The Senate today passed S. 154, a bill that will fully fund the town highway aid payments in April 2009. The Douglas Administration and the Legislature had previously agreed to withhold half of the $3 million, quarterly payment because of the state’s fiscal situation. The state’s Transportation Fund revenues continue to sag. The Transportation Fund in March was $400,000 below its target. The reaction from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, which lobbies on behalf of municipalities, was unequivocally opposed to the cuts because it would force the towns to either cut highway projects or raise taxes. Vermonters can not afford to let their local roads and bridges fall into a further state of disrepair or pay higher property taxes, saidSenator Mazza, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. By passing this bill, the Senate has ensured that town s will not be forced to defer construction maintenance or raise Vermonters property taxes. It has been the Senate s intent all along to fully fund the towns with their April payments, said Senator Peter Shumlin. Towns will be able to use these much needed funds to pave our roads, repair our bridges and create good paying jobs for Vermonters.The bill passed the Senate, 26 to 0, and now moves to the House for consideration.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I learned a new French/Cajun word recently in working with one of my clients (Lafayette Schools Credit Union): lagniappe. It is the French word for “extra.” For example, if you’re cooking up some great Cajun gumbo, you might add a little lagniappe (something extra in your kitchen) to kick it up a notch.In creating their unique member service experience, Lafayette Schools Credit Union wants their employees to offer something extra at the end of every transaction. In other words, they want to give their consumers some lagniappe.“Our vision is that we want coming to our credit union to be like seeing an old friend,” said Connie Roy, CEO of Lafayette Schools Credit Union. “And that means doing something for them that they might not have expected.”In other words, they are seeking to “wow” their target audiences. Is it working? So far this year, their credit union is experiencing 11% member growth. Sounds like lagniappe gets some extra results as well. continue reading »
After 10 years seeing other high schools, and particularly their arch-rivals Calabar, have the pride and joy of winning the vaunted ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys Athletic Championship, Kingston College (KC), the home of ‘purple pride’, won the 2019 hosting of the event last Saturday at the National Stadium in Kingston.In winning the championships KC amassed an overall total of 395.5 points, 82.5 points more than Calabar who finished second with 313 points. Jamaica College placed third with 232.5 points For the girl high schools, Edwin Allen High won their sixth consecutive title and seven in total, over a fast-finishing Hydel High. Edwin Allen secured victory with 291 points, just 7 points over Hydel with 284. Holmwood High finished third with 220 points.This has been a great sport year for Kingston College as last November they won the high school soccer ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup. KC’s Wayne Pinnock broke the Class One long jump record, and also the Class One 110m hurdles in record time of 13.06 seconds Calabar High School’s Kimar Faquharson smashed the Class One 800m record of 1:48.84 with a time of 1:48.67.In the sprint relays, KC won Classes Three and One while Calabar won in Class Two, and the 4 x 400m Open relay. However. wins in these relays was not enough to halt KC’s ultimate victory.