NEW PLATEAUS An Introduction
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Want to know what’s causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here’s a hint: it’s not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it’s a pair of three-year-old laws.
After a decade of continued cuts to Local Government Aid (LGA) that weakened communities and resulted in higher property taxes, fewer services, eroding infrastructure and laid off police and fire fighters, there is now a real and significant opportunity to reform the LGA program in a way that will bring long-lasting stability and support to communities across the state.
The following commentary was written by Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. As a public service, Hamilton writes regularly about Congress and what individuals can do to make our representative democracy work better.
With the formal release of President Obama’s budget, the pieces are finally in place for a reprise of the Washington drama we’ve all come to know. There will be high-stakes negotiations, lines in the sand, and enough intrigue to keep Beltway insiders riveted by every piece of breaking news.
The first Earth Day was organized in 1970. The purpose and goal was to inform and amend practices that contributed to “dirtying our environment.” Today, the purpose is the same because the problem is the same.
From 1974 to 2001, during my years of employment with the Department of Labor, the federal minimum wage increased 11 times. Each time, the vested interests of “the haves” would lobby that a minimum wage increase would kill jobs (i.e., increase their payroll costs).
The March 22 column in the Alexandria Echo Press titled “Who would oppose raising minimum wage?” in support of the current proposals to raise the minimum wage implied you’d have to be Scrooge in order to oppose the idea.
Aerial photography of the county was approved, cost shared by the county, city of Alexandria, ALASD and Alexandria Light and Power.
Board voted to ask Legislature to ban coal tar for driveways.
Dave Robley was named “Engineer of the Year.”
On January 22, Governor Dayton released his tax plan to the Legislature. While the governor often speaks about taxing the rich, this plan would hit middle class families in our community the hardest. I know it would certainly affect my family.
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