Douglas to veto budget as is, calls special session for June 2

first_imgGovernor Douglas announced this afternoon that he intended to veto the $4.5 billion budget bill as it is currently constructed and that he is calling the Vermont Legislature back in session for June 2. Douglas has not yet received the budget, and therefore has not vetoed it, because the bill is still being proofed. In a long and sharply worded letter to Speaker of the House Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Shumlin, Douglas said, “It is unfortunate that you are unwilling to attempt to find a moderate compromise supported by a multi-partisan coalition of lawmakers one that includes Republicans, Democrats, Progressives and Independents that represents the views and opinions held by most Vermonters. Rather you seem intent on a budget that satisfies more fiscally liberal members of your caucus, even if that comes at the expense of fiscal prudence. If my only choice is between allowing your fiscal 2010 budget to become law or a veto, I must choose veto. I cannot abandon Vermonters long-term economic security for short-lived political accord.”Douglas also made a point of noting that Vermont’s social services are rated amongst the best in the nation and that its tax burden is also among the highest, if not the highest in the country. He said it does not make sense in this economic climate to raise both. He also noted that the consequences of this fiscal year 2010 budget bill would result in a General Fund deficit of $67.38 million in fiscal 2011 and a deficit of $141.59 million in fiscal 2012. Fiscal 2010 starts on July 1.Since the Legislature finalized the budget last Saturday, the two sides have met cordially but unproductively leading to an escalating war of words. Smith and Shumlin, Democrats who hold close to a veto-proof majority in the Legislature, have complained that Douglas has simply told them that he does not like the spending and tax measures, but has not offered substantial alternatives.They sent a letter to the governor yesterday which says in part,” We have asked on a number of occasions in recent weeks to see a clear and specific breakdown of your proposals that includes how much revenue you would raise and from what sources, what specific additional cuts you would make and how much additional obligation you would like to shift to the Education Fund.  It is critical that your plan also indicate what the impact of your proposals will be in Fiscal Year 2011, and that it does nothing to make the problem more severe.”To date, we have not received such a plan from your office.  We are happy to continue discussions at a mutually agreeable time once we see your plan.  As discussed, any plan will need to be scrutinized by all legislators.”Unless a deal is stuck between now and then, all legislators will indeed get a chance to scrutinize whatever plan might surface when they are forced back to Montpelier on the first Tuesday in June. AttachmentSize Letter to Governor 5-14-09.doc54 KB Douglas Letter Special_Session_51509.pdf319.92 KBlast_img read more

Weekend Pick: Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

first_imgSometimes you just have to take a step back and count your blessings. How lucky we are to live in this beautiful region of the country; to have the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop to our day-to-day business; to have at our disposal this natural resource perfectly suited for outdoor pursuits of every kind and difficulty; to have the country’s largest outdoor fly fishing festival right in our backyard.Oh, you didn’t know about that last one? The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival lays claim that title and is back for its 13th year this weekend April 20-21. Located on the banks of the South River in downtown Historic Waynesboro, Virginia, the festival continues to grow hand over fist with each passing year, and 2013’s event is no different. Having outgrown their old space, the festival has now moved across Main Street to accommodate more venders and instructors, a bigger and better casting area, and better access to wine. That’s right, some of Virginia’s top wineries will be on hand to offer complimentary tastings all weekend. Like any festival, there will be numerous venders offering raffles and drawings – including the BRO Roadshow tent –  and of course, live music.Highlights from this year’s festival on the fly fishing side include lectures and clinics from the ultimate legends of the sport like Bob Clouser and Lefty Kreh as well as local legends like Beau Beasley and Don Kirk. Through in a children’s catch and release trout pond and a Women’s Fly Fishing Forum aimed at exposing women to the joys of fly fishing and you have fun for the whole family.Whether you are an avid angler, novice, beginner, or have never picked up a rod, this festival is sure to have what you are looking for. Don’t miss it!If you are interested in what fishing the South River is all about, check out this video and report from last year.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Benchmarks

first_img September 15, 2003 Regular News Benchmarks Judge Nelly N. Khouzam, of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, has been sworn in as chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. Judge David Dugan, of the 18th Judicial Circuit, led a panel presentation titled Triage in Domestic Violence Cases at the annual education program of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. Judge Paul Huey has been appointed by Florida Senate President James King, Jr., to serve on the Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives, where he will serve a two-year term. Judge Anthony Rondolino, of the Sixth Circuit, has been honored as the 2003 recipient of the William J. Castagna Award for Judicial Excellence, presented by the Barney Masterson Inn of Court.County Court Judge Ana Maria Pando of the 11th Judicial Circuit, has completed the Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities, Judicial Education on Substance Abuse and How to be a Change Agent: Problem Solving in the Courts course held at The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.last_img read more

Long Island Lighthouses to Visit for National Lighthouse Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fire Island Lighthouse just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5.With more than a dozen lighthouses guiding the way for boaters across Long Island, there’s no shortage of historic beacons to visit Wednesday for National Lighthouse Day, including more than a half dozen that offer tours.They include the Montauk Point and Fire Island lighthouses—arguably LI’s two most iconic—the Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold, the Huntington Harbor Lighthouse and Execution Rocks Lighthouse off Sands Point, which all offer tours. The rest are harder to reach, if not only viewable from afar, but historically significant nonetheless.“We all should recognize lighthouses for the prominent part they have played in the growth and expansion of our country,” said Donald Terras, president of the American Lighthouse Council. “Safeguarding ships and passengers along coasts and inland waterways, into and out of U.S. ports, with a network for distribution of commerce that has had a significant impact on every state in the nation.”Although the Fire Island Lighthouse tower renovations mean it will be closed for a few more weeks, tours of the grounds are being discounted to $2 Wednesday. The Montauk Point Lighthouse will be hosting special events for its “Lighthouse Weekend” Aug. 17-18.While Montauk and FI are open daily, the Horton Point Lighthouse is only open weekends and the Huntington and Execution Rocks lighthouses conduct tours on select dates. The Eaton’s Neck and Old Field lighthouses also offer tours, but by appointment only.There are a total of 19 such beacons—from tall towers to “minor aids”—in Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to the Cutchogue-based Long Island chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society, an historic preservation group.Long Island Lighthouses:The Montauk Point Lighthouse, commissioned by George Washington in 1792, is the oldest in New York State and now part of the state park system.The Fire Island Lighthouse, lit for the first time in 1858, was decommissioned in 1973 and restored a decade later before becoming part of the Fire Island National Seashore.Horton Point Lighthouse, built in 1857 in Southold, is open weekends Memorial Day through Columbus Day and is home to numerous exhibits.Stepping Stones Lighthouse, built in 1875 in the Town of North Hempstead, is named for part of the Long Island Sound where small reefs in colonial times were called the “Devil’s Stepping Stones.”The Huntington Harbor Lighthouse, built in 1910 to replace the Lloyd Harbor Lighthouse that was later destroyed by fire, opened for public tours a decade ago and is hosting a music festival Aug. 31.Execution Rocks Lighthouse between New Rochelle and Sands Point was built in 1798, dating back to the Revolutionary war, when British authorities would chain prisoners to the rocks, leaving them to drown as the tide rose.Sands Point Lighthouse, built by a Revolutionary War Veteran in 1806, was deactivated in 1922, but its brownstone foundation still stands strong as a village landmark.Cold Spring Harbor Lighthouse, established in 1889 to warn ships of the danger upon entering the harbor, was abandoned in 1965 and has since been moved to a private home on Centre Island.Eaton’s Neck Lighthouse, built in 1798, stands at the east side of the Huntington Bay entrance and serves as an active navigational aid on the active U.S. Coast Guard Station.Old Field Point Lighthouse, built in 1824 and rebuilt in 1869, sits between the entrances to Port Jefferson Harbor and Stony Brook Harbor and now serves as a government office.Stratford Shoal Lighthouse, sitting in the middle of the Long Island Sound halfway between Port Jefferson and Bridgeport, Conn., was originally created to warn boaters of the two small islands on either side that had been eroded over time.Long Beach Bar Lighthouse, first lit in 1871 at the entrance of Orient Harbor, was destroyed by fire in 1963 and replaced with a replica in 1990.Cedar Island Lighthouse, built in 1839, originally guided whaling ships through Sag Harbor until it was decommissioned in 1934 and later became part of the Suffolk County park system.Latimer Reef Lighthouse, built in 1884 in the middle of Fishers Island Sound on the border of New York and Connecticut, is named after James Latemore, a Revolutionary War patriot.Orient Point Lighthouse, built in 1899, marks the end of Oyster Point Reef on the western side of a deep gap between Orient Point and Plum Island known as “Plum Gut” and is known as the “Coffee Pot.”The Plum Island Lighthouse was built until 1827 near what is now home of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and although it is at risk of erosion, East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation is working to protect the lighthouse.Little Gull Island Lighthouse, built in 1804 northeast of Orient Point, where the Long Island Sound and Block Island sound meet, is surrounded by a protective wall after much of the island was swept away in a hurricane in the 1800s.Race Rock Lighthouse was built in 1868 to warn of a dangerous set of rocks of the coast of Fishers Island and at the mouth of The Race, where the waters of the sound rush in both directions at great speeds according to the tide.North Dumpling Lighthouse, built in 1849, on the north side of Fishers Island, was supposedly used in aiding Prohibition-era bootleggers distribute alcohol illegally before the island was sold as private property in 1986.-With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

7 important financial steps to take in your 30s

first_img 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When you hit your 30s, you may start thinking about your major life goals, both personal and financial. Although you may be able to defer some of your personal life decisions, such as career changes, starting a family or moving to a new place, some major financial decisions should not wait any longer.Many financial decisions can have a gradual, yet enormous, impact on your life. Making them at the right time ensures that you can meet your goals and achieve financial security. Here are seven key financial steps people in their 30s should take.1. Build an emergency fundWhatever your current income is, you need to establish an emergency fund. Think about how you would pay next month’s rent if you lost your job. Or, if your car broke down, would you have enough money to repair it? Having a financial buffer means you don’t have to hit the panic button — or go into debt — when faced with an unforeseen expense.Start by aiming to save enough to cover up to three months of your household expenses and gradually grow your emergency fund to cover at least six months of expenses. If money is tight, building an emergency fund can be overwhelming, so start small. Contribute an hour’s worth of wages each workday and gradually increase it to two hours’ worth of wages per workday. If that’s unrealistic, save $50 per week ($200 per month) and increase it to $75 a week or more as you are able. Use automatic deposits to your savings account to ensure regular contributions. continue reading »last_img read more

2017-18 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee named

first_imgCUNA Technology Council formally presented the 2017-2018 Executive Committee at this year’s CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference on September 30 co-located in Phoenix.The full roster of the 2017-2018 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee includes:Mike Atkins, chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and chief information officer, Bellco CU and, CEO, Open Technology Solutions, Centennial, Colo.;Chris Saneda, vice chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and executive vice president, technology and digital innovation, Virginia CU, Richmond, Va.; continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

4 ways to spoil yourself on the cheap

first_imgIf you’re trying to stick to a budget or you’re just a stickler for saving, you may not feel like you get the chance to treat yourself very often. But sometimes, you need to go out of your way to do something nice for yourself. If you want to do that without going on a spending spree, here are some ways you can spoil yourself on the cheap…Wake up and watch: I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Saturday Night at the movies” but what about “Saturday morning at the movies”? Some theaters will have early shows on Saturday mornings, especially if it’s a highly anticipated release. My favorite thing about Saturday morning shows is there’s a good chance you’ll have the theater to yourself and you’ll be out before lunch. It’s a great way to get away, detach from reality, and not feel like you can’t still have a productive Saturday. Plus, you can do it all for a matinee price.Bake something: If you’re married/have kids, you’re probably used to having desserts and sweets around. If you live alone, hopefully those treats aren’t a regular part of your every day diet. But everybody loves that stuff. Why wouldn’t you? Make a cupcake or brownie that much more special by making them a rare treat. Avoid them at all costs and then reward yourself sometime and get to baking. And you know what? Eat the whole dadgum pan if you want!Go explore: The Great Outdoors is a funny movie starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd, but did you know it’s also a place you can go explore that’s good for your soul and FREE?! I know. It’s a surprise. Next time you’re wasting your weekend telling your Netflix that you’re still there, turn that TV off and head outdoors. Go for a hike, find some water and skip some rocks. The fresh air is good for your soul and you’re allowed to breath an unlimited amount of it free of charge.Just say no: Who remembers the movie Yes Man? In the film, Jim Carrey learns the power of saying yes. Now it’s your turn to learn the power of saying no. We can sometimes get caught up in saying yes to too many things. Plan out a weekend and say no to everything. Spend that time doing activities that make you happy, and if one of those things is sleeping, then sleep. I’m sure we could all use a little more. 103SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Thousands Attend Slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos’ Funeral

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A sea of blue enveloped Christ Tabernacle church in Glendale Saturday as thousands of police officers and law enforcement officials from throughout the region and country gathered to pay respects to Rafael Ramos, one of two New York City police officers murdered last week while they sat in their patrol car outside a housing complex in Brooklyn.Ramos, 40, and his partner, NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot at point-blank range execution-style in Bedford-Stuyvesant by a gunman who had stated on social media sites prior to the slayings that he was going to “put wings on pigs” and referenced the deaths of unarmed African Americans Eric Garner and Michael Brown, who had both died at the hands of white police officers.Joining a packed congregation that included Ramos’ family, friends, fellow officers and countless parishioners and mourners, his funeral services were also attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had come under fire in recent weeks from police rank and file for comments made in the wake of a grand jury’s recent decision not to prosecute the officer who killed Garner.A grand jury also decided not to seek criminal charges against the police officer who killed Brown, a teenager, in Ferguson, Mo. in August.The services for the slain officer, who leaves behind a wife and two children, comes amid weeks of protests throughout the city and across the nation against the grand juries’ decisions, among other police-related grievances.“He was my rock,” Ramos’ son Justin said at a wake held Friday for his father. “He was a beacon of wisdom. He was my absolute best friend.“Dad, I’ll miss you,” he cried.“I speak for whole nation that our hearts ache for you,” Biden told Justin and brother Jaden during the funeral Saturday, according to The Washington Post, one of a multitude of local and national media outlets covering the services. “I do hope you take some solace in the fact that there is 25,000 of the same fraternity who will stand with you and stand with you for the rest of your lives.“He was so so part of you, he will be a part of you forever,” he continued, reported the paper, telling Ramos’ wife: “The time will come when Rafael’s memory will bring a smile to your lips rather than a tear to your eye.”Biden said of Ramos and Liu, according to The Post: “Being a cop is not what they did. It was who they were, like every man and woman here today. You all joined for the same reason, there was something about you that made you feel you should help.”last_img read more

Caterers and hoteliers are calling for a reduction in VAT in tourism

first_imgHUT welcomes the announcement of a reduction in VAT on tourism Lowering the VAT rate on the catering offer creates the necessary space for new investments in increasing the quality of the tourist offer and for a significant increase in wages, which can only stabilize the labor supply in tourism. The first set of requirements refers to the reduction of the VAT on food preparation from 25 to 13 percent, the abolition of the Consumption Tax and the other tax relief for the business of caterers. The caterers emphasized that their goal is primarily to increase the salaries of workers, for which, with the current level of taxes and business conditions in Croatia, there is simply no room. The fourth round of tax reform, which should be presented by the end of July, expects new tax relief, especially in the tourism sector, ie catering.  “The issue of competitiveness of the tourism sector is the focus of the global tourism industry, and VAT is one of the key factors. As is well known, a number of countries, including our biggest competitors, have recently reduced or are announcing an imminent reduction in the VAT rate in tourism, which will have the effect of improving the sector’s performance and strengthening its international position. In such an environment, the reduction of VAT, which is currently the highest in Croatia in the Mediterranean, will give the necessary impetus to strengthen the Croatian tourism industry and thus maintain one of the leading positions in the Mediterranean. they point out from HUT and add that we can compete with other Mediterranean markets only with quality, which means that we must encourage investments in increasing the quality of the offer, both accommodation and complete services. “Due to the high tax burden, the Croatian catering industry is struggling to survive. We are looking for urgent measures that will prevent the further exodus of Croatian labor to Western countries and the collapse of a large number of caterers, and stop the immeasurable damage to Croatian tourism. Croatia has the absolute highest VAT rate on food preparation and serving in the Mediterranean and one of the highest rates in the European Union. Such a situation has become unsustainable for us. ” stated Vedran Jakominić, President of the Association of Caterers of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) welcomes the announcement of the introduction of an intermediate VAT rate on the total tourist offer as part of the fourth package of tax changes. HUT considers the reduction of VAT as an effective measure to improve the competitiveness of Croatian tourism, but also the overall Croatian economy, given that tourism accounts for 20 percent of Croatian GDP, which may result in increased investment, employment and wages, and consequently state revenues budget.last_img read more

Troy murders show need for executions

first_imgThe death penalty encourages repentance, relieves the killer of living with his crime, and prevents more crime. In countless cases, convicted murderers have been released or escaped and murdered again.As Dr. David B. Muhlhausen of the Heritage Foundation testified before Congress in 2007, increasing the risk of  punishment deters individuals from committing crime. Criminals “rationally maximize their own self-interest subject to constraints that they face” and “studies consistently demonstrate a strong link between executions and reduced murder incidents.”A 2012 Vera Institute of Justice study showed the average annual per inmate cost was $60,076 in New York state prisons and $167,731 in New York City. A young killer in state prison for 40 years could cost $2.4 million.Murderers often escape punishment; victims never do. If I’m morally and legally allowed to deprive a would-be-murderer of his life to save my own, the state is right to take away his life after I’m murdered. Robert DufresneRensselaerMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Regarding the Schenectady men arrested for the savage murder of women and children in Troy: First-degree murder demands equality, i.e. capital punishment. While rarely used, 31 states have death penalty laws.New York should, too.While the killers of those people won’t face death, it’s absolutely wrong to equate the victims’ lives with life in prison.God authorized capital punishment. In Genesis 9:6, God told Noah “If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.” In Exodus 20:13 God commanded “Thou shall not kill”, and “kill” obviously means murder. Romans 13:4 confirms that properly constituted government “….is a servant of God for your good. But if you do evil…. it is the servant of God to inflict wrath on the evildoers.”Since the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment has stood for 226 years, capital punishment is obviously not the prohibited “cruel and unusual punishment.” last_img read more