New York Times: N.Y.C. Mayor to Furlough 495 Staff Members for a Week, Including Himself

New York Times: N.Y.C. Mayor to Furlough 495 Staff Members for a Week, Including Himself. “Facing a $9 billion, two-year revenue shortfall because of the coronavirus’s impact on the economy, Mr. [Bill] de Blasio this year closed the city’s budget with $1 billion in unspecified labor savings. He warned that he would have to lay off 22,000 employees, a number that could be reduced depending on three factors: negotiated union givebacks, state approval for New York City to finance its operations with up to $5 billion in long-term debt and more federal assistance.”

TechCrunch: Trump Administration slashes basic science research while boosting space, AI and quantum tech funding

TechCrunch: Trump Administration slashes basic science research while boosting space, AI and quantum tech funding. “The new fiscal year 2021 budget proposal from the Trump Administration would increase funding for research and development by $142 billion over the Administration’s previous year’s budget, but will still reduce overall spending for science and technology from alternative proposals coming from the U.S. House of Representatives. Basic science funding would be hard hit under the Trump Administration priorities.”

IISD: UN-Habitat Database Provides Budget, Expenditure Data for Over 100 Cities

IISD: UN-Habitat Database Provides Budget, Expenditure Data for Over 100 Cities. “The first database of its kind, UN-Habitat’s Global Municipal Database (GMD) offers a standard set of indicators and local-level, per capita budget data for over 100 cities. The database, launched in September 2018, aims to highlight the importance of local financial data to policy- and decision-making.”