Speaker Symington’s Statement on Economic Stimulus Plan

first_imgSpeaker Symington’s Statement on Economic Stimulus PlanMay 1, 2008Addressing the bipartisan Committee on Economic Recovery and Opportunity today, Speaker Gaye Symington delivered the followingstatement:”I would just like to begin by thanking you for your work. You’ve brought good thinking and good questions to this effort and have improved the material that has been put before us and I thank you for that.”Your work has built upon what we have accomplished throughout the session, focusing on what is putting pressure on Vermonters: their health care costs, their fuel costs, their food costs, housing prices.I am pleased that your recommendations fit into the work that is already in motion in the House.”The legislature has been fighting for more bonding for roads and bridges and making our transportation infrastructure more whole — and we got that.”Weve been fighting for more investment in workforce training, especially where there are job openings — and we got that.”We’ve been fighting for more investment in energy efficiency and weatherization — we got that.”We’ve fought for more attention to affordable housing, to a diversified housing base — we got that.”We are still fighting for more accountability in the proposal for the manufacturer’s tax credit — and I hope you get that.”And now, the remaining question is: where do we go with the sales tax holiday?”I want to repeat that our focus so far has been on what really impacts Vermonters and their budgets and their lives.”I don’t think the sales tax holiday does that.”I don’t think it is the best use of taxpayer resources. I do agree with our economist, who has stated that this would have very little stimulative effect on the economy. I don’t think that this is a long term solution. I don’t think it builds on the strengths of Vermont, as opposed to trying to play catch up and copy cat from other states. I don’t think it benefits the Vermonters who are struggling to make ends meet instead it focuses on Vermonters who have discretionary income and can choose when to make their purchases.”It is clear to me that Governor Douglas is looking to make this the focus of the end of the session, and to turn our good work into an argument over the sales tax holiday. And I won’t let that happen.”I will not stand in the way of a sales tax holiday. I would ask that, if we are going to move ahead with a sales tax holiday, that you give your attention to the details that weren’t thought out in the presentation as it came to us.”But it is time to move forward, to close out the session, to come to resolution, and this is important to Governor Douglas. I realize that, and I am willing to make that concession in order of the rest of our good work to stand firm and go forward.”Thank you.”last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Senior girls, juniors have t-shirts available

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015:Thursday•C team volleyball at Wellington High School, 5 p.m.Friday•Football at Augusta, 7 p.m.Saturday•Junior Varsity at Conway Springs, 9 a.m.Today’s Lunch– Tater Tot Casserole, Green Pepper Strips, Steamed Carrots, Mixed Fruit, Brownie, Hot Roll and Milk.Tomorrow’s Lunch: Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Pineapple chunks, Hot Roll and Milk.Today’s News*Seniors- If you have a 28 or better ACT score and a 3.5 or better GPA,  you could be a candidate for the new Fort Hays State University Honors College. To find out more about the honors college please visit their website at www.fhsu.edu/honorscollege/.*There will be a SADD meeting this Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the auditorium- We will be collecting dues and Permission slips.*Seniors Girls- If you are interested in a Senior Shirt, there is a sign-up sheet in the office. See Allison McCue if you have any questions. Deadline to order is September 11.*Junior Class, if interested in class t-shirts- you can pick up order forms in the office. Return the forms to Brecken Lawrence or Kayma Brand by September 8th.*Any baseball players that can meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. to learn long toss-please be there.*Students- Please add money to your lunch account before school starts. Food Service will not accept your check during lunch time.*The theme for the football game on Friday at Augusta is Red out, Come out and show your Crusader spirit.* Seniors: If you are thinking about making Emporia State University your college of choice, be sure to go to their website to view scholarship and admissions information. The website is www.emporia.edu/admissions/scholarships.The college will be hosting four Black and Gold Visit Days Oct. 9 and 24th and No. 6th and 20th. These visits include admissions and scholarship information, and residence hall and campus tours.* Students: If you are in need of school supplies, please see Mrs. Brown in the counselors office.*Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14th at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21st.*Thursday, September 10th Staff Sergeant US Army Recruiter Benjamin Osborne will be in the commons during lunch.*Freshman- Don’t forget to turn in your Student Network Agreement. You can turn the forms  into the office.*Are you interested in joining the big red machine drumline? The WHS marching band is looking for members to participate in the percussion section of the marching band. No experience is needed. If interested, talk to Haley Farley, Kyle Robbins or Mr. Olson.*Students: If you are participating in a fall sport, you must pay your $25 Sports Fee before your first game.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept. 8th- Emporia State Univ.Wednesday, Sept. 9th- Bethany CollegeThursday, Sept 10th- Cloud County CCWednesday, Sept 23rd- Cowley County CCWednesday, Sept 30th- Fort HaysFriday, Oct 2nd – Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5th- Wichita State UniversityFriday, Oct 16th- University of Kansas.last_img read more