House passes bill to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

CNBC | July 18, 2019

The House passed a bill Thursday to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour in a win for liberal activists who have long pushed to give low wage workers a raise. The Democratic held chamber passed the plan in a 231 199 vote. Six Democrats opposed it, while three Republicans supported it. The measure would gradually hike the U.S. pay floor to $15 by 2025, then index further hikes to median wage growth. It would also phase out lower minimum wage paid to tipped workers.

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Joshua D. Rauh, Associate Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Part of the Atlanta Fed's Public Affairs Forum series, this video features an interview with Dr. Joshua Rauh, who discusses the economics of state and local government finance. He points out that the accounting practices these governments use when calculating their liability leads them to understate their actual unfunded liability.

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Joshua D. Rauh, Associate Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Part of the Atlanta Fed's Public Affairs Forum series, this video features an interview with Dr. Joshua Rauh, who discusses the economics of state and local government finance. He points out that the accounting practices these governments use when calculating their liability leads them to understate their actual unfunded liability.

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Neuron Leverages the Hedera Network for Drone Radar System in UK Government Sponsored Trial

Neuron | January 06, 2022

Neuron, a leader in aviation technology and air traffic critical national infrastructure, has leveraged the Hedera network, the most used, sustainable, enterprise-grade public ledger for the decentralized economy, in a UK government-sponsored trial to demonstrate the capability to safely track the movements of military, enterprise, and government drones once out of visual line of sight. The trials, which took place at Port Montrose in Scotland on 29 April 2021, and at Cranfield University during October 2021, used sensors to track the drones, recording flight data via the Hedera Consensus Service. Over time, Neuron's vision is to provide a decentralised platform for a range of mobility solutions including drones, air taxis, autonomous vehicles and ground robots. Neuron will do this by connecting sensors, vehicles and management systems to provide a trusted network which can be used for data sharing, record keeping and potentially even decision making. Niall Greenwood, CCO of Neuron, said, "Until now, drones have had limited benefit for governments and private enterprises, because they could not be flown safely out of line of sight and therefore could not be used for long distance deliveries, transport, or inspections. With this trial, leveraging Hedera Consensus Service, we have made unmanned, long distance drone travel possible using safety-critical aviation infrastructure. Each flight creates millions of data points, which no other public ledger has been fast enough to log and correctly order. By leveraging the Hedera Consensus Service we can gather, store, and order this data immediately, giving us a real time 'radar system' for drones." Neuron sensors pick up data points on each drone's location and direction. From there, the Hedera Consensus Service provides a unique method of logging and timestamping the data from each drone flight onto Hedera's decentralized public ledger. The Hedera network operates at a higher speed and performance, with a lower cost per transaction than any other public distributed ledger technology (DLT), offering a scalable basis for drone flights to be adopted across industries. The Hedera network offers all applications the highest grade of security possible (ABFT), ensuring data protection for users. The trial was sponsored by the UK government's department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and took place as part of a series of experiments by BEIS to explore the use of drones. The trial by Neuron successfully demonstrated safely tracking drone flights once out of sight, allowing the drones to fly longer distances safely and securely. Drones for the MediDrone trial are supplied by DJI, the World's largest drone manufacturer. Neuron aims to deploy its solution for all drone use cases, transforming industries and supply chains in the UK and internationally. Applications for drone flights leveraging the Hedera-powered radar system in healthcare include remote medical testing, transportation of medical supplies to difficult locations, movement of equipment from hospital to hospital, Covid-19 test kits and beyond, as demonstrated across the UK on-demand. The Hedera Consensus Service has already been adopted in healthcare solutions in the UK through its usage by Everyware and the NHS to track the cold storage of COVID-19 vaccines, in the Middle East through MVC's use for their track and trace system for pharmaceuticals in Bahrain, and in the US through its collaboration with SAFE and Acoer to provide COVID-19 track and trace systems for Arizona State University, E&I Cooperative, and major enterprises. "Through this trial, Neuron has exhibited an extraordinary feat, allowing unmanned drones to safely exist in the sky. The Hedera Consensus Service enables the use of drones to transport essential equipment across long distances, which has enormous implications in the fields of healthcare and national security in particular. We are excited to continue Hedera's work in these sectors, particularly following our notable partnerships with Everyware and Hala Systems, and to see diverse industries realise the benefits of the Hedera Consensus Service." Mance Harmon, CEO and Co-Founder of Hedera Hashgraph About Neuron Neuron provides services to enable pilotless flights globally, from drone deliveries and search and rescue, to air taxis and cargo deliveries. With a simple intuitive connection to its API alongside consultancy services, operators and UTM service providers are able to get access to airspace which was previously thought to be inaccessible. With partners on 3 continents and some of the world's leading experts in ATM, sense and avoid, drone regulation and computer science, the team is focused on transforming the way people live their lives. About Hedera The Hedera network is the most used, sustainable, enterprise-grade public ledger for the decentralized economy. The platform is governed by a council of the world's leading organizations, including Avery Dennison, Boeing, Chainlink Labs, Dentons, Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, EDF (Électricité de France), eftpos, FIS (WorldPay), Google, IBM, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), LG Electronics, Magalu, Nomura Holdings, ServiceNow, Shinhan Bank, Standard Bank Group, Swirlds, Tata Communications, University College London (UCL), Wipro, and Zain Group.

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Tyler Technologies to Provide Public Safety and Justice Solutions to Fairfield County, Ohio

Tyler Technologies | June 16, 2022

Tyler Technologies, Inc. announced that it has signed two agreements in Fairfield County, Ohio. The first is with the Fairfield County Probate and Juvenile Court for Tyler’s Enterprise Justice suite, powered by Odyssey®, and the second is with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for Tyler’s Enterprise Public Safety suite, powered by New World™. The Probate and Juvenile Court is currently operating a legacy case management system that is based on older technology and no longer serves the needs of the courts. The courts selected Tyler’s Enterprise Justice and Enterprise Supervision solutions to improve case management, streamline court processes, and manage all supervision processes and pretrial services more efficiently. These SaaS solutions will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offerings. This offering will bring added benefits to the courts that include increased availability and uptime of the products and enhanced security and compliance. This environment will also eliminate the need for the courts to build and maintain local servers. “We are excited to modernize our court operations with Tyler as we’ve outgrown our current case management solution,” said Fairfield County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Terre Vandervoort. “Deploying the solutions in the cloud gives us the added benefits of less strain on our internal IT resources and knowing we’re always receiving the latest software updates.” The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office has selected a number of solutions from Tyler’s Enterprise Public Safety suite, including Enterprise Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Enterprise Law Enforcement Records, Enterprise Police and Fire Mobility, and Enterprise Corrections. These fully integrated solutions will enable fast, easy access to critical information and improved workflow to make the agency work more efficiently. Not only do the solutions provide accurate and secure information for dispatchers, first responders in the field, and command staff, but the solutions will also ensure the sheriff’s office is compliant with state and federal mandates. “The addition of these public safety solutions from Tyler will improve efficiency for all of our major activities, from dispatch to records and corrections management,” said Fairfield County Sheriff Alex Lape. “Our number one priority is keeping our community safe, and by having these comprehensive and accurate solutions assisting our first responders and dispatchers, we’ll be able to serve our community even better.” We’re pleased to bring our premier justice and public safety solution suites to Fairfield County. The courts and sheriff’s office are already doing impressive work serving their constituents, and we are excited to help them increase efficiency, improve processes, and help their staff focus on the most crucial tasks.” Rusty Smith, president of Tyler’s Justice Group Fairfield County is located in central Ohio and is part of the Columbus metropolitan area. It has a population of roughly 162,000. The county is the sixth Ohio court jurisdiction to select Tyler’s Enterprise Justice solution and the 11th Ohio county to select Tyler’s Enterprise Public Safety solution. About Tyler Technologies, Inc. Tyler Technologies provides integrated software and technology services to the public sector. Tyler's end-to-end solutions empower local, state, and federal government entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. By connecting data and processes across disparate systems, Tyler's solutions are transforming how clients gain actionable insights that solve problems in their communities. Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations across more than 12,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. Tyler has been recognized numerous times for growth and innovation, including Government Technology's GovTech 100 list and Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list.

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The Semiconductor Industry Association and the Semiconductor Research Corporation Releases a Preview of Their Upcoming Decadal Plan for Semiconductors

SIA | October 19, 2020

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) released a preview of their upcoming “Decadal Plan for Semiconductors,” a report outlining chip research and funding priorities over the next decade that will help strengthen U.S. semiconductor technology and spur growth in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, advanced wireless communications. The Decadal Plan, developed with contributions from a broad cross-section of leaders in academia, government, and industry, identifies five “seismic shifts” shaping the future of chip technology and calls for an annual $3.4 billion federal investment over the next decade to fund semiconductor R&D across these five areas.

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