Ludhiana MC told to consider contractor’s application for bus fare hike – cities

Amid a tussle between municipal corporation (MC) and the city bus service contractor over the proposed hike in fare, the court of additional district judge Atul Kasana has stated that the civic body can consider the application of the contractor in which he has sought a fare hike.

Meanwhile, the court continued the stay on termination of the contract.

Earlier this year, the contractor: Horizon Connect Transways Private Limited had submitted an application with the MC in which he had sought an increase in the fare by
₹2 to 5, citing the increasing fuel rates.

The MC refused to increase the fare stating that the court had ordered a stay in the case.

The contractor, however, had stated that the court had only ordered a stay on termination of contract and that the application could be entertained.

As the civic body remained adamant, the company moved court.

The court has

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Orlando attorney John Morgan celebrates Florida’s minimum wage hike, explains beef with Andrew Gillum

ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s the amendment many say will change their lives and finally give them a living wage.

Amendment 2 will raise the minimum wage in Florida to $15 an hour. It will happen in stages so the process will take until 2026 to get to that amount.

While many workers in the service industry are saying it’s about time, others are saying we shouldn’t be so quick to celebrate because it could have dire consequences for businesses. Some say those businesses will have to cut jobs and raise prices on products, leaving the consumer digging deeper into their wallets.

But, the man firmly behind this fight, high profile attorney John Morgan, said the threat of layoffs and price hikes are just scare tactics.

Morgan, who also led the fight to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, also put his name and $6 million of his money behind Amendment 2.

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Lightfoot administration defends proposed Chicago property tax hike plan for 2021

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget team began its City Council defense of her tax-heavy 2021 spending plan on Monday, telling skeptical aldermen a $94 million property tax hike is an appropriate way to help balance the city’s books.



a person wearing a suit and tie: Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivers her budget address Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Council Chambers at City Hall.


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Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivers her budget address Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Council Chambers at City Hall.

With lots of Chicagoans out-of-work and struggling during the pandemic, council members kicked off the two weeks of hearings on Lightfoot’s $12.8 billion budget package by wondering why the mayor didn’t propose using more of the city’s reserves or other sources of revenue rather than hitting up homeowners to the tune of $56 in extra property taxes for a house valued at $250,000.

Several council members also pushed back against Lightfoot’s proposal to raise property taxes each year by an amount tied to the consumer price index.

While

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