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Douglas Administration announces cuts

first_imgSecretary Lunderville’s Letter to Legislative leaders over the failure to reach agreement on state budget cuts.Secretary Lunderville’s LetterGeneral Fund RescissionPlan #2General Fund Rescission Plan #2 NarrativeSEE ALSO BELOWkeep:AFDETA FY 2009 – resc #2 by Dept – web versionFY 2009 APPROPRIATIONS BY DEPARTMENTGeneral Fund RescissionPlan #2 12/15/08 CommentsSecretary of administration (62,123)Information and innovation (30,946)Finance and management (71,686)Libraries (29,939)Tax (65,000)Buildings and general services (33,368)Executive office (71,500)Legislative council (30,000)Legislature (180,000)Legislative information technology (5,000)Joint fiscal committee (10,000)Auditor of accounts (39,362)State treasurer (67,000)State labor relations board (16,498)VOSHA review board (2,003)Municipal tax – homeowner rebate (1,100,000)Attorney general (346,179)Vermont court diversion (45,794)Judiciary pendingMilitary (290,692)Criminal justice training council (35,146)Agriculture, food and markets (328,750)Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration (23,408)Secretary of state (132,444)Human rights commission (23,437)AHS – secretary’s office (60,000)Secretary’s office – Global Commitment (5,344,498)Office of Vermont health access (193,124)Health (155,000) further reductions in Global Commitment (see box)Mental Health 0 further reductions in Global Commitment (see box)Department for children and families (2,602,000)further reductions in Global Commitment (see box)Disabilities, aging and independent living 0 further reductions in Global Commitment (see box)Corrections (296,514)Labor (98,427)Education department (691,870)University of Vermont (1,530,853)Vermont public television (49,097)Vermont state colleges (992,431)Vermont interactive television (66,880)Vermont student assistance corporation (766,151)ANR – central office (197,471)Fish and wildlife (393,835)Forests, parks and recreation (441,440)Environmental conservation (854,979)Natural resources board (73,366)STATE OF VERMONT – FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2GF reduction portion of GlobalCommitment flows through todepartments as follows:VDOH $ 585,970DMH $2,296,229DCF $ 276,420DAIL $2,185,879Total $5,344,498keep:AFDETA FY 2009 – resc #2 by Dept – web versionFY 2009 APPROPRIATIONS BY DEPARTMENTGeneral Fund RescissionPlan #2 12/15/08 CommentsSTATE OF VERMONT – FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2ACCD – administration (130,000)Housing and community affairs (30,000)Economic development (295,544)Tourism and marketing (180,700)Vermont council on the arts (23,919)Vermont symphony orchestra (5,363)Vermont historical society (36,313)Vermont humanities council (8,136)5% salary reduction for executive branch exempt employeeswhose annual salaries are above $60,000. (225,251)Sub-Total GF Rescission Plan #2 (18,783,437)Other fund transfers and reversions to benefit the GFFrom Prop Transfer Tax – additional 8% redux in RegionalPlanning grants ($228,872) and 50% redux in MunicipalPlanning grants ($408,700) (637,572)From Next Generation Fund (278,000)Grand Total Rescission Plan #2 (19,699,009)STATE OF VERMONT – FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 – IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 1 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 – IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.001.Secretary of administration – secretary’s officeThe Secretary’s office will reduce spending authority for Regional Marketing Plan grants by $50,000 and exhaust the vacancy savings associated with the personnel change in the Secretary of Administration position. Current year RMP obligations will be fulfilled through prior year unallocated balances that will be reverted in the budget adjustment act and given back to the program. This mitigates any negative program effects for the current fiscal year but eliminates the use of prior year funds for recipient proposals.Sec. 2.002.Information and innovation – communications and information technologyThe Department of Information and Innovation is reducing General Fund spending in its Telecommunications Broadband program by $8,709. Reductions will be made to travel and other operating expenses to meet the rescission target. The proposed cuts should not have a significant impact on the program.Sec. 2.003.Information and innovation – Vermont information technology leaders (VITL)The Department of Information and Innovation is proposing a $22,237 General Fund reduction in the Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) appropriation. This should have minimal effect since there are other funding sources available.Sec. 2.004.Finance and management – budget and managementBudget and Management will receive no appropriation reduction. Surplus cash from the VISION internal service fund will be directly applied to the General Fund to cover its allocation. This cash transfer will mitigate any negative program effects for this division.Sec. 2.009.LibrariesSavings will be achieved through: terminating the software maintenance contract with Symquest; moving Library board meetings from bimonthly to quarterly; implementing a new photocopier contract; reducing periodical subscriptions, postage & printing and reducing phone & property maintenance expenditures. These reductions increase the departments risk that operations will be less efficient if their computer system experiences any problems, and there will be fewer periodical collections available.Sec. 2.010.TaxSavings will be achieved through vacancy savings, and there should be minimal impact to the departments operations.Sec. 2.012.Buildings and general services – engineeringBGS will charge payroll expenses associated with capital projects to capital funds. This mitigates any negative impacts to the division but leaves less capital money for materials purchases. It forces the department to more strictly prioritize capital expenditures.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 2 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.013.Buildings and general services – information centersBGS will close three rest areas on Rte.89 (Highgate, Sharon-South, and Randolph-North) and one rest area on Rte. 91 (Hartford-North) on February 01, 2009. There will be minimal impact on the traveling public because of proximity to exits with full services available.Sec. 2.026.Executive office governors officeOne position will be eliminated ($21,000), vacancy savings will be increased ($47,000), and equipment purchases will be reduced ($3,500). Impact will be managed by reallocating workload.Sec. 2.028.Legislative councilSavings will be achieved through vacancy savings.Sec. 2.029.LegislatureSavings will be achieved by reducing operating expenses and personal service contracts.Sec. 2.030.Legislative information technologySavings will be achieved by reducing operating expenses.Sec. 2.031.Joint fiscal committeeSavings will be achieved through vacancy savings.Sec. 2.034.Auditor of accountsThe auditors office is planning to fund the $39,362 reduction from reduced expenditures from their internal service fund due to unanticipated savings in personal service contracts.Sec. 2.035.State treasurerAchieving these savings will require the elimination of three staff positions, based on allocation of costs to the General Fund and the time remaining in the fiscal year. The Treasurers Office plans to re-align its office structure although there will be impacts on response time to state agencies, vendors, and external customers.Sec. 2.039.State labor relations boardThe Board is using its carryforward from FY 2008 to cover the FY 2009 rescission. In addition, they have found savings such as reducing postage costs by 26% and printing costs by 56% through more use of electronic media, and insuring training costs are fully covered by participant fees for training programs.Sec. 2.040.VOSHA review boardVOSHAs $2,003 General Fund reduction results in a loss of another $2,003 in Federal Funds due to match requirements. VOSHA can backfill the reduction with carryforward for the remainder of FY 2009.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 3 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.041.Homeowner RebateThe projected program surplus will be returned to the General Fund.Sec. 2.101.Attorney generalThe Attorney Generals Office is using the balance left over from the amount of Special Funds set aside for the renovations to its office space to cover the General Fund rescission.Sec. 2.102.Vermont court diversionCourt Diversion has earned interest in the Court Diversion Special Fund; this will be used to cover this rescission amount.Sec. 2.105.JudiciaryReductions pending notification from Judiciary.Sec. 2.116.Military – administrationThe Military will reduce base budget for office supplies and travel, and will use FY 2008 General Fund carryforward.Sec. 2.117.Military – air service contractActivation of the 24/7 Alert Mission will save $100,000 in General Funds during FY 2009 due to an increase in Federal Funds participation in this program.Sec. 2.119.Military – building maintenanceThe Military has requested a replacement of $50,000 in General Funds with Federal Funds to cover utilities expenses.Sec. 2.120.Military – veterans’ affairsAn office management position with responsibility for the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph will be held vacant until the end of FY 2009 and other General Fund cemetery-related expenses will be paid for from the Special Fund/Cemetery receipts.Sec. 2.122.Criminal justice training councilThe Council will reduce contract expenses for health/stress management instruction and will look for in-house expertise to cover this block of instruction; eliminate a field training officer course by utilizing an in-state cadre of instructors; delay the train-the-trainer course; and reduce operating expenses.Sec. 2.123.Agriculture, food and markets – administrationAgriculture Administrations rescission will be accomplished through a reduction in personal services which will have some impact on services.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 4 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.124.Agriculture, food and markets – food safety and consumer protectionThis portion of the Agriculture rescission will be achieved through a reduction in personal services. The impact will be minimized by a redistribution of the workload in this division.Sec. 2.125.Agriculture, food and markets – agricultural developmentAgriculture Development will reduce personal service contracts by $30,000 and Organic Transition funding by $10,000. This will have a minor impact on services.Sec. 2.126.Agriculture, food and markets – laboratories, agricultural resource management and environmental stewardshipThis division will reduce Nutrient Management Planning Implementation grants by $148,800 and Basin Planning grants to the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts by $25,000. The division will reduce personal services to achieve the remainder of the savings. There will be an impact on services.Sec. 2.134.Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration – health care administrationBISCHA will reduce operating expenses by $23,408 which will have a minimal impact on the delivery of services.Sec. 2.135.Secretary of stateThe Secretary of State will achieve these savings by delaying projects related to the implementation of the Vermont State Archives and Records program. This could result in the elimination of positions and will reduce the level of support to other departments within state government.Sec. 2.141.Human rights commissionReductions will be made by reducing staff hours, and reducing legal and consultant contracts, food, books and periodicals. Carryforward balances will be used to offset these reductions. Any reduction in staff hours will slow the pace of pending and future investigations and will reduce the level of services to Vermont citizens.Sec. 2.201.Agency of human services – secretary’s officeVermont Legal Aid:This rescission represents only the grant from AHS to Vermont Legal Aid and is not their entire funding base. The reduction will result in less staff time at Vermont Legal Aid, resulting in further prioritization of cases.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 5 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.202.Secretary’s office – Global CommitmentThe Global Commitment (GC) appropriation in the Secretarys office is being reduced by $5,344,498. However, the reductions flow through to other departments within the Agency; see the impact statements shown below by department.Sec. 2.206.Office of Vermont health access – administrationEliminate chiropractic coverage:Chiropractic coverage is optional under federal rules; however, the Legislature required OVHA to reinstitute reimbursement for chiropractic coverage in SFY 09. Chiropractic coverage is mandated for private health insurers in the state, and the recent legislative change put state Medicaid policies on the same footing. When the state mandate is removed, Medicaid participants would receive essential services from their primary care physician.Sec. 2.211.Health – administration and supportTele-psychiatry Pilot ProgramThis would eliminate a new program supported by a one time appropriation intended for children’s mental health services in Federally Qualified Health Centers. This initiative included a commitment by the UVM College of Medicine to use this program to enhance clinical training for child psychiatry residents and improve access to care for children and adolescents living in rural areas of Vermont.Sec. 2.216.Health – public healthImmunization Program for AdultsThis $4 million program is in its second year and was instituted as part of the Health Care Reform Act of 2007. A reduction of $1,000,000 will be absorbed by eliminating HPV vaccine for women over 18. This will preserve access to HPV vaccines for children under 18, and to adult vaccines of greatest importance to the public’s health, PPV 23, TDaP, and Hep A and B.Blueprint ProjectSavings will be realized by reductions in personal service contracts, IT and publications.” Personal Services contracts ($45,000 GC) This line item was intended for a contactor to evaluate health statistics.” IT ($31,500 GC) – Actual grant awards to communities to enhance their IT systems were lower than the budgeted amount.” Publications/Printing ($30,000 GC) The original line item was $40,000. This line item is being reduced with the expectation that there will not be any large print jobs in FY 2009.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 6 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.217.Health – alcohol and drug abuse programsStudent Assistance ProgramFunding will be eliminated to 5 schools out of a total of 101 schools budgeted in FY 2009. Grants have not yet been processed; award letters have gone out, but grant execution is not complete.Outpatient Treatment SavingsSavings are based upon FY 2009 Year-To-Date underutilization trends for outpatient grant services delivered by ADAPs Preferred Providers.Sec. 2.219.Mental health – mental healthDesignated Agency NetworkThe Department of Mental Health is proposing a 4% reduction in the current allocation to the Designated Agency Network, which will result in an 8% reduction in funding for the second half of FY 2009. This will have an impact on the delivery of mental health services. The Department has agreed to work with the Designated Agency providers to minimize the impact on the delivery of services to consumers by allowing the providers flexibility, subject to approval, on how they implement these reductions.Second Spring RecoupmentThe Residential Recovery program in Williamstown, Second Spring, had lower census in FY 2008 than budgeted in addition to vacancies in professional staff. The resulting un-needed revenue will be recouped in FY 2009. This is a one-time savings as the program has now developed to a near capacity population and will likely use all funds in this year.Adult and CRT Caseload Reduction; Projected Underutilization in Adult Services;Waiver /PNMI; and Child Residential Length of StayCurrently, the program trends are showing underutilization of services. The amounts contained in this rescission represent the savings related to the underutilization. The rescission also includes a $100,000 reduction for length-of-stay (LOS) which falls in line with current practice.Sec. 2.221.Department for children and families – administration & support servicesReduction of Operating Expenses Across the Board – To achieve the $150,000 reduction the Department will reduce expenditures in travel, supplies, and other discretionary categories.Sec. 2.222.Department for children and families – family servicesReduce Substitute Care Budget – The number of children in substitute care has decreased in the past two years, both as a result of demographics and as a result of significant practice changes. This reduction is reflective of the current trend line.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 7 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.223.Department for children and families – child developmentChild Development Grants and Contracts – These reductions of $100,000 include public outreach grants regarding child care, funding for peer support networks for child care providers, and several other small grants connected to playgroups.Non-implementation of the Child Care Fee Scale Eligibility Change – The Legislature added $852,000 to the FY 2009 budget to fund a January adjustment to the child care subsidy eligibility guidelines, moving the criteria from the Federal FY 1999 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to the Federal FY 2000 FPL. There has been pressure from the federal government to update these criteria. This was intended to be an incremental adjustment scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2009. This adjustment will be delayed.Building Bright Futures District Directors – This will eliminate the 12 district directors by March 1, 2009. This will curtail efforts to create a unified system of care, education, and health care for Vermonts youngest citizens.Sec. 2.228.Department for children and families – reach upReach Up Grants and Support Services – Phase IReduction of $400,000 in Support Services – Each Reach Up case manager has available a pool of dollars to assist people in addressing specific barriers to employment. In Vermont, transportation is the largest barrier and consumes much of the Support Services line item. This reduction would reduce the amount of support services per client on average to $175 from $200.Reduction of $200,000 in Grants – These grants were part of the new funds allocated a couple of years ago following the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act, but they were never spent because of caseload overages. Because of the continued budget shortfall, we have not committed these dollarsReductions in Reach Up Support Services – Phase II – $300,000While the TANF caseload is up as a whole, the post secondary population is trending downward; therefore less funding is needed.Sec. 2.230.Department for children and families – office of economic opportunityIndividual Development Accounts and Micro Business Grants The Department is suspending any additional commitments to these programs; the uncommitted funds available for rescission are estimated to be $150,000.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 8 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.239.Disabilities, aging and independent living – developmental servicesDesignated Agency NetworkThe Department is proposing a 4% reduction in the current allocation to the Designated Agency Network, which will result in an 8% reduction in funding for the second half of FY 2009. This will have an impact on the delivery of developmental services. The Department has agreed to work with the Designated Agency providers to minimize the impact on the delivery of services to consumers by allowing the providers flexibility, subject to approval, on how they implement these reductions.Sec. 2.244.Corrections- correctional servicesThe 48 bed increase at Northern State Correctional Facility, and the accompanying reduction in out of state bed use (Sec. 2.245) will have a net savings of $177,845. The consolidation of smaller district probation and parole field offices includes the elimination of two anticipated vacant positions. There should be minor impact on services.Sec. 2.245.Corrections – correctional services- out-of state-bedsSee explanation above (Sec.2.244).Sec. 2.302.Labor – programs$20,000 of General Fund savings is due to vacancy turnover and operating efficiencies within the Wage & Hour program. There are no negative program impacts from these savings.$8,000 of General Fund savings will be distributed as modest grant reductions to each of the 12 Workforce Investment Boards. The WIBs will mitigate any negative impacts through the use of prior year unobligated cash balances.$70,427 will come from decreasing the number of Workforce Employment & Training grants. This will result in approximately 100 less people receiving services. Businesses are reluctant to train new employees given the current economic environment hence most of the WET Funds are not being used or are being returned by employers.Sec. 2.305.Education – finance and administrationThe department will reduce miscellaneous operating expenses by $12,439 and manage to the money by reducing employee meetings, travel and supplies, etc.Sec. 2.306.Education – education servicesThe department will reduce miscellaneous operating expenses and manage to the money by reducing employee meetings, travel and supplies, etc. Administrative savings will come from internalizing the Teacher Quality Initiative within the department and adding Maine to the multi-state NECAP agreement. Furthermore, the department will receive a refund from the NECAP program due to increased economies in the testing program. Further General Fund savings will come from shifting payroll costs onto various Special Funds &STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 9 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Federal Funds and the residual vacancy savings associated with the Commissioner position. Early Education Initiative grants will be reduced 3.8% statewide leading to an approximate $1,151 reduction per service provider. The grants for students competing in national competitions will be eliminated. The remaining funding will come from a cash transfer from the Conference Fee Special Fund.Sec. 2.309.Education – adult education and literacyThe $102,229 reduction will come from a decrease in statewide activities such as program marketing. Administrative and local Adult Education & Literacy positions may be reduced resulting in a loss of capacity to serve students. This would cause the program to develop or extend waiting lists for services.Sec. 2.321.University of Vermont50% of the Universitys General Fund reduction will be distributed across academic and administrative units, 25% will be allocated to the medical school and 25% will be allocated to the Extension program & Agriculture Related Services. These entities will be required to manage to the reductions via reduced operating expenses, prior year surpluses, vacancy savings, etc. A portion of the 50% reduction will come from student financial aid but that amount will be minimized to the greatest extent possible.Sec. 2.322.University of Vermont- Morgan Horse FarmThe University has requested that this appropriation be eliminated. The Morgan Horse Farm can easily absorb this reduction given a recent private donation for over $1 million.Sec. 2.323.Vermont public televisionThe hiring freeze from the last rescission will include the previously exempted grant writer position. This will negatively impact VPTs revenues. New episodes of local based programming will be frozen and fewer live-on-location broadcasts will be feasible. This may lead to a reduction in viewers as programming becomes stale. As VPT loses its viewer base it simultaneously loses its fundraising base thereby putting future revenues from such activities at risk. Overtime will be restricted to technical emergencies and travel expenditures will be reduced.Sec. 2.324.Vermont state collegesThe General Fund reduction will be spread across the five colleges and the Chancellors office with savings based upon each entitys institutional priorities. In general, VSC will look to eliminate the renewal of temporary employment contracts, hold open unfilled positions, reallocate workloads, reduce reserves, use prior year unobligated surpluses, defer or cancel purchases, place a moratorium on all travel, and reduce energy costs.Sec. 2.325Vermont state colleges – allied healthIn general, VSC will look to eliminate the renewal of temporary employment contracts, hold open unfilled positions, reallocate workloads, reduce reserves, use prior year unobligated surpluses, defer or cancel purchases, place a moratorium on all travel and reduce energy costs.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 10 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.326.Vermont interactive televisionVIT will reduce part-time staff by 33%, equipment repair by 5% and increase its sales revenue by 5% in order to absorb the rescission reduction. This increases the risk that services will be negatively impacted should equipment malfunctions occur or staff is unavailable during demanded hours. Increasing sales revenue will be difficult given the risk that services may not be available.Sec. 2.327.Vermont student assistance corporationThis rescission will result in approximately 9,000 Vermont students receiving less in second semester VSAC incentive grants than they were originally awarded. Revised award letters will be issued to the grant recipients and affected students will have a payable balance at their school equal to the grant reduction.Sec. 2.401.Agency of natural resources – administrationANRs Central Office will reduce four positions and hold another vacant ($125,000). A contract with UVM to evaluate opportunities for carbon offsets will be reduced ($60,471); research to date has not shown strong prospects for carbon offsets.Sec. 2.402.Connecticut river watershed advisory commissionANR will reduce the grant to the Connecticut River Joint Commissions to the FY 2007 level (a reduction of $12,000). The grantee should seek an alternate grant from the Fish and Wildlife watershed grant program.Sec. 2.406.Fish and wildlife – support and field servicesThe Department will make the following reductions: contracts for land management assistance ($25,500); wildlife temporary employees doing data collection and assistance to private landowners ($34,890); one-time infrastructure maintenance delay in hatcheries ($26,800); one-time delay upgrading fish sampling equipment ($23,200); law enforcement vehicle purchases ($75,000); warden overtime ($30,745); travel ($40,000); maintain two vacant warden positions ($124,310); adjustment to fuel cost at hatcheries ($10,390); and printing ($3,000).Sec. 2.408.Forests, parks and recreation – administrationThe Department is returning a fleet vehicle expected to generate savings of $3,259.Sec. 2.409.Forests, parks and recreation – forestryRescission amount includes the elimination of the recognition dinner at the annual fire warden meetings ($10,000). A Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Public Service will provide $5,000 for a Fuel Use Survey. Forestry will leverage F&W Federal Funds by performing work requested by F&W ($80,000).Sec. 2.410.Forests, parks and recreation – state parksParks will reduce seasonal maintenance employees ($16,667), advertising work will be brought in-house ($10,000), specific known timber sales revenue will be used ($150,000),STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 11 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08parks rules-based fees will be increased to compensate for inflation ($75,000), and one-time funds will be used ($35,000).Sec. 2.411.Forests, parks and recreation – lands administrationMileage on fleet vehicle will be reduced ($500). The survey section will access one-time alternative sources for reimbursement, and tap federal legacy project funding ($20,000).Sec. 2.413.Forests, parks and recreation – forest highway maintenanceParks Forest Highway work will be deferred ($36,014).Sec. 2.414.Environmental conservation – management and support servicesThe Department will eliminate four filled positions ($54,369); this will require reprioritization and realignment of duties, but core program needs will continue to be met.Sec. 2.415.Environmental conservation – air and waste managementThe Department will eliminate two vacant positions ($55,671); this will require reprioritization and realignment of duties, but core program needs will continue to be met.Sec. 2.416.Environmental conservation – office of water programsThe Department will eliminate six vacant positions ($334,596) and filled positions will be reduced by one ($3,343). This will require reprioritization and realignment of duties, but core program needs will continue to be met. A reduction to general operating expenses ($20,000) and a reduction in pass-through agreements will also be made ($57,000).ANR – DECCarryforward from a one-time appropriation to develop electronic permitting capacity (2007Act 65 Sec. 274(a)(1)(B)) will be reduced by $330,000. This system has achieved some of its core goals and deferral of continuing this work has less impact than other possible reductions within the agency.Sec. 2.418.Natural resources boardThe Natural Resources Board will relast_img read more

Tourism must benefit all, says St Lucia senator

first_img Share 16 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Image via: grabnext.comCASTRIES, Saint Lucia — Joining nations across the globe celebrating World Tourism Day on Tuesday, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Senator Allen Chastanet reminded tourism stakeholders across the country of the huge responsibility they have of ensuring that tourism continues to deliver benefits “not just to shareholders in boardrooms but to the average man and woman in the street.”“We cannot rest on our laurels,” asserted Chastanet. Even though Saint Lucia’s tourism industry has demonstrated tremendous resilience in tough times, “as a nation we must move to another level of accountability and growth.”Chastanet said Saint Lucian hoteliers and industry captains must continue to work hard and with passion: “We have a nation depending on us, and as our government works tirelessly to improve infrastructure, like building roads, improving airports and seaports, and maintaining airlift from major markets, we need all hands on deck to create new economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for all Saint Lucians.” “Our Creole culture, warm and friendly people, sumptuous cuisine and a beautiful natural environment, including the Pitons mountains, are natural blessings — but we must continue to refresh and revive the visitor experience,” he declared. Chastanet also spoke of the new village tourism concept designed to accentuate local culture, provide jobs and benefit communities such as Dennery, Soufrière, Gros Islet and Anse La Raye. “We must improve the village life of our island because it is the people of Saint Lucia who make this nation an incredible place to visit — and to live.” World Tourism Day 2011 is being held under the theme Tourism — Linking Cultures.This year’s theme is a celebration of tourism’s role in linking together the cultures of the world through travel. With millions of people travelling the world each year, never before have so many people been to so many places, nor been so exposed to other cultures. This interaction between individuals and communities, and their diverse cultures, leads to tolerance, respect and mutual understanding – the building blocks for a more peaceful world.“World Tourism Day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of tourism to global well-being,” noted United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “As we travel, let us engage with other cultures and celebrate human diversity. On this observance, let us recognize tourism as a force for a more tolerant, open and united world,” he added. Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Tourism must benefit all, says St Lucia senator by: – September 29, 2011last_img read more

SBC Bookies’ Corner – First Take on Russia 2018’s World Cup cast

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Privet comrades, SBC’s Bookies Corner returns with industry stakeholders giving their first opinion on Russia 2018’s World Cup cast.Which teams have impressed bookmakers during the qualifying stages? Who are the current tournament favourites? Which failed teams will be missed most by bookmakers and will England roar or wimp out of another major football tournament? SBC gets the initial Russia 2018 lowdown…._______________________ SBC: With qualifiers concluded, will bookmakers be happy with the final 32-teams starring in Russia 2018? Furthermore, Which non-qualified team will bookmakers miss the most at World Cup 2018?Katie Baylis, (Betfair Media Relations Manager): Obviously a lack of home nations qualified for Russia 2018 is disappointing, however, it’s not necessarily unusual for that to be the case for a World Cup tournament and clearly there will still be huge punter interest in Russia 2018 regardless.Not having Italy or Holland on board also dilutes some of the top tier betting markets, and bookmakers will further miss the USA and Chile who are popular draws.let’s lets not forget that we still have Messi , Ronaldo , Neymar and maybe Phil Jones to keep us entertained!SBC: Of the final 32, which team has impressed bookmakers the most. Does qualifying performance matter, with regards to actual World Cup performance?   Michael Herry, (Kambi Head of Football): It will come as no surprise to hear that the teams at the top of the betting market impressed the most during qualifying with not much to choose between the leading quartet of Germany, Brazil, Spain and France. Out of those sides, I like the look of France, who topped a tough qualifying group featuring Sweden, Netherlands and Bulgaria. The losing 2016 European Championship finalists also have a very strong squad with the likes of Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann providing strength from front to back, with a strong bench to call upon.Next in the betting are Argentina, who were very disappointing in qualifying, needing a Messi hat-trick in the final qualifying match against Ecuador to secure their ticket to the finals. Despite finishing 13 points behind Brazil in the CONMEBOL group, Argentina are as short as 7/1 to lift the FIFA World Cup Trophy next year and make little appeal. Belgium also feature near the top of the book at around 12/1 and while their first 11 is perhaps as good as any, I believe they lack the strength in depth to deal sufficiently with any injuries to star players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard or Romelu Lukaku. Belgium were the joint-top scorers in European qualifying with 43 goals, but 32 of those came against Gibraltar, Cyprus and Estonia, and tougher tests await in Russia.In African qualifying, I was impressed by both Morocco and Nigeria, with the latter my dark horse for the tournament at fancy three-digit prices. Nigeria have a squad full of Premier League experience with Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel likely to play important roles in Russia. They recently beat Argentina 4-2, and although this was only a mid-season friendly, Nigeria will be the team other countries will want to avoid when they are drawn from Pot 4 next month.All that said, it’s important to not put too much emphasis on qualifying form as a lot can happen before the first games on 14 June. Come kick-off, the majority of teams will not have played a competitive match for eight months, while we also have to consider the outcome of the draw and the potential for influential players to pick-up injuries that rule them out of the tournament. An injury to Neymar Jr. or De Bruyne, for instance, would impact their respective team’s chances of glory. As per usual, betting volumes for the World Cup will pick-up following the end of the domestic seasons in Europe, building up to what we expect will be the biggest turnover event of all time.SBC: With just under 8 months to go until Russia 2018, what type of unique factors and dynamics do trading teams weigh up, when pricing World Cup favourites?John Hill (PR Coral UK): Given the World Cup is in Russia next summer, it is no surprise that seven of the top nine in the betting for from Europe. The form of France, Germany and Brazil has been outstanding over the last couple of years therefore they look to be the three leading teams at the tournament. France went close to winning Euro 2016 and have a squad to admire, Germany always knock on the door at major tournaments and Brazil have been built well since they were embarrassed by Germany at the last World Cup.Although England qualified with ease, we are still happy to take them on as their record in major finals since 2010 has been very poor. We expect patriotic money to arrive next summer so it would be no surprise if they were our biggest liability once again.The draw for the tournament is obviously going to have an affect on the outright market. Looking at the seeds though, it is difficult to pinpoint what could be a group of death so the majority of the teams in the top two pots will be expected to qualify for the last 16.SBC: A glorious summer of youth football saw England win the under-20 World Cup and under-19 European Championships…Surely Gareth Southgate’s mighty lions will bring ’football home’ next summer?  Alex Apati (Ladbrokes PR): The patriotic punter will be delighted to know we’ve trimmed odds of England winning the World Cup to 20/1 in the last few weeks, while we’re currently the third most-backed team in the tournament for the trophy!And with so much hype around the Young Lions at the moment, six players aged 21 or under are priced at 3/1 or shorter for a place in Southgate’s 23 man squad for Russia.Solid performances against Germany and Brazil this month have certainly given fans reason to feel confident. As promising as those results were, England failed to score in both of those games. So one for the pessimists: England NOT to score in Russia is currently 25/1!We’re expecting England to go off at around about the 16/1 mark by the time the first ball is kicked and that’ll be because of the interest we’re likely to see from home supporters as we edge closer towards the end of the season and attention turns solely to the World Cup.______________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information… Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020last_img read more