Stimulus Funds – Bellow In Gark http://bellowingark.org/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:59:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bellowingark.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Stimulus Funds – Bellow In Gark http://bellowingark.org/ 32 32 African Women Impact Fund receives $50 million to create an inclusive investment environment – World https://bellowingark.org/african-women-impact-fund-receives-50-million-to-create-an-inclusive-investment-environment-world/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 10:19:57 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/african-women-impact-fund-receives-50-million-to-create-an-inclusive-investment-environment-world/ The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Standard Bank Group, with the support of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), have announced the realization of the African Women’s Impact Fund (AWIF) Initiative its first closing of US$50 million. The announcement was made during the inaugural […]]]>

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Standard Bank Group, with the support of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), have announced the realization of the African Women’s Impact Fund (AWIF) Initiative its first closing of US$50 million.

The announcement was made during the inaugural edition of The Global Africa Business Initiative, held September 18-19 during United Nations General Assembly week in New York.

The existence of gender stereotypes and racial prejudices in society has detrimental effects on a global scale. This is true in the investment space where these biases hinder female entrepreneurship, the appointment of women to leadership positions, and the empowerment of female fund managers. Of the $69.1 trillion in financial assets under management worldwide, less than 1.3% are managed by women and people of color. It is increasingly alarming that only 7% of private equity and venture capital funds are allocated to women-led businesses in emerging markets.

The primary goal of the AWIF initiative is to overcome systemic barriers and investor biases in the asset management industry, by enabling and promoting women-owned and managed funds on the African continent.

AWIF is an initiative of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with its partners: UN Women, the Office of the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission and the Network of African Women Leaders. It was created in conjunction with Standard Bank Group as lead sponsor, MiDA Advisors as key strategic advisor and RisCura as investment manager and provider of manager development and support services.

The Initiative has a dual purpose: to make business impact for investors while empowering women leaders in finance to drive growth in Africa. With the audacious ambition to raise up to $1 billion over 10 years for women fund managers, who will in turn invest in high-impact sectors and projects across Africa, this one-of-a-kind initiative is well positioned to enable economic recovery through sustainable and inclusive capital growth opportunities.

Empowering African Women in Investment

Standard Bank Group views gender equity as both a basic human right and a business imperative. Lindeka Dzedze, Head of Global Markets: Strategic Partnerships at Standard Bank and Chair of AWIF’s Executive Committee explains: “Without women’s economic empowerment, the vision of increasing Africa’s financial output cannot be realized. . Understanding this, Standard Bank supports the AWIF initiative to raise the profile of established funds owned and managed by women who participate in listed and private markets, and short-term private debt.

Demonstrating this commitment, Standard Bank Group announced today at the Global Africa Business Initiative that $50 million will be allocated to AWIF to accelerate the initiative’s long-term ambitions.

“We believe that investing with female-led asset managers promotes the empowerment of women across society. With 20 years of experience supporting diverse investment managers and start-ups on the African continent, we are excited to manage the investments of the African Women Impact Fund and continue the journey of empowerment,” said Malcolm Fair, managing director of Riscura.

These funds will provide capital to women owners and managers of existing women funds across different asset classes and African regions. Dr. Sidi Ould TAH, Managing Director of BADEA, adds, “I believe this fund will accelerate fundraising and capital allocation by women fund managers to a transformative level. It is through initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers like these that together we can create a sustainable and scalable investment environment that drives inclusive growth for all who live in Africa.

In addition, it will give the AWIF initiative the ability to make a big leap forward in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 and 8, which target gender equality, decent work and economic growth, as well as the AU Agenda 2063. .

“AWIF aims to close the fundamental gap in women’s access to financial tools. As a result, the fund contributes to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 1 which calls for ending poverty. Supporting emerging African women fund managers will accelerate the representation of women-led funds. This will help close the current gender gap in labor markets, promote the emergence of female fund managers and entrepreneurs, remove identified barriers to attracting capital in a sustainable manner, and increase economic output, job creation and women’s economic empowerment and prosperity,” said Antonio Pedro, Acting Executive Secretary, ECA.

The growth of our continent stimulates world trade

With a $2.5 trillion market opportunity, the African continent has been identified as the single most important driver of the global business approach to gender-neutral asset management in the future.

Aymeric Saha, CEO of MiDA Advisors, said, “MiDA Advisors was honored to play a role in the creation of AWIF by facilitating the connection between the initiative’s three key players – ECA, Standard Bank Group and RisCura. . We believe that working on the economic empowerment of women in the financial sector is not only a necessity for continued economic development across the continent, but is also very much achievable with the right partnerships and programming. We look forward to the future successes of the selected fund managers and the impact they will in turn have on their home markets.

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As a first step, the European Union takes action to cut funding for Hungary due to attacks on democracy https://bellowingark.org/as-a-first-step-the-european-union-takes-action-to-cut-funding-for-hungary-due-to-attacks-on-democracy/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:33:00 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/as-a-first-step-the-european-union-takes-action-to-cut-funding-for-hungary-due-to-attacks-on-democracy/ Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register The EU executive proposes to withdraw 7.5 billion euros from Hungary Says Hungary’s proposed remedies could work if implemented well The 27 EU countries have three months to decide, no veto EU tests new democratic sanction for first time Hungary pledges to honor all commitments to […]]]>

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  • The EU executive proposes to withdraw 7.5 billion euros from Hungary
  • Says Hungary’s proposed remedies could work if implemented well
  • The 27 EU countries have three months to decide, no veto
  • EU tests new democratic sanction for first time
  • Hungary pledges to honor all commitments to unlock EU funds

BRUSSELS/BUDAPEST, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The European Union executive on Sunday recommended suspending some 7.5 billion euros in funding for Hungary over corruption, the first such case in the bloc of the 27 countries under a new sanction intended to better protect the rule of law.

The EU introduced the new financial sanction two years ago precisely in response to what it says amounts to undermining democracy in Poland and Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban has subdued the courts, the media, the NGOs and academia, as well as restricting the rights of migrants, gays and women for more than a decade in power.

“These are breaches of the rule of law undermining the use and management of EU funds,” said EU Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn. “We cannot conclude that the EU budget is sufficiently protected.”

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He pointed to systemic irregularities in Hungary’s public procurement laws, insufficient safeguards against conflicts of interest, weaknesses in the effectiveness of prosecutions and shortcomings in other anti-corruption measures.

Hahn said the Commission recommended the suspension of around a third of the cohesion funds envisaged for Hungary from the bloc’s shared budget for 2021-27, worth a total of 1.1 trillion euros.

The €7.5 billion in question represents 5% of the country’s estimated GDP in 2022. EU countries now have up to three months to decide on the proposal.

Hahn said Hungary’s latest pledge to respond to EU criticism was an important step in the right direction, but still needs to be translated into new laws and practical actions before the bloc is reassured.

Development Minister Tibor Navracsics, in charge of negotiations with the EU, said Hungary would respect the 17 commitments made to the European Commission to avoid the loss of any EU funding.

“Hungary is not committed to confusing the Commission,” Navracsics told a news conference. “We have made commitments that we know can be implemented…therefore we will not face a loss of funds.”

CORRUPTION

Orban’s government has proposed creating a new anti-corruption agency in recent weeks as Budapest has come under pressure for cash for the struggling economy and the forint, the worst-performing currency in eastern the EU.

Orban, who calls himself a “freedom fighter” against the liberal West’s worldview, denies that Hungary – a former communist country of around 10 million people – is more corrupt than other countries in the EU.

Navracsics said Orban’s government would submit legislation to parliament on Friday to establish a new independent anti-corruption authority to oversee public procurement of EU funds, with the body to be launched by the second half of november.

Hungary has also pledged to implement several other anti-corruption safeguards, including stricter rules on conflicts of interest, expanding the scope of financial statements, and expanding the power of judges to prosecute suspicions of corruption.

Navracsics expressed hope that the Commission would be reassured by the implementation of the reforms and withdraw its proposed sanctions against Hungary by November 19.

The Commission is already blocking some €6bn of funds planned for Hungary as part of a separate COVID economic stimulus for the same corruption concerns.

Reuters documented in 2018 how Orban funnels EU development funds to friends and family, a practice that human rights organizations say has immensely enriched those around him and empowered the man 59 years old to entrench himself in power.

Hungary recorded irregularities in almost 4% of spending of EU funds in 2015-2019, according to OLAF, the bloc’s anti-fraud body, by far the worst result among the 27 countries of the EU.

Orban has also rubbed many in the bloc the wrong way by cultivating close and ongoing ties with President Vladimir Putin and threatening to deny the EU unity needed to impose and preserve sanctions on Russia for leading a war against Ukraine.

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Affordable housing among 319 projects seeking to cut $127 million from Kent County stimulus funds https://bellowingark.org/affordable-housing-among-319-projects-seeking-to-cut-127-million-from-kent-county-stimulus-funds/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 22:45:00 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/affordable-housing-among-319-projects-seeking-to-cut-127-million-from-kent-county-stimulus-funds/ GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kent County on Friday released a catalog detailing 319 projects requesting a share of $127.6 million in COVID-19 stimulus funding the county received under the American Rescue Plan Act ( ARPA). The proposals run the gamut from affordable housing developments to infrastructure and education projects to arts and entertainment proposals. In […]]]>

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kent County on Friday released a catalog detailing 319 projects requesting a share of $127.6 million in COVID-19 stimulus funding the county received under the American Rescue Plan Act ( ARPA).

The proposals run the gamut from affordable housing developments to infrastructure and education projects to arts and entertainment proposals.

In addition, 13 county department internal priorities have also been added to the list. Together, funding requests total approximately $2 billion, far exceeding the amount of dollars available.

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A high-profile project that submitted an application but was deemed ineligible based on federal rules was a downtown soccer stadium. The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority has requested assistance for the $125 million stadium project.

Guidehouse, a group of consultants hired by the county to help review the applications, classified the football stadium and 55 other applications ineligible for funds because they did not meet federal guidelines on how ARPA funds should be used. disbursed, Kent County spokeswoman Lori Lathem said.

ARPA funds provided to local governments were created to cover uses such as responding to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic, to provide a bounty for essential workers, to invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, and to fund services that would otherwise be at risk due to lost revenue, according to the National League of Cities, an advocacy group.

“It wasn’t there before, it hasn’t had any issues or cuts,” Lathem said, explaining why the football stadium was deemed ineligible for funds.

The county expects to finalize the projects that will receive funding by late November or early December, she said. The county board of commissioners has scheduled a business session for Oct. 14 to discuss the funds, as well as a special evening council meeting to vote on the funding for Nov. 14.

“We thank everyone who participated in our community engagement process and submitted a funding proposal,” Kent County Board of Commissioners Chairman Stan Stek said in a statement. “It has been a privilege to learn more about the effective ways organizations are helping our residents and our community.”

Lathem noted that the $2 billion value of the proposals is the total cost of all the projects. Some proposals only ask for a portion of their overall costs, so the true value of the funding requested is still being determined, she said.

In addition to eligibility, projects were ranked according to their feasibility, sustainability and impact.

Another noteworthy request came from the Kent County Permanent Housing Coordinating Council. In the proposal, Ryan VerWys, CEO of ICCF Community Homes, requested $42 million to help create 211 permanent housing units available to low-to-moderate income residents in the area. The total price of the project is $140.6 million.

In addition to permanent housing, VeryWys’ request for funding would help renovate or preserve 322 affordable rental units, provide top-up financing for 64 affordable rental units, and provide home repair assistance to 1,000 homeowners.

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U.S. banks slow bond market liquidity deployment as deposits fall in second quarter https://bellowingark.org/u-s-banks-slow-bond-market-liquidity-deployment-as-deposits-fall-in-second-quarter/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 06:31:08 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/u-s-banks-slow-bond-market-liquidity-deployment-as-deposits-fall-in-second-quarter/ Even in the face of higher interest rates, banks were reluctant to invest cash in the bond market in the second quarter of 2022 as deposits declined over the period. Banking stocks fell 1.8% from the prior quarter as excess cash declined over the period, with loans up 3.7% from the related quarter and deposits […]]]>

Even in the face of higher interest rates, banks were reluctant to invest cash in the bond market in the second quarter of 2022 as deposits declined over the period.

Banking stocks fell 1.8% from the prior quarter as excess cash declined over the period, with loans up 3.7% from the related quarter and deposits down 1.9%. %. As a result, bonds fell to 25.9% of assets from 26.1% in the previous quarter, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Bank investment slows as liquidity pressures emerge

Banks stepped up bond-buying activity after the onset of the pandemic as government stimulus measures and accommodative fiscal policy left them awash with deposits. But banks deployed less liquidity in the bond market in the second quarter as high inflation and the Federal Reserve’s efforts to control it through tighter monetary policy began to put some pressure on liquidity.

The Fed raised short-term rates an additional 175 basis points in the second quarter through a series of rate hikes in April, May and June and began shrinking its balance sheet at the end of the period. The central bank raised the target federal funds rate by 75 basis points in July, and federal funds futures suggest another 75 basis point hike is in sight at its September 21 meeting.

Medium and long-term rates followed the rate hikes, with average 2-year, 3-year and 5-year Treasury bond yields rising more than 110 basis points in the second quarter compared to the first quarter. These yields continued to rise in the third quarter.

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Banks continued to allocate less cash to the long end of the yield curve in the second quarter, recognizing that the value of these securities could come under greater pressure as rates rise. Bonds expected to be repriced or mature in more than 15 years almost fell to 33.8% of securities held by banks in the second quarter, from 34.6% in the previous quarter and 36.2% a year ago. year.

Banks are deploying more cash into shorter-term investments

While total holdings declined in the second quarter, banks continued to increase their exposure to the front end of the yield curve over the period. Securities scheduled to mature or reprice in less than three years rose 2.5% in the second quarter from the prior period. As positions increased, shorter-term securities rose to 23.4% of total securities, from 22.4% in the prior quarter.

Rate hikes put pressure on the values ​​of many bonds held by banks in the second quarter, weighing on tangible book values. Short-term and intermediate rates have risen since the end of the second quarter and many banks have chosen to invest more funds in short-term securities to avoid this pressure and maintain access to these funds earlier in the event of a crisis. accelerating pressure on liquidity.

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Alpena County must right its financial ship | News, Sports, Jobs https://bellowingark.org/alpena-county-must-right-its-financial-ship-news-sports-jobs/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 05:32:47 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/alpena-county-must-right-its-financial-ship-news-sports-jobs/ Another day and another story by News staff writer Steve Schulwitz that the Alpena County government is once again looking at a gap between revenue and spending. The county is currently considering a shortfall of $1.2 to $1.6 million. Officials expect to cut about $500,000 of it by spending the rest of […]]]>


Another day and another story by News staff writer Steve Schulwitz that the Alpena County government is once again looking at a gap between revenue and spending.

The county is currently considering a shortfall of $1.2 to $1.6 million. Officials expect to cut about $500,000 of it by spending the rest of the year prudently, and they want to cover another $800,000 of it with money from its share of American Rescue Plan Act stimulus funds. .

That would leave about $300,000 for the county to cover from its cash savings account, which stood at about $4.6 million at the start of this year, enough to cover about 41% of annual expenses. Auditors consider that a healthy savings account is enough to cover about 10-25% of expenses.

So the county is not in trouble yet. But the stimulus funds will eventually dry up. If the county made no changes and still faced a $1.6 million annual budget shortfall after the stimulus funds ended, it would exhaust its cash savings and dry up in about three years.

It’s time to right the ship.

Officials say they could earn an extra $700,000 a year by asking voters to override a state law that limits the tax rates governments can charge under certain circumstances — in other words, by asking for a tax hike. But that’s not a given because voters are facing higher prices everywhere thanks to inflation, and even if the tax hike were passed, it would still leave an annual shortfall of $900,000, which which would dry up savings in five years.

The county must therefore make cuts somewhere.

According to reports from Schulwitz, officials discussed many points. Even gutting the county’s newest taxpayer-funded jail and contracting another county to house our inmates. Even reducing road patrols. Even reducing county office hours.

Nobody wants to make cuts, and it’s easy to come up with arguments against any of the items to be discussed.

But just imagine all the good things the county could have done with that stimulus money if it hadn’t had to cover its own shortcomings.

The county needs to straighten out its bottom line.

And he must do it now.



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Relief funds still helping city’s recovery, 2023 budget shows https://bellowingark.org/relief-funds-still-helping-citys-recovery-2023-budget-shows/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 05:01:00 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/relief-funds-still-helping-citys-recovery-2023-budget-shows/ Before City Council meets this Thursday to approve the $3.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2023, a business session and public hearing at 2 p.m. on Tuesday will give citizens one more opportunity to make their To hear. Council members will discuss, among other things, how to use the $75 million given to the city […]]]>

Before City Council meets this Thursday to approve the $3.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2023, a business session and public hearing at 2 p.m. on Tuesday will give citizens one more opportunity to make their To hear.

Council members will discuss, among other things, how to use the $75 million given to the city in CPS Energy’s annual revenue split, which this year rose from $361.2 million to $430 million, thanks to extreme summer weather and rising energy costs.

Meanwhile, the $1.51 billion General Fund budget for 2023 will include $195.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds drawn from the $326,919,408 in state and local stimulus funds. received by the city.

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Asian stocks rise on weaker dollar, China stimulus hopes https://bellowingark.org/asian-stocks-rise-on-weaker-dollar-china-stimulus-hopes/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 05:57:00 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/asian-stocks-rise-on-weaker-dollar-china-stimulus-hopes/ A man wearing a protective mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walks past an electronic board displaying Nikkei Index charts (top) outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, on March 10, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon /File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register https://tmsnrt.rs/2zpUAr4 Chinese blue chips rise 1.2%, Hong Kong gains 2.5% […]]]>

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  • Chinese blue chips rise 1.2%, Hong Kong gains 2.5%
  • Euro gains on ECB, dollar index down 0.6%
  • ECB raises rates by a record 75 basis points, signals more to come
  • US stocks end higher; Powell vows to fight inflation

SYDNEY, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Asian stocks rose on Friday on a weaker dollar and Beijing’s stimulus hopes, as markets digested hawkish comments from the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve and Central Bank European Union on the trajectory of future rate hikes .

Cautious optimism is set to continue in European markets, with regional Euro Stoxx 50 futures latest up 0.3%, German DAX futures up 0.2% and FTSE FFIc1 futures up 0.4%.

Wall Street’s major indexes posted modest gains after strong selling earlier in the week. S&P 500 futures rose 0.5% and Nasdaq futures rose 0.7%, a sign of better risk appetite as markets stabilized.

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Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the bank is “strongly committed” to controlling inflation, but hopes to do so without the “very high social costs” involved in past inflation fights.

“There’s still a lot of tightening to come, but I guess the Fed is getting closer to the top, so we’ll probably see some slowing in the pace of the increases, if not at this month’s meeting, maybe at the subsequent meetings,” said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy and chief economist at AMP Capital.

“Markets are kind of in that middle zone where interest rates are rising but economic conditions are still okay. That could change if we slip into a recession and equity markets suffer another crash.”

US rate futures have priced an 84% chance that the Fed will hike another 75 basis points at this month’s meeting, which would lift the fed funds rate to a range of 3.0. % to 3.25%. That’s a 77% chance a day earlier.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) rose 1.4% on Friday, led by a 2.5% jump in Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (.HSI) and a 1.2% increase in Chinese bluechips (.CSI300). The Asian index was heading for a small drop of 0.2% for the week.

Consumer and producer prices in China rose less than expected in August, data showed on Friday, stoking hopes of renewed stimulus from Beijing as the economy falters. Read more

The Japanese Nikkei (.N225) gained 0.6%.

The ECB raised rates by a record 75 basis points and announced further hikes to fight inflation, even as the bloc’s economy heads into a likely winter recession.

This sent eurozone government bond yields skyrocketing and supported the euro. The yield on German two-year bonds hit its highest level since 2011. The euro gained 0.7% to $1.0069, remaining above parity with the US currency.

The dollar fell 0.6% against a basket of major currencies.

For the week, however, it jumped 2% against the rate-sensitive yen. The Japanese currency fell victim to the Bank of Japan’s accommodative monetary stance, unlike rate hikes elsewhere.

US Treasury yields remained largely flat after climbing in the previous session. The 10-year benchmark bond yield was 3.2982%, down from 3.2920% at the previous close.

Oil prices rose, with U.S. crude rising 0.6% to $84.11 a barrel while Brent crude jumped 0.9% to $89.95 a barrel.

Britain’s new leader, Liz Truss, announced on Thursday a cap on consumer energy bills for two years to cushion the economic blow of war in Ukraine. Read more

Gold was slightly higher. Spot gold was trading at $1721.35 an ounce.

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Dakota County Council Approves Funding for New South St. Paul – Twin Cities Library https://bellowingark.org/dakota-county-council-approves-funding-for-new-south-st-paul-twin-cities-library/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 02:21:27 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/dakota-county-council-approves-funding-for-new-south-st-paul-twin-cities-library/ The Dakota County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday to build a new $11.3 million public library in South St. Paul. The 16,000-square-foot facility will be built by Shoreview-based Donlar Construction on land donated by the city and paid for with funds from the U.S. bailout, the 2021 federal stimulus package. Officials originally earmarked about […]]]>

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday to build a new $11.3 million public library in South St. Paul.

The 16,000-square-foot facility will be built by Shoreview-based Donlar Construction on land donated by the city and paid for with funds from the U.S. bailout, the 2021 federal stimulus package.

Officials originally earmarked about $4.7 million in county funds for the project, but that estimate included additional funding from the Minnesota Legislature, which fell through when lawmakers failed to pass a bail bill. during the 2022 session. Officials noted that the total price also increased due to inflation.

Ahead of the 4-2 vote to move forward with the project, Commissioner Laurie Halverson touted the importance of modern libraries’ diverse offerings, including employment services, internet access and resources for small enterprises.

“Libraries are bigger than books,” she said before voting in favor of the resolution. “The things that we’re trying to build in Dakota County, our libraries are really integral to how we’re able to achieve those goals.”

The decision to pay the library with ARP funds drew protests from commissioners who opposed the resolution. The county had planned to use the ARP dollars to build a new recycling facility and make improvements to its law enforcement center.

“We are killing two projects that have benefited the entire county,” said Commissioner Liz Workman, who voted against the resolution. “One relates to public safety and the other to the environment.”

The existing South St. Paul Library is one of only four city-owned and operated libraries in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, but at nearly a century old, the colonial-style brick building lacks space and is not wheelchair accessible. Once its successor is built, South St. Paul officials plan to reuse the old structure.

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Letters to the Editor – Labor Day, Masseurs, Republican Plans, Lindsey Graham https://bellowingark.org/letters-to-the-editor-labor-day-masseurs-republican-plans-lindsey-graham/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 05:32:42 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/letters-to-the-editor-labor-day-masseurs-republican-plans-lindsey-graham/ Tribute to American workers We should honor the American worker on Labor Day. The labor movement has worked to improve working conditions, create workplace democracy and actively participate in union-management decision-making. The many benefits, protections and rights that workers enjoy today would never have existed without the tireless and commendable efforts of unions and labor […]]]>

Tribute to American workers

We should honor the American worker on Labor Day.

The labor movement has worked to improve working conditions, create workplace democracy and actively participate in union-management decision-making. The many benefits, protections and rights that workers enjoy today would never have existed without the tireless and commendable efforts of unions and labor leaders who are truly committed to social justice and equal economic opportunity. for everyone. Unions are an extension of democracy.

Unfortunately, some initiatives have been designed to lower labor standards, weaken unions and erode workplace protections. These efforts would have diminished the bargaining power and political influence of organized workers.

As we enjoy this Labor Day weekend, let’s take some time to pay tribute to a true unsung hero, the American worker. Let’s celebrate the workforce that built this nation from field to field, factory to factory and office to office.

Without a doubt, American workers built this great country hand in hand.

John Di Genio, Cibolo

Give us something concrete, please.

Fellow Republicans, you have repeatedly stated that you are against gun legislation, our current health care plan, stimulus funds, abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, and funding for many programs. social in general. What we would like to know is why you are and what are your plans and means to implement your alternative legislation?

Governor Greg Abbott, what is your plan to eliminate rape cases and why haven’t we heard from you recently about it? Also, how are you going to help all those mothers with their newborns who will need child care, pediatric medical care, and education?

Republicans, what is your plan for alternative health care that we have never heard of, your plans for securing the border, your plans for better public education that does not turn to the good guys, your plans for keeping school children and other members of the community against military style weapons? And what about improving infrastructure and protecting the environment? Please respond so we all know and are better able to make informed decisions at the polls.

Margaret BarnesDallas

Slight overreaction?

Re: “City sees pain relief, but firefighters see sex toys – Department bristles at massagers donated as part of health drive,” Thursday’s Metro & Business article.

Oh good? Did that make the news?

In the photo accompanying the article, the mini massager looks like, well, a mini massager. My tense neck muscles, my tight legs, my temples pounding from a headache, and the soles of my tired feet yearned for this innocent little device.

What happened to the “thank you for the gift” and then quietly removing any items you don’t like or can’t use or find offensive?

Surely, while responding to emergency calls and at the scene of fires, these adult firefighters have witnessed much worse than the sight of a mini masseur. It is quite surprising to think that those who are trusted to deal with human trauma and deal with it in a timely manner tremble at the sight of such a device.

Charlotte Camilla Koford, Dallas

Keep hiding…

Subject: “Graham’s Testimony Suspended – Appeals Court Returns 2020 Election Order to Judge”, August 22 article.

If you have nothing to hide, why are you hiding? If you’re accused of a crime you didn’t commit, you should look forward to having your day in court. Of course, we are far from the court. We are simply trying to determine if a crime has even been committed.

But just like all of former President Donald Trump’s allies before him, Senator Lindsey Graham is running as fast as he can not to tell the truth. We’ve seen Trump hide behind the Fifth Amendment dozens of times in his testimony, essentially admitting, “If I answer your question, it will incriminate me.”

The more you hide, the more reason we have to find you.

Stephen W. McCluer, Far North Dallas

Added a felony charge

I have spent nearly 50 years working with families with high risk pregnancies and their obstetricians to improve outcomes. Unfortunately, 3-5% of these pregnancies are associated with genetic and/or structural abnormalities often incompatible with life after birth. Terminating these pregnancies requires significant emotional and ethical considerations and counseling aimed at alleviating the pain and suffering of families and the unborn fetus.

The Texas Legislature, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and a group of citizens, most of them without medical training or understanding, decided they knew what was best for these families and so invaded that aspect private physician for pregnancy and reproductive care.

They have unnecessarily prolonged the emotional suffering and long-term well-being of these families. This is reminiscent of a woman maintaining an unwanted pregnancy after rape or incest. Is this a crime deserving of prison?

Charles R. Rosenfeld, Dallas

It’s the least the officials can do

Subject: “Eliminate State’s ‘Tapon Tax’ – Abbott Support Signals Days Are Numbered for Unfair Levies on Necessary Hygiene Products”, August 25 editorial.

Guess Governor Greg Abbott is throwing women a bone by belatedly supporting the elimination of the “tampon tax” on women’s hygiene products. This problem has existed for years, without any Republican support. But since women are no longer equal citizens, I guess he thinks that will appease us.

Ladies, it’s no longer “my body, my choice”, but my body, that of Abbott, Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick!

Sandy Elkins, Plano

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Penn State remains silent on plans for an additional $12 million in COVID funding https://bellowingark.org/penn-state-remains-silent-on-plans-for-an-additional-12-million-in-covid-funding/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 19:01:18 +0000 https://bellowingark.org/penn-state-remains-silent-on-plans-for-an-additional-12-million-in-covid-funding/ Old Main on the Penn State University Park campus on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Abby Drey adrey@centredaily.com Gov. Tom Wolf plans to “soon” pay out about $12 million to Penn State – and millions to the state’s other three Commonwealth universities – as part of a one-time boost involving the relief money federal COVID-19, but […]]]>

Old Main on the Penn State University Park campus on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Old Main on the Penn State University Park campus on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

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Gov. Tom Wolf plans to “soon” pay out about $12 million to Penn State – and millions to the state’s other three Commonwealth universities – as part of a one-time boost involving the relief money federal COVID-19, but Penn State has yet to announce details on how it intends to use the windfall.

Pitt announced Aug. 25 that he plans to distribute his $7.5 million award to more than 20,000 students across the state, in individual grants of about $350 each. On Friday, a Penn State spokesperson declined to answer directly when asked if the university had a timeline for publicly sharing its plan on the additional funds, which are entirely within Wolf’s control.

It’s unclear exactly when the federal stimulus funds, led by the governor, will be disbursed. Wolf’s spokeswoman, Elizabeth Rementer, told CDT on Thursday that she didn’t have a specific timeline, adding only that she was told “soon.” She also confirmed that the four universities would receive approximately $30 million in total.

Spotlight PA reported in late July that Wolf was quietly funneling tens of millions to Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln — a total that represented a 5% increase in the universities’ respective credits, helping to offset the cost to the state. tuition. After the state legislature declined to increase state funding earlier in July, the four universities announced various tuition hikes.

Shortly after the initial Spotlight PA story was published in July, House Republicans called on state-affiliated universities to reverse their tuition increases arguing that Wolf’s one-time funds meant that the increases were no longer necessary. The four universities refused.

Pennsylvania annually ranks among the worst states in the nation for per capita support for higher education.

“Once we understand when funds will be received and all stipulations regarding how they are to be used, we will absolutely use them to support student success,” Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi wrote in response. to the House Republican leadership team. “This injection of one-time funds, however, will not eliminate the greater financial pressures facing the institution.”

Penn State operated with a nearly $200 million deficit last fiscal year and announced a “strategic hiring freeze” in early August.

It raised in-state undergraduate tuition at University Park by 5% (to $19,286), though university officials said students whose families earn less than $75,000 $ would not see the increase. Penn State was able to promise this by setting aside an additional $14 million in financial aid.

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Josh Moyer received his BA in Journalism from Penn State and his MS from Columbia. He has been involved in news and sports writing for almost 20 years. He boasts the best athlete he’s ever seen as Tecmo Super Bowl’s Bo Jackson.

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