Senate money bills coming together

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.org The Senate is one day closer to finalizing the all-important money bills that are crucial to government spending ‘and adjournment. The $5 billion state budget has been finalized, and the miscellaneous tax bill is nearly complete.The Senate Finance Committee had not yet voted out the miscellaneous tax bill Tuesday evening, but earlier in the day, lawmakers had agreed to a number of crucial items in the soup-to-nuts legislation that resets tax priorities for the state each year.The panel is considering a 2 cent increase to the statewide property tax to cover a decline in the grand list value of real estate and a slight increase in school spending.Hereâ s what the Senate Finance Committee agreed to:A one-year moratorium on the cloud computing tax. Companies that use software as a service, or remotely hosted software, will get a reprieve from the 6 percent sales tax on the service until the next legislative session. In addition, businesses that paid the tax from 2006 through 2011 will receive a refund. The cost of returning money to taxpayers is roughly $1.9 million.A $5 million â generation’tax on Vermont Yankee. The state would put $2.9 million toward the Education Fund and $2.1 million in the Clean Energy Development Fund, a grant, loan and tax subsidy program for renewable energy which is nearly depleted.A $3,000 cap on the renter rebate program.Expect to see an amendment from Sen. Dick McCormack, D-Windsor, that would allow child-care providers to unionize. The senator from Bethel, believes the right to collective bargaining is fundamental, and he has put together a one-page provision that he hopes to tack onto the miscellaneous tax bill.The Senate Appropriations Committee is poised to adopt a $1.3 billion General Fund Budget and total government expenditures of $5 billion for fiscal year 2013. Last yearâ s budget was $1.233 billion in General Fund spending and $4.71 billion total. The growth rate year over year is 5.4 percent for the General Fund and 6.3 percent for the overall expenditure.Sen. Jane Kitchel. VTD/Josh LarkinSen. Jane Kitchel compared the budgeting process, especially federal cuts, to â sitting on a cactus and trying to figure out which spine is hurting you the most.âShe explained in a caucus on Tuesday that the percentage increases can be attributed to four main factors:A loss of $20.5 million in federal Medicaid matching funds, as a result of Vermontâ s strong employment and other good economic indicators.A $14 million increase in retirement costs for teachers and state employees.The 3 percent to 5 percent salary increases for state employees, or about $13.6 millionThe loss of the Tobacco Fund money, which would have contributed $6 million to the bottom line.The main takeaway, however, has to do with future General Fund surpluses. The Senate Appropriations Committee is proposing to send back half of any General Fund surplus monies to homestead property taxpayers in a refund.The House had set aside that same pot of money to rebase the Education Fund, which permanently lost $27.5 million when the Legislature reduced the General Fund transfer to the Education Fund.Kitchel said â just putting the money in the Ed Fund doesnâ t guarantee any relief to Vermont property taxpayers,’and she advocated for the refund.Several senators, including Sen. Bob Hartwell, D-Bennington, object to the refund.â This is a short-term feel good fix,’Hartwell said. â I disagree that putting more money in Education Fund wonâ t help property taxpayers.âThe question, Sen. Mark McDonald, said is which taxpayers would an increase in the General Fund transfer to the Ed Fund help. He believes that more money would go to second homeowners and businesses as a result.The Appropriations bill also includes:$300,000 in legal assistance for homeowners facing foreclosure from the Vermont Attorney Generalâ s national mortgage settlement;$1.1 million in carryforward money for the Choices for Care program, which helps elderly Vermonters stay in their homes and prevents them from going to nursing homes;Sets aside an additional $350,000 for substance abuse programs;Invests $175,000 in youth services, including the guardian ad litem program ($50,000) and Boys and Girls State ($10,000)$5.1 million for a total of $7 million to cover costs associated with cuts to federal programs;$500,000 for the working landscape bill (the House budgeted substantially more)$650,000 for an affordable mobile home owner program.The Big Bill has $68 million in budget reserves, not including $16 million in human services caseload reserve monies.The budget gap projection for fiscal year 2014 is between $5 million and $44 million. During the Great Recession, the gap was hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and most of the difference was made up by federal stimulus funds and reductions to state spending. April 24, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Tiffany Mogenson friends, family start dance scholarship in her honor

first_imgFriends and family of Tiffany Mogenson, the Prairie Village woman killed Oct. 11 in a major car accident at 75th Street and Roe Avenue, have started a dance scholarship in her honor.A talented dancer who performed all her life, Mogenson was the owner of The Pointe dance studio in Blue Springs, Mo., her hometown. She also performed as a member of the University of Missouri’s Golden Girls and as a Chiefs Cheerleader.Jessie Krueger, a close friend who met Mogenson in college, said the fund is a way to honor Mogenson’s passion for dance.“Her motto for her dancers was ‘Dance Like No One is Watching,’” Krueger said. “Soon after the accident, her dancers adopted a new motto, ‘Dance Like Tiffany is Watching,’ and through this fund, we hope that Tiffany’s dream of sharing her passion for dance can live on.”Krueger, who is administering the fund, said proceeds will be used to help younger dancers pay for training opportunities like dance camps and dance conventions.More information about the fund — including instructions for making a donation — can be found here.Roy L. Maney, the man charged with DUI and manslaughter in the accident, had a no-go preliminary hearing in Johnson County District Court this morning.last_img read more

Top 5 position battles to watch during Browns camp

first_imgWith teams breaking camp all over the country this week, marking the official return of NFL Football. For the Cleveland Browns, the 2018 seasons comes with an unusual optimism following a disastrous 0-16 campaign and an offseason that featured heft changes.That change started with the personnel. From under center to the secondary, the Browns roster underwent a noticeable remodel. Training camp will be critical for the new faces to gel with familiar ones ahead of the regular season. As always, it will also encourage competition.Cleveland enters camp with a number of starting positions still up for grabs and a handful of others could be subject to change if standouts emerge. That should provide plenty of reason for fans to follow along with Browns’ camp either in person or via HBO’s Hard Knocks. However you choose to watch the team prepare for the upcoming season over this next month, these are the top five position battles you’ll want to keep an eye on.1) Left Tackle Joe Thomas’ Illustrious career came to an end this offseason. The future Hall of Famer announced his retirement at the beginning of free agency. There’s simply no immediate way to replace a player of his caliber, but the Browns will have to try. Left tackle is without question Cleveland’s biggest question mark at the start of training camp. It’s more than likely that Shon Coleman will start camp as the favorite at the position – he moved from right tackle to fill in for Thomas when he went down with a torn bicep last season. By no means is Coleman a lock though and he’ll have plenty of competition. One challenger is second-round pick, Austin Corbett. Greg Robinson, who the Browns signed last month should see somerun there too. For what it’s worth, stout left guard Joel Bitonio took some reps at left tackle during the offseason program so perhaps the Browns consider him for the job. Lineman battles certainly aren’t the most exciting thing to watch at training camp, however, this one will be worth keeping an eye on. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 Related TopicsAntonio CallawayAustin CorbettBaker MayfieldBrowns Training CampCorey ColemanGreg RobinsonJarvin LandryJosh GordonShon ColemanTyrod Taylor Spencer Germanlast_img read more

Kennedy: Shooters better than last year

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:129d3188eb3aad8f4d6cb719 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-286348-4603988068001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Kennedy: Shooters better than last yearlast_img read more

I-30’s Scrapp Fox Memorial boasts $1,500 IMCA Modified payday

first_imgIMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region, Arkansas State and track points are also at stake at the 18th annual event. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and a 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth at I-30 Speedway’s Saturday, Aug. 15 Scrapp Fox Memorial. The $50 entry fee includes the driver’s pit pass if paid by Aug. 14. Pit passes are $30 on race day and spectator admission is $20 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6-12 when accompanied by a paid adult and free for ages five and under. Pits and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing is at 7:30 p.m. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are also on the evening’s card at Little Rock.  More information is available by calling 501 455-4567 and on Facebook.last_img read more