On Board committee advances benefit for domestic partners
Silverado: thanks for the info. Could this be part of why the University system has been raising tuition for years to the point of now having a surplus? Does not surprise me. Much easier for people to make decisions to spend money when it is the taxpayers money than when it has to come out of your own pocket or out of the company profits. Hence the tax and spend mentality that is, imo, ruining this country.
I found the second to last sentence quite interesting. "The domestic partners could be man and woman, man and man or woman and woman". Surprised me. First time I can remember seeing anything about any organization offering benefits to domestic partners of the opposite sex. Usual response is that if they want benefits, they have the ability to get married. That is the logic offered also for giving benefits to same sex domestic partners (that they can not get married and get them). So if I read this right, they would offer benefits to a teacher that is living with their other sex boyfriend or girlfriend ??? As an aside, why do married couples get a tax break? I could see it if the fact that two live in one household reduces the per person price of government services such as fire/police protection, roads, sidewalks, etc. But if that is the reason, why shouldn't roommates living together in a house or apartment (I am talking just friends here ... not partners) get the same tax break. Just wondering.
On Wisconsin unemployment rate at 7.1 percent
Saw this article yesterday and told my wife there would be lots of comments from both sides blaming the other side. Looked and no comments. Puzzled until looked again and saw article was only two minutes old at that time. Thanks all for not disappointing. BTW, did you notice the article in MSNBC yesterday that Wisconsin is the 5th worst state to retire in due to temperature and high taxes. So guess that would be Walker's fault, or Obama's fault, or Doyle's fault .... depends which way your mind is already made up.BTW, Oregon was the worst due to temperature, high taxes, and a higher cost of living. FYI
On Poll finds support for school-funding increase
AllSeeingEye: To answer your question, my assessment and property taxes on my Wisconsin property went down the last 2 years. My assessment went down on my Illinois property and my taxes went up (not only did not stay the same but increased both as a percent and a total figure). Property tax on my Illinois property is divided between 9 different taxing bodies. Every single one of them increased the percent and total amount. Draw your own conclusions.
On Senators discuss changing background checks bill
I am a lifetime NRA member. I fear the slippery slope as does the NRA which ends up driving opposition to what some would say are "common sense" laws. That said: WHY can anyone buy a gun over the internet? That would seem to be the easiest place for a felon to get one. I am not opposed to background checks at gun shows --AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT BECOME A BACK DOOR GUN OWNER REGISTRATION. Hire a dealer to bring in the computer and software to do the checks same day. Not opposed to background checks at dealers --AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT BECOME A BACK DOOR GUN OWNER REGISTRATION. I am opposed to felons being turned away by background checks and then NOT prosecuted for the crime of trying to purchase a gun as a felon. I am dismayed by the limited efforts for mental health care improvement. ACLU -- freedom --etc ...and 3 dead now outside of South Wayne at the hands of a mentally ill person who the parents were concerned with but did not fit the required parameters to lock him up for his safety and that of others. BTW --- Do Not Think For A Minute That There Is Not Already A Back Door Gun Owner Registration In Place. I do not think for a minute that someone in government somewhere does not have a list of the guns I have purchased over the years at dealers since background checks have been in place. If you think for a minute that the government is destroying those records as required by law ... I have some ocean property in Arizona to sell you.
On Ryan sees health reform failure as GOP opportunity
Sorry folks. Need to make a slight correction to my May 5th 8:11 a.m. post. I forgot to add the senators and President in so actually it was 435 + 100 + 1 = 536 politicians who were given political cover by the plot I believe hatched by both parties last fall to have a committee of 12 come up with an up/down vote proposal to avoid the sequester. So 536-12 got the cover of saying "Not my fault, the committee did not give me a proposal to vote on". And for those of you that bemoan the big money spent on lobbyists on either side ... I say hogwash. Ultimately it is these 536 politicians that are taking these bribes and voting for what is best for their long term lucrative careers instead of the good of this country. IMHO
dustyd: 8:32 a.m. comment. You mean like stopping the White House tours ... Deliberately causing main delays at airports until both sides of Congress fixed that so they could get out of town for another week off and the President signed it even though he said he would not. Both sides keep playing games and neither could care less about the vast majority of the American public. IMO
pharm: Your 7:55 pm post of an opinion post. I have the following problem with it. The threat of sequester was SUPPOSED to be the poison pill that would force both sides to come together to create a plan. It did NOT. Did not surprise me. My belief was and is that the gang of 12 (3 senators and 3 congressmen from each party) was a dog and pony show. I told my wife before they even started meeting that they would not come up with a plan for Congress to do an up or down vote on. It was actually a wise plot (not for the American people but for the politicians). 12 instead of 435 elected officials take responsibility (some were not running for reelection in 2012). When they failed, it gave the other 423 cover to say "I would have voted for a plan but the 12 did not come up with one". So I take exception with the opinion piece contention that if the sequester was lifted, Congress would act like adults. If they did, the sequester would not have happened.
The AHCA will have to stand on its own and be judged by its success or failure now that the more difficult parts are going into effect. No Republicans voted for it. Democrats voted for it to see what was in it. Still finding out. Should not be the political exemptions being made. Should apply to everyone including Congress. If it is successful despite a top Democratic sponsor, Senator Max Bacchus, saying implentation will be a train wreck, the Democrats will be in power for years to come. If not successful, they will lose that power. If so, I hope an alternative plan is already written and will be read and discussed in detail before being voted on late some Christmas eve. Seems all both parties want to do is point fingers and blame the other while ignoring the people they are supposed to represent.
On Ryan, Walker headline Wisconsin GOP convention
I agree with patriotsal regarding being done with both parties. I find them to be revolting. I want a middle of the road person to vote for in the fall but only end up with far left or far right because the moderates do not make it past their own primary.
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