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Hoosier GOP lawmakers lining up spending proposals for consideration

Hoosier GOP lawmakers lining up spending proposals for consideration

first_img By Jon Zimney – January 9, 2021 0 125 IndianaLocalNews Facebook Facebook Twitter Hoosier GOP lawmakers lining up spending proposals for consideration Pinterest Twitter Pinterest (“Indiana State Capitol Building” by Drew Tarvin, CC BY 2.0) House Republicans have a string of spending proposals among their priorities for this year’s legislative session.The first year of the new two-year budget is expected to be tight because of the pandemic. House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) says he’s wary of building spending into the budget that may not be sustainable over the long term. But he says spending cuts imposed by Governor Holcomb last year when lockdowns cut into the state’s bottom line mean there’s room for one-time spending.Several of the proposals focus on problems either caused or exposed by the pandemic. Huston says Republicans want to expand a relief fund to help restaurants and other small businesses stay afloat. They also want one-time grant funds to help local police departments purchase body cameras, and pay for summer school to help students who fell behind when the pandemic closed schools last spring.Huston says Republicans will use the six-year-old Safety PIN program, which awards grants to local groups to reduce infant mortality, as a model for a new grant program to tackle other public health issues like obesity and smoking at the local level. Indiana’s infant mortality rate fell to its lowest level in history last year, and Huston says the Safety PIN focus on locally-run, research-based approaches is a proven success.Huston says the House will seek to expand rural broadband. The last budget included 100-million dollars for that — Huston says the goal this year will be a more targeted approach zeroing in on underserved areas.Huston isn’t announcing a price tag for the various grant funds, but says it will be “a significant amount.” He says Republicans will pass a bill clarifying that schools won’t lose funding for holding classes online because of the pandemic. They’ll also seek to expand eligibility for the state’s private-school voucher programs.Huston says he hopes to increase school funding in the new budget but isn’t committing to it. Governor Holcomb has said his budget proposal, expected next week, will include an increase. Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleSouth Bend council members, city clerk issue statement regarding Capitol Hill violenceNext articleBerrien County health leaders ask for patience regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: How the EPA is Threatening Clean Water Fisheries

Fridays on the Fly: How the EPA is Threatening Clean Water Fisheries

first_imgEarly on his tenure, Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt began advancing an anti-environmental agenda that would, among other things, withhold critical safeguards from the nation’s headwater streams and wetlands.Since then, he has targeted clean water by trying to dismantle an Obama-era statute known as the Clean Water Rule or the Waters of the United States Rule. This rule, which Pruitt’s EPA is seeking to rescind, ensures the protection of 60 percent of U.S. stream miles and 20 million acres of its wetlands.Not only would a move to rescind it have detrimental effects on the vitality of America’s commercial and recreational fisheries, but it could put the drinking water of as many as 1 in 3 Americans directly at risk.“Almost certainly, some water bodies will face increased pollution under a narrower federal Clean Water Rule,” Daniel Esty, professor of environmental law and policy at Yale Law School, told the Scientific American back in February when Donald Trump placed the law under review. “It would leave some critical water resources less protected.”Critics like Esty have argued that the Trump Administration’s reasoning for attempting to withdraw the Clean Water Rule is based on a fundamentally flawed economic analysis that hinges on outdated recession-era statistics and an assumption that protected headwaters and wetlands provide no economic benefit to the American economy. The latter conclusion is particularly hard to stomach when you consider that the outdoor recreation economy contributes some $887 billion in annual consumer spending.If you value the clean water in your favorite rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands, there is still time to make your voice heard. The EPA is required to accept public comment until August 28, 2017. You can comment using this handy form from the folks at Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Don’t forget to leave a personalized message about the ways in which pollution would damage the fishing holes you love.last_img read more

Man Sentenced for Killing North Bay Shore Woman, Tot

Man Sentenced for Killing North Bay Shore Woman, Tot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jerry A. LewisA 25-year-old Jamaican immigrant was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year old son in the North Bay Shore apartment they shared.Jerry A. Lewis had pleaded guilty at Suffolk County court in February to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.Prosecutors said Lewis stabbed 21-year-old Shakeela Planter to death and then fatally beat her two year old son, Jaiden, on Dec. 18, 2011 because he suspected Planter of dating other men.Lewis wrapped the tot’s body in plastic and placed his dead body in the freezer in Planter’s basement apartment on South Cardinal Court.Lewis was arrested in Laurel, Maryland on Christmas Eve in 2011 when he turned himself in to police. He was later extradited back to Long Island.last_img read more

NYS Police search for elderly driver who caused crash

NYS Police search for elderly driver who caused crash

first_imgPolice say a driver who was traveling eastbound on Route 17 saw a silver vehicle traveling the wrong way, swerved to avoid a head-on crash, and rolled over. NICHOLS (WBNG) — New York State Police are searching for an elderly driver who caused a crash on State Route 17 on Saturday. Authorities say the vehicle traveling the wrong way continued in that direction. The driver of the vehicle that rolled over was transported to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, and is being treated for head and neck injuries. Police described the driver of the silver car as an elderly woman, possibly in her 80s. Anyone with information is asked to contact New York State Police at Owego at (607)687-3961.last_img

‘That’s all, folks,’ for 19 Warner schemes

‘That’s all, folks,’ for 19 Warner schemes

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Alan Shearer picks out four Arsenal players to blame for shocking performance against Southampton

Alan Shearer picks out four Arsenal players to blame for shocking performance against Southampton

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Phil HaighSunday 24 Nov 2019 11:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link891Shares Alan Shearer picks out four Arsenal players to blame for shocking performance against Southampton Arsenal had another disappointing result on Saturday against Southampton (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal suffered another disappointing result on Saturday as they scraped a 2-2 draw at home to Southampton, causing Alan Shearer to criticise a number of their players.The Gunners needed a 96th minute equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette to rescue a point against the Saints as they took their winless run to six games.Unai Emery’s side have picked up just four wins from their opening 13 Premier League matches, drawing six and losing three.Southampton had 21 shots during the contest in north London, with the home team extremely lucky to come away with even a point, and they were booed off by their own fans at full time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPremier League record goal-scorer Shearer could scarcely believe how bad the Gunners have become defensively and picked out four names that were especially bad on Saturday.‘Where do we start? They were sloppy, so bad defensively. [Kieran] Tierney set the tone after a couple of minutes, caught on the ball, poor touches,’ Shearer said on Match of the Day.‘[Lucas] Torreira then got caught on the ball, Arsenal got away with it. Six players and the manager are moaning to the referee when Southampton score, they were too clever for them.‘David Luiz… by the time the ball is in the net he’s not even in the box, it’s too late, he’s switching off. Kieran Tierney gave away a penalty at the Emirates against the Saints (Picture: Getty Images)‘These mistakes are happening every single week trying to play out of the back but they’re not good enough to play out from the back, they keep giving chances away.‘I might get criticised for talking about fouling but what does [N’golo] Kante, Fabinho and Fernandinho do? They foul and they stop attacks.‘It’s a lack of experience from [Matteo Guendouzi] because look at the space Southampton have got to run into.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Arsenal captain Tony Adams was equally critical of Emery and his side after the draw with the Saints, launching a scathing rant on their defensive abilities.‘The boos are deserved. It was a terrible, terrible performance, very disjointed, no defending in sight, [Emery] changed his system three times – he’s not doing himself any favours,’ Adams told BT Sport.‘I could put a team together that is more organised than that. There’s no one going out there to keep clean sheets, I can’t see a clean sheet in sight. When you’re giving the opposition team at the Emirates 20 chances on your goal, you’re never going to keep clean sheets’However, Emery is certain that he retains the support of the players and the board.‘They are supporting me everyday,’ said the Spaniard. ‘I know we can do better and I’m going to try to do that.’MORE: Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick considering resigning over Unai Emery situationMORE: Unai Emery adamant he retains support of Arsenal board after Southampton draw Advertisementlast_img read more

Marathon runner returns to reformed Ethiopia after exile

Marathon runner returns to reformed Ethiopia after exile

first_imgEthiopia this week unveiled a new 20-member cabinet featuring 10 women, becoming one of only a handful of nations to achieve gender parity in government.Since coming to power Abiy’s measures have included ending two decades of conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, releasing jailed dissidents, welcoming formerly banned groups back into the country and announcing plans to privatise major state-owned industries.#Feyisa_Lilesa, respect earned not begged! You inspired generations of children and athletes and won you the hearts and minds of the Oromo Nation and the world! Thank you FM #Workneh_Gebeyehu for showing respect for this true Oromo patriot! pic.twitter.com/88UzVLcQIQ— Moa Abagodu (@Moa_Abagodu) October 21, 2018Share on: WhatsApp Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | After two years of political exile that began at the Rio Olympic Games marathon finish line the athlete Feyisa Lilesa returned home to Ethiopia on Sunday saying the African nation was now a freer place.Lilesa, now 28, won the silver medal at Rio but his anti-government protest — holding his wrists together in imaginary handcuffs in front of television cameras — against the former hard-line regime led him to remain in exile, choosing Flagstaff, Arizona, as his temporary haven.But on Sunday he was met at the airport by the country’s Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and other dignitaries in the government of reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who came to power in April.“There is quite a change in the country, now people can freely express their opinions and condemn the government freely,” Lilesa told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.“My sympathy goes out to martyrs that sacrificed lives and gave the freedom to come to my country and join my family. They faced the dark and became a light for us,” said a visibly emotional Lilesa.“I want to come back to my previous performance. I have a big hope to score a good result for my country and myself,” Lilesa said.last_img read more