House health care committee quashes bill to delay single-payer

first_imgby Morgan True vtdigger.org A bill that would delay the implementation of Green Mountain Care, the state’s planned universal public health care program, won’t make it out of committee. The bill was sent to the House Health Care Committee, which voted Wednesday on bills it plans to work through before crossover. H.858, which would push the governor’s single payer plan to 2019, didn’t make the cut.‘It’s disappointing but not surprising,’ said Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset, the bill’s primary sponsor.Though H.858 had picked up a bipartisan group of sponsors, it was essentially dead on arrival.One of those sponsors was Rep. George Till, D-Jericho, an obstetrician, said the proposal makes good sense, but he recognizes it is largely a symbolic gesture.‘Moving to GMC is a massive change in our medical system,’ he said.If the point is to cover every Vermonter and lower health care costs, then it’s important to know exactly what those costs are now, he said.‘If you want to ask, ‘Are we making a difference with a new system?’ you have to compare it with new data, you can’t compare it with old data,’ Till said.Collecting the data to understand the current health care landscape, which is still shifting with the implementation of the new health care exchange, isn’t feasible by 2017, when Green Mountain Care is expected to begin, he said.The rocky rollout of Vermont Health Connect means there won’t be good data on how the exchange has altered health care until 2015, according to Till.With a two-year lag on Medicare data, an accurate picture of current health care reform won’t emerge until at least 2017, he said.Till said 2017 is an arbitrary timeline for switching to Green Mountain Care.‘It was a political promise by the governor,’ he said. ‘I think that’s a terrible way to make decisions [about health care].’He supports universal health care, but he said it’s more important to do it right than to do it quickly.In the past two years Vermont has had the lowest rates of growth in health care costs since the growth rate numbers were first recorded. Till said that eliminates the urgency of further reform.‘The pressures of double digit increases in spending are not there right not now,’ he said. ‘It takes away the urgency of having to make a change.’last_img read more

HBACF to host election debates

first_img July 15, 2008 Regular News HBACF to host election debates H BACF to host election debatesThe Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, in partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, La Prensa newspaper, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, WONQ Radio, Barry University School of Law, and the Lou Fry Institute of Politics and Government at the Univerity of Central Florida will be hosting a series of Central Florida election debates to promote voter education.The program dubbed “Decisiones ’08” will spotlight congressional district races, state Senate and House races, the state attorney’s race, Orange County sheriff’s race, and the Orange County Commissioner District 1 race. The first series of primary election debates will be held on August 12 and 13 from 6–9 p.m. at Barry University School of Law and the second series of general election debates will be held on October 6 and 7 from 6–9 p.m. at UCF’s downtown Orlando campus.Each of the debates will be divided into one-hour segments during which questions will be presented to the candidates by a panel of the sponsors. A moderator will facilitate further discussion of the issue presented, including direct exchange between the candidates.Through its support and participation in this program, the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida hopes to promote voter education and to allow the public to hear and see the candidates offer and defend their positions on critical issues affecting the Hispanic community in Central Florida.last_img read more

Dawn Hart Joins Gensler

first_imgGensler announced Dawn Hart has joined the design firm’s Phoenix office as an interior design project manager.Hart brings more than 25 years experience in the Phoenix metropolitan area to her new role at Gensler, with demonstrated leadership in managing interiors projects for both public and private clients.“Highly valued for her leadership, Dawn brings outstanding relationships with clients, a commitment to design and technical excellence, as well as high-quality service delivery to our team.” says Beth Harmon-Vaughan, managing principal of Gensler’s Phoenix office.Prior to joining Gensler, Hart managed projects and the interior architecture team at the Phoenix office of AECOM. Over the past three decades Hart has led projects for corporations, financial services firms, justice facilities and higher education institutions.“Phoenix is my home, and nothing pleases me more than to become part of moving Phoenix forward.” says Dawn Hart. “The future of design is being lead by Gensler, in Phoenix and across the globe, and I am honored to work with such a tremendous group of professionals.”Hart is a registered architect and a United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional. Hart graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, where she also earned a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies.Gensler has a long standing presence in Phoenix and a celebrated reputation for design excellence. As the recipient of 25 recent design awards, including those from the International Interior Design Association and the American Institute of Architects, Gensler’s Phoenix office is home to 42 passionate professionals dedicated to design innovation.last_img read more

Will to Win: The Evolution of NAIOP Arizona

first_imgNAIOP Arizona’s events can draw a crowd. About 750 people attended the group’s signature Night at the Fights event in 2015. However, commercial success was an effort of dozens of chairmen, formerly referred to as presidents. In fact, one former chairman joked that all you had to do was miss the wrong meeting to be “awarded” the role. Now, the list of chairmen, even from the early days, are accomplished and recognized industry- wide for success.“It’s the preeminent national real estate development organization and I believe then and now that I needed to be involved in the organization,” says John Strittmatter, chairman of Ryan Companies US, Inc., whojoined NAIOP-AZ in 1994, when Ryan Companies opened an office in Arizona. “I got more involved as this office became more active.”John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager of Liberty Property Trust’s Arizona region, came from the Midwest to start business in a new region for the company.“Nobody knew me or my company. As much as I put into (NAIOP), it came nowhere near what I got out of it. I encourage people to get involved in our industry. As willing as you are to get involved, the more you get out of it. It helped me get integrated into the real estate community here.”With a continuing goal of expanding membership, the chapter imported events like Night at the Fights, borrowed from a successful Orange County chapter. The chapter was ona mission for a signature event that could raise resources for the group. Now, it has multiple signature events.“The goal wasn’t to make a lot of money, but to make a lot of friends,” Bob Mulhern says about the group’s first golf tournament, held at The Raven. “Over the next five years, we became the organization that offered bigger relationship-building events.”David Krumwiede was talked into joining by his then-employer and former NAIOP President Tom Roberts in 1986.When he eventually became president, akin to what’s now the role  of chairman, Phoenix was coming out of the savings and loan crisis and considered an up-and-coming market. It was time, Krumwiede says, for signature events. At the time, NAIOP had 40 members. Even Krumwiede’s secretary doubled as the organization’s admin during his presidency.“We didn’t have a big budget, so we rolled the dice by throwing a big, signature event,” he recalls. That event was the first Night at the Fights.The event was held at the Ritz and drew a crowd of 250 people. Many of which, Krumwiede says with some amusement, didn’t even know what to expect or had ever seen live boxing. At the 2015 Night at the Fights, the event capped out at 750 attendees.“It was such a big event, if it didn’t go well, we weren’t going to be a chapter anymore,” Mulhern says.“Some of us weren’t sure if it would be successful,” Strittmatter admits. “I was sort of on the fence about it and (Dave) Krumwiede always kids me on this … If you look at who is in the organization and who is in the events, it’s people I deal with daily. It’s an opportunity for me to create and find resources for Ryan (Companies) to use.”Events like Night at the Fights, that helped bring NAIOP-AZ into the black paved the way for a stronger legislative presence due to its ability to donate to PACs and lobby at the Legislature. The chapter has a legacy of bringing in more than just figurehead presidents, Mulhern says.“It’s like any business. It’s being seen a lot of places, doing a lot of stuff, volunteering. You become friends with all these people,” says Bolton. “When you call, they know who you are. Is there one person, is there one event? Nah.”Bolton also brought one more important thing to the table — a recommendation for Tim Lawless.Lawless has been the CEO for nearly 10 years.“They really go in there and pour a lot of time and energy into it,” Mulhern says. “It just amazes me how much each person adds.”The networking events are a gateway to NAIOP-AZ’s role as an advocate for commercial development.When Craig Coppola was chairman of NAIOP, Arizona’s commercial real estate taxes were among the top five most expensive in the nation.“We were at a distinct competitive disadvantage competing for new company relocations,” Coppola says. “Additionally, the entire commercial real estate industry was disjointed, with each segment looking out for its own specific interests. NAIOP was the group that could organize, coordinate, and advocate for commercial real estate. At the time, this was our sole focus because it had so much impact on the future.”Bolton recalls, in 2000, “the biggest, largest, most dreadful attack on commercial real estate in Arizona” was initiated by the Sierra Club. The group was attempting to put a development restriction ring around every municipality that had 2,500 or more citizens, akin to Portland.“That was a huge referendum that NAIOP, along with many others, were able to get the real information out to the market, to the citizens and they voted no,” Bolton says. “That was the legacy … (Arizona was the) only state in the country trying this. We beat them so handily, they dropped it in other places.”Bolton was also the member who brought Lawless to NAIOP, whose main focus has been property tax reform.“Our voice has adopted a consistent, focused, and reasoned approach to help make Arizona competitive in taxation and meaningful job creation,” Coppola says. “We have had some major wins for our industry, but those wins have really helped Arizona’s economy grow markedly. Within the organization, the average member knows that our collective efforts matter and are encouraged to be thoughtful business citizens. I think this results in a more effective and productive trade organization.”last_img read more

The Split-Dalmatia County has provided 1,5 million kuna for hosts in family accommodation

first_imgYesterday, in the hall of the Split-Dalmatia County, the prefect Zlatko Ževrnja signed and handed over contracts for the award of grants for raising the quality of the tourist offer in the Split-Dalmatia County within the program “Program for raising the quality of the tourist offer”. Beneficiaries are legal and natural persons who provide accommodation services in rooms, studio apartments, suites, holiday homes and exclusively for existing facilities in order to raise the quality of the facility.About 80 small renters received support, and the total amount of allocated funds is 1,5 million kuna, while individual grants amounted to 5.000 to 30.000 thousand kuna. “Despite the not very large county budget, we managed to cover this type of entrepreneurship as well. We want to help you, too, small renters. I am glad that more and more renters come from the Dalmatian hinterland because that part geographically occupies 80 percent of the area of ​​our county, and only one percent of guests get acquainted with all the benefits of the hinterland. There lies a huge potential and we all have to work together to exploit it. We are at your disposal for, in addition to this help, also for the educational one”, Pointed out Zlatko Ževrnja, prefect of Split-Dalmatia County, and added that through this support program, in addition to tourism, the economic effect was launched because through it many small and medium craftsmen and entrepreneurs are engaged.The Head of the Administrative Department for Tourism and Maritime Affairs emphasized that the goal of this program is to achieve that “Dalmatian flair”. He also announced its sequel in 2017. ” And through the next year, this project continues, and we add some news. We will also increase funds, especially for those landlords who decide to professionalize, or establish businesses and companies”, Emphasized the head of Čogelj. Beneficiaries thanked the County for the grant, and pointed out that they are very welcome because investments are necessary every year if you want to stay, but also to attract new guests.last_img read more

On The Job In Los Alamos: NMDOT Road Repair Crew

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos this morning are members of the New Mexico Department of Transportation road crew repairing the dip in the road in front of Kwik Lube on Trinity Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img

Hotels spring up across spa city

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M7 acquires first major brownfield regeneration project

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East Hampton Village, Sag Harbor Arrests

first_imgA Hampton Bays man is facing a felony charge after a traffic stop around midnight in East Hampton Village July 4. Aidderman Raul Ospina, 32, was pulled over after village police had received a call from East Hampton Town police, warning that a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe was being driven erratically. The arresting officer said that he spotted the Tahoe and began trailing it west on Main Street, and that Ospina was swerving across lane lines, and accelerated to 40 miles per hour after making the turn onto Woods Lane, where the speed limit is 30 mph.Sitting next to Ospina in the Tahoe was his fiancée, police said, while in the backseat was the woman’s 12-year-old child. Ospina appeared intoxicated, the officer reported, and failed sobriety tests.Ospina was placed under arrest on a felony charge of aggravated DWI, as well as a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.Ospina was released the next day after posting $5000 bail.Village police also arrested Thomas John Lobue, 52, of Manhattan and Water Mill, the night of July 6. Lobue was charged with DWI as a first-time misdemeanor. He was released the next morning without bail.Sag Harbor Village police arrested Ramunas Lauzadis, 55, the night of July 8. A patrol car armed with a license plate reader flagged Lauzadis’s 2017 Toyota Rav 4 as having a suspended registration, police said. After being pulled over, Lauzadis failed sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest on misdemeanor DWI charges. He was arraigned the next morning in front of Sag Harbor Village’s new Associate Justice, Steven Tekulsky. He set bail at $500, which was posted. t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Nex Flow highlights star-type Air Mag nozzle

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