Budget & Finance
The Regional Transit District in Colorado needs to increase ridership, so it is looking at the option of using pandemic relief funds to reduce fares, but that idea could spell trouble for the overall budget.
The Biden administration’s proposals to increase funding for physical assets like roads are essential, but should not overshadow the need for digital infrastructure to maximize technology, equity and transparency.
A proposal at the state level to limit local governments in providing broadband services was removed from the final budget agreement. Municipal customers and local officials lobbied vigorously against the effort.
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority plans to purchase eight electric buses using federal funds. The money, from the Federal Transit Administration, is the largest grant for a regional transit authority this year.
The gov tech software firm has bought Data Preservation Solutions in a deal that will help Kofile offer more digital documentation services to local governments. Kofile already serves 3,000 government clients.
Rail travel has been a particular point of discussion in the state in recent months, with some calling for a new high-speed rail network to connect New York and New England and drastically reduce travel time in the region.
To compete globally and optimize our nation’s productivity, America needs to invest quickly in its digital future by spending the money needed for public access to — and technical leadership in — the digital world.
Zero-trust security depends on strong verification methods. Analyzing user behavior can help — if agencies have the automation power to make that data an asset, not a liability, said Palo Alto Networks’ Paul Calatayud.
OpenGov is acquiring ProcureNow, a five-year-old startup, in order to expand its offerings so government customers can run budgeting, procurement and financial operations all using the same vendor.
The county recently migrated nearly 20 years worth of financial data into a new ERP system, a move officials hope will ensure improved efficiency across financial operations for years to come.
Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law that commits $5.4 billion toward state transportation projects, including more charging infrastructure and incentives for residents to purchase electric vehicles.
State, local and county governments officials testified that they need continually renewed, flexible funding to fend off increasing cyber threats during a U.S. Senate hearing yesterday.
Plus, Philadelphia launches new cross-sector household Internet assessment survey, Ohio has built a distracted driving dashboard, and Los Angeles is working to help young people impacted by the digital divide.
The Montgomery County Public Schools district is transitioning all 1,400 school buses to electric models, aggressively retiring diesel buses as more districts explore funding and cleaner transportation options.
The GOP-led budget committee voted to borrow $125 million for broadband expansion projects throughout the state, overriding Gov. Tony Evers’ initial proposal of about $200 million over the biennium.
The Kandiyohi County commissioners reached a consensus this week, committing $1,314,386 to a project that will expand high-speed broadband to Dovre, Mamre, St. Johns and Arctander townships.