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Avenu Insights & Analytics Adds Public Sector Talent in California

Rachelle Arizmendi Joins Avenu Bringing a Life-Long Career of Service and Public Sector Experience to Make an Impact

FRESNO, Calif., April 19, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Avenu Insights & Analytics (Avenu) recently announced the addition of Rachelle Arizmendi as one of the company’s Government Industry Advisors. Rachelle joins Avenu as a native Californian with a life-long career in serving the public sector and numerous leadership positions.

March California Policy Update

We are pleased to provide our March 2022 California Policy Update. This issue includes updates on Governor Newsom’s State of the State Address, the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act (currently being circulated for signatures for potential inclusion on the November 2022 Statewide ballot), and legislation by topic area that is currently going through the legislative process.

Louisiana’s Solution to Tax Admin

The State of Louisiana needed a ‘one-stop shop’ for the entire Louisiana business community that reduced the burden of processing and filing paper returns for Sales and Use, Occupational License, & Hotel Tax.

Are Utility Franchise Fees Making 10% of Your Revenue?

Utility Franchise Fees can represent up to 10% of a local government’s annual revenue, so it is essential to understand what is truly going on within these payments. A Utility Franchise Fee is essentially rent being paid by a utility to a city or county for the use of their rights-of-way. The typical utilities that pay franchise fees are electric, natural gas, telephone, video/cable, waste hauler, and water utilities.

Treasury Releases Final ARPA Rule Providing Clearer Rules & More Flexibility

Common top of mind initiatives for state and local governments often includes modernizing technology, streamlining operations, and improving services for citizens. Of course, each of these initiatives requires funds…which may have just arrived.

Avenu Honors Plymouth County, MA, as Inaugural Book One Club Member

It was with great pleasure that Avenu recently honored Plymouth County, MA, as our Inaugural Book One Club member. The Book One Club was launched by Avenu to honor local governments who have gone to great lengths to digitize back to their very first record, also known as “book one.”

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Inducted as a Member of Avenu’s “Book One Club” for Digitizing Back to Sovereignty

“Book One Club” acknowledges jurisdictions digitizing back to “book one,” beginning with the one of our country’s first counties, Plymouth

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.

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