the company, XCMG, is prospering, the rest of the economy is struggling.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #high-speed-rail-projects, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-trade-and-world-market, #local-government, #machinery-and-equipment, #railroads, #xi-jinping, #xuzhou-china, #xuzhou-construction-machinery-group

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N.Y.C.’s Budget and a Cut to N.Y.P.D. Funding, Explained

A city government reporter for The Times explains New York’s grim fiscal reality, and the moves meant to placate calls to defund the police.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #black-lives-matter-movement, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #johnson-corey, #local-government, #mtv-video-music-awards, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform

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The Scandal of the Predatory City

Local governments should not shore up their budgets by preying on the very people Covid-19 hit the hardest.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detroit-mich, #ferguson-mo, #local-government, #new-orleans-la, #property-taxes, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #recession-and-depression, #urban-areas

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Mayor de Blasio, Don’t Make New York’s Budget Crisis Worse

Borrowing $7 billion without smart spending cuts will leave the city in a yearslong fiscal bind.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-department-nyc, #johnson-corey, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government, #stringer-scott-m

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Will the Coronavirus Kill What’s Left of Americans’ Faith in Washington?

In 2019, just 17 percent of Americans said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing. The pandemic appears to be eroding their faith even more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #local-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coronavirus Wrecked Tesla’s Momentum and Elon Musk Is Furious

Mr. Musk opened his California factory this week in defiance of local orders. He has also criticized the response to the pandemic as “dumb” and “fascist.”

#alameda-county-calif, #automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fremont-calif, #high-net-worth-individuals, #local-government, #musk-elon, #newsom-gavin, #shutdowns-institutional, #tesla-motors-inc

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Big Government? For Now, Most Americans Say Bring It On

Battered by the coronavirus, the American public is increasingly looking to the federal government to provide an economic lifeline, polls suggest.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #polls-and-public-opinion, #senate, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy

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Officials Say Limits on Virus Relief Funds for States Are Too Tight

Lawmakers and other officials are seeking more flexibility in spending federal emergency aid even as Republicans resist allocating more dollars.

#brown-sherrod, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #epidemics, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #mnuchin-steven-t, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bankruptcy Didn’t Help Detroit Fight the Coronavirus

Cities should avoid bankruptcy. It hasn’t helped Detroit.

#bankruptcies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #dayton-ohio, #detroit-mich, #federal-taxes-us, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #medicaid, #property-taxes, #san-jose-calif, #stockton-calif, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #unemployment, #wages-and-salaries, #warren-elizabeth

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Financial Aid to Struggling States Is Next Big Congressional Battle

Mitch McConnell said states should file for bankruptcy, but there is broad agreement that Washington will have to bail out local governments suffering economic pain from the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-state-relations-us, #governors-us, #house-of-representatives, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McConnell to Every State: Drop Dead

Blocking federal aid is vile, but it’s also hypocritical.

#bankruptcies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #kentucky, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #states-us, #taxation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coronavirus Forces Cities to Pause Climate Projects, Raising Future Risks

Faced with falling revenue and virus-related burdens, local officials are delaying sea walls and other projects to protect cities from climate change.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #federal-budget-us, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #local-government

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Why Some Republicans Are Blocking New Coronavirus Relief

Anti-government ideology is crippling pandemic policy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #small-business, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans Don’t Want to Save Jobs

Billions for oil, nothing for nurses and teachers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-employees, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #local-government, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #postal-service-us, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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