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Michigan Legislature eases processing of absentee ballots

Sep. 24, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to made it easier for clerks to process a surge in absentee ballots in the battleground state's presidential election by letting them start a day earlier than normal. Election officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer envelopes until 7 a.m....

Dallas approves $3.8B budget that increases police spending

Sep. 24, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas City Council approved a $3.8 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year that includes increasing police spending by nearly $8 million despite calls to cut the department's funding. After meeting for more than 12 hours on Wednesday, the overall budget of about $3.8 billion was passed...

North Carolina city votes to reduce police budget by 3%

Sep. 23, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A city in western North Carolina has voted to decrease its police budget by 3% amid calls from protestors to cut the funds in half. The Asheville City Council on Tuesday approved a $29.3 million police budget in a 5-2 vote. The cuts make up a $770,000 reduction to the $30.1 million...

Baltimore City Schools to lay off 450 employees, halt hiring

Sep. 23, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore City Schools plans to lay off about 450 temporary employees and halt hiring systemwide as it tries to make up for a $21 million budget shortfall incurred during the coronavirus pandemic, according to school officials. The layoffs, affecting many full-time employees, including...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 15, 2020, file photo, Seattle Police officers walk past people holding signs and flags during a rally in support of police and other law enforcement officers, in front of City Hall in Seattle. The group was met by a small group of counter-protesters from Black Lives Matter and other groups. Seattle will reduce the police department’s budget and reallocate some money to community programs after the City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of adjustments to this year’s budget. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Seattle City Council overrides mayor's veto of policing cuts

Sep. 22, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle will reduce the police department’s budget and reallocate some money to community programs after the City Council voted Tuesday evening to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s vetoes of adjustments to this year’s budget. The council’s proposals approved last...

Milwaukee mayor's budget proposal cuts 120 police officers

Sep. 22, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett would reduce the city's police force by 120 positions in his proposed 2021 budget. Barrett is presenting the $1.5 billion budget to the Common Council Tuesday. The police positions would be reduced through attrition. The mayor's budget cuts about $430,000 from...

Montgomery County schools face $100M shortfall

Sep. 22, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Public schools in Maryland's Montgomery County are bracing for a major blow to funding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. WTOP reported Tuesday that the school district is mulling deep budget cuts for fiscal year 2022. Montgomery County school officials said at a virtual...

Anchorage projects $17M budget shortfall due to coronavirus

Sep. 21, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The municipal government of Alaska's largest city has projected a $17 million revenue shortfall for 2020 because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. The loss represents 3% of the general government operating budget for Anchorage, The Anchorage Daily News reported on...

County exec pitches diversion program, sheriff’s office cuts

Sep. 17, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — King County Executive Dow Constantine in Seattle this week proposed several initiatives that would reduce funding to the county Sheriff’s Office, shift resources from the traditional criminal system toward community-based alternatives and move away from longstanding fare enforcement...

Denver rejects deal with police that would've given raises

Sep. 15, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Denver City Council has rejected a proposed contract negotiated with the union for police officers that would have raised pay by 3% in 2022 while eliminating paid vacation days and reducing pension fund payments next year. The council voted 8-5 late Monday against the deal, which critics...