Schwarzenegger budget upsets Democrats

first_img“I have a real issue with that.” Transit advocates were disappointed that the governor made even deeper cuts to public transportation than he had offered in January. In his earlier draft, he had proposed cutting about $1.1 billion from transit; now the trim would be up to $1.3 billion. Roger Snoble, CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the governor’s plan cuts about $230 million in expected funds for transit projects in Los Angeles County, leaving the region with only about $63 million in state funding. Metro’s overall budget is about $3 billion. “There’s nothing good that I can see in it,” Snoble said. “It will take a lot of money away from the agency that could be used to improve mobility within Los Angeles County. That’s something we wouldn’t like to see at all, particularly at a time when we had such great momentum going.” The cuts mean the agency will have to scale back some of its capital projects, he said, though the Metro board has yet to decide which areas will take the hit. Snoble said MTA officials will travel to Sacramento this week and in coming weeks to lobby lawmakers and the governor to restore some of the transit funding. Other highlights of Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2007-08 budget include: General fund spending on K-12 education will be $41 billion, or about $1.2 billion more than the 2006-07 budget. The governor proposed paying down $3.1 billion in bond debt, or about $1.6 billion more than required, putting the state on track to pay back the 2004 Economic Recovery Bonds 14 years ahead of schedule. Colleges will face fee increases of 10 percent at California State University campuses and 7 percent at University of California campuses. Political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the University of Southern California said Democratic complaints represent standard negotiating posture. In the end, the governor may face more resistance from Republican lawmakers concerned about the state spending too much and continuing to maintain an operating deficit, she said. [email protected] (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed Monday a revised $146 billion spending plan for next year that cuts social services and public transit, but makes early payments on debt and avoids tax hikes. Democratic lawmakers were upset by some of the cuts, vowing to fight the plan unless some of them are restored. Schwarzenegger’s new spending plan for 2007-08 varies from the first draft he released in January by increasing spending on education, prison health care and social service caseloads, while making larger cuts in transit. He also wants to raise $1 billion by privatizing EdFund, a program created in 1997 that provides loan guarantees to students. The May revise also allows a $1.4 billion operating deficit, while previously Schwarzenegger had proposed to fully eliminate it. That deficit was as high as $16 billion when Schwarzenegger first took office, and he has decreased it every year. “We have a budget that is fiscally responsible, fully funds education, continues to pay down our debt and leaves California with a prudent reserve of $2.2 billion,” Schwarzenegger said. “And for the fourth year in a row, we are not raising taxes.” Schwarzenegger proposed a state general fund of $104 billion – an increase of about 1.5 percent from the current year – with the additional spending coming from sources such as the federal government and bonds. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, said the proposal was “just plain bad” and he compared it to the governor’s more partisan agenda of his 2005 special election. “This budget punishes low and middle-income families, who work hard and play by the rules,” Nu ez said. “The administration wants to pay off Wall Street early, even if it means that kids on Main Street do without. last_img read more

BRAVE URRIS LOSE OUT IN PROVINCIAL DECIDER

first_imgRock St Patrick’s (Tyrone) 2-12, Urris (Donegal) 0-7THEY’RE a credit to their club and their county; but this evening the brave men of Urris just came up short in their Ulster Club Junior Championship Final in Co DerryA strong second-half showing propelled Tyrone’s Rock St Patrick’s to the provincial title. The Tyrone champions shaded a close first-half on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-4 but seized control of proceedings after the restart thanks to goals from Conor McCreesh and Eamon Ward.Urris’ woes were compounded when Mark McLaughlin missed a second-half penalty.The final scoreline flattered the Tyrone outfit.But Urris can be proud of their run through Donegal and into Ulster this year.  BRAVE URRIS LOSE OUT IN PROVINCIAL DECIDER was last modified: November 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalThe RockTyroneURRISlast_img read more

Parents and Teachers Encouraged to Use Maths to Equip Students with Reasoning Skills

first_imgDr. McLean said the hope is that children coming through the education system will not only be effective learners at school but will continue as critical and independent thinkers after they leave school.She reminded that the upcoming Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations will include mathematics.Dr. McLean said the Ministry has organised and will participate in several activities from March 24 to 29 as part of National Mathematics Week.These include The Mico University College International Mathematics Teaching Summit, to be held from March 25 to 27 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, featuring international presenters with expertise in mathematics and the teaching of the subject from Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States; and the National Mathematics Exposition at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, on Friday (March 29).National Mathematics Week is being observed under the theme ‘Math Counts’. “As one of the key learning areas in our school curriculum, mathematics education aims not only to provide students with mathematical knowledge but also to equip them with the necessary skills, so that they can develop the capabilities to learn and the confidence to face the challenges of the knowledge-based society,” she added. In recognition of National Mathematics Week, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, is encouraging educators, parents and guardians to use the subject of mathematics to equip students with the logical reasoning skills they need. In recognition of National Mathematics Week, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, is encouraging educators, parents and guardians to use the subject of mathematics to equip students with the logical reasoning skills they need.Speaking at the launch of National Mathematics Week at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on March 25, Dr. McLean said in this technologically complex and highly competitive era, “we need to equip students with logical reasoning skills, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways, which students can learn from doing mathematics”.“As one of the key learning areas in our school curriculum, mathematics education aims not only to provide students with mathematical knowledge but also to equip them with the necessary skills, so that they can develop the capabilities to learn and the confidence to face the challenges of the knowledge-based society,” she added.Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean (right), speaks at the launch of National Mathematics Week on Monday (March 25), at Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew. At left are educators who were present at the launch.center_img Speaking at the launch of National Mathematics Week at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on March 25, Dr. McLean said in this technologically complex and highly competitive era, “we need to equip students with logical reasoning skills, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways, which students can learn from doing mathematics”. Story Highlightslast_img read more