Categories: Marino News,News 18Oct Rep. Marino introduces bill helping teachers finance classroom supplies Michigan public school teachers who buy their own classroom supplies would be eligible for an income tax credit through legislation introduced today by state Rep. Steve Marino.“From pencils and paper to iPad headphones, more and more Michigan teachers are spending money out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms every year,” Marino, of Harrison Township, said after introducing his legislation. “Their salaries aren’t covering these extra expenses. They deserve some help on their taxes to offset these work-related costs.”The legislation would provide a state income tax credit of up to $1,000 for a single filer and $2,000 on a joint return for those with adjusted gross incomes equal to or below the average salary for a Michigan teacher, which currently is $61,875.Classroom supplies eligible for the deduction would include books, computer programs and accessories such as headphones, art supplies, student awards and other materials needed for classroom projects.National and Michigan-based surveys indicate the average teacher spends hundreds of dollars of their own money on classroom supplies each year, and the costs are rising.“Our public school teachers are working hard and making sacrifices to help build a better future for Michigan,” Marino said. “The way this bill is designed, it will teachers who need the help the most.”###The legislation is House Bill 5136.
15May Rep. Howrylak unveils plan to simplify prevailing wage formula State Rep. Martin Howrylak today unveiled a plan to align Michigan’s prevailing wage formula with the national Davis-Bacon Act wage structure.Currently, Michigan’s prevailing wage requires the state to engage in survey taking of employers, and results in a substantial amount of labor analysis and wage determinations. Oftentimes, illogical wage profiles result, such as grouping wages in Saginaw or Detroit with Houghton. Furthermore, since Davis Bacon wages are already determined by the federal government, the state would save the money and effort of administering a faulty and duplicative system of wages. From an employer standpoint, there is much less record-keeping because there are fewer wage rates.“This ends up being a bump for some wages but a drop for others because it is a fairer, more broadly determined wage,” Rep. Howrylak said. “It does not discriminate in setting the rates to only union contract jobs as the state does and is more properly divided regionally”Rep. Howrylak, of Troy, said his legislation is a solution to the debate over prevailing wage, which requires public works construction projects to offer prevailing union wages and benefits to workers. A ballot petition to repeal prevailing wages is underway, but Rep. Howrylak said his measure will preserve the wage structure in a more simplified form, thus benefiting both employers and employees.“In Michigan there are scores of different classifications of workers and differing prevailing wages depending on which region in the state the construction takes place,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Aligning our formula with the federal plan will streamline the contracting process by reducing the number of geographic regions, which will limit the multitude of job classifications. This is a good middle ground that will benefit employers and employees by simplifying the prevailing wage process.”Rep. Howrylak’s legislation, House Bill 6008, also includes a provision that public construction jobs receiving less than $50,000 in state funding be exempt from the prevailing wage law. This amount should allow for a school or institution to get significant repairs or replacements done in a hurry, such as roof or water damage after a storm, without having to go through a protracted bidding process.House Bill 6008 has been referred to the House Committee on Commerce and Trade.##### Measure benefits both employers and employees Categories: Howrylak News,News
Prisa-backed Portuguese media group Media Capital has signed a deal with Microsoft to make video content available on MSN in Portugal.The agreement will give MSN’s three million unique monthly users access to about 1,200 videos each month, covering fiction, news and entertainment. Media Capital will be responsible for the commercialisation of advertising opportunities on its content.
UK telco BT now has just over 60,000 TV customers with YouView connected TV boxes, the company has revealed. BT said it signed up 21,000 BT Vision customers in the quarter to the end of December. The company ended its fiscal third quarter with 770,000 BT Vision customers.YouView is a joint venture between service providers BT and TalkTalk, transmission services provider Arqiva and broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.BT is proceeding with its multicast rollout and now offers 18 standard-definition linear and four HD linear channels, available to customers for an additional £2 (€2.33) a month.The telco added 122,000 retail broadband customers in the quarter, and added 200,000 customers to its high-speed fibre offering.BT’s retail division posted revenues of £1.8 billion for the quarter, down 3%, and EBITDA of £474 million, up 5%.
New Dublin Voices coming to City of Derry International FestivalFOLLOWING the success of the first six editions, the City of Derry International Choir Festival is back with a bang this autumn from October 23-27, announcing an impressive and diverse line-up of participating choirs from across Europe and South America. Organisers look forward to welcoming more than 50 choirs to the city to take part in competitions, concerts, performances and workshops across the 5-day event. This year’s festival will also include a jam-packed schedule of non-competitive performances by more than 40 local choirs and singing groups as part of the Every Voice Community Programme, in partnership with Derry choir Allegri, resulting in a total of nearly 100 participating choirs.The highlight of the weekend will be the International Competition, to be held on Saturday, October 26, in St. Columb’s Hall. Eight choirs, representing eight countries, will compete for the prestigious “Oak Tree of Derry” trophy and a cash prize of £2,000.The competitors are: ShareTweet Artistic DirectorDerryDONAL DOHERTYInternational competitors announced for this year’s City of Derry International FestivalNew Dublin VoicesST COLUMB’S HALL Coral Brasília, BrazilVoices of Hope, EnglandNew Dublin Voices, IrelandCoro Giovanile Regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia, ItalySt. Zlata Meglenska Female Chamber Choir, North MacedoniaSolheimkoret, NorwayCoro Feminino CVS, PortugalCordydd, Wales#Adjudicating all competitions will be a panel of distinguished choral directors with a wealth of experience as international jurors. The festival welcomes the return of Josep Vila I Casañas, one of the best-known choral conductors in Catalonia and Spain, for his third year leading the team as Chair of the adjudicating panel.Artistic Director of the festival, Dónal Doherty, commented on this year’s line-up, “We’re delighted to announce yet another exciting and outstanding line-up of choirs for this year’s festival. “Derry’s growing reputation as the City of Song continues to serve as a magnet to some of the very best choirs in the world. “The five-day festival will once again bring the whole of the North West alive for all music lovers – Portrush for the golf, Derry for the singing!”Tickets for all festival events go on sale from the Millennium Forum Box office in August. For further information and updates visit www.derrychoirfest.comInternational competitors announced for this year’s City of Derry International Festival was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: