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January California Budget Update

Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2022-23 State Budget proposal to the Legislature on January 10, 2022 – a $286 billion spending plan that estimates a $45.7 billion surplus, of which $20.6 billion is discretionary, $16.1 billion is mandated by Proposition 98 for K-14 education, and $9 billion is set aside for reserve and supplemental pension payments. The State Appropriations Limit (Gann Limit) is likely to be exceeded in both 2020-21 and 202122 by a total of $2.6 billion, which will require additional funding to be directed to schools and taxpayer rebates. The administration will update the State Appropriations Limit numbers as part of the May Revision.

December California Policy and Capitol Update

We are anticipating another busy legislative and budget year in 2022, with the Legislature reconvening to begin their work for 2022 on January 3rd. As the second year in a two-year session, legislation introduced in 2021 that has not yet moved to the second house must move forward in January or will die, with exceptions for measures requiring a ⅔ vote. This means that in January there will be a rush of policy and fiscal committee hearings in addition to the release of the governor’s 2022-23 budget proposal on or by January 10.

A New Model for IT Managed Services

IT Service Delivery is common in today’s world and is much like it sounds – the delivery of an IT service to a customer. Done well, Service Delivery brings a business and IT together. The great advantage is that it allows a jurisdiction to focus on what they do best without having to find, train and retain top IT professionals.

How El Paso identified over 3M in additional Hotel Tax Revenue

The City of El Paso, TX adjusted its approach to Hotel Tax compliance that resulted in the discovery and recovery of over $3M in additional Occupancy Tax Revenue. Today we’re going to discuss what this journey looked like for El Paso, and key takeaways for other jurisdictions.

New Mexico Awards Avenu Insights & Analytics With Statewide Jury Management Contract

Avenu Is Deploying a Statewide Jury Management System across New Mexico’s Judicial Districts, Counties and Trial Courts.

Avenu Partners with G2Lytics to Sharpen Revenue Insight

Avenu is taking an even deeper dive into business license data and sales tax compliance as we partner with G2Lytics, a leading data science provider. G2Lytics uses a patented Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data analytics platform, that complements Avenu’s government revenue data mining and research techniques.

CASE STUDY: The Paperless Initiative

How a Countywide Project Tackled over 14 Million Paper Records and Entered the 21st Century

Cybersecurity and Ransomware – What You Need to Know

Ransomware attacks are a fact of life these days. In 2018, there were only 55 publicly reported attacks and less than $60k in demanded ransom followed by 2019 with more than 163 ransomware attacks targeting local governments that ended with at least $1.8M paid to cybercriminals.

September California Legislative Update

On September 10, 2021 at 9:00PM, the Senate and Assembly adjourned session for the year and are not scheduled to return to the Capitol until January 3, 2022. This end of session was far less exciting than in prior years, partially because of the 72-hour in print rule, and partially because some issues were punted to next year, including highspeed rail.

Avenu Goes Green with Index Prints

Did you know that it takes 238 trees to make 1,888 reams of paper which equates to 944,000 pages? Avenu prints 944,000 pages of Index Prints for our customers each year!

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