St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter proposed a budget for next year that includes no new cops but hefty investment in affordable housing, new streets, and legal help for immigrants – and a 11.5 percent property tax increase. “In an increasingly polarizing national landscape, we must be champions of local unity, and move forward together in building a city that meets our needs today, but also creates a St. Paul of the future that our children, and grandchildren want to live in,” Carter said during a speech at Washington Technology Magnet School in the city’s North End. “To realize this vision, we need a city budget that reflects our values and invests in a future for all of us.” City officials said the tax increase equates to an extra $76 for the owner of a median-value home ($186,200). In all, it equates to an additional $37 million in spending over last year’s $569 million budget, $16 million of which would be paid … [Read more...] about St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s budget plans boosts affordable housing, increases taxes
Budget grow room
Melvin Carter, who became St. Paul’s mayor in January, is giving his first budget address on Thursday night. These are his remarks about the 2019 budget, as prepared for delivery, at Washington Technology Magnet Middle School: “I am excited to finally share with you my proposed city budget for 2019. We are in a critical moment in our city. We are growing, we are changing. And as we continue to emerge as a 21st-century global community, we must work together to build a city that truly works for all of us. In an increasingly polarizing national landscape, we must be champions of local unity, and move forward together in building a city that meets our needs today, but also creates a Saint Paul of the future that our children, and grandchildren want to live in. To realize this vision, we need a city budget that reflects our values and invests in a future for all of us. That is why our city budget invests in the people and things that matter most to us. We’ve built a … [Read more...] about St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter delivers budget speech. Read his prepared remarks.
Sarah Dettmer Great Falls Tribune Published 10:50 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 This week’s school board meeting ended with a frenzy of impassioned speeches from community members, elementary principals and board trustees over the possible implementation of 2 percent raises for five district groups, including school administrators. GFPS Director of Human Resources Kerry Datillo presented the board with reports on proposed raises for non-collectively bargained groups – non-union and classified personnel, paraeducators, teacher aides, support personnel and administrators, principals and supervisors. The board will take action on the proposed raises during its Aug. 20 regular meeting. The board previously approved 2 percent raises for the collectively bargained groups within the district. These groups include teachers, food services employees and school engineers. The superintendent’s salary isn’t included in these discussions or the calculated fiscal … [Read more...] about GFPS superintendent: Administrators are a scapegoat, there’s blame for budget woes to go around
Economists expect that the buying frenzy has ended and exports will no longer be a big boost to growth going forward.Although Trump described the U.S.as undergoing an "economic turnaround of historic proportions", he thought it could get even better. I think the president's wrong on his approach on this tariffs policy and I'm glad that yesterday the agreement with the European Union takes a pause actually starts talking again aims for 0% tariffs. He added, "And my great economists don't want me to say this but I think we can do better than that". Last week, Mr Trump agreed to defer escalating his dispute with the EU.The running four-quarter average is 3.1%, considered by economists to be a very strong number."Consumer spending bounced back and resumed its status as lead driver", wrote TD Economics' Admir Kolaj, with a 7.3 per cent lift in non-residential investment and net exports also providing a helping hand. That was a pickup from the first quarter's revised growth rate of 2.2 per … [Read more...] about Trump claims victory as GDP grows at fastest pace since 2014
DENVER • It’s more than $1 billion over budget and five years behind schedule, but an elaborate new veterans hospital is finally open in suburban Denver on Saturday with the promise of state-of-the-art medical care.The $1.7 billion Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center made it through nearly a decade of management blunders, legal battles, federal investigations and congressional hearings.Lawmakers were so angry they stripped the VA of the authority to manage big projects and gave it to the Army’s construction experts, the Corps of Engineers.Veterans say they are frustrated by the slow and tortuous path the VA followed but relieved the hospital is finally done.“The cost overrun has been unfortunate. The schedule slip has been unfortunate. Yeah, it’s all been unfortunate,” said Leanne Wheeler, an Air Force veteran who gets VA health care in Denver.But “we’re glad to have it,” she said.The bright, airy complex in the east Denver … [Read more...] about Long-delayed, budget-busting VA hospital opens in Colorado