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Lake County News,California – Governor announces the largest small business relief program in the nation

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled another component of his $100 billion California Comeback Plan: making historic investments in small business relief.

Gov. Newsom’s Plan expands the state’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program to a total of $4 billion, representing the largest such program in the entire country.

That’s in addition to Gov. Newsom’s $6.2 billion tax cut for those businesses hit hardest by the pandemic, the largest state tax cut of its kind in history.

“Our small businesses have faced unprecedented challenges over the past year, and we’re stepping up to meet the moment – making historic investments

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Skoda plans small EV, cheaper variants to take on French, Korean rivals

Skoda’s new CEO, Thomas Schaefer, says the brand plans to launch cheaper model variants in Europe to better compete with Hyundai, Kia, as well as enter new markets in Africa, and expand its EV lineup with a small electric car. Schaefer, who took charge of the Volkswagen Group brand in August , spoke with Burkhard Riering, editor of Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe.

Volkswagen unions in Germany complain that Skoda is competing with the group’s core VW brand. What do you say to that?

The matter has been cleared up. Skoda is clearly positioned. Our

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Transportation Bills Address Tollway Rates for Small Trailers, Future Railway Infrastructure

A House transportation committee on Monday advanced two bills, one lowering toll rates for small trailers and another creating a forum on future railway infrastructure.

House Bill 394 and House Bill 399 were both sponsored by Rep. Martin Moylan, D-Des Plaines. Both received a unanimous 13-0 vote to move to the House floor.

HB 394 states that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority shall not charge a toll for a vehicle pulling a single axle trailer at a rate higher than twice the regular car rate. For example, if a toll is $1.40, then the small trailer should only be

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Illinois bills address tollway rates for small trailers, future railway infrastructure | News

SPRINGFIELD — A House transportation committee on Monday advanced two bills, one lowering toll rates for small trailers and another creating a forum on future railway infrastructure.

House Bill 394 and House Bill 399 were both sponsored by Rep. Martin Moylan, D-Des Plaines. Both received a unanimous 13-0 vote to move to the House floor.

HB 394 states that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority shall not charge a toll for a vehicle pulling a single axle trailer at a rate higher than twice the regular car rate. For example, if a toll is $1.40, then the small trailer should

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In Our View: Electric-vehicle bill is an important small step

Whether through mandates or merely goals, efforts to boost the use of electric vehicles in Washington are wise. The state, with an eco-conscious ethos, should be a leader in the global movement away from gas- and diesel-powered vehicles.

In the Legislature, House Bill 1024 reflects the thin edge between mandates and goals. The bill originally would have required that starting with the 2030 model year, vehicles must be electric in order to be registered and licensed in the state.

According to The Seattle Times, advice from the state attorney general’s office suggested that such a mandate would face legal challenges

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Small carriers embrace new load planning tools

Venture capital and private equity investors have poured billions into the trucking and logistics (T&L) industry to fund startups whose aim is to digitize the load-matching process.

Most of these investments are not going to companies that are on a mission to help small motor carriers automate core operational processes like booking loads, analyzing key performance metrics, driver payroll and invoicing.

“I don’t think that investment has flowed into the real base level, the building blocks of truckers,” said Matt Cartwright, chief executive of Magnus Technology Group.

One area where investments have been made in startups with small-fleet appeal is

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