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Sluggish Chinese Economy, Brexit Bite Tourism States

The British decision to leave the European Union, China’s economic slowdown, a strong dollar and other global factors spell trouble for states that depend on international tourists for tax revenue.  In Florida, where 23 percent of sales tax revenue comes from tourism, officials are worried that the weakness of the British pound, one effect of the “Brexit” vote, will keep British tourists away and hurt local businesses and tax receipts.

Wisconsin Economic Development to give $500K to help entrepreneurs

A new statewide grant program aims to award start-up funds to programs outside the vortex of Wisconsin's metro areas.  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced plans Monday to award a total of $500,000 to 10 or so business development groups in cities or rural areas that may have been overlooked by past entrepreneurship programs.  The agency ultimately will award grants between $10,000 and $100,000 to projects across the state, said Aaron Hagar, WEDC's vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation.

While most of US gets a raise, rural areas stand pat

In another sign that the economic recovery is moving very slowly for rural America, median household incomes for rural Americans didn’t improve from 2014 to 2015 while they did for metropolitan areas.  The Census Bureau’s newly released income and earnings report for 2014-2015 showed that median household incomes rose last year for the nation for the first time since 2007. Nationally, median household income grew by about $2,800 to reach $56,516 in 2015.

Imported dogs bring exotic disease risk to Canada, experts warn

Joey Chihuahua got a death-row pardon.  A few months ago, he was scooped from the streets of California, taken to a shelter and put up for adoption. But after no one claimed him, he was moved to the kill floor — until a kind-hearted Canadian flew to the rescue.  Judy Carter, who's with Heart Prints Dog Rescue Society in Edmonton, said she heard of Joey's plight and brought him home. She says Chihuahuas are one of the most euthanized breeds in California.  "They're throw-away dogs down there." Carter isn't alone.

National Sheriffs Association patners with HSUS

We are proud to work with The Humane Society of the United States because of their expertise on illegal animal cruelty and fighting and frequent collaboration with law enforcement in pursuing those crimes.  The HSUS has provided free training to tens of thousands of law enforcement officials across the country on how to investigate illegal animal cruelty and its connection with crimes against people.

Portland bans the retail sale of dogs and cats

The Portland Council unanimously passed an ordinance that would prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats in the city, meaning pet stores will not be allowed to sell dogs or cats unless they came from a rescue organization.The state legislature passed a puppy and kitten bill last year but it was vetoed by the governor. Supporters say they are now going city-by-city to have pet sales banned, with Portland as the first stop. There are currently no retail stores selling dogs or cats in Portland.

Sad Day for Elephants - Governor Brown signs bullhook bill

Governor Brown signed SB 1062, the ban the “bullhook” bill on August 29th.   Starting January 1, 2018 it will be illegal to use the elephant guide tool in California.  Many of you have written letters and made calls to urge the legislators to make the right choice and allow responsible animal owners to use all of the tools available to them including the guide.  It is unfortunate that politics and animal extremist agendas get in the way of people trying to care for their animals properly.

E-Commerce Is a Boon for Rural America, but It Comes With a Price

Providing small-town residents with big-city conveniences is costly for retailers and delivery services.  E-commerce hasn’t just reached rural America, it is transforming it by giving small-town residents an opportunity to buy staples online at a cheaper price than the local supermarket. It also provides remote areas with big-city conveniences and the latest products. Contemporary fashion, such as Victoria Secret bathing suits or Tory Burch ballet flats are easily shipped. Consumers increasingly are shopping online instead of driving, often long distances, to stores.

Rural Snapshot: Poverty in Pennsylvania

This installment of Rural Snapshot looks at poverty in Pennsylvania. For the analysis, the Center used the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s 2016 federal poverty level (FPL) income numbers, which are based on household income and household size. In 2016, the poverty level for a family/household of three is $20,160.

Wisconsin farm group to offer aid on bad wells

A farm group in northeastern Wisconsin announced plans on Wednesday to supply water to residents with tainted wells in Kewaunee County, where the practice of manure spreading — especially by large-scale farms with thousands of cattle — has been a contentious political topic.  In an unprecedented step, Peninsula Pride Farms will provide water and a subsidy for a system to treat it in selected cases — regardless of whether the source of contamination is from animal waste or another form of pollution.


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