Outdoor dining grant not thought through – MacGiolla Easbuig

first_img Twitter A Donegal Councillor says the government has scored a major own goal in a recently announced scheme to help bars and restaurants open in an outdoor setting.Up to €4,000 will be made available through the scheme, which is being administered by local authorities.However, Cllr Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig says the conditions attached to the scheme include a requirement that the applicants submit architectural drawings and submit planning documents.He says this clearly hasn’t been thought through:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/michpods1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – April 28, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Outdoor dining grant not thought through – MacGiolla Easbuig Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleEuropean Parliament approves post-Brexit trade dealNext articleWork on Gweedore Sewerage Scheme to recommence News Highland WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Legislative leaders make budget concessions

first_imgSenate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin and Speaker Shap Smith today announced a companion bill that the Vermont Legislature will consider and pass during the special session on June 2 to enhance the legislative budget and economic development efforts. Some of the strongest objections made by Governor Douglas, which triggered his promised veto of the budget, are addressed. Among those are: changing the capital gains increase to July 1 (the start of the state fiscal year, instead of retroactive to January 1); giving farmers a 40 percent break on capital gains; addressing the growing shortfall in the unemployment insurance trust fund; and recognizing constitutional concerns over the governor’s ability to lay off state workers. The cost to the budget and how these changes will be paid for was not addressed. These changes could make the budget more palatable to swing votes away from sustaining the governor’s veto and toward and override.The Legislature passed a $4.5 billion budget that leaders called a “careful compromise at the end of the session that gives the middle class relief through a tax cut, asks all Vermonters to play a part in solving our budget crisis and returns fiscal responsibility to state spending, said Senator Shumlin.  The Speaker and I have listened to our members, business owners and Vermonters since the end of the session, which is why we are proposing additional measures today to enhance our budget and economic development efforts.The budget and economic development enhancements, which include exempting farmers and loggers from the capital gains proposal, a Research and Development tax credit, additional funds for the telecommunications authority, a one year bridge to a permanent stabilization of the Unemployment Insurance Fund will be considered and passed by the Legislature as an amendment to the budget at the special session on June 2. I ve heard a lot of constructive feedback from small business owners, farmers, hi-tech innovators and working Vermonters about steps we can take to set the state on a more solid footing for the future, said Speaker Shap Smith.  With businesses and workers struggling, I m willing to try anything that may give businesses and families the boost they need to weather the storm.The governor only received the budget from the Legislature Thursday night. He has five days to sign or veto the bill. If he doesn nothing, the bill becomes law without his signature. Legislative leaders said they have held onto the budget hoping to reach a compromise with Douglas. Details of the proposals follow:Key elements of Companion BillPostpone Capital Gains change to July 1, 2009 After listening to business owners and Vermonters throughout the state who felt that the retroactivity of this tax policy was overly burdensome we decided to postpone the capital gains changes to July 1, 2009. We will account for this change with a partial rate reduction in 2009 and a full rate reduction in January 2010.Allowing Farmers/Timber sales to retain the current 40% exclusion for Capital GainsAfter reviewing the impact that closing the capital gains loophole would have on farmers and loggers we decided to exclude them from the capital gains proposal that we are enacting. Provide R & D tax credits as of FY 2011 Since the conclusion of the legislative session business owners have spoken to us about the importance of an R&D tax credit. We have heard from these employers that the credit will encourage economic growth through the investment in and development of new products and services.Address the UI fund shortfall We recognize that Vermont s unemployment insurance system is in critical need of reform. Current projections indicated the Unemployment Trust Fund will run out of money in early 2010. While we disagreed with the Governor s plan to raise taxes on businesses by $66 million during these difficult fiscal times, failure to act has the potential of resulting in higher costs for employers and more layoffs. We are offering a thoughtful approach to shore up this fund by taking the following steps:Increase employer contributions to fund UI§ Raises taxable wage base from $8,000 – $10,000 in 2010.Freeze UI benefits§ Freeze benefits by maintaining the maximum weekly benefit at $425 (this amount is scheduled to increase to an estimated $438 as of July 1st)Require a minimum of 4 weeks of work to qualify for UI benefits.§ The Commissioner of Labor would have the ability to make exceptions to this rule.Disqualify those who are fired for gross misconduct from receiving UI benefits.Create a study committee to review underlying issues such as those employers who carry negative balances.Provide the Vermont Telecom Board $400,000 – the FY 2009 appropriation amount $150,000 over as-passed amount from bottom line of budgetAnticipated receipts language or budget revisit to ensure up to an additional $350,000Make minor changes in the state employee retirement incentive as recommended by the treasurer By making a few relatively minor adjustments, enactment of this proposal will be a positive step toward making our government more efficient and should be basically cost-neutral in year one and will save the state money in future years. Changes will include:A time period will be specified for interested employees to state their interest in taking voluntary retirement and a lottery process will be put in place if there are more than 300 employees interested in taking the retirement incentive.There is currently no mechanism in the bill to ensure that the positions freed up by voluntary retirement are not refilled. We are in the process of developing a mechanism to ensure that roughly 1/3 of the positions freed up by voluntary retirements are not refilled.Make changes in employee position language to address constitutionality concerns Discussions are underway with the Attorney General s office which would limit Joint Fiscal s position to review position reductions above a threshold similar to the rescission process (one percent).last_img read more

‘Flying Circus’ coming to Hagerstown

first_imgHagerstown, Ind. — The 10th Annual Hagerstown Flying Circus will be held Tuesday, July 18 from 2 to 8 p.m. The event features more than 40 aircraft and is in conjunction with the Ford Model T celebration. The event is presented by the Hagerstown Optimist Club.Organizers say there will be some of the top pilots in the nation participating in competitions, precision landings and flour bombing.“More than 40 aircraft are expected to land here, including two open cockpit bi-planes that may be offering rides like last year,” said Denny Burns who chairs the event, sponsored by the Hagerstown Optimist Club.  “The ‘gates’ open at 2 p.m., but really there are no gates, the event is free so we don’t need gates.”Aircraft from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and Arkansas are expected to fly in.last_img read more

Cricket News IND V AUS: Reasons why this series will be tough for India than before

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India will play against Australia on 24 February. The two teams will play a couple of limited overs series. This will also be India’s last assignment before the World Cup. highlights New Delhi: After a historic win against Australia on their home soil, the men-in-yellow have touched India base for a couple of limited-overs series against Virat Kohli’s men for redemption. It promises to be a cracking contest between two sides. Aussies are a tough team to beat, more so when they have found their lost rhythm. They are fresh after comprehensively beating a hapless Sri Lankan side in the longest format of the game in the recently concluded home series. The Aussies’ form in the recent past makes them deadly dangerous particularly in the coloured jersey and India will need to be very wary of that. With this, News Nation brings to you the 4 reasons why the upcoming series against Australia will test the Men in Blue. 1. Australia’s recent formIf we switch the clock back to the year 2018, when two legends of Australian cricket suffered a yearlong suspension, the team as a unit suffered a big blow and never really recovered. Interestingly, Australia hasn’t won an ODI series since 2016-17 but Australians are known to produce the unexpected.Their recent form against Sri Lanka is yet another example of what this team is capable of. They not only stamped their authority on the opposition but also ensured the other countries stood up and took notice. In these circumstances, India will definitely need to play their best cricket to upstage Australia.2. All Areas CoveredIt wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Aussie squad looks pretty much settled, unlike India. Having announced their 15-man squad recently, the selectors have not only made some interesting inclusions but also have all departments covered. With three solid opening combination options, to a choice between all-rounders, to choosing their bowlers, the team looks solid. The team management and the skipper will have a happy headache to choose their final eleven. It will be interesting to see how Indian management adapts to the pressure. 3. Seventh Spot ConundrumWith Hardik Pandya not in the scheme of things for this upcoming tour, the seventh spot conundrum will continue to haunt India in the limited overs series. Though in the absence of Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja has been India’s best option to fill that spot but having him in the squad leaves one of the two wrist spinners from the playing eleven which builds undue pressure on the team in the middle overs. To get over this difficulty, the team management also tried Vijay Shankar in the last ODI game against Aussies. However, the 27-year-old Tamil Nadu all-rounder still remains a rookie. With the seventh spot being one of the most important spots in the playing eleven, India may struggle to find the best mix. 4. The problem of the sixth bowling option With Australian player’s part of Indian Premier League from its inception, the players are well equipped to the Indian conditions. So, it is always better to have an extra bowler who can be used in place of one who is having an off day. However, the absence of a sixth bowler will continue to trouble India as they only have spinning options for that slot. It will be important for Virat Kohli to use Kedar Jadhav if required.last_img read more