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“Let me follow the logic here: The water fund is giving money to AEDC so they can go out and get businesses to use more water,” Richardson said. “That is ludicrous logic in my opinion. It gives the perception that the water fund is a cash cow. I will not support one water rate increase as long as Aurora Water has $200,000 to just send out the door to this organization.”

“The uncertainty about the economic impact of hurricanes has subsided, and the Fed noted the strengthening economy by saying it is expanding at a ‘solid rate,’ said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate. “If that’s not a prerequisite for an interest rate hike next month, I don’t know what is.”

“Economic growth brings opportunities, and it brings headaches,” says Margaret O’Mara, a University of Washington professor who specializes in urban history. “That was true in 1840s Manchester, it was true in 1890s Pittsburgh, and it’s true with Seattle in the 20-teens. … It’s on both cities and the tech companies to figure out the way to handle these things.”