Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting

first_imgSuperior Court: Home Verification Officer Agreement with Deputy Kelly WilliamsCounty Surveyor’s Office Collective Bargaining AgreementCommissioners:  Termination of Sublease between SEZ Holdings, LLC and Vanderburgh County civic center AGENDA Of The Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersJuly 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm, in Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Purchasing: Permission to Advertise Bids for Vehicle Batteries for Various DepartmentsFirst Reading of County Right-of-Way Buried Communication Lines OrdinanceFinal Reading of CO.07-19-018: Amending Advisory Board on Disability ServicesFinal Reading of CO.07-19-019: Use of Credit CardsHealth DepartmentImmunization Nurse Contract with Satchell SullivanCourier and Press Contract for Baby and Me Tobacco Free Awareness Campaign Department Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessConsent ItemsApproval of June 25, 2019 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes County Auditor: Claims Voucher Reports 6/24/19-6/28/19 and 7/1/19-7/5/19County Treasurer: May 2019 monthly ReportSheriff: Request to surplus 1997 Ford F-150County Engineer:Department ReportHighway 41 Expansion TIF Pay Request No. 62 for $76,850University Parkway TIF Pay Requests No. 51 for $20,485.94center_img Public CommentAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

THE STATE OF THE UNION – AS USUAL

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganBY Rick McKeeIf you missed the president’s final State of the Union message Tuesday night, don’t worry.It might have been billed as historic, but you didn’t miss much.There were no surprises. No shocks. No awe. Nothing historic or memorable.It was the usual Obama setup — “We have to find a way to come together, end the government gridlock and make America better and stronger” — followed by the implication that Washington isn’t working the way it should because Republicans in Congress are mean, stubborn or stupid.In seven years Obama hasn’t changed the country, not for the better anyway. He hasn’t changed his leadership style, either.Remember back in 2009, three days after he was sworn in, when Barack Obama, his egocentric advisers and the congressional leaders of both parties met to discuss how to frame a gigantic stimulus bill working its way through Congress?That’s when Obama famously said to Republican Whip Eric Cantor, “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.”We didn’t know it then, but that snippy quip betrayed a lot about the way the hope-and-change president plays ball.It’s my football, damn it, and if you’re not going to play the way I want, I’m going to take my ball and go home.Obama has run his administration for seven years with that “I won, you lost and I get what I want” game plan.He’s right. There is a great divide between the two parties in Washington.He ought to know, because he’s as much to blame for it as anyone.It’s hard to find an example where he was willing to sit down and come to terms with conservatives and Republicans in Congress.And how many times did he go home after he didn’t get what he wanted from Congress and sign an executive action that got him what he wanted?My father looked at politics like a football game, too. But he understood throwing Hail Marys all the time wasn’t a winning strategy.He knew you actually had to move down the field slowly and if you got 10 yards each play, eventually you’d reach the end zone.The great liberal-conservative political divide that supposedly harms our country is not going to be closed between now and November. It’ll have to start with whoever the new leader is in January of 2017.Whoever it is, the next president will have to act a lot more like Ronald Reagan and a lot less like Barack Obama.My father disagreed greatly with Tip O’Neill and Ted Kennedy, but he always looked at the big picture. He was always asking, “How can we work together to get this done?”If Ronald Reagan doesn’t sit down with Tip, we don’t get the tax break of 1981.If Bill Clinton doesn’t sit down with Newt Gingrich and a Republican Congress in 1994, we don’t get welfare reform and a balanced budget.Early next year, President Trump, President Sanders or President X will be all fired up about fixing immigration.Whoever it is, when he meets with Congress he should not take the “all-or-nothing” Obama approach but do what Ronald Reagan or even Bill Clinton would do.He should bring everybody in and find areas in the immigration bill where there is bipartisan agreement.Then Congress should write a new bill covering those areas of agreement, pass it, have the president sign it and immediately begin the process of a writing a better, more comprehensive immigration bill.Everyone likes to see a long Hail Mary thrown into the end zone. But as QB Obama should have learned after seven seasons — but didn’t — they almost never win the game.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

SBCSC offering a special English-Spanish, Spanish-English Magnet program

first_img By Tommie Lee – July 28, 2020 0 391 Previous articleMichigan officials warn the time is perfect for dangerous algae bloomsNext articleKnox man arrested on suspicion of dealing testosterone Tommie Lee IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter SBCSC offering a special English-Spanish, Spanish-English Magnet program WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Pinterest Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/South Bend Community School Corporation) The South Bend Schools will offer a Spanish-English dual language immersion magnet program for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.The program will allow native Spanish and native English speakers an opportunity to maintain and develop their first language while becoming highly proficient in a second.The school corporation says the 50-50 language model was selected to offer equal support for both sides.You can learn more about the Maritza Robles Dual Language Immersion program by clicking here. Facebook WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Jeopardy Puts Contestants’ My Morning Jacket Knowledge To Work With $1000 Question

first_imgLast night, the trivia gameshow Jeopardy tested contestants’ knowledge of My Morning Jacket, providing the name of singer Jim James and asking them to identify his band. As the $1000 question in the category, “Jacket Required,” Alex Trebek read this statement to close out the category and the round: “The American Mustache Institute once interviewed, Jim James, founder of this Louisville-based alt-country band.”While we might have some questions about their classification of My Morning Jacket, we’re still into this shoutout. You can check out the clip below, which was posted on the My Morning Jacket Twitter last night.last_img

Morrisroe Touts Local Labor Organizations Endorsements

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via the Law Office of Richard J. Morrisroe.DUNKIRK – Democratic Chautauqua County Executive candidate Rich Morrisroe has announced he has received a series of endorsements from local labor organizations.“I am honored to have earned the support of my brothers and sisters in the United Auto Workers Local 2231, Laborers’ Local 621, and the Southwestern NY Building and Construction Trades,” said Morrisroe in a statment. “Organized labor is the backbone of a healthy economy and I will fight for a better tomorrow and shared prosperity for all workers every single day when I am elected County Executive.”The Morrisroe campaign has made restructuring the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) and investing in infrastructure, including working with the State Department of Transportation to make major upgrades to Route 60, top priorities for his campaign.The CCIDA is one of the worst performing IDAs in New York State when it comes to job creation and Morrisroe wants to build an IDA that provides economic incentives that benefit workers and the community, not just corporations, his campaign said. “When taxpayer dollars are used to attract a company, or used to subsidize tax incentives, that investment should be tied to living wages, local hiring provisions, and meaningful claw back clauses for companies that over promise and underdeliver on jobs and wages,” said Morrisroe.last_img read more

It’s planning season – is regulatory compliance a top priority?

first_imgWhen looking for great insights into the priorities that banks and credit unions should be focused on for 2020 and beyond, one good resource is the white papers published by the so-called Big Four professional services companies, KPMG, EY, Deloitte and PWC. These four companies audit 99% of the largest 100 companies in the world, including the largest financial institutions.One of the better reports that I have found is the PWC report titled Retail Banking 2020 – Evolution or Revolution.PWC surveyed 560 client executives from leading financial institutions across 17 markets regarding the challenges and opportunities they see for 2020 and beyond. Those priorities shook out as:Developing a customer-centric business modelOptimizing distributionSimplifying business and operating modelsObtaining an information advantageEnabling innovation and the capabilities required to foster itProactively managing risk, regulations and capitalThere’s obviously a lot there to think about in every credit union’s strategic planning, and most progressive credit unions are addressing these priorities in some form or fashion.Interestingly, when PWC probed further to identify the top three challenges for U.S. banks, regulatory compliance topped the list with 43% of banks listing it, while 35% listed “attracting customers” and 33% listed “increasing customer profitability.”And even on the list of top three investment priorities, regulatory compliance came in first again with 56% listing it, followed by “enhancing customer service” at 46% and implementing new technology at 30% in the third spot.What was even more striking is that 90% of these mostly larger bank executives believe that these priorities are important, but only 20% feel very prepared to address them.Hence the management dilemma that we each face – that is, it’s one thing to know what the challenges and opportunities are, and an entirely different matter to feel prepared to meet them.So, for credit union executives, especially for those with more limited resources, I wonder, have you made regulatory compliance one of your highest strategic priorities and if so, what are the activities, tools and resources that you plan to use to help manage risk, including compliance risk?State credit union leagues and associations have long placed regulatory advocacy and support as one of their highest priorities and CUNA has as well. And now, a lot is happening in the credit union industry with the evolution of great tools and resources for credit unions.Credit union leaders tend to look at regulatory compliance as a three-legged stool with advocacy, information and implementation tools all being important. State leagues and CUNA play a vital role in helping to coordinate advocacy efforts with the goal being to streamline, simplify or eliminate unnecessary regulations that stifle member service and create high costs of compliance. In credit unions’ plan priorities, they should be sure to emphasize their commitment to support these efforts by helping to identify issues that need attention and by getting engaged in collaborative grassroots lobbying efforts.The second leg is compliance information. State leagues all provide access to great compliance information, with over 90% of Leagues doing so through a product called InfoSight powered by a consortium of leagues who formed the company, League InfoSight. InfoSight provides affiliated credit unions with federal and state-level content on current and pending regulations with insights for setting priorities for compliance. These resources are provided as a part of membership dues. Most of these leagues also offer access to a library of model policies to help comply with regulatory demands for the associated policy language. And certainly, CUNA’s great compliance resources and content are integrated with these state league InfoSight platforms as well.What credit unions can do in this area is to make sure that they know about the resources available and take advantage of them. And equally important, provide your league with input on how well they are meeting your compliance information needs. They all want to excel in this area, and two-way communication is critical.The third leg of the compliance stool is implementation tools. Two leading products in this space are ComplySight and AffirmX. Over 300 U.S. credit unions currently use one or both of these products. Both are very different. ComplySight is a simple software product that helps inventory federal and state regulations, providing a tracking tool for internal compliance audits. It is usually most effective for credit unions who have some strong internal compliance expertise and it tends to replace spreadsheets and other do-it-yourself systems.In the case of the AffirmX Risk management service, credit unions gain access to a Risk Intel Center platform. It draws on internal data sources as well as external data to improve the way credit unions prioritize risk management and compliance tasks and remediation. The platform generates reports for internal purposes as well as for examiners who want to understand how the credit union is managing risk and compliance in particular.Both of these solutions are now owned by a CUSO called AffirmXCU, LLC. It is owned by Maryland-based servicing partner AffirmX, CU Solutions Group and five regional leagues, which include Mountain West, Maryland/DC, Cornerstone, Indiana and Connecticut. League InfoSight, a consortium of 15 state leagues, will also soon have ownership in this product-centric company.Close to 30 leagues sell and support one or both of these products, and the mission is to help credit unions of all sizes gain access to the important implementation tools for regulatory compliance and risk management.AffirmX CEO Ken Wolff has likened ComplySight to a vacuum cleaner while the AffirmX risk platform is the housekeeping service. This is an interesting analogy when thinking of how messy a job regulatory compliance can be and how every credit union should want to keep a tidy house when it comes to compliance, whether they want a do-it-yourself product like ComplySight or a more outsourced full-service platform like AffirmX.So, as credit unions approach this planning season for 2020 and beyond, I hope that all will make regulatory compliance a top priority, just as the largest banks are doing all across the U.S.And here is a great quote from the PwC Retail Banking 2020 report:“Regulators do not want banks just to be correcting mistakes, nor to be ticking boxes. Rather, they want banks to embrace regulatory intent, and create sound, secure, unbiased businesses, where regulatory compliance and sound conduct is embedded in the processes and values of everyday operations.”Nothing can be more disruptive or time-consuming for a credit union than the impact of non-compliance with important regulations or the reputational risk associated with inadequately mitigated enterprise risk.If you would like to demo one of these products, just reach out to Brandi Stankovic or Melia Heimbuck at CU Solutions Group and we can connect you with either your league partner or with a direct link to the product demo of your choice.CU Solutions Group has worked with CUNA and state leagues for over 16 years to develop and invest in great regulatory compliance tools that help credit unions succeed. We plan to double down on this important priority with our league partners to help credit unions address this and other top planning priorities in the future. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Adams Dave Adams is  President / Chief Executive Officer of CU Solutions Group. The  CUSG office is located in Livonia, Michigan.Mr. Adams joined the Michigan Credit Union League in August of … Web: www.CUSolutionsGroup.com Detailslast_img read more

Credit unions gear up for Election Day

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Arguably the most highly anticipated presidential election in decades is finally here, and voter enthusiasm is high.Early turnout in many states has smashed previous records, and Americans have already cast 70% of total votes recorded in the 2016 election, according to data from the U.S. Elections Project. Research from Gallup shows that voters are more excited to cast their ballot this year than in the last several general elections.The credit union industry has done its part to help with the democratic process. Institutions have given employees paid time off to vote and encouraged voter engagement. Trade associations have donated money and worked to elect candidates they believe will prioritize the industry’s interests.However, the divisive nature of this year’s campaign has also caused some credit unions to be cautious in anything they say about politics. And the coronavirus has forced some institutions to pull back from serving as polling places. continue reading »last_img read more

Who will Biden choose as his labor secretary?

first_imgMayor Marty WalshSpeculation is flying and some aspirants are campaigning hard for the position of labor secretary. Names being mentioned frequently include Boston Mayor Mary Walsh, Rep. Andy Levin, AFL-CIO economist Bill Spriggs, and Julie Su, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Levin, a former AFL-CIO staffer, has endorsements from the Communications Workers of America, the United Auto Workers, the Utility Workers Union of America, and National Nurses United. Walsh, a former head of the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council, has the support of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who is lobbying other labor leaders to back him. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten also praised Walsh.Sen. Bernie Sanders is actively running for the role, but President-elect Biden is reportedly trying to avoid appointing senators.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Public invitation for the Christmas Fair in Split – Advent in Split has been published

first_imgSpalatum DMC doo as the organizer of the Christmas Fair in Split 2017/18. invites all interested individuals and legal entities to submit an offer for the exhibition, presentation and sale of their products and services at the Christmas in Split 2017/18, according to the general and special conditions. in the period from December 01, 2017 to January 16, 2018 on the Riva, and from December 01, 2017 to January 07, 2018 in Đardin, King Tomislav Street, Prokurative and Ruđera Boškovića Street.This year, the entire program is longer, more precisely 45 days, due to the European Handball Championship, the program is richer, but the locations of the entire event have changed, and the exhibition prices are 15 percent more expensive than in previous years.As pointed out in the public invitation, and folding, sales and presentation include the following indigenous products and services, and presentations: Christmas products, books and multimedia, souvenir design and gifts, gastronomic offer, presentations of tourist boards, counties, cities, municipalities, chambers of crafts . See the entire concert program hereInterested bidders are required to download the documentation for submission of bids based on this invitation at the web addresses Spalatum DMC doo www.spalatum-dmc.hr  or the Tourist Board of the City of Split www.visitsplit.com concluding the day November 15th 2017. years.GENERAL AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION IN THE CHRISTMAS FAIR ON THE WATERFRONT 2017-2018RIVA CHRISTMAS FAIR 2017-2018last_img read more

DUI checkpoint nets 3 on drug-related offenses

first_imgJACKSON COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana State Police troopers conducted a sobriety checkpoint between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Wednesday, November 26.According to ISP Sgt. Brian Wilson, a total of 44 vehicles were checked and three Seymour residents were arrested on drug-related offenses at the roadblock.Two were booked into the Jackson County Jail on possession of methamphetamine charges.The checkpoint was conducted based on statistical data derived from DUI arrest and crash records.last_img