November 22, 2019
Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP
President, Chen Moore and Associates
Last week: Earlier this week, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown through mid-December. While short-term spending measures are by no means ideal, the good news is the bill included an allocation of $7.3 billion to the Census Bureau so the agency has the resources needed to achieve a complete count in the 2020 census. This funding could not come at a better time, particularly in light of newly-updated reports showing the Census will impact the distribution of $1.5 trillion dollars, up from previous estimates of $880 billion. #GetCounted!
Looking ahead: Kudos to the Broward County Commission, County Administration, and Office of Economic & Small Business Development (OESBD) for consistently proactive efforts to include our entire community in the benefits generated by the penny transportation surtax. When the County Commission voted to place the surtax referendum on the ballot, there was unanimous approval for a 30% small business participation goal. This means hundreds of millions of dollars being pumped into our small businesses over the course of 30 years. Broward’s small businesses are the backbone that drives our economy forward, and they’ll continue to do so well into the future.