Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Nutrition news: Pizza is a vegetable

by Jack Minor – District 6 children could soon be begging for their vegetables if Congress has its way. A spending bill has a provision re-classifying pizza as a vegetable. Congress is pushing the new classification as pushback on the Obama administration’s Agriculture bill limiting starches and boosting whole grain foods as part of the [...]

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Gilcrest trustee stands firm in opposition to public documents in Spanish

by Jack Minor – A town trustee is standing firm amidst a media onslaught, stating that he is not a racist and his comments are actually intended to help Spanish-only speaking persons succeed in America. Recently the town of Gilcrest sent nearly 30 notices to residents informing them they would need to cut down trees [...]

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Tea party under attack: Pols call members terrorists, hostage takers

                                by Jack Minor  – During the debt limit debate, politicians have taken to calling average Americans who want the government to balance its budget, terrorists and comparing them to suicide bombers and hostage takers. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) recently [...]

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Vietnam Vet – personal observations of Gardner crowd

I am bitter today as I watch the return home of great Americans – in caskets. I have had the unforgettable honor of leading guys who truly believe freedom is worth everything a person can give. And so they gave. In the 60’s I stood proudly with fellow marines as we were pelted with tomatoes [...]

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Congressman Gardner Welcomes All to Town Hall Meeting

  One trillion dollars is being taken away from Social Security funds and being given to big corporations. Why are you supporting this? That was the kind of comment that was shouted at Congressman Gardner during his town hall format meeting held this morning at the American Eagle Distributing conference room in Loveland. Nearly 40% [...]

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US credit rating downgraded after debt deal passed

By Jack Minor For the first time in U.S. history, the country has had its credit rating downgraded after it failed to cut spending levels sufficiently, during the recent debt ceiling debate. Last Friday Standard & Poors announced it had downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+. The Obama administration disputed the downgrade, [...]

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House passes second bill to raise debt limit, Senate votes down, “O” promises veto anyway

By Jack Minor  –   Going down to the wire, House Republicans passed a second bill to raise the debt limit, while Democrats again refused to pass it in the Senate. White Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama will not present a plan of his own to the American people because he doesn’t want it [...]

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A Strong Central Government Insures Equality, Prosperity for All

 by Craig Masters  – Only a larger, stronger federal government can save the American Dream. This was the message that supporters of the Democratic Party budget plan brought to U.S. House and Senate members’ offices across the country Tuesday, July 26. With only about a week remaining before the advertised default on the “full faith [...]

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Obama threatens to veto only plan that could preserve government bond rating

    by Jack Minor   President Obama threatened to veto the only debt-reduction proposal that meets Moody’s criteria for avoiding a negative outlook of the U.S. triple-A rating.   Earlier yesterday, President Obama praised the “gang of six”, a bipartisan group of Senators who had proposed a plan that could result in savings of [...]

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Executive vs. Legislative: Justice files brief against DOMA, opposing Congressional attorney

  by Jack Minor The government has announced it will appeal a federal appeals court ruling that, regardless of how it will affect troop readiness, the military must immediately allow “gay” soldiers to serve.  During the lame duck session, Congress repealed a policy dating to the Revolutionary War that prohibited “gays” from joining the military.  The law [...]

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President issues ultimatum to Congress: Give me plan to raise debt limit in the next 24-36 hours

              by Jack Minor   President Obama issued an ultimatum today, telling Congress they need to come up with a serious proposal for rasing the debt limit and cutting the budget in the next 24-36 hours.   The president held a press conference this morning, the second one this [...]

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Finance 101: Congress educates Obama on how to pay bills

by Jack Minor After President Obama implied that Social Security beneficiaries might not get paid if he doesn’t get his way regarding the debt ceiling increase, three members of Congress introduced a bill helping him prioritize the bills. Presidential Candidate, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, along with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, introduced the [...]

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Who needs Congress? Dems say President has authority to raise debt limit on his own

        by Jack Minor  As the discussion surrounding raising the debt limit has become more heated on both sides, some Democrats are claiming that the President does not need Congress  to raise the debt limit on his own.  The claim for Congress not being necessary for raising the debt limit, rests on [...]

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Obama chastises tea party members for holding firm on no new taxes

      by Jack Minor   The president chastised tea party members for not wanting to raise taxes or raise the debt limit saying candidates were “rewarded for saying irresponsible things.”   This morning, the president held a press conference to address the breakdown in budget negotiations. Late Saturday evening, house speaker, John Boehner, [...]

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School district turns deficit into surplus after Wisconsin passes balanced budget

by Jack Minor Wisconsin’s budget battle has ended for now. It ended with the passage of a balanced budget that has helped one school turn a deficit into a budget, despite critics saying it would “devastate” education. Like Colorado, Wisconsin requires the government to balance its budget every year. In February, in an attempt to overcome a [...]

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US Government: 82 percent of our schools failing

by Jack Minor   While  School District 6 focuses on budget cuts, another statistic has come out that may cause alarm. A government report says the vast majority of all public schools are failing.  U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, told the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in March that, under existing criteria, 82 [...]

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Gazette Opinion

The recent move by the City Council to change ambulance services is being sold under the guise of saving Greeleyites money.  After all, the cost of an ambulance ride is expensive and our citizens deserve a better deal. Don’t they?  Saving money for Greeley residents is an admirable goal, a goal that any responsible city [...]

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City Council: is money wasted or an investment

by Vanessa Dominguez Communication and marketing plan update was the first item on City Council’s agenda. Last fall, the city council decided they needed to do a better job with the money they had to work with. They plan to use the existing resources available to create a positive city image. The city does public  [...]

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Residents sound off on advertising in schools, cuts to athletics

by Jack Minor   The crowd was down at the final community engagement meeting conducted by the school board this school year, but there was no shortage of opinions as they discussed advertising and program cuts.   The District is still facing approximately 6.8 million in budget cuts from the previous year. There is still [...]

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The Rant

I believe the Republicans lost last in week’s “government shutdown” fiasco. The Republicans should have allowed the government to shutdown for as long as necessary to get a balanced budget and stop the Washington gravy train once and forever. So pardon me if I do not dance up and down for joy because the politicians [...]

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Winning the Global Economic Race

U.S. Senator Mark Udall As I’ve traveled across our state in the last two years, Coloradans from Southern Colorado to the Western Slope and to the Eastern Plains have told me that they think the focus in Washington, D.C. should be on two things – the economy and getting our spending under control. They want [...]

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School district petitions legislature to opt out of common education standards

by Jack Minor   A Massachusetts school committee has petitioned their legislature to opt out of Federal education standards which most states have adopted in attempt to get federal funding during lean budget times.   The Tantasqua Regional School Committee, the equivalent of our local Board of Education, is working with their state legislature to [...]

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Evans has goal of divesting itself from fire, ambulance services

Evans fire truck being towed by Jack Minor   The city of Evans is hoping to get out of the business of providing fire protection services according to Fire Chief Warren Jones when discussing why he hopes citizens will approve a tax increase to create a Fire District.   Currently Evans funds the Fire Department [...]

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Gardner opposed to government taking on more debt

by Jack Minor     Cory Gardner is among a growing list of Republicans in the house who oppose the federal government’s adding debt until its financial affairs are in order. Government waste and spending was one of the key reasons Republicans swept control of the House in November. Government spending is now at a point [...]

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Tancredo calls for Napolitano to resign for bean bag incident

by Jack Minor   Tom Tancredo has been outspoken about current administration policy along the Mexican border. He has called for the resignation of Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, following an armed fight along the border where agents were ordered to use bean bags against AK-47′s.  Border Patrol agents were attacked with automatic gunfire while tracking armed [...]

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Many turn out to reach District 6 board members at Chappelow

Story and photo by Jack Minor  An unusually large crowd turned out this week to share  concerns, opinions and express frustration with the school system.   The District 6 board of education held a community engagement survey at the Chappelow K-8 School on Monday evening. The district is currently facing an additional $9 million in [...]

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Community input on budget priorities

  The District 6 Board of Education invites the public to a community meeting on Monday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School, 2001 34th St. in Evans, to have conversations about the district’s funding forecast and budget priorities for the upcoming 2011-12 school year. Current financial projections show [...]

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Republicans can stop “Obamacare” by debt limit in house

by Jack Minor Repealing “Obamacare” was one of the key reasons Republicans won control of the House. They now have been given a golden opportunity to accomplish this goal without a single democratic vote according to the organizer of the “No More Red Ink”campaign. “Few are recognizing what an opportunity the House Republicans have to force [...]

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Ken Buck presses for balanced budget amendment

Story and photo By Jack Minor – Ken Buck, who lost the U.S. Senate race to incumbent Michael Bennet, announced the formation of a non-profit organization to help work with individual states to pass a Constitutional amendment to balance the Federal budget. The organization, Balance America, is an extension of the central theme of his [...]

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Greeley Evans bus service increases service amidst cuts

by Jack Minor During the recent debate over the city budget, officials claimed that services would be cut if voters did not approve tax increases. One department appears to be going against the grain by increasing service availability with less money. Brad Patterson, manager for the Greeley Evans Transit Services department, explained that while they [...]

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Board, parents see two different versions of district at community meeting

– -By Jack Minor; Parents see the school district in entirely different ways than the school board at a meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters. At a meeting billed as discussing the future of District 6, the President, Linda Trimberger and Vice President, Robert Stack, told the audience of recent achievements saying the [...]

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Pinnacol Under Fire

By Mike Bauman On the heels of a $300,000 trip to a lavish resort in Pebble Beach by Pinnacol Assurance Executives, the Colorado General Assembly is considering the removal of  Pinnacol’s tax-exempt status.  Pinnacol Assurance is the state’s quasi-governmental worker’s compensation insurance program. Pinnacol has never had to pay state taxes.  The change in its status [...]

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Rep. Cory Gardner describes excitement, challenges of first day on the job

By Jack Minor Newly elected Representative Cory Gardner acknowledged skepticism by some conservatives regarding spending cuts, however he is optimistic about the upcoming session. Gardner told the Gazette that they have already showed an attempt to tackle the spending issue. Following the reading of the Constitution for the first time in the history of the [...]

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City engineer says no money for some street repairs

The Greeley city engineer said he personally would like to see a $5 or $6 gasoline tax to properly fund street repair, saying that with the current funding system the city could end up spending the entire budget amount for patching in coming years leaving nothing for new streets. Steve Bagley, City Engineer for Greeley, [...]

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Senator Bennet thanks Colorado

United States Senator Michael Bennet was at the Kress Cinema and Lounge in Greeley Tuesday November 9th, during his “Thank You Tour”. Many Greeley residents attended to show their support. Bennet has gone from superintendent of Denver schools to United States Senator. Considered to be a success as superintendent in 2008, Bennett was the first [...]

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