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Governor signs bill allowing remote municipal meetings

Jan. 15, 2022 10:56 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill into law allowing municipal governments to pass budgets with pre-printed ballots for their annual town meetings this year and to hold informational meetings about budgets remotely as COVID-19 continues to spread in the state. ...

Newsom rejects claims his homelessness plan isn't working

Jan. 12, 2022 20:39 PM EST

PARAMOUNT, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday rejected claims by the sheriff of California’s most populous county that record spending on homelessness initiatives isn’t putting a dent in the problem of people living in the streets and the state isn't held accountable for where the...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 12, 2022 16:07 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. January 12, 2022. Editorial: Be Deliberate With Charter Schools A legislative watchdog group that analyzes the performance of state agencies recently released a report about the funding of charter schools in Mississippi and the board that...

Vermont legislature authorizes remote municipal meetings

Jan. 08, 2022 08:16 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature is authorizing municipal governments and school districts to pass budgets with pre-printed ballots this year to help cope with the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Those bodies are now also authorized to hold remote informational meetings...

Vermont town to keep traditional town meeting voting process

Dec. 19, 2021 13:38 PM EST

ATHENS, Vt. (AP) — Voters in the tiny town of Athens have decided to keep their traditional Town Meeting with voting and discussion on the floor but have opted to elect town officers by secret ballot. A special town meeting was held Wednesday. Voters said they...

Longtime councilman appointed Goodyear mayor

Dec. 18, 2021 16:37 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Goodyear City Councilman Joe Pizillo has been appointed mayor following the death of the city's leader, Georgia Lord. Pizillo was first elected to the City Council in 2009 and also served as acting mayor a decade ago, according to a city news release. He was...

Black councilman nudges Portland center on post-protest path

Dec. 09, 2021 12:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s largest city was at the center of the movement to defund the police amid outrage that swept the nation after the murder of George Floyd, but more than a year later the sustained protests in Portland have largely faded away. Now, the city is seeking...

Pandemic financially devastated minority-led nonprofits

Dec. 08, 2021 18:16 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Tiffany Turner-Allen said she is tired of her nonprofit organization and workers being seen as resilient and coworkers calling themselves martyrs to their community causes. “We’re expected to do good and do well from a place of scarcity,” said...

Richmond set to lose millions in state education funding

Dec. 04, 2021 16:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond is set to lose millions in state education funding next year. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports state officials have determined that the city will be responsible for a greater share of school costs split between the state and local...

West Seattle Bridge repairs slated to finish by mid-2022

Nov. 30, 2021 15:17 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday that repairs on the closed West Seattle Bridge are on schedule and the bridge should reopen for vehicular traffic sometime in mid-2022. Durkan said in a news conference that the city is on time and on budget, adding...