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Can your town compete? What makes competitive cities
USA Today
Singapore is currently the most competitive city in the world, beating out New York and London, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, which focuses on global research. However, says the EIU, by 2025, New York City will be No. 1.
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Just in time for the holiday, 8 states raise gas taxes
Governing
Drivers hitting the road for the Independence Day holiday will encounter higher gas taxes in eight states, according to data compiled by Citizens For Tax Justice. While the changes could frustrate drivers — if they notice the slight hikes — there's a silver lining: Many states only raised their gas taxes after going years without changing them at all.
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Likely recall Washington state mayor who jeopardized city's insurance
Insurance Journal
Votes counted from the recent special election show that Cy Sun, a Washington state mayor, will be recalled July 9 when the election is certified, likely removing from office a man who many blamed for endangering the insurance coverage for his city. Two thirds of the votes already counted favor removing the mayor of Pacific, Wash., the Seattle Times reported.
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Stillwater, Minn., wrongful-death case may shape government liability law
Minneapolis Start Tribune
Arguments recently in a wrongful-death suit filed after a microscopic amoeba killed a 9-year-old boy who had been swimming in Stillwater, Minn.'s Lily Lake last summer turned on the limits of government's responsibility about warning the public of dangers at recreational sites.
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Winnipeg, Canada, looks at other cities for bus policing
Winnipeg Free Press
A proposal before Winnipeg, Canada, would provide security aboard Winnipeg Transit buses. However, the details remain up for debate. A report recommends the city hire six security officers who would be granted special constable status and enforce bylaws on transit routes. One councillor, however, said cadets could do the job for less.
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Fire officials trying to get city's insurance rating lower
Wharton Journal Spectator
Earlier this year, Wharton, Texas' Insurance Services Office rating dropped from a Class 6 to a Class 4. Plans now are to take it even lower. "We're trying to get it to a Class 3 or lower," said Wharton Fire Chief Anthony Abbott recently.
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Culture authority bill revised to exclude cities entirely
Mountain Xpress
A bill that would've originally allowed Buncombe County, N.C., and its cities to consolidate parks and recreation departments was revised June 26 in the N.C. Senate to exclude municipalities completely. Pushed by Rep. Nathan Ramsey in the Statehouse, the original version of the bill was met with initial enthusiasm from several members of both the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and Asheville City Council, who saw it as a way save costs, consolidate services and more fairly pay for regional assets.
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City's utility chief: Be wary of offers to insure your water service line
The Journal Times
Racine, Wis.'s Water and Wastewater Utilities Manager Keith Haas is asking residents to be wary of letters a Connecticut company is sending to homeowners urging them to purchase private "water service line" insurance. In an email sent to The Journal Times recently, Haas wrote that the utility has received several complaints about the letters, which the company — HomeServe — has been sending to homeowners in Racine, Mount Pleasant and possibly other areas.
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