Scheuermann: How are we doing? Final three weeks

first_imgby Representative Heidi E Scheuermann (R-Stowe) With just a few weeks remaining until the 2015-2016 Legislative Biennium concludes, various items are still being developed in both the House and Senate. Unfortunately, none of the items being considered will put us back on a path of fiscal responsibility and real economic growth. The Fiscal Year 2017 budget that passed the House raises General Fund spending by 4% this year, meaning a Comparable Annual Growth Rate over the last five years of 4.6%. As most of us clearly understand, this continues to be well above both the rate of inflation and the underlying economic growth in Vermont.In fact, the total budget – excluding federal funds and education spending – is $2.45 billion in FY 2017.(link is external) This is an increase of over $575 million since FY 2011.  And, how do we pay for this spending?  By instituting additional and higher taxes and fees on Vermont families and businesses over the last six years.  The tax and fee increases being proposed this year total $48 million, making a two-year total increase of $96.7 million.(link is external)While the Senate is still considering these various pieces of legislation, I do not expect numbers to change dramatically before everything is finalized.For ten years, I have fought for fiscal responsibility and a smart, comprehensive strategy for economic growth. Right now, however, as I look back on this last year, this biennium, and frankly, the last several years, I can’t help but think of missed opportunities, failed leadership and political agendas that put politics ahead of smart, long term public policy.While we have been able to put together some modest proposals for economic growth over the last several years, they have been overshadowed by the increased cost to Vermonters in taxes, fees, energy, and the already burdensome regulatory process; in addition to the Vermont Health Connect fiasco, and the countless reasons why so many Vermonters just don’t trust our government anymore.And this year, as many of us continue to try to make some additional progress on the economic development front, Governor Shumlin is hanging his leadership hat on the divestiture of our pension funds (on which our state’s retirees rely so much) from coal and Exxon-Mobil assets, and the legalization of marijuana. Regardless of how you feel about these particular issues, they are not what Vermonters have been pleading with us to do.  Instead, Vermonters have been asking us to reform state government in order to bring sustainability back; to reform our state’s education funding system to ensure property tax relief; and to put into place policies that will encourage private sector job growth.Rest assured, I will continue to fight for sound public policy through the final weeks of this session, but I am also looking ahead at what we might be able to accomplish in the next biennium. There are many changes coming to Montpelier next year.  With open seats for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and both the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem of the Senate leaving their posts as well, we can start to right this ship of state, if we have people in there who share our desire to do so.To be clear, we can make a difference!  We simply need to get involved!Toward that end, I am hopeful that Vermonters who share my desire, and the desire of so many others, to put us on a path to fiscal responsibility and economic prosperity, consider joining me either by running for office themselves, or by getting involved.If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact me.(link sends e-mail)INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CONTINUES TO LANGUISHThe Independent Contractor bill, which passed the committee of jurisdiction unanimously on March 10th, continues to languish after the Speaker of the House sent the bill back to our committee for further work.To be clear, we are absolutely committed to working on some of the points of the legislation that big labor (labor unions) finds objectionable, but we have yet to come to consensus on the major sticking points.The concern that I have now is that we have simply lost too much time – that even if we pass a bill in the House, there won’t be enough time for the Senate to consider and approve it.And, if we are simply going to put something forward that “will be important for the next Legislature,” as the Speaker indicates in this article, I would prefer it to be the strongest possible message we can send, not an already compromised position.As I have said many times in the past, I have worked diligently for years, with colleagues from across the political spectrum, to do something that would ensure the many protections for workers historically in place are maintained, while ensuring that we position our state as a place in which the new, independent and collaborative workforce is encouraged to grow and invest.I believed strongly that H 867 did just that.  Unfortunately, big labor opposed it, and found an ear that was receptive.Given the lateness of the session, I expect we will know whether we come to some consensus on this bill by the middle of this week.JAY PEAK EB-5 FRAUDThe state’s business and political establishment was rocked last week by federal and state allegations of massive fraud by Northeast Kingdom EB-5 Project developers Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros. The lawsuits allege $200 million in EB-5 investor funds being “misused, ” and an additional $50 million being “misappropriated” by Mr. Quiros for personal use.Since the Jay Peak, Burke and Newport projects began, they have been seen by many as a beacon for economic and job growth in the Northeast Kingdom.  And, Mr. Stenger, specifically, became the poster child of successful EB-5 projects – lauded by the political establishment in both Montpelier and Washington.That has all come to a halt now, and with it, at least two of the projects that have yet to get off the ground – the ANC Bio facility, and the downtown Newport Renaissance Block.The good news is that some very important infrastructure is in place for the Kingdom to continue building upon for its economic vitality. From the Jay Peak Expansion to Q Burke, I am confident the people of the Northeast Kingdom will come together to ensure its success.In general, though, this is a truly sad development for the people of the Kingdom, and for all of Vermont.  It is absolutely clear that proper oversight of, and real accountability for, these projects was not in place for a very long time.  Kudos to Susan Donegan and the team at the Department of Financial Regulation for its diligence in uncovering all of this after the oversight was given to them last year.VERMONT TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE (vtTA) REPORT RELEASEDI was really pleased to attend last week’s unveiling of the Vermont Technology Alliance Report – “Vermont’s Tech Employment: The Hidden Driver of our Economic Growth.”I have long believed that our technology sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy, and one of the sectors in which we have great opportunity. This report not only substantiates that assumption, but provides us great insight into the total economic impact of the sector.The following from the vtTA Press Release provides some detail about the specific findings:Highlights from the Vermont Technology Alliance Report include:Tech jobs make up 25% of all Vermont employment, representing 77,249 jobs. Vermont’s tech workers earn 63% more compared to the Vermont average wage.  A Vermont tech job pays and average annual wage of $72,732, while the average annual Vermont wage is $44,540.  This premium generates an additional $280 million for Vermont’s economy. Tech jobs generate an estimated $5.6 billion in wages, representing 40% of all Vermont wages.center_img Tech jobs are growing faster than Vermont’s total employment, with growth of 8.3% over the past ten years compared to the state’s average employment growth of 1.2%.  Tech jobs are projected to grow at a 7.5% annual rate from 2014 to 2022, the fastest growing in Vermont.I am hopeful that other legislators and public policymakers read this report to get a full picture of the opportunities that are in front of us.Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann  April 19, 2016last_img read more

UWF Named Scholar All-America Team by College Swimming Coaches Association

first_imgBrooke Ferrara, Angelina Gallastegui and Gabrielle Spangenberg each brought home honorable mention Scholar All-American honors. Ferrara, a freshman, earned the nod after recording a B-cut in the 100 Back at the Panther Invitational in November, and Spangenberg did the same in the 100 Breast. It is Gallastegui’s second Scholar All-America honor, having earned the distinction in 2016 as a sophomore and recording a B-cut in the 1,000 Free at this year’s NSISC Championships. NORFOLK, Va. – The University of West Florida swimming and diving team has earned Scholar All-America Team honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for the third consecutive year, the organization announced Wednesday. Hulley was a member of the All-American 200 Medley Relay team this year, following an All-American performance with the 400 Medley Relay squad in 2016, and Pitt added three more All-American honors to her career total. She now ranks fourth in UWF history with eight All-America awards. Additionally, a program-record 11 student-athletes were named Scholar All-Americans for their efforts in the pool and in the classroom. That total is the third-most in Division II. Mariana de Paula, Rebecca Halfast, Theresa Michalak and Taby Read-Cayton each picked up first team Scholar All-America honors for the first time. Each of the four recorded at least one First Team All-American finish in the pool at this year’s NCAA Championships, as de Paula swam the anchor leg in the 200 Free Relay, Halfast took the anchor in the 400 Free Relay, and Read-Cayton swam the third leg in each of those relays. Michalak won four national championships on her way to earning CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year honors and being named the DII Honda Athlete of the Year for Swimming and Diving. Monica Amaral, Danica Burnett, Pia Hulley, and Madeline Pitt each earned the individual honor for a second time in their careers. Amaral repeated as national champion in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events and was crowned the CSCAA National Diver of the Year for a second consecutive year, and Burnett added three more All-American nods in the pool this year, playing a part on three relay teams for UWF at the NCAA Championships. FULL SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA TEAM LIST First team Scholar All-Americans must have a 3.50 GPA or higher and have participated in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, while honorable mention Scholar All-Americans needed to meet the same 3.50 GPA requirement and record a B-cut time in the pool. “This recognition reaffirms that our student-athletes have their priorities in the correct order,” head coach Andrew Hancock said. “We understand and embrace the fact that we’re here to get a college degree, and secondly to achieve in the pool. What’s most pleasing is that nearly all our NCAA participants were recognized and had a GPA of 3.5 or higher. It shows that our best athletes are some of our best students, they’re the total package.” UWF is one of 720 teams across Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA to earn Scholar All-America status, holding a team GPA of 3.47 that puts the Argonauts in the top 30 in all of Division II. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

USC new pants

first_img Share on other sites All Activity STL FANATIC Share this post Link to post Recommended Posts 22 51 posts Members By duma, September 6, 2006 in Sports Logo News 1 0 sacker12 Link to post Followers 0 Members Sports Logo News Sports Logos Members winghaz I never noticed that USC wore shiny pants last year, but I agree, they never should. USC needs to have the classic look. King of Consistency Members 10,716 Share this post 0 22 I like the shiny pants much better. Its like a modern take on the classic look. The ones they are wearing this year look like practice pants. Share this post 1 0 10,716 5,561 posts 0 0 10,716 Posted September 6, 2006 Link to post Link to post Share on other sites kenclark 0 kenclark Share this post 99 Share this post Members 0 Let’s Go Buff-a-lo! 0 Posted September 6, 2006 0 Posted September 6, 2006 0 Posted September 6, 2006 950 Share on other sites 22 0 duma FiddySicks Share this post Share on other sites Members All Activity Posted September 6, 2006 0 Share on other sites 529 posts Taking another look at it, I think that they need to darken the yellow a little bit. 0 1 Share on other sites Chazberg Share on other sites Members I think they look great, and a lot of teams with gold colors could take a hint (Georgia Tech…) Posted September 6, 2006 0 Link to post 0 FiddySicks Good eye. I watched all but one SC game last year, and during the game saturday, i couldnt figure out what was different with the pants. It will be an even bigger upgrade with the home jersey. Posted September 6, 2006 Share this post sacker12 Members 10,716 miken623 Location:Colorado Springs, CO Share this post sacker12 Members 0 Link to post 0 0 whitedawg22 Share on other sites KevinMcD Share on other sites Share on other sites 7 This topic is now closed to further replies. 185 posts Location:SUNY Cortland 0 (edited) USC new pants 5,531 posts Location:Collins, MS 22 145 Sign in to follow this   1 Sign in to follow this   Location:Fargo, N.D. 10,716 The artist formally known as Bucfan56 Members USC new pants (edited) Location:Sacramento, California sacker12 Members whitedawg22 Members tjpskillz34 KevinMcD 2,008 posts 99 Share on other sites Ehhh doesnt really make a difference. Now as a player id rather have shiny pants. More comfortable, and harder to tackle (slicker, trust me, HUGE difference for a defender). Mabye the slicker pants helped Reggie Bush push Leinart into the endzone @ Notre Dame 2,347 posts Plus the yellow in the helmet matches the yellow pants. It used to be a yellow logo on the helmet with shiny gold pants. Posted September 6, 2006 1 Share this post 888 sorry if this has been posted already but the forum is acting up and i want to get this post in before it shuts down again. anyway…USC has new “non-shiny” pants this year. take a look…20052006i think its a good upgrade. with the classic throwback uniforms they are wearing it fits better, just like the pants of the NY Giants. what do you call this kind of non shiny pant? King of Consistency 0 1 Mingjai Link to post Link to post Favourite Logos:Sacramento Republic FC 888 950 Location:Chicago, IL Members Members 0 statebully Yes, that’s because they all use Nike’s standard shade of athletic gold in their uniforms. I do think that USC could ditch the candy gloss finish from their helmets and either use a flat or pro-gloss finish. It seems to blend in better with the flat pants. 15,125 posts Link to post Posted September 6, 2006 Share this post 0 Share this post Share on other sites 145 0 STL FANATIC SportsLogos.Net duma Followers 0 10,716 4,646 posts Posted September 6, 2006 Link to post Posted September 6, 2006 0 Posted September 6, 2006 15,125 posts Posted September 6, 2006 Edited September 6, 2006 by bills2005 0 100 posts 0 STL FANATIC 0 7 145 Posted September 6, 2006 2,568 posts 0 Share on other sites 0 10 posts Posted September 6, 2006 The flat finish causes the yellow to be bright and garish.The shine actually served to dull down the yellow and made it look nice.This is a slight downgrade. Link to post 0 22 1 Members Ehhh doesnt really make a difference. Now as a player id rather have shiny pants. More comfortable, and harder to tackle (slicker, trust me, HUGE difference for a defender). STL FANATIC Edited September 6, 2006 by duma grubstreet I think they look great, and a lot of teams with gold colors could take a hint (Georgia Tech…)Georgia Tech’s gold metallic (or “old gold”) team color is nothing like the yellow-gold used in USC’s color scheme, so that argument is moot. I was just referring to the varitable golden shower I witnessed while watching the ND-GT game, it was almost nauseating. I just think GT would be better served to go back to that flat, darker gold, kinda like Mizzou’s; more like the color they used to wear in the old days. 145 1 0 Chazberg 0 The artist formally known as Bucfan56 Share on other sites 2,347 posts SportsLogos.Net Link to post Chazberg 145 I think it is a definite upgrade.Anytime we can get the logo and pants to actually have the same color yellow (what a conept), it’s an upgrade. 1 2,287 posts 0 Share this post Forums Home 950 Share on other sites Share this post Link to post i wonder how close the yellow in usc, michigan, and lsu’s uniforms is. all are done by nike, and all have that almost highlighter yellow feel. i know that each has its own specific color…just an observation. I’m no PANTONE, but I’m pretty sure those three schools all have different yellows. Michigan’s “maize” is a really pale yellow, LSU’s is more of a pure Crayola yellow, and USC almost has a darker, orange-ier yellow. Location:Michigan Less, but better. FiddySicks Link to post Share this post 0 MJD802 Location:St. Paul | Chicago 0 statebully FiddySicks Share this post Link to post Favourite Logos:Sacramento Republic FC tjpskillz34 Location:Chicago, IL grubstreet Share on other sites 99 0 I think they look great, and a lot of teams with gold colors could take a hint (Georgia Tech…)Georgia Tech’s gold metallic (or “old gold”) team color is nothing like the yellow-gold used in USC’s color scheme, so that argument is moot. 0 Posted September 6, 2006 i wonder how close the yellow in usc, michigan, and lsu’s uniforms is. all are done by nike, and all have that almost highlighter yellow feel. i know that each has its own specific color…just an observation. Chazberg Less, but better. 22 MJD802 31,371 posts 7 31,371 posts Posted September 6, 2006 Go To Topic Listing Members Mingjai Link to post Posted September 7, 2006 Sports Logos Link to post Share this post winghaz If they are going away from the shiny pants, they should lose the shiny helmets. 197 posts 5,531 posts 145 Members Members Link to post miken623 Posted September 7, 2006 888 USC new pants Share this post Share this post Share on other sites Link to post Share on other sites Ehhh doesnt really make a difference. Now as a player id rather have shiny pants. More comfortable, and harder to tackle (slicker, trust me, HUGE difference for a defender). Mabye the slicker pants helped Reggie Bush push Leinart into the endzone @ Notre Dame Naw it doesnt make that big of a difference, but it can make it a bit more complicated on certain tackles, especially if the tackler is waering Under Armour. Forums Home Share on other sites Members Location:Sacramento, California I think it is a definite upgrade.Anytime we can get the logo and pants to actually have the same color yellow (what a conept), it’s an upgrade. The pants seem much brighter than the logo now to me. Sports Logo News Share this postlast_img read more