The severe budget conditions that we are currently experiencing have produced an unprecedented financial crisis in education. Each time we pick up a newspaper or tune into the news we are reminded that we are in the midst of the most significant financial/economic downturn since the Great Depression. No doubt, many of us know someone who has been dramatically affected by this downturn. Armed with this knowledge and the reality of declining funds from the state, we took on the challenge of preparing the 2010-2011 budget.
Although our economy is on the road to recovery, there are still many people who are hurting. People are trying to maintain their mortgage payments so they are able to stay in their homes. HOPE NOW and Making Home Affordable are programs that work with people to help them achieve that goal.
As of this week, I am no longer the editor of the Mineola American. After 10 years, I decided to move on to another venture. But I would like to take the opportunity to thank the entire community.
Senator Johnson announced legislation to end the double victimization caused by public pension system members who use their positions to steal taxpayer money, yet are still able to collect their taxpayer-funded pensions.
“Recently President Obama proclaimed April 2010 as Financial Literacy Month. I applaud the President for doing this because the country’s future prosperity depends on the financial security of all Americans.
The Village of Mineola budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year is a solid financial document. It represents not a crisis budget, like many municipalities are forced to consider in this economy, but instead is the result of five years of careful planning and management.
Washington’s Smithsonian is the latest stop for the exhibit telling the history of America’s nuns and is called “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America.” Our daughter, Sister Annmarie and six other sisters raised the $4 million required to create this exhibit that tells of the works of America’s Women Religious throughout our history. Over 100,000 people have visited the exhibit in Washington so far, including the Papal Nuncio. It all started at the Cincinnati Museum where 67,000 visited and then moved to the Dallas Women’s Museum. From DC it will travel to Cleveland, Boston and Ellis Island and then the seventh stop will be the Mississippi River Museum in Iowa. In pictures and words, the display tells of the work of the Women Religious since the founding of our country and the first French Nuns to arrive at New Orleans in 1770. It tells of the Sisters’ services on the battlefields of the Civil War with the Union and the Confederate armies, the work in hospitals, schools, with unwed mothers and their everlasting aid to the poor and desperate.
I was proud to vote with a majority of my colleagues in favor of historic legislation that gives 32 million more Americans health insurance, stops insurance companies from denying coverage for individuals with a pre-existing condition, closes the prescription drug doughnut hole and brings down health care costs for all Americans.
The Government Reorganization and Citizens Empowerment Act took effect on March 21, 2010. The new state law is meant to help reduce the layers of numerous local governments and special districts by simplifying the process to consolidate or dissolve them. The ultimate goal is to help reduce the cost of local government for the taxpayers.
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