Nassau Humane Society rescues 16 dogs from Puerto Rico amid $150,000 budget deficit

More than a dozen dogs landed in Florida Friday from Puerto Rico and are waiting for their forever home at the Nassau Humane Society.

16 dogs rescued out of Puerto Rico arrive in Nassau County

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However, the humane society is in trouble and $150,000 in the red. The COVID-19 pandemic closed the society’s thrift store for two months and shut down all in-person fundraisers. 

“When they come off the plane and you see little guys like this, it is just so exciting,” said Mandy Holden, operations manager at the Nassau Humane Society.

The pups are among 150 the Big Dog Ranch Rescue flew in from a dilapidated in Puerto Rico, which had just five staff members to care for around 800 dogs. 

“They were all really scared being on a cargo plane across the ocean and then coming into an airport when they’ve never been

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U.S. Budget Gap Tripled in Fiscal 2020 as Government Battled Pandemic

The annual deficit reached 15.2%, the largest since 1945. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington.



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WASHINGTON—The U.S. budget deficit tripled in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday, as the government battled a global pandemic that plunged the country into a recession.

The budget gap in the fiscal year 2020 widened to $3.1 trillion from $984 billion a year earlier, the nonpartisan CBO said. As a share of economic output, the annual deficit reached 15.2%, the largest since 1945, when the country was financing massive military operations to help end World War II.

A surge of federal spending to combat the coronavirus and cushion the U.S. economy, coupled with a drop-off in federal revenues amid widespread shutdowns and layoffs, contributed to the widening deficit this year.

Receipts totaled $3.4 trillion, a 1% decline from the previous year, with much of the drop

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Albanese proposes government spending to aid recovery in budget reply speech

In his budget reply speech, Anthony Albanese has flicked the switch from “we’ll have policies before the next election” to “here, have three policies”.



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a man wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Anthony Albanese says Labor will lift the childcare subsidy, map a plan to encourage more trains and modernise the grid, lowering energy prices and creating jobs.


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Anthony Albanese says Labor will lift the childcare subsidy, map a plan to encourage more trains and modernise the grid, lowering energy prices and creating jobs.

So what were the big ideas the Labor leader unveiled on Thursday night?

Rewiring the nation

Labor will invest $20bn (off budget) to establish a government-owned entity, Rewiring the Nation Corporation, to rebuild and modernise the electricity grid.

Think of it as the NBN Co of the electricity grid, a government body to make investments in infrastructure we all use that delivers an economic benefit but may not be built quickly (or at all) by the private sector.

Related: The arts sector is already suffering. This year’s budget

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Australia to Run Record Budget Deficit as Government Cuts Tax, Boosts Job Support | Investing News

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia pledged billions in tax cuts and measures to boost jobs on Tuesday to help pull the economy out of its historic COVID-19 slump in a budget that tips the country into its deepest deficit on record.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government has unleashed A$300 billion in emergency stimulus to prop up growth this year, having seen the coronavirus derail a previous promise to return the budget to surplus.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Tuesday announced A$17.8 billion in personal tax cuts and A$5.2 billion in new programmes to boost employment in a recovery plan aimed at creating one million new jobs over the next four years.

Those measures are forecast to push the budget deficit out to a record A$213.7 billion, or 11% of gross domestic product, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

“There is no economic recovery

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Budget 2020: Federal government backflips as R&D tax incentive receives AU$2b boost

In handing down its 2020-21 Budget, the Australian government has opened its wallet to provide a AU$2 billion boost in additional research and development tax incentives (RDTI), touting that the amount will help businesses manage the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Research and development, the adoption of digital technology, and affordable and reliable energy will be critical to Australia’s future economic prosperity,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said during his Budget speech.

The federal government detailed in its Budget documents that for small companies, with total annual turnovers of less than AU$20 million, the refundable R&D tax offset will be set at 18.5 percentage points above a company’s tax rate, and the AU$4 million cap on annual cash refunds will be canned.

Meanwhile, for larger firms, with annual turnovers of AU$20 million or more, the government said it will reduce the number of intensity tiers from three to two.

“This will

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Australia tips into record budget deficit as government cuts tax, boosts jobs support

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia pledged billions in tax cuts and measures to boost jobs on Tuesday to help pull the economy out of its historic COVID-19 slump in a budget that tips the country into its deepest deficit on record.

FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government has unleashed A$300 billion in emergency stimulus to prop up growth this year, backpedalling on a previous promise to return the budget to surplus.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Tuesday announced A$17.8 billion in personal tax cuts and A$5.2 billion in new programmes to boost employment in a recovery plan aimed at creating one million new jobs over the next four years.

Those measures are forecast to push the budget deficit out to a record A$213.7 billion, or 11% of gross domestic product, for the fiscal

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Government to finalise “pragmatic” and “realistic” workplace reforms following the federal budget

The federal government is poised to finalise its much-anticipated package of workplace relations reforms within weeks, says Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter, who told an event on Tuesday that the proposed changes will be “pragmatic, appropriately balanced and … realistic in scope”. 



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Addressing the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, Porter revealed the reforms will be finalised in the weeks following the federal budget, which is to be handed down next week on October 6, and introduced into parliament in “coming months”. 

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Since June, Porter has been leading roundtable discussions with employer and union groups in a bid to find middle ground in five key areas of workplace relations reform. 

These areas include the enterprise bargaining system, greenfields agreements, award complexity, compliance and enforcement, and casuals and temporary workers.

Small business advocates had put forward a proposal to do away

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Gov. Whitmer Signs 2021 Michigan Budget Into Law

MICHIGAN — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed her second budget into law, ensuring that Michigan has its spending plan in place prior to the start of the new fiscal year on Oct 1.

The governor said the budget delivers on many of her signature priorities, including the Michigan Reconnect program for a tuition-free pathway for adults, funding for the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program to ensure women have the care they need for a healthy pregnancy and expanding access to childcare for families.

“While this budget faced many challenges along the way amidst a global pandemic, I am pleased that we were able to come together and produce a budget that funds the programs and services that matter most to our residents ,” Whitmer said. “This has not been easy, but in the end the executive and legislative branches of government worked together to do what is expected and demanded

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