POLL QUESTION: “On the issue of ILLEGAL immigration, do you favor or oppose mandating that all employers electronically verify the immigration status of their workers.”
Among all likely voters:
"While our Founding Fathers were busy putting together the makings of this great country, there were big shuffleboard matches being conducted throughout the colonies. Shuffleboard was popular among the English soldiers as well as the colonists." It has been around forever and Lake Worth can once again be known for competitive shuffleboarding and preserve our history.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, all employers in the United States are required to verify the work eligibility of everyone they hire. Self Check is a voluntary, free and simple service that allows you to check your employment eligibility first.
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Hundreds of artists converge to display their diverse talents on the asphalt – using only chalk – in styles that range from Renaissance classicism to Cubism and Pop Art. Street performers, strolling minstrels and Mainstage musical entertainment add to the creative atmosphere. And of course, don’t miss the Festival Food Courts, accommodating culinary tastes and thirsts as diverse as the surrounding artwork. source: http://streetpaintingfestivalinc.org/
Watch it when you leave one of Lake Worth's night spots!
The ignition interlock device has now passed three State Committees. Jeff Clemens voted for it in January. It will now go to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
Essentially what it says is, if you have been convicted of a DUI and you had a minor in your car, or involved in an accident or had a blood alcohol level of over .15, you will have to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The device would be a mandatory requirement for anyone convicted of DUI.
From The Whitehouse:
We now face a make-or-break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. After decades of eroding middle-class security as those at the very top saw their incomes rise as never before and after a historic recession that plunged our economy into a crisis from which we are still fighting to recover, it is time to construct an economy that is built to last.
The President’s 2013 Budget is built around the idea that our country does best when everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same rules. We must transform our economy from one focused on speculating, spending, and borrowing to one constructed on the solid foundation of educating, innovating, and building. That begins with putting the Nation on a path to living within our means – by cutting wasteful spending, asking all Americans to shoulder their fair share, and making tough choices on some things we cannot afford, while keeping the investments we need to grow the economy and create jobs. The Budget targets scarce federal resources to the areas critical to growing the economy and restoring middle-class security: education and skills for American workers, innovation and research and development, clean energy, and infrastructure.
The Budget is a blueprint for how we can rebuild an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded.
Is this really Obama?
The Commission had directed Staff back in December to contact the Palm Beach County Tax Collector and Palm Beach County Property Appraiser to determine if they would agree to a March 10, 2012 notification date as allowed by State Statute.
At the December 20, 2011, Commission meeting, the OMB Manager, Ed Fry, informed the Commission that the Tax Collector and Property Appraiser had agreed to the March 10, 2012 notification date. Based on that agreement, the Commission continued the public hearing on the uniform method for the levy, collection, and enforcement of non-ad valorem assessments for fire services to a date certain that fell on February 21, 2012.
The fact remains that if the economy continues along the the same lines, by 2016 our budget deficit is projected at $7 million as told to us last December by the Office of Budget & Management. Commissioner Mulvehill mentioned that again on Tuesday night. That is the main reason why McVoy and Mulvehill are in support of this assessment. They are preparing the City for the worst case scenario to keep us out of harms way. That is what you call "responsible" government.
The City has promised to pay approximately $67 million in future benefits to past and current employees yet does not currently have that amount in its various pension funds with no means to get the revenue. We did have a presentation from the Firefighter's Rep at Tuesday's meeting who said that their fund portfolio had gone up 7% or $1.8 million this past quarter and that is encouraging.
Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell said he did not disagree with the concept of a fire assessment, but said the one approved in October was created by "demonizing" the firefighter pension cost while creating new city positions and increasing spending. "It was not fair," Maxwell said. What is fair? The word "demonizing" is one of Maxwell's favorites to describe his opponent's different view or things he doesn't like. It's right in your face just like he is.
His point is well taken, to a degree. We do need to watch our budget closely and cut where possible. New hires should be delayed. The Sustainability Director, however, was only a cost in the operating budget of around $10 thousand a year and a needed position because of our exiting FMPA to ensure the best price possible when the time comes to exit the ARP. We can't stop city services. Pot holes must be fixed. The city needs to operate and it needs money.
What can be done about Union pensions that we no longer can afford and are expected to escalate to sums unimaginable? Perhaps the Vice Mayor can speak to that as he can cut everything imaginable in our Budget right now and we still can't afford the Union pensions. Property values are expected to fall again this year which will mean less revenue to Lake Worth.
This political hot potato just won't go away. You just can't continue to throw kisses at the unions. Every time this new commission trio has an opportunity to outsource and reduce the union problem and get rid of union labor, (outsourcing of Utility Customer Service that would have saved us 1/2 million dollars the first year through their management as well as to outsource some Grounds Keepers) they have played politics by supporting the unions.
Maxwell wants to be fiscally conservative but on the other he has said to the Unions--no problem--you get to keep your members at customer service and Lake Worth will foot the ever growing bill. Even Mayor Triolo blamed the Utility Director for the problem at the Utility Customer Service and boasted that she saved employees their jobs. No she did not as those employees were to be hired with Data Management. What she did was to save union jobs. That will be a whole new article.
In our particular case as well as most cities across the country, the Unions are fiscally choking the life out of municipalities right and left and Scott Maxwell knows that. This "Visionary" Commission needs to address this head on and admit who the demons really are. It is not their fellow commissioners.
IS THAT WHAT'S TROUBLING YOU CARA? Envy is a deadly sin.
Why not go to Washington and protest Obama? I doubt that Palm Beach will allow any demonstration in front of a private residence on the Island of Palm Beach. This house is worth over $6 million, down $4 million from when he bought it, and the owner pays nearly $115,000 in ad valorem taxes.
Why not protest all these people living off welfare and crossing our border illegally rather than someone who has made it and who is living within the laws of this country?
2006 – Vern Buchanan for U.S. House (Fla.) (won)
2010 – Ed Martin for U.S. House (Mo.) (lost)