With federal aid stalled, no help for California budget cuts


FILE – In this May 26, 2020, file photo, members of the state Assembly meet to discuss the state budget at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. With more coronavirus aid for states still tied up in Congress, California is looking at implementing billions of dollars of budget cuts later this week.


When state lawmakers in July cut $150 million from the California court system, they

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With Federal Aid Stalled, No Help for California Budget Cuts | California News

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When state lawmakers in July cut $150 million from the California court system, they offered this hope to stressed-out administrators: The cuts would vanish if Congress sent the state more money before Oct. 15.

Riverside County Superior Court officials were optimistic. They stopped buying things and halted all travel and training but put off more painful cuts while they waited for

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Federal judge blocks Texas from limiting ballot drop-off sites

  • A US federal judge ruled on Friday preventing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott from reducing the number of mail-in ballot drop-off sites to one site per country, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
  • Abbott’s order would have required people to travel for miles just to reach one ballot drop-off location, which Democrats saw as voter suppression.
  • US District Judge Robert Pitman wrote that Abbott’s order would have created for elderly and disabled
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The federal budget might offer write-offs and subsidies, but for Victoria’s recovery, the ball is in Dan Andrews’ court

The federal budget has left the field open for the Andrews government to develop a strategy for the state’s recovery, including targeted measures that revive Melbourne as Australia’s leading city for tourism, sports, entertainment, arts, culture, major events and population growth.

Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews are posing for a picture: Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews

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Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews

Victoria’s reputation has been battered in this crisis, and it’s not enough to leave the recovery to individual businesses.

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Federal Budget 2020 reveals Australia headed to record debt of almost $1 trillion

Billions of dollars in fast-tracked tax cuts and younger worker wage subsidies underline the Federal Government’s budget recovery pitch, as Australia’s recession sends debt and deficits to record levels.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s coronavirus-delayed Budget includes $50 billion to bring forward tax cuts and $4 billion in subsidies for businesses to hire unemployed workers aged between 16 and 35.

The focus of the Budget is getting those who lost their jobs

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U.S. Airlines Await New Shot at Federal Aid as Pelosi, Mnuchin Talk | Investing News

By Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airlines were again holding out hope for another $25 billion in payroll aid after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed the possibility of standalone legislation for the struggling sector on Wednesday.

Their conversation was the latest in a series of turbulent developments on relief prospects in recent weeks for airlines, which last week began the furlough

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Federal Budget 2020: Winners and losers


These are some of the winners and losers in Josh Frydenberg’s 2020 Budget, which has been inevitably defined by the coronavirus pandemic.


Winner: Taxpayers

The Government is bringing forward its second stage of tax cuts, which means millions of Australians will have more money in their wallets potentially from the end of October.

It’s planning on back-dating the cuts to July this year, and, to make up for

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Hundreds of NJ hotels may close forever without federal help

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the entire travel industry but a new report finds the hotel industry in New Jersey is on the brink of collapse.

A survey of hotel industry owners, operators and employees conducted for the American Hotel & Lodging Association finds 68% of hotels have less than half of their normal staff working full-time; 74% say more layoffs are planned; and half of

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Federal stimulus impasse endangers California budget relief

A new infusion of federal aid looks increasingly unlikely to materialize in the coming weeks, dimming hopes that California will restore billions of dollars state leaders trimmed from the budget as part of an agreement with Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The final budget deal included more than $11 billion in cuts and deferrals that would be restored if the state receives $14 billion in federal Covid-19 relief by Oct. 15. The

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Maine could lose 2/3 of hotels without new federal stimulus, survey finds

The pandemic-strapped hotel industry is on the brink of national collapse with Maine standing to lose two-thirds of hotels and direct lodging jobs if Congress doesn’t approve more aid soon, according to a survey released Tuesday by a national hotel association.

The state already had 4,498 fewer direct jobs in the hotel industry from the beginning of the pandemic until September due to the coronavirus and a total of 9,810

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Government to announce $61m environment and heritage package in Federal Budget

Marine life, recreational fishers and eco-tourism operators are the focus of a $61.7 million environment and heritage package to be announced in next week’s Federal Budget.


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Federal help sought for struggling hotel industry | Local News

Advocates for the nation’s hotel and lodging industry expressed dire concerns on Tuesday about the state of their business amid COVID-19, with several representatives saying immediate help from the federal government is needed to stave off hotel closures and job losses in the coming weeks and months. 

During a press conference involving media members from around the country, representatives from the American Hotel & Lodging Association called on members of

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Report: Without more federal aid, half of U.S. hotels could close with massive layoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Music City was greeted with more grim news Thursday.

“Nashville is taking a beating,” said Rob Mortensen, President and CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association, in response to a new survey released this week by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association conducted a survey of more than 1,000 members from September 14-16, 2020. Survey topics included the hotel’s

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Federal government commits $1B for cities to buy motels, hotels for rapid-housing program

A homeless encampment in Wilbert McIntyre Park in Edmonton's Old Strathcona. Sept. 17, 2020.

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A homeless encampment in Wilbert McIntyre Park in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona. Sept. 17, 2020.

The federal Liberals plan to spend $1 billion over the next six months so cities and housing providers can buy properties being sold because of the COVID-19 pandemic and use them to keep people from becoming homeless.

The details of the program unveiled Monday fill what was seen as a gap in the

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