Regional Fund – K Sup Radio http://ksupradio.com/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 02:52:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ksupradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Regional Fund – K Sup Radio http://ksupradio.com/ 32 32 Governor Reynolds Launches 4% Income Tax in State Address | Government-and-politics https://ksupradio.com/governor-reynolds-launches-4-income-tax-in-state-address-government-and-politics/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 00:53:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/governor-reynolds-launches-4-income-tax-in-state-address-government-and-politics/ ERIN MURPHY Journal Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES – A four-year transition to a 4% flat tax rate on state income, shortening the time frame during which Iowans could claim unemployment benefits and a new plan to dedicate kindergarten to 12th grade public year to private school tuition is part of the proposals presented Tuesday […]]]>

ERIN MURPHY Journal Des Moines Bureau

DES MOINES – A four-year transition to a 4% flat tax rate on state income, shortening the time frame during which Iowans could claim unemployment benefits and a new plan to dedicate kindergarten to 12th grade public year to private school tuition is part of the proposals presented Tuesday night by Iowa. Governor Kim Reynolds in his charge before state legislators.

The Republican governor, who faces re-election this year, unveiled the proposals during her annual State of the State address to the Iowa legislature. She delivered her remarks in the room of the Iowa House at the Iowa Capitol.

State taxes on all of Iowan’s income would be reduced annually to 4% in 2026, according to Reynolds’ proposal. The governor’s office said that would make the state of Iowa’s tax burden the fifth lowest in the country. The state, according to the governor’s office, currently has the 16th highest burden.

“Flat and fair,” Reynolds said, according to his prepared remarks.

When fully implemented, the income tax cut would mean the average worker in Iowa would pay $ 1,300 less per year in taxes, the governor’s office said. This adds, according to the office, to $ 1,000 of average savings already expected thanks to the income tax cuts adopted by the state in 2018.

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“It’s money that can be reinvested in our economy and used to promote the prosperity of every Iowan,” Reynolds said in his prepared remarks. “Yes, we’ll have less to spend once a year on Capitol Hill, but we’ll see it spend every day on the main streets, in grocery stores and in restaurants in Iowa. We will see it spent in businesses rather than bureaucracies. “

The proposal would reduce state revenues by about $ 1.6 billion in 2023, the governor’s office said. The most recent state budget was just over $ 8 billion.

The governor’s office said if state revenue and expenditure continued to rise to their recent averages of 4 and 2 percent respectively, the flat-rate income tax of 4 percent would result in no budget cuts. The office also said the plan does not require any use of the state’s taxpayer trust fund, which currently stands at $ 1 billion.

Reynolds’ proposal would also phase out all state taxes on retirement income.

The governor’s tax plan requires legislative approval. Some legislative Republicans have proposed eliminating state income tax altogether.

Reynolds also proposed making more changes to the state’s unemployment system to address the shortage of workers in Iowa. According to his staff, Reynolds will create a separate division within the state’s workforce development agency to work with companies looking for employees.

Reynolds also proposed reducing the length of time Iowans can receive unemployment benefits – from 26 weeks to 16 weeks – and reducing new wage offers that Iowans receiving benefits must accept.

Currently, Iowans who receive benefits must accept a job offer if it pays a certain percentage of their previous salary. Reynolds will propose lowering those thresholds as a way to get unemployed Iowa workers to work earlier.

According to his prepared remarks, Reynolds said the current 26 weeks to receive benefits are “frankly … longer than necessary,” and the lowering of the wage threshold will ensure “that those who perceive unemployment cannot turn down suitable jobs. while living off taxpayer funds. “

Education financing and policy

Reynolds’ budget proposal includes a 2.5% funding increase for each of K-12 schools, community colleges, and the state’s three public universities.

She also proposes to use federal stimulus funds on a one-time retention bonus of $ 1,000 for all teachers in Iowa who stay in their school for another year.

Reynolds also proposed an expansion of public funding for private school tuition fees. His proposal would make $ 5,340 available to any public school student living in a household at or below 400% of the federal poverty line. This equates, for example, to a three-person household with a total income of $ 87,840 or less, or a four-person household with a total income of $ 106,000 or less.

The figure of $ 5,340 is based on 70 percent of state aid per student. The remaining 30 percent, or about $ 2,300, would go into a state fund and would be reallocated to smaller school districts.

Reynolds’ previous proposal for private school tuition fees was not passed in Iowa House, in part because she feared it would put financial stress on small rural school districts.

“We want to make sure our small schools remain strong while allowing parents to choose what’s best for their child,” Reynolds said in his prepared remarks.

The program would initially be capped at 10,000 students, the governor’s office said.

Responding to recent concerns from parents and some lawmakers in the Republican state about books in school libraries that they deem to have graphic or explicit material, Reynolds said strong words in his speech but came up with a modest policy proposal .

Reynolds’ proposal would require all schools to publish all classroom materials, including textbooks, curricula and standards, as well as a full list of books available in the school library online. Schools are already required to have this information; Reynolds’ proposal would force them to post this online.

His proposal would also add a provision that if a school district does not respond to a parent’s complaint about books or materials within 30 days, the complaint is forwarded to the state’s education department. State funding would be denied to any district that did not comply with the new requirements.

“We live in a free country with freedom of speech. But there’s a difference between shouting vulgarities around a street corner and pointing them out as required readings in class. There is a difference between late night cable TV and the school library, ”Reynolds said. “If school boards and administrators refuse to understand this – if they believe the classroom is about pushing their worldview – then we’re on the wrong track. “

Books reported by some parents and lawmakers are generally about LGBTQ characters or written by LGBTQ authors and describe sexual encounters in brief passages.

Reynolds is also proposing, according to his office, to require all students to take a citizenship test in order to graduate from high school.

Reynolds has also changed from last year and will reintroduce ethanol legislation. His new proposal will require all retailers with compatible equipment to offer the E15 ethanol blend by 2026 – a blend of less than 10% is the most common today – and will require any newly installed or upgraded infrastructure to be E85 or B20 compatible.

Reynolds has proposed a budget of $ 8.2 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1. His proposal would leave $ 960 million in the final balance and all of the state’s emergency and reserve accounts would be full.

Most state agencies would benefit from status quo funding, with the exception of an $ 86 million increase in health and social services funding – of which $ 71 million would go towards the increase in health and social services. funding for mental health care – and a combined $ 11.6 million increase in justice and justice funding. systems.

No agency would be forced to cut spending, the governor’s office said.

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Montana to Spend $ 30 Million More on Child Care | 406 Politics https://ksupradio.com/montana-to-spend-30-million-more-on-child-care-406-politics/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/montana-to-spend-30-million-more-on-child-care-406-politics/ Recognizing a strong demand for help, a state commission recommended this week that more federal money be allocated to stabilize child care options in the state. But at the meeting earlier this week, a Belgrade childcare provider told the commission that the process of seeking help was far too complicated and that the federal money […]]]>

Recognizing a strong demand for help, a state commission recommended this week that more federal money be allocated to stabilize child care options in the state.

But at the meeting earlier this week, a Belgrade childcare provider told the commission that the process of seeking help was far too complicated and that the federal money might not be enough for it. keep its doors open.

State lawmakers also expressed frustration that the money was not specifically intended for areas of the state identified as child care “deserts” and wondered if there was. enough measures in place to ensure that aid is channeled to families in need.

The recommendation of an additional $ 30 million was passed by 6 to 4, with four Republican lawmakers on the committee voting against the proposal and two Democratic lawmakers and one Republican, as well as three members of the administration of Republican Governor Greg Gianforte, supporting her. The plan is sent to Gianforte for final approval.

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The American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Biden early last year, has allocated more than $ 68 million for child care stabilization grants. During the 2021 state legislature, lawmakers created committees that would recommend how to spend the money.

Last year, the commission that oversees health and social service spending approved the allocation of just over half of the $ 68 million allocated to direct grants to child care providers in the country. Montana, with a small portion for administrative costs.

In mid-December, citing the 440 requests it had received and the amount of assistance sought, the state health department told the commission it would need the government’s $ 68 million. federal to be able to meet the demand of 80% of the eligible suppliers in the state.

A report prepared by the state Ministry of Labor and Industry IAs of August, 60% of counties in Montana were child care deserts. This means that the amount of care available meets less than a third of the potential demand. There were six of the state’s 56 counties without a single licensed supplier, according to the report.

In a precedent note to the committee from last summerThe Department of Health said at the height of the pandemic 171 closed child care programs in the state.

In Thursday’s meeting, Adam Meier, director of the State Department of Public Health and Human Services, told commissioners his department received 385 full stabilization grant applications between October 7 and December 7. 16. This represents 43% of all eligible businesses, Meier said.

Jamie Palagi, administrator of the State Department of Health’s Childhood and Family Support Division, said the agency had looked at the costs of running a provider, as well as the additional expenses for mitigate COVID-19. He took that number, subtracted any previous COVID-19 help a vendor received, and then said he would allocate vendors about 45% of that amount. The money should start coming out in installments starting this month.

“Once we gathered all of this information, based on the applications received, it became clear, even for current operating costs, that their operating costs were higher than what (federal) money would allow. Palagi told the committee.

The department is opening a new application period this month and will decide whether another is needed in April to capture all eligible people who wish to apply, Palagi said.

Belgrade provider Elizabeth Schults, who owns and operates Learn n Play Child Care, told the commission that she spent a month on her request and had to call the hotline at least five times for help. aid. She said the amount of funding was initially advertised as being much larger than it appears for places like her operation.

“What we were told with so much excitement and enthusiasm only led to disappointment and a complete loss of confidence in the (health department),” Schults said.

Meier acknowledged that the costs were much higher than expected and that the department was using older data to project demand, but said the amount of federal money available was still unknown in the state.

Schults also asked why any previous COVID-19 aid would be deducted from what it is entitled to when a supplier that started operating more recently, did not have to go through the last two years of the pandemic and therefore had not received the same amount of aid, would not face the same deductions.

“Now the money that I received two years ago, the money that kept me in business for 2020, is being deducted from the money that I will receive in 2022 and no one will explain why” , Schults said. “… Suppliers are still facing COVID shutdowns and quarantines. My own business is about to be shut down for good. The money I will receive from this grant will not keep me in business if I face more than one shutdown in 2022 and have been in business for 20 years.

State Representative Mary Caferro, a Democrat from Helena, said that without finding ways to support workers who remained with child care centers during the pandemic or to get people to work in health centers, the help would not have the desired effect.

“You can invest in infrastructure as much as possible, but if you don’t have the workers to look after the children, it won’t solve the problems of ensuring that there are quality, affordable and safe places for them. children while their parents are working, ”Caferro said.

While Palagi said claimants must certify or promise that help will flow to families, they weren’t required to say how it would be done during the application process.

It concerned State Representative Terry Moore, a Republican from Billings, who said he wanted more assurance that the money would go to families who are struggling to pay for child care. Moore also asked if enough help was going to places in the state with few childcare options.

“I’m just troubled that there is virtually no priority on how these funds are dispersed,” Moore said. “It’s just, for all intents and purposes, based on an allocation of expenses and not frankly on where the highest needs are for the best results in Montana. And that gives me a good break.

Republican Sen. Carl Glimm, of Kila, has raised concerns that federal aid will artificially keep prices low, “which then allows someone who works to have their children (in) custody. of children (while) working a job that doesn’t really pay for it. “

Glimm said that when all the federal money is spent, the “house of cards kind of crumbles”.

Palagi said that in addition to handing out federal aid, there are start-up programs aimed at helping child care providers form business models that will make them more sustainable. Even before the pandemic, a report found there was only licensed capacity for around 40% of the state’s children who might need care.

Meier added that vendors face challenges specific to the pandemic that drive additional costs, such as purchasing personal protective equipment and testing supplies.






Kristin Morss, CFO of Child Care Resources, helps Tom Adams with an air purifier for his wife’s daycare, Annie’s Orphans, last year in Missoula. Child Care Resources, which works to support providers, has invested more than $ 100,000 to purchase purifiers for daycares.


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Rep. Frank Garner, a Republican from Kalispell who chairs the commission, asked how the commission and the department might follow up if federal money improves the state of child care in the state.

Meier said he plans to monitor capacity and see if there are more child care spaces or open facilities in child care deserts.

Meier and Gardner both said they heard employers say the lack of child care facilities kept people from working.

“In the absence of some of these stabilization funds, and even (with them), we’ve seen some vendors go out of business, and that’s certainly not going to support our workforce (or) the expansion of the workforce, ”Meier said. “We hear time and time again from employers and some of our health care providers (that they) were trying to hire people and that they are having a hard time because they cannot find child care. ‘adequate children. “

Garner also said he was concerned about the issues raised by Moore and Glimm but said the lack of available child care facilities was preventing some people from entering the workforce and because of this he backed the money. additional.

“I think it’s so critical, such a critical need right now, that I don’t want to delay the ability for us to send that money into the field to provide stability to these providers and these families who have it. need to be able to get out and be productive, ”Garner said. “I’m worried about the cliff at the end. “

Money is not the only federal help that has come to the state for child care. Under the previous administration, which dispersed the money from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) law, $ 10.1 million went to a mix comprising 888 providers and 3,500 families, as well as 15 new programs. in the short term who took care of 549 children. . These providers have also received assistance from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which has given the state $ 57 million. This pot of money also provided 4,000 families with scholarships of $ 2,000 and stimulated 327 programs for school-aged children.

All the CARES money and the Coronavirus Relief Fund have been spent.

As part of the additional appropriations for coronavirus response and relief, which totals more than $ 28.3 million in funding and was awarded in December 2020, in mid-December of last year, around 37% had been spent. The state has until September 2023 to use the funds, which have so far helped an average of 617 licensed providers each month, helped 287 families pay for care, and provided 2,080 families with grants for summer programs. for school-age children.






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As part of renewed efforts to establish regional trade relations, the world’s largest free trade pact, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), entered into force on the first day of 2022 between 15 Asian countries.

Member States include China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

RCEP represents a third of the world’s population and 30% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). Members plan to eliminate tariffs on 92% of products over the next decade. The pact also means greater market transparency, support for foreign investment and improved regional supply chains.

Since the trade deal can help China move its supply chain to ASEAN countries for lower cost bases, the latter is seen as a big beneficiary. RCEP also provides a favorable environment for the e-commerce and industrial production sectors, among others.

This week, AsianInvestor asked fund managers how RCEP could benefit investments in Asia.

The following answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Elliot Hentov, Policy Research Manager, Global Macro Team
State Street Global Advisors

Elliot Hentov

In theory, trade integration does not require the integration of investment, but in practice it does. Deeper trade relations through a trade agreement first increase trade flows and then promote foreign direct investment (FDI). Basically, this is where investment opportunities develop and remain the most attractive.

The trade deal such as RCEP suddenly improves margins and market access so that the market capitalization of participating companies increases. This effect is most pronounced among private firms, but the macro-dynamics supporting exporters and importers also apply to state-owned firms, albeit to a lesser extent.

We believe that the biggest beneficiaries of RCEP will be Northeast Asian exporters, especially Japan and South Korea, which had not benefited from free trade agreements between themselves as well as with the United States. China. In addition, Southeast Asian producers are likely to benefit from regional trade integration and increased Japanese and Korean FDI receipts. Investment alpha can be generated by identifying Southeast Asian companies that could become regional champions now that they have a larger regional market to expand into.

Louis Luo, Investment Director, Multi-Asset Investment Solutions
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The Asian Development Bank has estimated that RCEP will increase members’ real GDP by a modest 0.4% through 2030. We believe it will catalyze investment opportunities in multiple areas.

Although ASEAN countries benefit from low tariffs under bilateral free trade agreements, RCEP will further reduce them and boost regional trade. One of the first beneficiaries could be the agricultural sector of Asean, which should benefit from a tariff reduction of up to 60% on exports to Japan, for example.

RCEP’s single-origin rule framework treats all members equally, encouraging the development of a low-cost manufacturing base in ASEAN countries. An enlarged manufacturing base increases manufacturing jobs and stimulates income growth and urbanization, creating opportunities in the consumer sectors. Lower tariffs on industrial products also mean lower production costs, which should benefit the machinery, equipment and industrial real estate segments.

In addition, RCEP establishes a regulatory framework covering areas such as personal and cross-border data. This should provide opportunities to invest in emerging e-commerce and internet companies in the region, underscoring their advantage over Chinese tech companies facing increased regulatory oversight.

Finally, the economic benefits of RCEP are good news for banks in the region. We expect that increased trade and investment flows will stimulate demand for financial services. Singapore can be a notable beneficiary, given its strength in this sector.

William Yuen, Chief Investment Officer
Invesco

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We believe that Asia-Pacific countries will benefit from RCEP at different levels. China will be able to strengthen its trade and investment ties with other economies in order to maintain its leadership position in global supply chains. In the rest of Northeast Asia, Japan and South Korea are expected to integrate their high-tech production platforms with China’s push for a digital, cloud-based, and cloud-based economy. on AI.

The Japanese auto industry will benefit from Chinese household demand for vehicles. In addition, the Asean economies will benefit from the significant shift of the textile and clothing industries out of China to their lower cost bases. Singapore will gain from supplying China with chemicals and petroleum products, while Vietnam focuses more on electronics and machinery.

In terms of sector, the partnership recognizes the increasing digitization of commerce and aims to promote e-commerce between RCEP parties. It facilitates paperless commerce, electronic authentication / signatures, online consumer protection, etc. Amid the pandemic, the pact provides a supportive digital business environment for businesses and consumers in the region.

Consumers will benefit from a greater selection of products and a potential drop in selling prices between parties to RCEP. This will give the retail sector a big boost.

Dong Chen, Head of Macroeconomic Research in Asia
Pictet Wealth Management

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One of the main features of RCEP is the high degree of diversity among member countries, which include some of the world’s most advanced economies (Japan, Australia, New Zealand) and some low-income countries (e.g. Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar). This would allow the division of labor so that different countries can play on their comparative advantages.

The gradual elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers will also facilitate the reconfiguration of supply chains in the region. On that front, Southeast Asia is likely to benefit the most, as more labor-intensive industries leave China, where production costs are rising.

Changes in supply chains in the region are not necessarily negative for China. The typical “China + 1” practice by multinational enterprises to diversify their production facilities to a certain extent has strengthened economic ties between China and other regional economies. RCEP will likely strengthen these ties rather than weaken them.

Sukumar Rajah

Sukumar Rajah, Director of Portfolio Management
Emerging Markets Equities Franklin Templeton

Beyond the proposed tariff cuts, we are keeping an eye on the state of non-tariff barriers. Less developed ASEAN countries could see their imports increase and their exports reduced due to RCEP, as it will be difficult for them to develop manufacturing capacity or knowledge to compete with larger countries, like China. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict global economic growth, this new partnership aims to boost growth.


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Nerdwallet: Save for what makes you feel good in 2022 | State https://ksupradio.com/nerdwallet-save-for-what-makes-you-feel-good-in-2022-state/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/nerdwallet-save-for-what-makes-you-feel-good-in-2022-state/ Laura McMullen NerdWallet You probably know how to plan and save for the big and annoying expenses i.e. financial needs. But what about the fun stuff? Expenses that don’t put a roof over your head but provide joy, rejuvenation, and other benefits that are difficult to quantify are also worth saving. In fact, they deserve […]]]>

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You probably know how to plan and save for the big and annoying expenses i.e. financial needs. But what about the fun stuff? Expenses that don’t put a roof over your head but provide joy, rejuvenation, and other benefits that are difficult to quantify are also worth saving.

In fact, they deserve their own account, says Delia Fernandez, a certified financial planner based in Los Alamitos, Calif.

“Find out what keeps you going, what makes it all interesting for you, and put some money aside to make it happen,” she says.

WHAT TYPES OF EXPENDITURE ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

When it comes to wellness spending, each person has their own preferences, says Aja Evans, New York-based financial therapist and licensed mental health counselor. For example, some people would find that an intense cycling class is energizing and builds self-confidence. Others prefer to do just about anything else.

Consider what goods, services, and activities generally bring you joy. Yes, your budget will determine what exactly you can afford. But, for now, think about it. Fernandez asks, “What will get you through these times? And what is it that makes your life precious? What refreshes you; what inspires you?

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Some ideas: services like massages; goods like fresh flowers; activities such as vacations and date nights.

WHY SET UP A FEEL-GOOD ACCOUNT?

Allocating money to these types of expenses can help you be more intentional in your spending. For example, suppose you put $ 25 of each paycheck into a vacation fund. With that money safely stashed away, you can’t recklessly spend it on impulse buys.

You also protect that money from financial demands. Otherwise, if all of your spare cash were in one bucket, Evans says your personal care expenses would likely be the first to go down when cash is tight.

By spending money on a specific type of expense, whether it’s a mortgage or a manicure, you are creating a budget. And budgets help you avoid overspending.

Suppose you have up to $ 50 to spend each month on brunch with friends, and you’ve already spent $ 35. This weekend you might still enjoy brunch but steer clear of the mimosa which would put you over the $ 15 you have left.

Ideally, this plan also covers any potential guilt of spending money on yourself. As Fernandez says, “You put it aside for that.

HOW CAN I ADJUST THIS IN MY BUDGET?

I hope you have been convinced to make yourself happy in this New Year. Now plan these treats.

One way to determine how much you can afford to spend is to apply the 50/30/20 rule to your monthly net income.

The purpose of this budget method is to allocate your money as such: 50% towards needs, 30% towards wants, and 20% towards savings and debt repayment. If you follow this framework, your new wellness fund would come under this “wants” category.

Aren’t you trying to officially budget at this point? Here’s another approach: start with your monthly after-tax income, then subtract any necessary expenses (needs), which include housing, food, transportation, basic utilities, insurance, childcare, and more. other expenses that allow you to work, as well as minimum loan payments.

Then, subtract contributions to savings goals (like an emergency fund), as well as payments to retirement accounts and debts.

What is left is your discretionary money. Decide how much you will regularly contribute to your new fund. “It could be $ 10. It could be $ 50. It could be $ 100,” Evans says. “The main point is that you are actually saving money.”

Ideally, those contributions go straight from your paychecks to a new fund, Fernandez says. (Work with your employer to set up a new direct deposit.) If this method is not available, set up recurring automatic transfers from your daily check to the new account.

WHERE TO KEEP THIS MONEY?

Fernandez recommends keeping this fund in an online savings account, on which you will likely earn interest.

Note that you are generally limited to six withdrawals or transfers per month from savings accounts before incurring any fees. This rule was temporarily relaxed during the pandemic, but to avoid fees in the future, consider a savings account only for infrequent withdrawals. Use it for your monthly spa visit, for example. Or watch your savings grow as you collect money for a big trip or purchase.

If you plan to use this fund more than six times per month, for example for frequent morning smoothies, go for a checking account. Open it at a financial institution you don’t already use, so the new account isn’t too easy to use for day-to-day spending. Aim for a free account with no monthly fees or minimum balance. A few of these chequing accounts even earn a little interest.

AND AFTER?

Take advantage of the items you saved for. Then regularly review your plan, says Fernandez. You may want to change the amount of your contribution, maybe more after an increase or less after an emergency expense.

What you save for may also change. Maybe you will end up preferring drawing lessons over cycling lessons.

“We all have to have a plan,” Fernandez says, “but we all have to update it and change it when the facts change.”


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Yuma Regional Medical Center responds to “unnecessary criticism” https://ksupradio.com/yuma-regional-medical-center-responds-to-unnecessary-criticism/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 23:23:07 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/yuma-regional-medical-center-responds-to-unnecessary-criticism/ FOX 9’s Adam Klepp spoke to three YRMC board members about their local critiques YUMA, Ariz. (KECY, KYMA) – Yuma Regional Medical Center administration responds to local criticism, saying they are “setting the record straight” as they have faced “unnecessary criticism” from of some members of Hospital District Board One as well as what they […]]]>

FOX 9’s Adam Klepp spoke to three YRMC board members about their local critiques

YUMA, Ariz. (KECY, KYMA) – Yuma Regional Medical Center administration responds to local criticism, saying they are “setting the record straight” as they have faced “unnecessary criticism” from of some members of Hospital District Board One as well as what they call a small group of vocal opponents.

Hospital District Board One says they have been left in the dark by YRMC because they say they have not received monthly and quarterly financial reports as dictated in the policies and procedures agreement between two, since October 2019.

“We were suddenly left out,” said Dr Jeremy Curry, district board member.

But YRMC’s board members disagree, saying the deal is not binding.

“We got legal opinions on this, more than one, actually three, that it is not binding, so we choose to honor the lease,” said the chairman of the YRMC board, Woody Martin.

The lease says YRMC should provide financial reports once per fiscal year, which Martin says he did.

Still, YRMC says the District Hospital Board is not currently authorizing new construction projects for the hospital.

District board chairman Jeffrey Polston says it’s because YRMC hasn’t proven its ability to fund the projects.

“The new sterilization zone that we need to build, which is around $ 100 million, which YRMC pays in full, but we need permission from the district administration board to spend the money,” Lora Dana said. , member of the board of directors of YRMC.

The district council said that at the time of the construction project applications, their most recent financial reports were seven months old.

YRMC board member Louie Gradias said that even if they provided monthly reports, it would have nothing to do with the suspended construction proposals.

“With the funding requested for the lab and the sterilization processing, there is no correlation between the and any of the reports they claim they need to get,” Gradias said.

On December 13, the District Hospital Board held a special meeting where the five board members raised concerns about their current relationship with their tenant.

“What I see is not just a hospital that has turned its back on the district council, but on the whole community,” said Dr Connie Uribe.

Martin says he contacted members of the district council to discuss their issues.

“I just think it would be better for the community if we fixed our issues,” Martin said. “I am ready to sit down with or without lawyers.”

Polston has scheduled another special meeting on January 4 at 6 p.m. at the Yuma Civic Center, to hear from the public on his views on YRMC.



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State Completes Purchase of Popular Bad Rock Canyon Conservation Project https://ksupradio.com/state-completes-purchase-of-popular-bad-rock-canyon-conservation-project/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 12:13:41 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/state-completes-purchase-of-popular-bad-rock-canyon-conservation-project/ Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has finalized the purchase of 772 acres of unspoiled forest land along the Flathead River near Columbia Falls, which the state will now manage as critical habitat for fish and wildlife , protecting a range of species and preventing development along the scenic river corridor while allowing public access. […]]]>

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has finalized the purchase of 772 acres of unspoiled forest land along the Flathead River near Columbia Falls, which the state will now manage as critical habitat for fish and wildlife , protecting a range of species and preventing development along the scenic river corridor while allowing public access.

The state officially purchased the property on December 21, concluding the much-anticipated transaction with former landowner Columbia Falls Aluminum Company (CFAC), a subsidiary of Glencore, Inc. FWP will now manage the property as a management area of the wildlife of Bad Rock Canyon.

“CFAC is extremely pleased to see unanimous support for this project and we are delighted to be a partner in the project,” said Cheryl Driscoll, U.S. Corporate Affairs Manager for Glencore, Inc., in a statement. . “The Bad Rock Canyon Wildlife Management Area will preserve a part of Montana that residents, visitors and future generations can enjoy. I congratulate everyone who worked so diligently to make this a reality. The Flathead Land Trust and the FWP are to be commended for leading this collaborative effort.

The property is located just east of Columbia Falls and south of the Flathead River and is one of the largest remaining undeveloped waterfront properties in the Flathead Valley. It serves as a critical wintering area for elk, moose, and white-tailed deer, and provides important habitat connectivity for grizzly bears, bull trout and 43 other wildlife species identified as having need. unique conservation. Additionally, the property’s wetlands and riparian habitat help protect the water quality of the Flathead River and Flathead Lake.

“Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is grateful for the community support and hard work of our partners to make this exciting project a reality,” said Jim Williams, FWP Regional Supervisor, who helped make the deal a reality. “Collaboration is the key to successful conservation. This new protected forest will benefit the entire watershed, wildlife and the public for generations to come.

The protected property will add to a 12,000-acre network of conserved land along 50 miles of the Flathead River and Flathead Lake below Columbia Falls, where community leaders have gathered broad support for the project.

“The City of Columbia Falls is delighted to have completed the purchase of the Bad Rock Canyon Wildlife Management Area. This area greatly enhances and gives the citizens of Columbia Falls and surrounding areas a wonderful opportunity to recreate and enjoy the pristine nature of this land and access to the beautiful Flathead River, right next to our community, ”according to one Columbia News Release Falls Mayor Don Barnhart and members of his city council.

The acquisition also ensures permanent public access to the property, which will include a limited hunting opportunity and a three-mile community trail built by Gateway to Glacier Trail, Inc. for use by hikers, bikers, bird watchers and others. However, since the FWP Wildlife Management Areas are managed with conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat as a priority, the property will be closed to the public from December 2 to May 15 at noon of each year to protect the elk wintering area.

FWP partnered with the Flathead Land Trust to buy and hold the property two years ago, and CFAC entered into an option agreement with the partners allowing until the end of 2021 to raise funds and finalize the purchase.

With an estimated acquisition value set at $ 7.26 million, the purchase funding included $ 4 million from the US Forest Service Forest Legacy Program, which is funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as $ 2.5 million from Habitat Montana. , which uses big game license fees for habitat conservation. Flathead Land Trust was tasked with raising the remaining $ 590,000 with the help of funding partners, the Flathead Lakers. The majority of donations came from local individuals and organizations as well as major grants from Heart of the Rockies Initiative, The Keneda Fund, Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust, AGL Foundation, Cinnabar Foundation, Cross Charitable Foundation, Whitefish Community Foundation, Headwaters Montana, Montana Trout Unlimited, Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited, Flathead Wildlife, Flathead Audubon and Vital Ground Foundation. Large private donations have also been received from Dean Marsh, David and Chet Barclay, Bob and Betty Moore, Molly Miller and Mark Jungerman, Walter Rowntree and Laura Reynolds, George and Kimberly Ruhana, as well as an anonymous donor. More than 250 people came together to contribute financially to the project. “We have finally reached the finish line of what was just a dream two years ago,” Flathead Land Trust Executive Director Paul Travis said in a statement. “The extraordinary level of local support is really the reason why this essential block of land is now being conserved and in the hands of the public. Thank you to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, CFAC and our many other partners and donors for making sure this wild place is protected for this generation and future generations to enjoy.


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The golf war in the Arabian Peninsula https://ksupradio.com/the-golf-war-in-the-arabian-peninsula/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 21:55:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/the-golf-war-in-the-arabian-peninsula/ Bryson DeChambeau swings at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia on February 3. Photo: Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images The so-called Gulf Rift between Qatar and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council ended earlier this year. But the monarchies that belong to the council compete as […]]]>

Bryson DeChambeau swings at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia on February 3.


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The so-called Gulf Rift between Qatar and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council ended earlier this year. But the monarchies that belong to the council compete as much as they collaborate. For the two most populous members, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, this competition is played in golf.

The UAE has long been the leading golfing destination in the Middle East, but Saudi Arabia is gaining momentum. Although few Arabs play, the Emirates have 21 courses, including eight of the region’s top 10, according to Golf Digest. This year’s European tour, renamed the “DP World Tour” and sponsored by Dubai Ports World, will host four male professional events in the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, as part of Riyadh’s ambitious Vision 2030 project to diversify its economy, reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and create jobs, the kingdom has announced plans to become a regional golf destination. The initiative, led by Yasir al Rumyyan, who heads the country’s $ 500 billion sovereign wealth fund and the Saudi Golf Federation, plans to more than double the kingdom’s courses from six to 13 over the next decade. , including courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. and Nick Faldo.

From February 3-6, Riyadh will host the Saudi International Golf Tournament, a new Asian tour event set to be led by 25 PGA Tour superstars, including Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, drawn by a purse of 5 millions of dollars and, apparently, substantial court fees. This event will compete with the new UAE tour event, the Ras Al Khaimah Championship, offering $ 2 million in prizes.

With four of the top 10 players in attendance, the Saudi tournament will be a must-see television for golf fans. And there is more to come. The Saudis recently invested $ 200 million in the Asian Tour and signed a 10-year partnership with the organization in a bid to challenge the UAE and the dominance of the PGA Tour. The lucrative Saudi tour events will continue to attract top talent – and more international duffers – likely at the expense of the Emirates.

Riyadh’s approach to golf echoes another of the kingdom’s goals: poaching the UAE headquarters. expatriates.

Saudi-UAE economic competition is likely to intensify. As Abu Dhabi takes a substantial lead, Riyadh seems ready to file a complaint.

While critics call the Saudi effort a “sports wash”, neither Abu Dhabi nor Riyadh has any human rights bragging rights. In any case, the diversification of the oil-dependent Gulf economies is an objective good. The nascent golf rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the Emirates is increasingly common. Provided the rivalry does not spill over and cause oil prices to rise, onlookers and policymakers in Washington should sit down and enjoy the game.

Mr. Schenker is a senior researcher at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in 2019-21.

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British Columbia Ministry Supports Grant Application for Mitigation Work Along Shuswap Newsome Creek – Salmon Arm Observer https://ksupradio.com/british-columbia-ministry-supports-grant-application-for-mitigation-work-along-shuswap-newsome-creek-salmon-arm-observer/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 18:30:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/british-columbia-ministry-supports-grant-application-for-mitigation-work-along-shuswap-newsome-creek-salmon-arm-observer/ After two unsuccessful grant applications for mitigation work along Newsome Creek, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is backed by the province for one-third. The cove has been a concern for residents of Sorrento who have lived along its shores since 2017, when it changed course during the spring flood and began to undermine people’s […]]]>

After two unsuccessful grant applications for mitigation work along Newsome Creek, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is backed by the province for one-third.

The cove has been a concern for residents of Sorrento who have lived along its shores since 2017, when it changed course during the spring flood and began to undermine people’s properties, putting homes at risk.

At the recent CSRD Shuswap Emergency Program Executive Committee meeting, it was explained that the regional district had received news that two grant applications for mitigation measures had failed. However, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is supporting the regional district in a new grant application, which was on the agenda of the CSRD board meeting on December 9.

In his report to the board of directors, Derek Sutherland, CSRD team leader, protection services, explained that the ministry wanted to support work on Newsome Creek, as it is part of the ministry’s plan to improve the crossing the stream on Route 1.

Sutherland has sought board approval to proceed with the new grant application through the Federal Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, which provides 40% funding to support projects of structural and natural infrastructure. The program allows claims to be filed before the remaining 60 percent is secure. Sutherland said if the request is successful, staff will contact provincial partners for additional financial support.

The total cost of the mitigation project is $ 7,215,000. The recommended works, identified in a 2019 study, involve a combination of mitigation measures needed to stabilize the slope over the entire affected area.

“These mitigation measures ranged from using natural wood found in the stream bed and riprap, to sheet piling to consolidate and stabilize the banks,” Sutherland said in the report.

Sutherland said that, in the opinion of CSRD staff and provincial partners, this latest grant application offers “an excellent opportunity for the province to provide support to the residents of Newsome Creek affected by severe erosion and to users of severe erosion. ‘Sorrento water affected by severe turbidity, “given Newsome The creek deposits debris near the lake’s intake of the Sorrento water system every year.

“The community continues to be concerned; they’re setting up a petition at this point to try and get everyone in the provincial and federal government to understand that this affects over 22 properties, ”said South Shuswap C Zone Manager Paul Demenok. “It affects the whole community. We’ve had seven boil water advisories in the past eight years because of this, so it goes beyond these homes, their businesses and their properties that are all endangered… ”

Council supported the application process.


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COLUMBIA BANK APPOINTS HEATHER SEPPA REGIONAL MARKET MANAGER COLUMBIA / WILLAMETTE https://ksupradio.com/columbia-bank-appoints-heather-seppa-regional-market-manager-columbia-willamette/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/columbia-bank-appoints-heather-seppa-regional-market-manager-columbia-willamette/ “Heather has done an outstanding job leading teams towards very positive results for many years, delivering to clients and establishing herself as a go-to expert within Columbia growing retail operations, ”said Dave hansen, director of retail banking. “She is a strong collaborator and team builder, and we look forward to her increased influence throughout the […]]]>

“Heather has done an outstanding job leading teams towards very positive results for many years, delivering to clients and establishing herself as a go-to expert within Columbia growing retail operations, ”said Dave hansen, director of retail banking. “She is a strong collaborator and team builder, and we look forward to her increased influence throughout the Colombia/ Willamette region and beyond. “

Before joining Colombia in 2004, Seppa was executive vice president of Bank of Astoria in Oregon. After the acquisition of the Bank of Astoria, she was president of the Bank of Astoria from 2009 to 2013 when the Bank of Astoria operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Bank.

Seppa is a member of the board of directors of Columbia Memorial Hospital, a member of the board of directors of the Columbia River Maritime Museum Rolf Klep Trust, and a member of the board of directors of the Riedel Scholarship Endowment Fund. She is the former president of the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.

On Colombia
Based in Tacoma, Washington, Columbia Banking System, Inc. (NASDAQ: COLB) is the holding company of Columbia Bank, a full-service commercial bank licensed by the State of Washington with operations throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. The bank was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Better places to work ”, more than 10 times. Columbia was named Northwestern Bank No. 1 on the Forbes 2021 list of ‘America’s best banks’ marking 10 consecutive years on the publication’s list of best financial institutions. More information about Columbia can be found on their website at www.columbiabank.com.

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The art funds market could see a big movement: Major Giants Liquid Rarity Exchange, Dejia Art Fund, Saatchi Art https://ksupradio.com/the-art-funds-market-could-see-a-big-movement-major-giants-liquid-rarity-exchange-dejia-art-fund-saatchi-art/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 19:11:36 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/the-art-funds-market-could-see-a-big-movement-major-giants-liquid-rarity-exchange-dejia-art-fund-saatchi-art/ The latest report available on Advance Market Analytics, “Art Fund Market” provides a precise analysis of changing competitive dynamics and a forward-looking perspective on the various factors that are driving or restraining the growth of the industry. This press release was originally issued by SBWire Edison, New Jersey – (WIRE SB) – 12/20/2021 – The […]]]>

The latest report available on Advance Market Analytics, “Art Fund Market” provides a precise analysis of changing competitive dynamics and a forward-looking perspective on the various factors that are driving or restraining the growth of the industry.

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Edison, New Jersey – (WIRE SB) – 12/20/2021 – The global art fund market is focused on collecting major statistical evidence for the art fund industry as it offers our readers added value to guide them in meeting the obstacles surrounding the market. A comprehensive addition of several factors such as global distribution, manufacturers, market size, and market factors affecting the global contributions are reported in the study. In addition, Art Fund study also shifts focus with deep competitive landscape, defined growth opportunities, market share associated with product type and applications, key companies responsible for production and strategies used are also marked.

The major players in the global art fund market include;
Art Funds (United Kingdom), Anthea Contemporary Art Investment Fund SICAV FIS (Switzerland), Liquid Rarity Exchange (United States), The Fine Art Fund Group (United Kingdom), Artemundi Global Fund (United States), Dejia Art Fund (United States), Saatchi Art (United States),

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Definition:
Art funds are investment funds that are offered privately. They are dedicated to generating returns through the acquisition and disposal of works of art. Art funds are managed by a professional art investment management or consultancy firm. The consulting firm receives a management fee and a portion of the returns generated by the fund. In addition, the characteristics of art funds vary from one fund to another. Also, they differ in overall size, duration, investment direction, investment strategies, and portfolio restrictions, as art funds use some form of traditional buy and hold strategy. .

The art fund market segments and market data breakdown are shown below:
by type (public art funds, private art funds), application (financial investment, artistic development), works of art (sculpture, paintings, others), type of fund (closed funds, open funds)

Market Trend:
– Growing awareness of funds for art

Market factors:
– Growing interest in works of art such as sculptures, photographs and paintings.
– Growing emphasis on artistic development

Market opportunities:
– Growing number of investors in art funds
– Emerging talents in works of art

The Art Fund industry report further features an analysis pattern of previous data sources gathered from trusted sources and establishes a previous growth trajectory for the Art Fund market. The report also focuses on complete market revenue streams along with growth models, local reforms, COVID impact analysis with a focused approach on market trends and overall market growth.

The study encompasses a variety of analytical resources such as SWOT analysis and Porters Five Forces analysis coupled with primary and secondary research methodologies. It covers all the bases surrounding the Wall Art industry as it explores the competitive nature of the market with regional analysis.

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The regions included are: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Oceania, South America, Middle East and Africa

Distribution at country level: United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, South Africa, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Germany, United Kingdom (United Kingdom), Netherlands, Spain, Italy , Belgium, Austria, Turkey, Russia, France, Poland, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand, etc.

Data sources and methodology
The primary sources involve the industry experts of the Global Art Fund Market including management organizations, processing organizations, industry value chain analysis service providers. All primary sources were interviewed to collect and authenticate qualitative and quantitative information and determine future prospects.

In the in-depth primary research process undertaken for this study, the main sources – postal surveys, telephone, online and face-to-face surveys were taken into account to obtain and verify the qualitative and quantitative aspects of this research study. . Regarding secondary sources, company annual reports, press releases, websites, investor presentations, conference call transcripts, webinars, journals, regulators, national customs associations and industry have been classified according to their age.

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Analysis of the current scenario for the decision-making framework
Key strategic developments in the art funds market:
Research includes key strategic activities such as research and development (R&D) initiatives, completed mergers and acquisitions (M&A), agreements, new launches, collaborations, partnerships and joint ventures (JVs) and regional growth of major competitors operating in the market globally and regionally to overcome the current slowdown due to COVID-19.

Main Market Features in the Global Art Fund Market
The report highlights the characteristics of the art funds market including revenue size, regional weighted average price, capacity utilization rate, production rate, gross margins, consumption, import and export, demand and supply, cost benchmarking in art funds market share and annualized (Annual) growth rate and periodic CAGR.

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Global Art Fund Market Research Report
Chapter 1 Global Art Fund Market Overview
Chapter 2 Global Economic Impact on Industry
Chapter 3 Global Market Competition by Manufacturers
Chapter 4 Global Revenue (Value, Volume *) by Region
Chapter 5 Global Supplies (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions
Chapter 6 Global Revenue (Value, Volume *), Price Trend * by Type
Chapter 7 Global Market Analysis by Application
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