Chairwoman – Priscillas Friends http://priscillasfriends.org/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 18:15:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://priscillasfriends.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Chairwoman – Priscillas Friends http://priscillasfriends.org/ 32 32 Mar-a-Lago research and IRS funding spur calls for police funding – right https://priscillasfriends.org/mar-a-lago-research-and-irs-funding-spur-calls-for-police-funding-right/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 17:22:00 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/mar-a-lago-research-and-irs-funding-spur-calls-for-police-funding-right/ Comment this story Comment Following concerns about being unfairly targeted by unchecked members of law enforcement, a new movement has emerged calling for agencies to be stripped of power and funding. Creeping distrust and fears of abuse of power are fueling calls to push back, limit authority and limit the number of people. This is […]]]>

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Following concerns about being unfairly targeted by unchecked members of law enforcement, a new movement has emerged calling for agencies to be stripped of power and funding. Creeping distrust and fears of abuse of power are fueling calls to push back, limit authority and limit the number of people.

This is not the left’s “defunding the police”. It’s the “Arrest the FBI” of the right. This is the GOP’s explicit opposition to increasing IRS staff.

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Over the weekend, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a concisely named bill that includes a series of new measures. Among them is increased funding for the Internal Revenue Service, to the tune of some $80 billion over the next decade. This funding includes plans to increase IRS staff by nearly 87,000 full-time employees over the same period.

The administration’s argument for the move is that the agency has been stretched thin in recent years, making it less effective. Adding funds and staff will partly pay for itself, the argument goes, because the agency will be better able to identify tax evasion. In recent years, the total number of IRS employees and the number of reviewers and collectors have not increased significantly and are at levels of almost 20 years ago. , when there were 30% fewer declarants.

The additional $80 billion in spending is expected to bring in $124 billion in revenue from better enforcement. But, for obvious reasons, Democrats are keen to make it clear that only high-income Americans will see more frequent audits.

“[T]The additional resources will go to enforcement against those with the highest incomes,” the administration’s explanation of funding explains, “and audit rates will not increase from past years for those who earn less than $400,000 in actual income.

The specter of tens of thousands more IRS agents, however, was hard for Republicans to resist. Of course, all those 87,000 extra employees wouldn’t be in charge of digging through tax returns, but some were — and who wants that!

So we have Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) intone on “BIDEN’S SHADOW ARMY,” a crew that “would target regular, everyday Americans,” and GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Attention that those taking part-time jobs to pay their bills are “exactly the people the IRS’s 87,000 new agents are likely to go to.” Etc.

It is very helpful to consider this rhetoric in the larger context of the recent law enforcement debate. People like Cruz and McDaniel probably aren’t worried about the overreach of their local police departments. Above all, they understand that this is not something their constituents are terribly worried about. Complaints that city police might treat certain segments of the population differently than others — disproportionately shooting them, searching them more — aren’t things Cruz and McDaniel’s bases lose sleep over.

But an audit? Sure. So the idea of ​​the IRS gaining influence is concerning, particularly because there had been an effective tax police funding movement for years that is now reversing. In 1999, there were 60 examination and collection officers for every 1,000 filers declaring income of $500,000 or more. Two decades later, there were only 17.

That was the state of play until around 7 p.m. Monday. I made these graphics in the hope of writing about the response to IRS funding in this context. Then suddenly I had a new example: FBI agents had searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Before long, the office became the target of even fiercer opposition. Take this, from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).

It’s not irony. It is Greene who extends his belief that the FBI’s targeting of Mar-a-Lago was an unacceptable overreach to a specific conclusion: the bureau is too powerful and should be limited. She co-opts the verbiage of those who view local police departments with the same skepticism, but she is not sincere in her request.

As with the IRS, complaints about the FBI – and Greene was by Nope means only by offering one — were rooted in assumptions about what agencies did or would do. Republicans and conservative media very quickly criticized the bureau for overstepping the bounds in conducting its research, despite the lack of information about what was being researched or what laws the government (and the judge who approved the research ) believed to have been committed. Thanks in large part to years of dishonest representations from those same parties and Trump himself about the FBI unfairly targeting him, Republicans were quick to brand the partisan research unacceptable, like a political strike by their opponents.

At no time should we give law enforcement the reflexive benefit of the doubt that they operate with complete candor and objectivity, certainly. Any use of government force – from arrests to searches to financial reviews – must be conducted with transparency and impartiality, which demands our collective oversight and scrutiny.

But it’s impossible not to notice how the response to Mar-a-Lago’s research and IRS expansion reveals the chasm in the kinds of surveillance Americans fear. Black Americans in particular have drawn attention in recent years to how police departments apply force, including lethal force, prompting the political right to widely surround railcars in defense of cops. When, however, cops work for the IRS or target a popular Republican political figure — even one with a long track record of blurring legal lines — that reflexive support evaporates. Instead, there is default skepticism and concern about systemic issues. Which, to the original proponents of “defund the police,” will sound familiar.

A refrain that emerged following the Mar-a-Lago raid was that it demonstrated how far federal law enforcement was willing to go. “If they can target a president, they can target you,” the joint line read. Aside from the unique circumstances here — if the search was aimed, as noted, at classified documents that Trump kept in his home, that’s an uncommon situation — a fair answer is: sure. Yeah, if the feds or the police think a law has been broken, they might search my house too. And sometimes that research will be specious. Sometimes the police engage in cover-ups to protect themselves. It can happen to you, indeed – but, on some levels, it seems to happen to some people more than others.

If you demand accountability for the law enforcement officers you fear but not the ones you don’t, you’re not demanding law enforcement accountability.

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Nikki Haley makes dire prediction if GOP loses 2022 midterms https://priscillasfriends.org/nikki-haley-makes-dire-prediction-if-gop-loses-2022-midterms/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 17:35:13 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/nikki-haley-makes-dire-prediction-if-gop-loses-2022-midterms/ Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asserted on Sunday that the 2022 midterms will make or break Republicans, saying that if the GOP doesn’t win back Congress, “there won’t be 2024.” “If we don’t win in 2022, there won’t be 2024,” Haley, a Republican, said during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday. “So we […]]]>

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asserted on Sunday that the 2022 midterms will make or break Republicans, saying that if the GOP doesn’t win back Congress, “there won’t be 2024.”

“If we don’t win in 2022, there won’t be 2024,” Haley, a Republican, said during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday. “So we have to stay humble, disciplined and earn that.”

Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, did not elaborate.

The president’s party has historically tended to lose seats in Congress in upcoming midterm elections. Democrats currently hold slim majorities in the Senate and House.

In June, Republicans said they were targeting about 75 House seats currently held by Democrats or newly minted.

“Right now, the political environment is downright toxic for Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats,” the Republican National Committee of Congress said at the time. “History shows that the president’s party loses an average of 27 seats mid-term, and that number jumps to 37 when the president’s approval rating falls below 50,” he added.

An overwhelming majority of voters polled think the country is heading in the wrong direction amid inflation and other economic concerns. Democrats have focused in recent weeks on promoting abortion access following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Also in the interview, Haley said she would consider her own chances of running for office in 2024 after the conclusion of midterm reviews. She cited cultural issues and foreign policy concerns to explain why she opposes President Joe Biden.

“If there’s a place for me, I’ve never lost a race, I’m not going to start now,” Haley said. “We’ll see what happens and we’ll move on, but we have to make America strong again. We have to start focusing on our foreign policy in a way that we haven’t done in a while. moment and on which we must focus over the next 20 years.

His comments came as Republicans unanimously picked Milwaukee in the swing state of Wisconsin for the 2024 national convention on Friday.

“Milwaukee is a world-class city, and we can’t wait to see it shine in the spotlight in 2024,” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel wrote on Twitter after an RNC committee vote on Friday.

“We recognize there’s a story there, that voters are very much in tune. Retail is the key to winning the nomination in these two states…we’re very proud to have kept our schedule the same,” McDaniel told Fox News on Friday. “I hope the people of these states will recognize that the Democrats have just left their states.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gloucester County GOP Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante Calls Election Year Stunt https://priscillasfriends.org/gloucester-county-gop-chairwoman-jacci-vigilante-calls-election-year-stunt/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 18:10:00 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/gloucester-county-gop-chairwoman-jacci-vigilante-calls-election-year-stunt/ Gloucester County GOP Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante Calls Election Year Stunt Republican county commissioners vote no to election season smoke and mirrors MULLICA HILL — Republican Gloucester County Chair Jacci Vigilante today said the Democratic-controlled County Board of Commissioners’ spending freeze resolution passed Wednesday night was a political stunt. “Suddenly the Democrats on the Board of […]]]>

Gloucester County GOP Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante Calls Election Year Stunt

Republican county commissioners vote no to election season smoke and mirrors

MULLICA HILL — Republican Gloucester County Chair Jacci Vigilante today said the Democratic-controlled County Board of Commissioners’ spending freeze resolution passed Wednesday night was a political stunt.

“Suddenly the Democrats on the Board of Commissioners are expecting hard-working Gloucester County taxpayers to believe they are preoccupied with spending,” said GCGOP President Jacci Vigilante. “The truth is that they have the same poll number as us and know they will have problems in November.”

Vigilante continued, “If Democrats were really concerned about saving money, they wouldn’t be spending $740,000 on ‘community outreach,’ which is really nothing more than a way to deliver. the names of Commissioners DiMarco and DiCarlo hand-delivered to voters. The hiring of a new six-figure deputy business administrator would not have been approved. And, they didn’t care about a spending freeze when the budget was passed just a few months ago, when Commissioners DeSilvio and Konawel called for greater relief for taxpayers.

“To make matters worse, the passage of this resolution was obviously pre-arranged, given that a press conference announcing the spending freeze was hastily called only two hours before the commissioners’ meeting.” Vigilante added, “They even went so far as to exclude the Republican commissioner’s aides from the press conference.”

“When Commissioners Konawel and DeSilvio raised their concerns, both the County Business Administrator and the Supervising Commissioner formally declared the resolution non-binding, meaning this spending freeze does not is nothing more than a desperate blow to the election year,” Vigilante said. “I am proud of our commissioners for recognizing this stunt for what it is, the smoke and mirrors of election season and for voting no. After the Republican victory in November, taxpayers will then see real savings.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC and NTIA for New Memorandum Improving Coordination of Spectrum Resources https://priscillasfriends.org/public-knowledge-commends-fcc-and-ntia-for-new-memorandum-improving-coordination-of-spectrum-resources/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 17:55:19 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/public-knowledge-commends-fcc-and-ntia-for-new-memorandum-improving-coordination-of-spectrum-resources/ By Shiva StellaAugust 2, 2022 Today, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced an agreement to update their Memorandum of Understanding to better coordinate spectrum resources and prevent inter-agency conflicts. . Last updated in 2003, the memorandum now aims to limit inter-agency spectrum disputes by requiring monthly communication between agency […]]]>

Today, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced an agreement to update their Memorandum of Understanding to better coordinate spectrum resources and prevent inter-agency conflicts. .

Last updated in 2003, the memorandum now aims to limit inter-agency spectrum disputes by requiring monthly communication between agency personnel and outlining a process for sharing technical data to resolve issues before that the FCC publicly release proposed changes to the Spectrum Policy. In return, the NTIA agrees to provide all objections in a timely manner and to support objections with evidence “based on sound engineering principles.” It also requires the FCC to notify the NTIA and the executive branch of spectrum actions that could trigger a debate.

The agreement explicitly addresses the root causes of the growing tension between the FCC and federal agencies that has hampered future spectrum planning and 5G deployment, which has resulted in many airports being nearly closed by the FAA out of fear. that new 5G services cause interference with aircraft landing equipment. The new formal processes that will be created as part of the MoU should prevent such a thing from happening in the future.

In addition, the new protocol paves the way for more rigorous long-term planning which should benefit our spectrum policy by encouraging agencies to work together to bring spectrum to market. Public Knowledge applauds FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel and NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson for reaching this agreement to address harmful interference and prevent spectrum issues before they arise.

The following can be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge:

“No one could have imagined in 2003, when the FCC and NTIA last updated their agreement, how complicated it would be to balance federal needs and meet the voracious demand for wireless services. . This agreement will allow the United States to move forward on future wireless technologies, such as 6G and Wi-Fi 7, while protecting public safety and critical federal operations.

Members of the media can contact Director of Communications Shiva Stella with questions, interview requests, or to join Public Knowledge’s press list at shiva@publicknowledge.org or 405-249-9435.


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Bolajo Fawehinmi steps down from operational role at FeW Models and appoints Peace Ibeh as successor https://priscillasfriends.org/bolajo-fawehinmi-steps-down-from-operational-role-at-few-models-and-appoints-peace-ibeh-as-successor/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 16:18:06 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/bolajo-fawehinmi-steps-down-from-operational-role-at-few-models-and-appoints-peace-ibeh-as-successor/ ]]> ]]> FCC proposal spells change for US broadband ecosystem https://priscillasfriends.org/fcc-proposal-spells-change-for-us-broadband-ecosystem/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 09:48:15 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/fcc-proposal-spells-change-for-us-broadband-ecosystem/ US FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed to raise the national standard for broadband speeds to 100Mbps/20Mbps and reset the long-term goal to 1Gbps/500Mbps (download/upload) . The proposed speeds would mean the end of a practical life for legacy technologies like xDSL and previous generations of cable, while paving the way for FWA and satellite […]]]>

US FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed to raise the national standard for broadband speeds to 100Mbps/20Mbps and reset the long-term goal to 1Gbps/500Mbps (download/upload) . The proposed speeds would mean the end of a practical life for legacy technologies like xDSL and previous generations of cable, while paving the way for FWA and satellite broadband, especially in rural areas of the United States. United.

Chair Rosenworcel’s proposal has yet to be accepted by the bipartisan FCC. Once accepted, the national standard would likely be tied to access to federal funding for broadband development, which was recently bolstered as part of a broader US government infrastructure investment program. As such, it would become a de facto standard in parts of the US, primarily benefiting rural and sparsely populated areas where internet speeds slower than the offered 100Mbps/20Mbps are still the norm.

The standard would have far-reaching implications for telecom operators and equipment vendors:

  • Since most xDSL services are unable to sustain 100Mbps/20Mbps speeds over longer access links common in rural areas, carriers will need to remove copper access and partially replace it or totally through other technologies, or risk losing access to federal funds. This “forced migration” process may motivate fixed line operators to accelerate their ongoing transition to fiber or risk opening up space for non-traditional competition (e.g. 4G/5G FWA, LEO satellite operators or networks community).
  • Although the wired technologies currently in use are mostly able to match the new standard, slower broadband packages are still common in rural areas. Mandatory speed increase will result in necessary capacity upgrades in wired MSO networks, related to additional expense and possible deeper network architecture changes to improve network capacity and scalability .
  • Even with federal funding, US carriers will struggle to cover some of the sparsely populated or hard-to-reach areas cost-effectively using current landline technologies. This, in turn, may lead fixed line operators and cable MSOs to invest more in FWA and increase partnerships with mobile operators and LEO satellite operators that can achieve rapid coverage of areas where line operators landlines or cables may not be able to meet the new broadband standard. .

The FCC’s new broadband proposal is modest

The new broadband standard for the US is long overdue and relatively modest – China, for example, is implementing a National Broadband Mandate, which stipulates 1Gbps wired and wireless speeds for all users , and 1 Gbps is most mentioned as the target speed for Western European national broadband programs.

Another anachronism – perhaps a concession to market reality – is that the newly offered standard speeds of 100Mbps/20Mbps still exhibit severe asymmetry. This risks stifling increasingly popular two-way services like video conferencing, which support vital functions such as e-learning or e-health. Nonetheless, if accepted, the new national standard for broadband speeds, coupled with generous broadband funding, has the potential to disrupt the status quo in the US broadband market and spur its transformation.

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‘Perfect storm’ makes it difficult for businesses to fill vacancies https://priscillasfriends.org/perfect-storm-makes-it-difficult-for-businesses-to-fill-vacancies/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 06:25:00 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/perfect-storm-makes-it-difficult-for-businesses-to-fill-vacancies/ Wendy Dorey, President of the Guernsey Branch of the Institute of Directors. The most recent unemployment figures showed that the number of people out of work is at its lowest level in four years, but many recruiters are still struggling to find staff. “The recruitment and skills crisis in Guernsey is the result of many […]]]>
Wendy Dorey, President of the Guernsey Branch of the Institute of Directors.

The most recent unemployment figures showed that the number of people out of work is at its lowest level in four years, but many recruiters are still struggling to find staff.

“The recruitment and skills crisis in Guernsey is the result of many different factors – it’s a perfect storm of recent events such as Brexit, the rising cost of living and the long-term effect of the pandemic of Covid-19,” Wendy Dorey said. .

“The ripple effect of Britain leaving the EU and the impact of the Covid shutdowns has meant that Guernsey has lost members of its workforce, particularly in certain sectors. Today, with the rising cost of living and housing shortage, bringing these people back to Guernsey has become more difficult than ever.

The housing shortage is a major contributor to skills shortages, as potential employees cannot move to the island due to unaffordable housing.

“Not all skills can be acquired on the island and this is unlikely to be fully possible, so we need to identify more effective methods of developing the skills of workers in Guernsey’s essential sectors.

“Guernsey has a reputation for being a better place to live compared to some parts of the UK. This is partly explained by the rise in property prices and the limited housing stock, which affects first-time buyers, family homes and the rental market.

By the end of June, the number of unemployed on the island had fallen to 272, 12 less than the previous month.

“The cost of living is rising around the world, however, we need to find a solution that fits the complexities of the island’s economy and housing development, as well as focus on solutions that fit the different sectors involved,” said Ms. Dorey.

Most sectors are facing shortages, but as fund and trust administration companies grow, more and more jobs are becoming available without the people available to fill them.

“We cannot underestimate the effect of the pandemic on recruitment around the world. Guernsey may not have seen the same levels of quitting as the UK, but we are heavily reliant on the UK for off-island recruitment. As a result, we are seeing local spillovers into junior and mid-level positions, which could have long-term implications for our finance and professional services sectors, which are a critical component of our economic success.

She said short-term action was needed alongside long-term planning to ensure the island had the right mix of skills and an attractive community for young people.

“Collaboration between business and government, more job training opportunities, mentorship schemes, a focus on digital skills and ensuring that Guernsey remains a desirable and affordable place to live are all essential to maintaining the economic and social success of the islands.”

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WWE CEO Vince McMahon Says He’s Retiring, Pro Wrestling Has Rocked https://priscillasfriends.org/wwe-ceo-vince-mcmahon-says-hes-retiring-pro-wrestling-has-rocked/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 01:05:28 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/wwe-ceo-vince-mcmahon-says-hes-retiring-pro-wrestling-has-rocked/ The professional wrestling world has been rocked after former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced his intention to retire. The 76-year-old announced his retirement on Friday, July 22 via an official WWE statement. McMahon also mentioned that his daughter, Stephanie McMahon, and current WWE Chairman Nick Khan will take over as co-CEO of WWE, ESPN reported. […]]]>

The professional wrestling world has been rocked after former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced his intention to retire.

The 76-year-old announced his retirement on Friday, July 22 via an official WWE statement.

McMahon also mentioned that his daughter, Stephanie McMahon, and current WWE Chairman Nick Khan will take over as co-CEO of WWE, ESPN reported.

It will be remembered that Stephanie McMahon was acting in an acting capacity before her father announced his intention to retire. Additionally, the 45-year-old will take over as president.

“I am extremely confident in the continued success of WWE, and I leave our company in the able hands of an extraordinary group of Superstars, employees and executives – in particular, Chairman and Co-CEO Stephanie McMahon and the co-CEO Nick Khan,” McMahon said in the statement.

Stephanie McMahon and the WWE Universe would then give thanks to the 76-year-old monarch on the July 22 edition of WWE SmackDown.

These developments come shortly after McMahon stepped down as WWE Chairman and CEO following reports of an ongoing investigation linking Vince McMahon to a secret $3 million settlement granted by the WWE mogul to former WWE paralegal employee.

Regardless, McMahon was still working as the head of WWE’s creative team.

After the Wall Street Journal’s initial report, another report came out on July 8 regarding McMahon’s wrongdoings.

It has been reported that the board is investigating $12 million given to four former WWE employees or contractors to silence allegations of McMahon’s sexual misconduct.

With development, it remains to be seen if Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan will be able to continue the success Vince McMahon has made for professional wrestling.

McMahon leaves a complicated, scandal-ridden legacy, including accusations that he supplied his wrestlers with steroids taken from him by the United States government in 1994. A jury has told the former WWE boss not guilty.

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon Getty Images | Ethan Miller

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Ulster’s new sales tax deal means extra money for municipalities https://priscillasfriends.org/ulsters-new-sales-tax-deal-means-extra-money-for-municipalities/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 09:44:52 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/ulsters-new-sales-tax-deal-means-extra-money-for-municipalities/ KINGSTON — Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced a sales tax deal was approved on Tuesday. Under the agreement between the county and the city of Kingston, cities will receive four percent of sales taxes collected in 2021 – a one-time disbursement of an additional one percent or $1.5 million. “This is unprecedented in Ulster […]]]>

KINGSTON — Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced a sales tax deal was approved on Tuesday.

Under the agreement between the county and the city of Kingston, cities will receive four percent of sales taxes collected in 2021 – a one-time disbursement of an additional one percent or $1.5 million.

“This is unprecedented in Ulster County, to share additional revenue with our towns, and truly reflects our values ​​- that when government entities work together, it best serves our residents,” Ryan said. “Ulster County Town Supervisors have expressed their desire for a greater share of revenue, and we have heard you.”

“This agreement keeps the city’s current share of sales tax revenue intact, while providing cities with additional funding to help meet each city’s unique financial needs,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “The City of Kingston uses sales tax revenue to support our work to rebuild our infrastructure, address the housing crisis, and improve essential services provided to city and county residents every day. »

“I am delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement to provide an increased share of county sales tax to our municipalities,” said Ulster County Chairperson Tracey Bartels. “We are looking to our local government partners to use the increase in a way that most meaningfully benefits our common constituents.”

“Ulster County City Supervisors and Mayors are delighted that the contributions of local government are being recognized with this groundbreaking agreement for Ulster County residents,” said Rochester City Supervisor Mike baden. “Municipalities look forward to future collaborations with the County Executive and Legislative Assembly on behalf of our common constituents.”

In 2021, Ulster County exceeded the 2020 budget amount and began discussions about sharing additional revenue with cities. The agreement is subject to the approval of City of Kingston City Council.

The county-city sales tax agreement shares three percent of sales taxes with the cities for the period of March 1, 2021 through February 28, 2026.

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Valley News – Jim Kenyon: Lebanese schools may have no more excuses to keep the campus cop https://priscillasfriends.org/valley-news-jim-kenyon-lebanese-schools-may-have-no-more-excuses-to-keep-the-campus-cop/ Sun, 17 Jul 2022 02:08:53 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/valley-news-jim-kenyon-lebanese-schools-may-have-no-more-excuses-to-keep-the-campus-cop/ All of Lebanon’s School Board’s hopes of a calm and uneventful summer ended last week when the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire entered the fray over whether an armed cop should continue to patrol the halls. schools in the city. In a letter to the nine-member council, ACLU chief legal officer Gilles Bissonnette […]]]>

All of Lebanon’s School Board’s hopes of a calm and uneventful summer ended last week when the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire entered the fray over whether an armed cop should continue to patrol the halls. schools in the city.

In a letter to the nine-member council, ACLU chief legal officer Gilles Bissonnette challenged the council’s assertion that a citywide vote in March to “discontinue the school resource officer program was non-binding and advisory only. By a tally of 811-650, 56% of voters supported the mandate article, which appeared on the petition ballot.

Unlike 2021, however, when a similar mandate article passed by just five votes, the March ballot contained no “non-binding” language, Bissonnette pointed out in his letter. (A sample 2022 ballot on the city’s website makes no mention of nonbinding voting.)

“If the council believes that the votes of its constituents are not binding, we request a formal, written explanation regarding the validity of that belief,” Bissonnette wrote. “At a minimum, the Council should vote on whether the term article should be ignored. Lebanese voters deserve this information in order to understand and assess the position of the school board.

On Friday, school board chairman Richard Milius told me the ACLU’s letter was now in the hands of the school district attorney for Drummond Woodsum, a northern New England business.

After the company reviews the letter, its response will soon be made public, Milius said. “It’s not just about us and the ACLU,” he said. “It’s something a lot of people are interested in.”

If the ACLU is found to be on a solid legal footing, board members and others who think a police presence is necessary to keep the peace in schools may not succeed anymore. long time.

Why this?

In April, the board voted, 5-4, to retain the position of school resource officer, better known as SRO, until at least February 2024.

Renee DePalo, who was elected to the board in March, was among the most vocal supporters. But DePalo resigned in June, after leaving town.

His replacement, Wendy Hall, becomes the likely swing vote. Hall, who previously served on the board for six years, including two as chairwoman, did not seek re-election in 2021.

Hall could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Advocates of police reform and racial justice have been trying for two years to eliminate the post of SRO, which costs Lebanese taxpayers $120,000 a year.

A group called Lebanon High School Students of Color Collective, which began meeting regularly in 2016 to discuss racial issues, joined the effort more than a year ago. In a 2021 letter to the board, the students wrote that they oppose the “concept of the police taking an active day-to-day role in our schools. The police are not trained to deal with traumatized students.

The school district has added a social worker for the upcoming school year. But if school officials thought it would appease opponents of the SRO, they were wrong.

Earlier this month, the Lebanese Commission for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion asked the city council to support the elimination of the position of SRO “in view of the racial inequalities and (disability) that result from the presence police in schools.

The city and school district each contribute $60,000 a year of taxpayer money to pay for ORS.

But instead of backing the commission, city councilors kicked in. “I think it would be beyond our jurisdiction to make that recommendation,” Councilor Karen Liot Hill said at the July 6 meeting. “It’s not our job.”

Or in other words, it’s not our problem.

Meanwhile, City Manager Shaun Mulholland plays the schoolyard bully. When asked at a school board meeting in April what would happen if the SRO position was cut, Mulholland warned there would be a price to pay.

Currently, the City is responsible for hiring, training and paying part-time school crossing guards. It would stop if the SRO position disappeared, Mulholland said, saving the city $28,000 a year.

But Mulholland’s threats (I don’t know how else to describe them) didn’t stop there. A council member asked if this also meant that the Lebanese police would no longer replace the brigadiers when needed.

Yes, answered Mulholland. Finding substitute crossing guards would become the responsibility of the school district. “You would have to use your organic staff to cover that up,” he said.

Councilman Devin Wilkie, who is the council’s representative on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission, said he was surprised to hear Mulholland bring school crossing guards into the debate over SROs. .

“I didn’t know why it was relevant,” Wilkie told me. “It’s not something I’ve heard in over two years that we discuss funding for SROs.”

Mulholland’s position is not surprising. Before moving to municipal administration, he was chief of police.

For years, cops have used scare tactics to gain public support for allowing police with guns and powers of arrest to move into school buildings. (Lebanon even gives the SRO its own office.)

Following the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, communities across the country bought into the hype that deploying cops to schools would reduce violence. (Lebanon created its SRO program in 2004.)

More recent school shootings have called into question their effectiveness. In Parkland, Florida, the SRO hid outside the school during the 2018 rampage in which 17 people were murdered, and in Uvalde, Texas, police stood idle outside a classroom. class for more than an hour before confronting the shooter. And that’s before you get into the issues outside of the relatively rare school shootings — from excessive force to arresting children in cases that schools should be handling.

With one SRO for all four schools in Lebanon, I’m not sure it does much to keep students safe.

The money could be better spent on hiring more social workers. Or brigadiers.

Jim Kenyon can be contacted at jkenyon@vnews.com.

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