Have you ever gotten a ticket or citation followed by sticker shock when you see how much the fine is? Well, you might be further shocked to know that the city of Dallas also thinks that is a problem.
Dallas is one of a handful of big cities acknowledging that it’s a bad business model for local government to rely on criminal fees for revenue.
They are especially worried about those charges putting a disproportionate burden on low-income residents and people of color. The city is asking for public input through a survey that is active until Friday, Dec. 18th.
Workers report feeling unsafe on the job because of COVID-19
Heads up to bosses and managers: Half of men and 60% of women recently reported they feel physically unsafe at work because of COVID-19.
OSHA, the federal agency that oversees workplace safety, has been doing inspections and has proposed $3,403,139 in COVID-19-related fines against employers. Ten of those citations have been issued to Texas companies.
Spending more time at home? Watch your water use, especially in the next several months
As you spend more time at home, watch your water consumption. Remember, meters gauge how much water comes out of the faucet, but not how much we pour out or flush away. So in the winter months — between now and February or even March — water utilities are averaging your water usage to figure out how much to charge you for sewer all year long.