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first_imgVermont Auditor of Accounts Tom Salmon, who was rebuffed by the Democratic leadership last spring, announced today that he was switching parties and will join the Republican Party. Salmon won the position of state auditor as a Democrat in 2006 when he beat one-term incumbent Republican Randy Brock. That race saw Brock apparently win re-election in a very tight race, before a re-count gave the race to Salmon by 102 votes. Salmon cited the lack of fiscal responsibility among legislative leaders during the debate over the state budget. Salmon had offered to mediate discussions between Republican Governor James Douglas and the Democratically controlled Legislature, but was turned down by Speaker of the House Shap Smith. He said the Republicans are better able to manage the fiscal matters of the state, as represented by Governor Douglas.Salmon further said he will likely run for re-election for Auditor, but there is “a 10 percent chance,” he will run for governor or lieutenant governor instead. Several Republicans are deferring their decisions on 2010 until Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie decides what, if any, position he will run for. Dubie has indicated he is considering a run for governor. Douglas has already stated he will not seek re-election and will not run for any office in 2010. Salmon made his announcement at the State House shortly after 11 am on Tuesday September 8, 2009.Salmon, 46, has served in Iraq for long tours of duty in the US Navy Reserve while also holding the post of auditor. Thomas M Salmon is the son of the former Vermont Governor Thomas P Salmon, who served from 1973-1977 as a Democrat. The elder Salmon served as a surrogate during his son’s re-election campaign because serving military cannot also campaign for office. Salmon met little resistance in being re-elected last year.Vermont Business Magazine conducted a Q&A with Tom Salmon December 2007 with Robert Smith. In that interview he explained why he ran for auditor:”I ran for state auditor, because as a Rockingham Selectman, I had moved from a simmer to a boil about how fiscal management was occurring in the state. I really didn’t think that anyone was taking responsibility for the fiscal management of the parts of the state. Prior to being a selectman, I go back to December 2005. I’m a Navy Reservist, a Seabee, construction battalion, dirt sailors – we’re never on a ship, so when people see us in our greens they say, ‘Look mommy, it’s an Army man!’ I was in Gulfport, Mississippi, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That situation moved me to want to commit to public service. I decided when I came home that I was going to run for the select board in Rockingham. The finances were a mess, the morale was not good, the divisive situation over buying the dam – you were here so you know.”Salmon is a CPA who was born and raised in Bellows Falls. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College and was trained in auditing at Coopers and Lybrand (now known at Price Waterhouse Coopers) in both Hartford, Conn., and Los Angeles, Calif. He attained CPA status in 1993 and worked with a small public accounting firm in Southern California and later in Southern Vermont. Tom also became a licensed teacher and taught in the inner city of Los Angeles while continuing his accounting work.In 2002, Salmon and family returned to Bellows Falls until moving to St. Johnsbury. He is a former member of the Rockingham Selectboard, and is a member of the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Certified Fraud Examiners Association, AICPA, and a member of various boards including the Three River Valley Business and Educational Partnership.Here is a copy of the letter Salmon sent to his supporters:”September 5, 2009Dear Friend,   It is an honor to serve  as Auditor for the State of Vermont. In 2006, I was elected as a Democrat. In 2008, I was re-elected on the Democratic/Republican ticket. 2010 will be different.I am changing my political affiliation to align myself with the party closest to my core beliefs. It is my belief that the VT Republican party is closest to accepting the realities of our times; and is therefore the party best equipped to manage the very real and troubling economic and social conditions which confront us not only today, but in the coming decade.As many of you know, in the face of the enormous fiscal crisis, I have sounded the alarm for new thinking, responsible budgeting, meaningful long-term planning and painful prioritization.When I returned home from Iraq, I witnessed first-hand a budget process rife with deficiencies and dysfunction.  There was little balance in the debate.As a Certified Public Accountant, I recently completed my required Ethics course for re-licensing.  The Professional Code of Conduct demands that I act with integrity, objectivity and independence. As Auditor, I have preached that Vermont is on an unsustainable track we cannot tax ourselves out of. I believe the majority of Vermonters do not want to see tax increases as a consequence of poor planning.  However, without major restructuring of human services, corrections management and public education (which together account for some 75% of our expenditures) we are going to find that situation unavoidable. Removing even greater sums of capital out of our job-creating private sector and the budgets of Vermont families will only hasten the ill effects of the current crisis. We all watch a healthcare reform movement focused on increased access rather than A) addressing the root causes of the problem B) fixing Medicaid and Medicare or C) promoting incentives and personal responsibility.  The big losers are our young people, the vulnerable elderly population and the viability of Vermont’s 1778 motto of “Freedom and Unity.”I am a believer in the America of hard work and “get oneself upstream” with a combination of personal commitment and external support.  I’m not a believer that all of our future tax dollars should go to interest on debt or “education, medication and incarceration.”  In the current form of these primarily government-controlled expenditures, this is a path leading to a dangerous imbalance of our “Freedom and Unity.”  Economic freedom is an essential component in achieving and maintaining political freedom.  Over the more than 200 years of our nation’s founding, too many of our fine soldiers have died for the protection of these freedoms. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you with full commitment and transparency. I promise to do my best to perform the job Vermonters have elected me to do.Thomas M. Salmon CPAVermont State Auditor”last_img read more

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first_img See also: The company voluntarily recalled its products on Feb 14, and recently expanded the recall to include three peanut butter dessert topping brands that were made from bulk Peter Pan peanut butter supplied by the ConAgra plant. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter produced after December 2005 or any Great Value brand peanut butter produced after the same date with a product code on the lid that begins with 2111. Both products are made at the same ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Ga., where investigators recently tested samples and found the same Salmonella enterica strain linked to the outbreak. Salmonella outbreaks involving peanut butter are rare. Documented episodes include a 1996 Australian outbreak that sickened 15 people and a 1994-95 outbreak in Israel and Wales that was traced to contaminated peanut butter–coated snacks and affected about 2,200 people, mostly children. Two closely related DNA fingerprints of S enterica serovar Tennessee have been associated with the outbreak, and the organism has been found in 15 jars of peanut butter, the CDC said.center_img Mar 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials tracking a large Salmonella outbreak linked to certain peanut butter brands announced that the number of sickened patients has grown by 55 to a total of 425 cases in 44 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a press release this week. S enterica typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Of 351 patients for whom clinical information is available, 71 (20%) have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates, known for 301 patients, ranged from Aug 1, 2006, to Feb 16, 2007, according to the CDC. Sixty-seven percent of the illnesses began after Dec 1. Mar 7 CDC press releaselast_img read more

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first_img Bill Signing,  Criminal Justice Reform,  Español,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó el Proyecto de ley 637 del Senado, que se basa en sus reformas de la justicia penal y en su promesa de cumplir con una recomendación para modernizar las habilitaciones de trabajo, para eliminar los obstáculos obsoletos con respecto a las habilitaciones para que los trabajadores calificados con antecedentes penales puedan tener una segunda oportunidad y comenzar buenas carreras. El Gobernador ha abogado por cambios radicales en el proceso de otorgamiento de habilitaciones durante años.El Gobernador propuso reformas a los requisitos de las habilitaciones laborales y a las juntas de habilitaciones laborales para eliminar los obstáculos que impiden obtener un empleo, de modo que los trabajadores calificados puedan realizar los trabajos de su elección. En 2017, el Gobernador firmó un decreto que exigía la revisión de las habilitaciones de trabajo mediante una comparación con otros estados y un grupo de trabajo designado por el gobernador realizó un informe en 2018 que describía muchas propuestas para reducir la burocracia y modernizar el proceso de las habilitaciones de trabajo. Las reformas incluyeron la eliminación de las restricciones antiguas de antecedentes penales. Uno de cada cinco residentes de Pennsylvania necesita una habilitación ocupacional de una junta o de una comisión para hacer su trabajo, lo que significa más de un millón de trabajadores.“Pennsylvania debe ser un lugar donde las personas trabajadoras puedan poner sus habilidades en marcha”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Negar arbitrariamente a alguien una habilitación de trabajo en base a normas obsoletas respecto de los antecedentes penales es incorrecto. Esta nueva ley bipartidista se centra en el sentido común para permitir a las personas perseguir el sueño americano y construir una vida mejor en Pennsylvania. Es bueno para los trabajadores calificados, para sus empleadores y para nuestra economía”.El proyecto de ley realiza las siguientes mejoras a las 29 juntas de habilitaciones ocupacionales:Las juntas y comisiones ya no pueden usar el historial criminal de una persona para negarle la habilitación laboral, a menos que su historial criminal esté directamente relacionado con la ocupación para la que solicita la habilitación.Solicita a las juntas que antes de negar la habilitación consideren individualmente las solicitudes basadas en el delito, el tiempo transcurrido desde la condena y el progreso personal y la capacitación del solicitante, entre otros factores.Exige que las juntas creen una lista pública de delitos penales que pueden impedir otorgar la habilitación.Permite a los individuos obtener una decisión preliminar si es probable que la condena los descalifique para obtener la habilitación de modo que no pierdan tiempo y dinero en capacitaciones. Las personas aún pueden solicitar y presentar evidencias que respalden sus habilitaciones.Crea habilitaciones temporales en peluquería y cosmetología para reentrantes capacitados en un centro correccional a quienes de otra manera se les negaría una habilitación debido a sus antecedentes penales. Las personas a quienes se les otorgan estas habilitaciones pueden trabajar de uno a dos años y demostrar sus habilidades.Las juntas no pueden emitir una habilitación para que alguien condenado por un delito sexual ejerza como profesional médico. Las juntas no pueden considerar las condenas de menores o las condenas que han sido eliminadas bajo la ley Clean Slate (Pizarra limpia) para determinar la elegibilidad. El Departamento de Estado y las juntas de habilitaciones redactarán una guía para ayudar a las personas con condenas penales a solicitar una habilitación.“El Departamento de Estado de Pennsylvania ha sido un firme defensor de las normas sobre habilitaciones profesionales que protegen la salud y la seguridad de los residentes de Pennsylvania y están libres de requisitos innecesarios o poco claros”, dijo la Secretaria de Estado Kathy Boockvar. “Creemos que esta nueva ley es un paso adelante hacia esa meta. Aplaudimos a la legislatura y al Gobernador Wolf por hacer esta reforma tan necesaria en las leyes de habilitaciones estatales”.“La firma de esta legislación sirve como una oportunidad y no como un favor para muchos residentes de Pennsylvania involucrados con la justicia que han cometido errores, han aprendido de ellos y están buscando activamente mejorar sus vidas”, dijo el Secretario Flood. “Me gustaría agradecer al Gobernador, a la Asamblea General de Pennsylvania y los senadores DiSanto y Schwank por su liderazgo en este tema de importancia crucial”.La reforma de la justicia penal y la reforma de la habilitación ocupacional son prioridades para el Gobernador Wolf. Ayer fue el segundo aniversario de la firma del Gobernador de la histórica ley Clean Slate (Pizarra limpia), que permite a las personas solicitar a los tribunales que se sellen sus expedientes si una persona ha estado sin condenas durante 10 años por un delito que resultó en un año o más en prisión y ha pagado todas las deudas financieras ordenadas por el tribunal.La administración Wolf también actuó en 2017 para “eliminar la casilla”, que elimina las preguntas sobre antecedentes penales de las solicitudes de empleo estatales. Eliminar la casilla permite que los solicitantes con antecedentes penales sean juzgados por sus habilidades y calificaciones y no solo por sus antecedentes, al tiempo que se preserva la evaluación adecuada durante el proceso de contratación.El Gobernador también firmó los siguientes Proyectos de ley de la Cámara de Representantes (HB):HB 364, HB 1003, HB 1185, HB 1188, HB 1379, HB 1405, HB 1457, HB 1510, HB 1564, HB 1597, HB 1710, HB 2018, HB 2171. Asimismo, firmó lo siguientes Proyectos de ley del Senado (SB): SB 351, SB 595, SB 842, SB 905 y SB 997.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf firma un proyecto de ley bipartidista para eliminar los obstáculos que impiden trabajar a las personas con condenas penalescenter_img July 01, 2020last_img read more

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: La Liga confirmed on Thursday it will appeal the decision to play Saturday’s postponed Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 18.The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced the new date on Wednesday after the two clubs came to an agreement following the postponement of the original fixture at Camp Nou due to violent, pro-independence protests in Catalonia. La Liga proposed the postponement last week but want the match to be rescheduled for December 4.”La Liga does not share the Competition Committee’s decision to set December 18 as the date of the Clasico match and will appeal,” La Liga said in a statement on Thursday.Listing its reasons for opposing December 18, La Liga said the rules state postponed games should be played at the earliest possible opportunity, which is December 4, and that clubs have no power to decide dates of matches.La Liga added that it holds the responsibility for setting dates due to broadcasting considerations and that December 18 also clashes with the Copa del Rey.The appeal will be lodged in the common courts and to the Spanish government’s Sports Council (CSD).The RFEF said on Wednesday: “The decision of the Competition Committee has taken place after analysing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, who were invited to agree a date and decided on December 18.”It has also analysed a report from the RFEF Competitions Area as well as numerous reports submitted by La Liga, which are not binding.”Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Tuesday he hoped the two clubs would not be drawn into a political “war” between La Liga and the RFEF, who have clashed on various issues in recent years.”I would like common sense to prevail,” Valverde said.”I would like there to be a date settled and for the internal wars between La Liga and the RFEF not to involve us.”Barcelona moved top of La Liga last weekend, one point ahead of Real Madrid. barcelonaEl Clasicofootballla liga First Published: October 24, 2019, 8:05 PM ISTlast_img read more

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