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R.I. business groups oppose Raimondo’s $29M tax proposal

Rhode Island businesses are objecting to Gov. Gina Raimondo’s latest budget-plugging plan, which would increase some tax bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Raimondo wants to restore a limit on the amount of business losses that can be deducted from state income taxes, after the federal CARES Act coronavirus relief bill eliminated it for the last three years. The increase in deductions allowed by the CARES Act is estimated to cost the state $29 million over two years.

But trade groups, business advocates and accountants say small businesses need all the help they can get to survive losses from the pandemic, not retroactive tax payments.

“By disallowing this deduction at the state level, the state would be increasing the burden on small business when they can least afford the increase,” Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce lobbyist Elizabeth Suever wrote in a letter to the House Finance Committee.

The Raimondo

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Split SEC OKs Plan To Toughen Shareholder Proposal Rules

Law360 (September 23, 2020, 8:08 PM EDT) — A divided Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday agreed to impose stiffer requirements for shareholders seeking to submit ballot proposals, drawing rebukes from critics who argue the changes favor corporate executives at the expense of investors.

By a 3-2 vote, the SEC enacted rules that raise thresholds affecting the ability of shareholders to submit new proposals or resubmit proposals that have previously failed. The SEC majority supporting the move, all of whom fill Republican seats, described the changes as modest fixes to outdated rules that have not been updated since 1998 and 1954, respectively.

Supporters also said the new 195-page rule reflects…

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R.I. business groups oppose Raimondo’s $29M tax proposal – News – providencejournal.com

Rhode Island businesses are objecting to Gov. Gina Raimondo’s latest budget-plugging plan, which would increase some tax bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Raimondo wants to restore a limit on the amount of business losses that can be deducted from state income taxes, after the federal CARES Act coronavirus relief bill eliminated it for the last three years. The increase in deductions allowed by the CARES Act is estimated to cost the state $29 million over two years.

But trade groups, business advocates and accountants say small businesses need all the help they can get to survive losses from the pandemic, not retroactive tax payments.


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A Beginner’s Guide to Requests for Proposal (RFPs)



a stack of flyers on a table: Project Proposal written on a blue sticky on top of a stack of documents next to a keyboard


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Project Proposal written on a blue sticky on top of a stack of documents next to a keyboard

It’s not the most glamorous part of a project, but the request for proposal process is where your project succeeds or fails — even before it begins.

Get the RFP process wrong, and you risk hiring an unqualified contractor without the skills to complete the project or with an unrealistic plan that causes your project to be heavily delayed and way over budget. By putting a lot of effort into the RFP process, you protect your project from disaster.

Managing RFP bids requires good document control, and it’s a key part of project planning. This guide will describe what the RFP process is and how to put it to work for you.

Overview: What is a request for proposal (RFP)?

A request for proposal is a document businesses use

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NJBPU approves PSE&G’s $1B Clean Energy Future proposal

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future proposal Wednesday, clearing the way for the state’s largest utility to commit $1 billion toward energy efficiency investments over the next three years.

PSE&G said in an announcement on the investment’s approval that it’s expected to provide environmental benefits and reduce customer bills while creating jobs and boosting New Jersey’s economy.

PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future proposal aligns with Gov. Phil Murphy’s commitment to clean energy.

“Today’s decision will allow us to bring the benefits of energy efficiency to every customer and give them options to reduce their energy use, save money and shrink their carbon footprint,” said PSEG Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Izzo in a prepared statement. “New Jersey now has the opportunity to be at the forefront of clean energy policy and be a role model for the nation.”

The $1 billion plan includes

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Full review needed for sand-mining proposal


The provincial government is currently considering a plan for a sand-processing facility about 35 kilometres east of Winnipeg. Given the controversy surrounding this proposal, officials would do well to expand their due diligence into double-due diligence.

CanWhite Sands wants to remove 1.6 million tonnes of sand per year at the facility in the RM of Springfield, for fracking and other purposes, but the proposal has incurred strong opposition from area residents, environmentalists and opposition politicians who have also alleged unethical business dealings in the past by the CEO of CanWhite.

Despite the protests, the company wants to go ahead because it recognizes good sand when it sees it. The silica sand in the area is of very high purity. It’s ideal to produce silica products such as fiber-optic cable and silicon metal for solar cells, electronic components, construction materials and art supplies, according to the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association.

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Chapman: Why It Failed: A Detailed Look into the City’s Unsuccessful Proposal for a New Outdoor Bus Facility | Columnists

To determine the potential impact on property values, we hired SKJ Real Estate Consulting, a commercial appraiser whose clients include VDOT and the IRS. Specifically, we wanted to know how the facility would affect the Norfolk & Western Building, the most meaningful structure in our neighborhood. It determined:

1. Buildings on the block of Campbell Court sold at significantly lower values compared to similar buildings nearby. (We believe this is tied to the unchecked loitering, drinking and related problems allowed outside of the facility and not the facility itself or its customers.)

2. Polls of local real estate professionals showed large majorities believe closing Campbell Court would help surrounding property values and a relocation to Salem Avenue would hurt surrounding property values. It would, “likely be more severe to residential uses.”

3. It would be hurt by Class V Conditions, including noise, bus exhaust pollution and increased loitering.

4. The

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Sartell zoning proposal to get vote Monday with fewer apartment zones

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Traffic moves through the roundabout Heritage Drive, Fourth Avenue, Leander Avenue and Roberts Road Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Sartell. (Photo: Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com)

SARTELL — A zoning proposal that met resistance from residents will be up for a council vote for a second time Monday with changes to not extend apartment zoning north of Heritage Drive.

The original proposal drew 90 minutes of testimony at a Sept. 14 council meeting from residents on Huntington Drive, a neighborhood off of Heritage Drive that has been sandwiched between rapid apartment development on the east and west in recent years. Residents were concerned the growth in apartments had brought increased traffic and more crime to the area.

More: Proposed zoning changes meet resistance from Sartell’s Huntington neighborhood

At a special meeting Tuesday, Mayor Ryan Fitzthum, city staff and council members discussed five empty plots of land that would have

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King County Councilmember says executive’s budget proposal is a ‘recipe for disaster’

A demonstrator holds a U.S. flag upside down during a picket and rally outside the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine as part of the nationwide Strike For Black Lives on July 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

King County Executive Dow Constantine released his budget proposal for 2021-2022 to the King County Council on Tuesday.

Councilmember Reagan Dunn joined the Dori Monson Show on KIRO Radio after he picked up the briefing book, and just before the executive’s budget presentation.

“I got a chance to take a first look at the executive’s approach to fighting crime in King County, and it’s discouraging news,” Dunn said.

“It’s not going to do anything to reduce crime. It’s going to increase crime,” he added. “It’s substantially cutting the number of sheriff’s deputies that we’ll see on our streets.”

The proposal takes 12 deputies off the board right

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Proposal to accelerate lifting county shutdown will be revisited on Oct. 6

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to table the vote on a proposed two-month plan to lift all public health regulations in the county.

The board voted 3-2 to reconvene on Oct. 6 to once again vote on District 5 Supervisor Jeff Hewitt’s three-phase plan to reopen the county’s businesses after Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Karen Spiegel want to make several minor amendments to the proposal.

Supervisors Manuel Perez & Chuck Washington voted against the proposal altogether.

The vote came after several hours of public comment from residents, many of whom were in-person advocating for reopening and completely dropping the public health orders.

County CEO George Johnson said at the meeting over $700 million in state funding could potentially be at-risk if board voted to defy the state’s orders and pass Hewitt’s reopening proposal.

Note: An additional $91 million in
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