On $26.1 million net increase, divided Senate votes to raise some taxes, cut others

Posted On Jan 1 2021 by

first_imgA wildly fluid package of tax increases that crossed party allegiances was passed by the Senate Wednesday by a thin 18-12 vote. The slew of tax changes would result in a increase of $26.1 million in new revenues. A $4.55 billion budget then breezed through the Senate on a 27-3 vote. Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin pushed the tax package through the upper house despite objections from deep within his own party. Among the tax changes are across-the-board decreases in the income tax; limiting the capital gains exemption to $5,000 from 40 percent of value (to offset the income tax cuts); new taxes on satellite television services and digital downloads; re-imposing of a sales tax on clothing over $110; and increases in liquor and tobacco taxes. The budget includes increase in spending in part because of federal stimulus money being pushed into some programs, but in some cases, like unemployment insurance, are increasing just as major broad-based taxes (income, sales, transportation, education property) have suffered since last summer.Amendments to the Senate bill, before it is finalized, will be offered today. Even if passed as is, the Senate tax package will meet a much simpler House version in conference committee where many of the more controversial aspects of the Senate bill will likely be stripped out, namely the cutting of the income tax at the highest marginal rate and the clothing tax. The budget also could be cut to reduce the need to increase taxes.The tax package as is would lower incomes taxes for 84 percent of Vermonters and would drop Vermont’s top marginal rate from first to fifth nationally.The legislature has cut $70 million from the state budget since January 2008 and the FY10 budget includes an additional $28 million of cuts.last_img read more


How to avoid repeating last year’s money mistakes

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Target’s data breach and other financial mishaps show that 2014 provided plenty of lessons for consumersby: Geoff WilliamsWhen you make resolutions and plan and budget for what you hope will happen in the next year, do you ever ask yourself what went wrong this year? Why did it seem like there was never enough money? What resulted in that overdraft fee – or onslaught of fees? Answering questions like that, and making sure you don’t repeat your mistakes, can make for a better future.With that in mind, let’s take a look at some personal finance stories that made the news in 2014 and see what, if anything, we can learn from them to make 2015 an even better year.JanuaryIn the waning months of 2013, hackers broke into Target Corp.’s system and put 100 million customers’ identities at risk by stealing credit and debit card data. While it was a big news story then, it was an even bigger one in January. Also this month, unrelated to Target: The Better Business Bureau warns that credit card scammers were charging stolen credit cards for tiny amounts of money, with $9.84 being a common charge. Criminals evidently believed cardholders wouldn’t notice the charges, and that credit card companies wouldn’t come after crooks for such small amounts.Lesson learned: Complacency doesn’t pay. Monitor your credit card at least on a monthly basis, and for your bank account, weekly or daily isn’t a bad idea.FebruaryThe U.S. Treasury and Justice Department allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses that are operating legally within states where marijuana is permitted. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s second-largest bank, Credit Suisse, makes news because billions of dollars in U.S. taxes are going unpaid due to some wealthy Americans allegedly using secret Credit Suisse bank accounts. continue reading »last_img read more


Inside Marketing: Five revolutions that will shape the future of marketing

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a world of constant disruption, marketers need to understand the key forces behind these changes.by: Owen ShapiroThe market is full of trendy terms-big data, the Internet of Things, digital natives, globalization, social media, etc.-that attempt to describe the complex technological and social changes the world is currently experiencing. However, there is a danger in reducing complex social dynamics to a few catchy buzzwords – because trendy terms can act as intellectual shortcuts that fool people into thinking they understand these ideas when they really don’t.Yes, everyone knows change is coming. And everyone can see it happening around them. But in the next 20 years, so much change is going to happen so quickly that large portions of the populace are going to have a difficult time keeping up.And it won’t just be individuals. Underestimating the speed and impact of these changes will be the downfall of many businesses, large and small, in the coming years. In a world of constant disruption and uncertainty, however, marketers who truly understand the key forces behind these changes will be in a better position to adapt and survive.Here are several horizon-level revolutions everyone in marketing should be aware of, because they are about to be felt with a force that is difficult to overstate. continue reading »last_img read more


Governor Wolf Announces Construction of New Utility Training Facility in Armstrong County

Posted On Oct 16 2020 by

first_img August 20, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Construction of New Utility Training Facility in Armstrong Countycenter_img Economy,  Education,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced state support for the construction of a 20-acre simulation city in Armstrong County where students learning trades can get hands-on practice installing water, gas, electrical, and sewer lines.“One of the most important ways we can strengthen our workforce is to empower job seekers,” Governor Wolf said. “The development of this unique training facility in Armstrong County will give hands-on experience that will lead to real opportunities for Pennsylvanians looking for family-sustaining jobs.”The Armstrong County Industrial Development Council was awarded a $750,000 grant to construct the Critical Infrastructure Workforce Academy, which will feature residential, commercial, and industrial “neighborhoods” for students to practice handling a variety of standard and hazard scenarios. The $3.5 million “city” will also host classrooms, locker rooms, field labs, meeting areas, office space, and kitchen areas. The school is expected to attract 15,000 students by the end of its fourth year, which will generate secondary economic growth while providing needed workforce development training.“This is the first step in a unique project that will assure reliable services; gas, electricity, water, sewer and telecommunications, are safely delivered to homes and businesses across Pennsylvania,” said Senator Don White. “The Critical Infrastructure Workforce Academy is being developed within Northpointe to fill an existing void of properly trained workers in the utilities and energy sectors. Training our current and future labor force for the quality jobs available in the utility infrastructure sector must be a top priority for our region and this funding will begin that effort.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.last_img read more


Education Ministry launches three week numeracy training program

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img Share Tweet 64 Views   one comment Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Education Ministry launches three week numeracy training program by: – January 17, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Education Minister Petter Saint Jean. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe Ministry of Education has officially launched a three-week numeracy training program in Dominica.The program which was launched at the Conference Room of the Windsor Park Stadium on Monday falls under an ongoing numeracy consultancy as part of the Dominica Education Enhancement Project (DEEP) funded by the Caribbean Development Bank.Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint-Jean who delivered the feature address, said the education system must be prepared to build intelligence among students. “The education system must be prepared to build the intelligences to allow our students to become citizens who are able to independently understand the world around them. This training is necessary, it is timely and well positioned as our major stakeholders will be trained in the issues relating to math in Dominica,” he said.Meantime Project Coordinator Randolph Felix says the project which is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank is moving along “relatively smoothly”. “When the project was launched on July 5, 2010, it was done with much pump and fan fare. There was great expectation, excitement and hope, about what could be achieved from its successful implementation. This project, the Education Enhancement Project, is a Government of Dominica initiative, supported by an EC$11.3m loan from the Caribbean Development Bank, is now a few months short of the half way stage is moving along relatively smoothly,” he said.He said the Early Screening and Diagnosis Consultancy started on Oct 1, 2011. Photo credit; clare-clam-ack.com“We have already received the Inception Report and await the Special Education Report, which we will receive before the end of this month. The training of some sixty teachers will take place towards the end of the academic year and so will the procurement of the Special Education learning material,” he added.He said the Curriculum Development and Multi Grade Consultancies are currently out for tendering. “We expect tenders to be returned in Feb and it is our hope, that all things being equal, we will launch these consultancies, no later than May 2012. Your being here today is a direct result of yet another consultancy is which is well on its way – The Primary Education Numeracy Consultancy or the Numeracy Consultancy for short. The life span of this consultancy is fifteen months with the operational period being Oct 15, 2011 to Jan 14, 2013,” he explained further.According to Felix, the performance of students in key examinations, National Assessments in Grade 2, 4 and 6 and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CXC) show consistent poor performance in Mathematics. “Exceedingly low scores in these exams, point to the need to address with great urgency the problems associated with the teaching/learning of numeracy in the education system. This consultancy therefore is designed to assist the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development in implementing a pilot program in numeracy at the primary school level,” he explained.He noted further that the intervention will improve student achievement in mathematics at the primary school level and reverse the current poor attainment levels. “The pilot to be implemented in every school, targets grade two teachers, and will equip them with the training, resources, supervision and support and the school based institutional framework to effectively deliver instructions in mathematics,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


November 18, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

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Focus and rebounding to lead SU into Big East play against Marquette

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Published on January 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Related Stories Freshman Sykes puts explosiveness on display, scores 20 points in Syracuse’s rout of Boise StateWBB : Syracuse defense fuels win over Boise State despite subpar shooting performance Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Ever since Syracuse ended last season 6-10 in Big East play, Carmen Tyson-Thomas has yearned for a chance at redemption.This year, in her senior season, the forward wants to go out with a bang.After helping to ignite the Orange to a strong start during nonconference play, Tyson-Thomas will get that chance. Syracuse (12-1) looks to open Big East play with a win against Marquette (8-5) at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tyson-Thomas and Kayla Alexander have thrived in Big East play in past years, and this year they’re looking to lead SU to the NCAA tournament by staying focused and continuing to dominate the boards.“Since this is my last season, I’m just ready for that stiffer competition,” Tyson-Thomas said, “Getting to play the people I’ve been playing these last few years. All of us are on our toes.”The elusive NCAA tournament birth that Tyson-Thomas has coveted since joining the Orange is in reach. But in order to earn it, she said SU has to avoid getting caught up in the big picture; instead, it has to focus on nuances that separate great teams from good teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our focus is always taking one step at a time and getting one ‘W’ at a time,” Tyson-Thomas said. “We’re ready to play.”The Golden Eagles are Syracuse’s first conference test, an up and down team this season.Marquette lost to Georgia Tech on Nov. 18, a team Syracuse beat in overtime five days later. In early December, the Eagles lost three in a row to Wisconsin, Green Bay and Toledo. They needed overtime to thwart South Dakota St. and barely held on against Fordham.Since the three-game losing streak, though, Marquette has whipped off four in a row in better form.Syracuse guard Elashier Hall knows teams like Marquette are tougher to play against because of their strength and endurance. She said the coaching staff has prepped Syracuse on how to not only keep up with, but also beat these trickier teams consistently.“Running the floor, pressing,” Hall said. “We’ve done stuff like that before, but just to get our endurance up, because the Big East is bigger and faster and they run harder. We have to do more of that.”Syracuse hasn’t faced any dominant centers up to this point, and Alexander and Tyson-Thomas have dominated the glass with authority. SU is currently second in the Big East in rebounding at 45.7 boards per game.Marquette has four players 6-foot-3 or taller, including leading scorer and rebounder Katherine Plouffe. Head coach Terri Mitchell will likely utilize sporadic double teams on Alexander and mix and match various lineups to keep her off the glass.Despite the Golden Eagles’ size, though, Hall said she, Alexander and the rest of the Orange will be up for the task, citing rebounding as a staple of the program.“No. 1, boxing out,” Hall said. “In previous years we’ve been No. 1 in rebounding, so we have to get back to that. Definitely box out. We definitely are the biggest and strongest.”Syracuse has used that clear advantage on the glass to put together a consistent performance to start the season, with the team’s lone loss coming against Temple.Since that loss, SU has won its last five games by an average of 29.6 points. The Orange most recently thumped Boise State on Sunday by a score of 87-48, outrebounding the Broncos 47-30.Alexander has been virtually unstoppable for SU thus far, averaging 19.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. Smaller defenders have looked helpless in the paint while Alexander muscles her way for ceaseless easy buckets.“She’s been excellent so far,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I think she can get deeper post position, but she’s been great.”Like fellow seniors Tyson-Thomas and Hall, Alexander is psyched to be immersed in conference play for the final time. The two-time all-Big East selection aims to help the Orange leave the Big East with some pizzazz and earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.“I’m looking forward to it,” Alexander said. “I want this to be a big year for us. Seeing that it’s my last year here, I want to go out with a bang. Hopefully we can keep it going.” Commentslast_img read more


Ravi Shastri heaps praise on Virat Kohli for his endorsement of test cricket

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/Twitter(@imVkohli)Advertisement y69aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5pvttWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9bjp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) rvWould you ever consider trying this?😱bj10Can your students do this? 🌚4heRoller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli has been an absolute masterclass in the recent history. The captain of Team India finished the year of 2019 as the world no. 1 test batsman in the ICC Test batting rankings, and his love for the format has been a driving force to make test cricket come back to glory in the sport. Praise from fans and pundits, now on the new year eve, an amazing compliment is straight from none other than the head coach of the team, Ravi Shastri!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/Twitter(@imVkohli)Since his debut against West Indies in 2011, Kohli has become an inevitable part of the squad, and the front face of Indian cricket scene’s passion for test cricket is a big factor behind the format’s recent success in the country. Taking the role of captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first time in 2014, the 31 year old has been India’s most successful Test captain. The Indian team coach had all the right words to express his admiration.“I have not seen one perfect captain. You will have captains with different strengths and weaknesses. I have not seen any perfect captain till today,” Shastri said in an interview with IANS today.Advertisement “With Virat you can see he is someone who is improving by the day. The passion, the energy, the drive he brings to the cricket field is unmatched. I have not seen any other captain bring that kind of energy onto the cricket field.” the 57 year old told reporters.Since his debut, Kohli has earned an astounding 269 caps for the Men in Blues in test cricket, and with a batting average of 54.97, has scored a monumental 7202 runs in the format.Advertisement Shastri, who has earned 151 caps in the format for India, suggested that there are still areas to improve for Kohli.Shastri continued: “He [Kohli] might have great strength in one area and might be lacking in another where someone else will be better. So, you have to see the end result and what he makes of his strength and how it affects the team and the opponent.”“Tactically there are areas where by doing the job and getting the exposure he will get better. For whoever has captained in this game, there has been a learning curve,” he added.Also read-Virat Kohli ends 2019 as the number 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankingsSanjay Manjrekar replies to his 2012 tweet when he claimed that Virat Kohli ‘did not belong’ in Test cricket Advertisementlast_img read more


Warriors taking extreme measures to make top eight

Posted On May 26 2020 by

first_imgThe message is simple – work hard.Players have started on an even keel competing to impress at the upcoming trials ahead of game one of the season against South Sydney Rabbitohs in March.”There was a gap we needed to close in certain areas, hence why we made a decision on the back end of the year to bring someone to the club like Alex (Corvo).” says Kearney.”It’s pretty demanding but that’s because that’s what the game asks for and the boys have really responded.”Part of that demand before pre-season was training mixed martial arts at a New Lynn gym under jiu-jitsu black belt Steve Oliver. The idea was to work combatively on defence – not unfamiliar to Rugby league.In 2013 the official tackle coach to the Bulldogs NRL team and the New South Wales Blues was Brazilian jiu-jitsu professor Marcos Neve, the Rabbitohs have called on jiu-jitsu specialist Marco Villela, and last year the Melbourne Storm were known for their jiu-jitsu and MMA sessions.”During the off season before pre-season I’d send a few of them along to learn some new skills, it was about the defence aspect.” says Kearney.”They’re on wrestling mats which is a little bit softer than the ground and there will be times particularly in the long turn-a-arounds we’ll use the facility.”It’s quite clear that the adoption of Melbourne Storm’s winning culture is being filtered into the Warriors – both in the squad and coaching ranks, something new recruit Tohu Harris is already accustomed to.”All this training is pretty familiar, my first couple of years were under Alex Corvo and without sounding negative, it’s been tough – there’s no way around it.” says Harris.Despite the 2017 NRL premiership title under his belt with the Storm, the second rower says after nursing injuries the pressure is high to earn a starting spot for game one of the season.”There’s a lot of competition for spots but if you look past the trials you might find yourself watching the boys run out in round one, so you have to make sure you’re always training as well as you can.”The Warriors will hold their first trial match in Rotorua against Melbourne on February 17, then travel to the Sunshine Coast for their second trial against the Gold Coast Titans.last_img read more


UAAP football: UST, UE fan Final Four hopes

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. De La Salle Lipa, Letran Bataan clash in NBTC Division 2 Finals Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback University of Santo Tomas and University of the East stayed in step in the Final Four race in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament after separate wins Thursday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.The Growling Tigers shut out Adamson, 5-0, to remain at third place with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Steven Anotado came back from his two-game suspension and immediately made impact as he sent the ball to the back of the net at the eighth minute.Marvin Bricenio pounced on the hapless Falcons defense as he doubled the lead with a goal at the 35th minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUST continued to tear Adamson into shreds in the second half, which saw John Ian de Castro complete a hat-trick with his goals at the 54th, 81st and 89th minute.Meanwhile, it was Kent Galaura who came to the Red Warriors’ rescue for their 1-0 win over National University.center_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Galaura drilled the strike at the 75th minute for the lone goal of the contest, which saw UE’s Stephane Dagaraga and NU’s Sean Epili attested with red cards.The Red Warriors forced themselves on a tie for the fifth place with NU at 13 points.UP still leads the board with 26 points, closely followed by Ateneo at 25. La Salle sits at fourth place with 16 points, FEU at seventh spot with nine points, while Adamson remained scoreless.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more