Central Florida Democrat Murphy and Republican co-sponsor childcare bill

first_img TAGSFocus on CongressRep. Stephanie Murphy Previous article7 Must Know SAT/ACT Test Taking Tips,Next articleTeachers encouraged to apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Focus on CongressFrom businessinsider.comIn an era when bipartisan efforts in Washington have been few and far between, two members of Congress — a Republican and a Democrat — have unveiled a new bill aimed at making childcare more affordable, hoping to garner support for potential inclusion in a coming tax plan.Last week, Reps. Kevin Yoder of Kansas and Stephanie Murphy of Florida introduced the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone Act in the House. The legislation aims to make childcare more affordable for families by modestly tweaking existing tax credits and raising spending-account limits used to cover the costs of childcare.Rep. Stephanie MurphyThe PACE Act proposes making the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit — a deductible tax credit for parents of children under 13 — refundable, allowing families with no tax liabilities to take advantage of the credit. Many families today cannot benefit from the credits because they don’t earn enough to pay income taxes. The bill would also tie the credit’s value to inflation to meet rising childcare costs.“As we begin to look to modernize the tax code, we have to be responsive to those families that are struggling,” Yoder said in an interview. “Childcare is one of the biggest line items on young families’ monthly budget.”According to the bill’s proponents, for a lower-income family of four making less than $15,000 a year, the bill would increase benefits from nothing today to a refundable $3,000 credit. For a family of four making $55,000 a year, the legislation would increase the tax refund by $900.The plan would also raise the cap on the amount families could put into flexible spending accounts to $7,500 from $5,000, a move the bill’s crafters said would effectively lower taxes on childcare spending.The proposal is a companion to the PACE bill introduced by Sens. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with Democrats, and Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, in the chamber earlier this year.Childcare costs remain a heavy burden for millions of Americans.According to a 2015 Center for American Progress report, American families on average spend 29% of their after-tax income on childcare costs, which can exceed tuition and fees for a public four-year college in 31 states and the District of Columbia.The PACE Act isn’t the only affordable-childcare plan that has been floated this year.In June, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, and Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, introduced a bill aimed at improving childcare for military families by experimenting with public-private military partnerships.President Donald Trump’s administration has also nodded at trying to make childcare affordable, dispatching Ivanka Trump to discuss the issue at high-profile events.But the White House has waffled and stalled on the issue.Trump’s initial proposed plan relied on tax deductions, which tend to benefit individuals and families with higher tax burdens. But in April, The Washington Post reported that the president was shifting course from an earlier childcare bill that critics said would disproportionately benefit well-off families.A senior administration official told The Post that the administration was considering a proposal similar to PACE that would increase the value of the credits and make the tax credit refundable.The bill is more modest than aggressive plans that Democrats have proposed in the past, including proposals that would cap family childcare spending at 10% of income.Murphy acknowledges that the plan doesn’t go as far as she would like but says the bill is most likely one of the best that could be signed into law during this congressional term.“You can’t let the perfect get in the way of making progress,” Murphy told Business Insider. “We need to get this passed and move incrementally towards addressing a variety of issues facing working families.”Yoder’s support for the bipartisan bill comes as he faces what will probably be a difficult reelection. He is one of 23 Republican members of Congress whose districts were won by Hillary Clinton last year. He won reelection by a small margin, and Democratic groups have already invested money in unseating him in 2018.Both Yoder and Murphy said they weren’t particularly conscious of any potential political implications — positive or negative — of compromise.“She’s a target of the NRCC, and I’m a target of the DCCC,” Yoder said of the committees that seek to bolster their respective party in the House, “but frankly, beyond that, we’re just trying to do our jobs. These elections happen so frequently already, we certainly think in the nonelection year, we can focus on policies that help our constituents and solve problems and tune out all that political chatter at least for a little while.” Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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She Loves Me Stars Laura Benanti & Zachary Levi Are Taking Your Questions

first_imgLaura Benanti & Zachary Levi in ‘She Loves Me'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Will he like me? Where’s my shoe? These are the pressing questions She Loves Me’s Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi ask as their characters blossom from bickering parfumerie co-workers to dear friends to head-over-heels lovebirds. Now it’s your turn to ask the stars your questions. That’s right; the pair is coming to Broadway.com HQ for a round of Ask a Star. Is vanilla really their favorite ice-cream flavor? What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for them? How much do first impressions really matter when it comes to true love? What would a Gavin Creel fragrance line be called? Ask away below, and tune in later as the couple interviews each other with your questions! Related Shows Zachary Levi <a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m8jjrb606on96d/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m8jjrb606on96d/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Laura Benanticenter_img She Loves Me Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

The biggest Premier League signings and sales still to happen this summer

first_img 8 John Stones to Manchester City from Everton – It’s a summer that mirrors the last for Stones, but instead Manchester City are the club involved. A year ago the England international tried to force a move to Chelsea and recent reports claim he has attempted the same amid City’s interest. Besides Kompany, Guardiola’s defence doesn’t scream confidence and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the young Everton defender line up at the Etihad next season. Alvaro Morata to Chelsea from Real Madrid – Real activated the release-clause of Morata at Juventus, with many believing the La Liga giants wanted to sell the striker on for a profit. It has been reported that Zinedine Zidane has assured the Spaniard of a role at the club, but if an offer in excess of £60m comes in, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he is sold. Chelsea have been linked with a £67m bid. Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea – Atleti are reportedly desperate to re-sign Costa. While Antonio Conte has insisted there’s no chance the striker will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, it cannot be ruled out. Diego Simeone’s former and current players seem to fall in love with the club, and Costa’s affection may see him force a move. Gabriel Jesus to Manchester City from Palmeiras – Jesus is another exciting young player on Pep Guardiola’s radar. Plenty will be watching his performances for Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics will much interest. To the annoyance of Guardiola, though, rival Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on signing the 19-year-old, too. Nemanja Matic to Juventus from Chelsea – The arrival of N’Golo Kante has left the future of Matic unclear. The former will surely become Antonio Conte’s first choice in central midfield and the latter could decide to move on this summer, as a result. Juventus are reportedly interested, perhaps if Paul Pogba moves to Manchester United. Leroy Sane to Manchester City from Schalke – check out more big deals the Premier League could easily see this summer by clicking the arrow above, right – Sane has long been linked with a move to the Etihad and Pep Guardiola could be the man to land him. Rumour has it City are in talks over a deal for the winger, who is valued by his club at £40m. The Germany international is considered one of the hottest young talents in Europe. 8 8 8 Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal from Olympique Lyonnais – Arsenal need a top class centre forward but the question is, will the stubborn Arsene Wenger make a move? The Gunners have reportedly followed up a £29.3m offer with a £33.5m bid for Lacazette, and the club’s fans will be desperate to see the forward swap Lyon for London. 8 Paul Pogba to Manchester United from Juventus – Will he, won’t he? Reports claim United are prepared to pay a world record fee for the Frenchman, possibly in excess of £100m. This figure has left many in disbelief, but as Ed Woodward has proved in the last few seasons, money isn’t an issue. This is a reunion the Premier League would delight in seeing. 8 Much more activity in the summer transfer window is expected – and wanted.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Granit Xhaka and Michy Batshuayi may be a selection of the most exciting names to arrive in England, but supporters are itching for more big-name arrivals.Will Paul Pogba really complete a £100m move to Manchester United? Will Arsenal sign a top class striker? Will Pep Guardiola freshen his side up with more signings?With such questions in mind, talkSPORT has taken a look at eight huge transfers the Premier League could yet see – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 8 8last_img read more

Dating Disaster: Is Neanderthal the New Piltdown?

first_imgWe all know it by heart: Neanderthal Man was a big-boned, hairy cave-dweller that got pushed out of northern Europe 40,000 years ago by the smarter modern humans.  Could this all be wrong?  Did some bones actually belong to real people living in recorded history?    The man who dated some of these bones, a carbon-14 dating specialist at Frankfurt University, Reiner Protsch von Zieten, has just resigned in disgrace after being investigated for fabricating data and plagiarizing the work of others, reports World Net Daily.  Last August, the UK News Telegraph broke the news about the investigation of Protsch.  Growing skepticism over his dates for Neanderthals were causing concern that a “dating disaster” was going to force anthropologists to “rewrite prehistory,” because dates he published, that they all trusted, were way off the mark.  Some famous skeletons he had dated at 36,000 years old turned out with independent tests to be only 7,500 years old, and another claimed by Protsch to be 21,300 years old was only 3,300.  Another specimen Protsch claimed was the oldest early human found in a region of Germany, which he dated at 27,400 years old with radiocarbon, turned out to belong to an elderly man who died around 1750 A.D.  Professor Protsch, who was fond of Cuban cigars and Porsches, has also been accused of illegally selling university fossils to American buyers, and of shredding documents relating to “ gruesome scientific experiments done by the Nazis in the 1930s.”    Apparently this professor has “forged and manipulated facts for 30 years.”  The president of Frankfurt University apologized for not curbing his misconduct for so long, admitting that “A lot of people looked the other way.”  Now that the perpetrator has resigned, what lies in the wake of this latest paleoanthropolical hoax?  Chris Stringer, the head of human origins studies at the London Natural History Museum, put it bluntly: “What was considered a major piece of evidence showing that the Neanderthals once lived in northern Europe has fallen by the wayside.  We are having to rewrite prehistory.”  Robert Todd Carroll on The Skeptics Dictionary has a picture of Protsch and more details about his misdeeds.The legacy of Darwinian paleoanthropology has been one of dating disasters, hoaxes and misinformation.  What did you expect?    This story does not prove that every Neanderthal date is bogus (many more skeletons are known) but casts serious doubt on the whole evolutionary tale of modern humans in Europe.  We need to ask some hard-hitting follow-up questions.  Why did a lot of people look the other way?  Was it because the results provided by this dishonest man fit into their preconceived notion of human evolution?  Did some Neanderthals actually live among us in historical times?  If so, does this not throw the whole Neanderthal classification into disarray?  What other hoaxes are being promulgated right now by other dating labs and bone hunters?    Carroll reminds us that, like Piltdown, this fraud was “discovered by scientists, reported by scientists, and it will be scientists who will work to correct the record.”  This is how science works, he preaches like a good positivist.  He understates, however, the fact that it took 50 years for Piltdown and 30 years in this case, and that the desire to believe in evolution had a lot to do with delaying the victory of the truth.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Energy Code Gets Slightly More Stringent

first_imgThe maximum U-factor for vertical windows was reduced from 0.75 to 0.65 in climate zone 2, from 0.65 to 0.50 in climate zone 3, and from 0.40 to 0.35 in climate zone 4.The maximum solar heat gain coefficient for vertical windows was reduced from 0.40 to 0.30 in climate zones 1, 2, and 3.The minimum wall insulation requirement in climate zones 5 and 6 was increased to R-20.The minimum basement wall insulation requirement was increased to R-15/R-19 in climate zones 6-8, and increased to R-5/R-13 in climate zone 3.The minimum floor insulation requirement increased in climate zones 7-8 to R-38.A new code provision requires either a visual inspection of certain building envelope components or a blower-door test result showing a maximum of 7 air changes per hour @ 50 pascals.A new code provision requires duct leakage testing when air handler and ducts are not located entirely within the conditioned envelope.A new code provision requires that at least 50% of installed lighting fixtures must be at least as efficient as compact fluorescent lights. Proposed Code Changes Were Weakened After NAHB LobbyingFAIRFAX, VA — Because of changes to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) approved at last September’s ICC hearings in Minneapolis, houses built to the prescriptive requirements of the 2009 IECC will use 12.2% less energy on average than houses built to the 2006 IECC. The energy savings percentage was included in a recent report by a Fairfax, Virginia consulting firm, ICF International.At the 2008 Minneapolis hearings, a more sweeping code change proposal — the so-called Thirty Percent Solution — was defeated after vigorous opposition from representatives from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Icynene Incorporated, and Pilkington Glass. The Thirty Percent Solution was supported by a wide coalition of organizations, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition.Supporters of a more stringent energy code have been waiting patiently for the calculation of the energy-savings percentage attributable to the limited IECC code changes adopted after the Thirty Percent Solution was defeated. Most back-of-the-envelope calculations were higher than the 12.2% figure announced by ICF International, so many supporters of the Thirty Percent Solution were disappointed by the news.“We need more insulation on and in walls in just about all climate zones,” said Chris Mathis, an energy expert and president of Mathis Consulting. “I’m very happy we got some savings, but I think we ought to feel a little bit of ‘shame on us.’ What you see are the missed opportunities. We got part of the basket of goods, but we didn’t end up making any of the hard decisions we needed to make. I think that we have missed a huge opportunity to make a dramatic statement about the changes needed in the way we build.”The approved prescriptive code changes responsible for the 12.2% reduction in energy use include the following: Of course, the energy savings will apply only in areas where the 2009 IECC is both adopted — the easy part — and enforced. In most areas of the U.S. today, many requirements of existing energy codes are rarely enforced. To read the full ICF International report, visit thirtypercentsolution.org.last_img read more

Air India Assets Holdings maiden bond issue fully subscribed raises Rs 7000

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India Assets Holdings Ltd (AIAHL) on Monday raised Rs 7,000 crore through bonds issue, which was oversubscribed. AIAHL is a special purpose vehicle of national carrier Air India. As part of efforts to clean up the balance sheet of Air India, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 58,000 crore, little over half of the amount is to be repaid by way of proceeds from the issuance of bonds by AIAHL. An Air India spokesperson on Monday said AIAHL’s bond issue with a three-year tenure of Rs 1,000 crore with a green shoe option of Rs 6,000 crore has been fully subscribed at 6.99 per cent. “The company received bids worth Rs 20,830 crore, which is the highest in the yield based bond market in the history of BSE. The company has decided to accept the entire issue of Rs 7,000 crore,” the spokesperson said. Last week, PTI reported that AIAHL would come out with its bonds issue worth Rs 7,000 crore on September 16.last_img read more

WITH WORKIN MOMS CBC RAISES THE BAR FOR CANADIAN TV

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement I never thought I’d say this, but CBC-TV is on a roll. It began in 2015, with the debut of Schitt’s Creek, a quietly amusing sitcom by Canadian Jewish father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy. In 2016, CBC introduced Kim’s Convenience, a fluffy story of Korean shopkeepers that has proven to be, if not gut-busting comedy, at least a cute, polished family comedy pushing minority representation across the country.Then came 2017, when Workin’ Moms walked in the door, and elevated CBC-TV to a whole other level.Unlike its saturated siblings, Workin’ Moms adopts a sharper tone, mixing adult themes with blunt swears. Showrunner and star Catherine Reitman has created a firmly 21st-century feminist series on par with other great contemporary, women-led televised series, down to the main character baring her breasts in the pilot episode. (My wife pointed out this bizarre trend to me: the leads of Girls, Orange is the New Black, GLOW and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel all appear shirtless, not throughout the series, but pointedly in the pilot, as if complying with some unspoken rite of passage.) WORKIN’ MOMS Twitterlast_img read more

Kayak Adventure turns deadly for American man

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Kayakadventureturnsdeadly, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6, 2017 – Providenciales – An American visitor today died after complaining of a headache when the kayak he and his wife was on flipped over in the waters of Thompson Cove in Provo.   Police reported that the man was pronounced dead at 1:03pm.  Magnetic Media had been contacted by family friends of the man out of California, asking if there was any news of  his death.Police responded to our query and confirmed that “He and his wife was out on a kayak in the area of Thompson Cove.   The Kayak flipped over and when he got back on he complained of headache and later lost conscious.”It was also said an autopsy will be carried out to determined the exact cause of death.#MagneticMediaNews#Kayakadventureturnsdeadlylast_img read more

San Diego County Gun Owners respond to shooting at Del Mar Fairgrounds

first_img DEL MAR (KUSI) – The San Diego County Gun Owners PAC has published an official statement in response to the shooting incident that took place during the Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.RELATED STORY: Armed suspect shot by deputy outside Del Mar FairgroundsTheir statement reads:“In response to the shooting at the Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC calls on the 22nd Agricultural Board to discontinue events that invite violence and, instead, support events that promote family, safety, and law-abiding San Diegans, such as the Crossroads of the West gun show.“Where’s the moral outrage towards the Del Mar Fairgrounds and the Agricultural Association board of directors? The Agricultural Board permitted a rap concert performed by an artist with a history of glorifying violence, drug dealing, gang culture, and degrading women. Guess what happened? Sure enough, violence breaks out with a gun. Yet, the board is entertaining the idea, based on so-called moral grounds, of discontinuing the gun shows attended by thousands of law-abiding San Diegan families who learn gun safety. The board wants to close down or demand additional security for family-oriented events, but then they allow Ice Cube concerts.“Their hypocrisy is obvious: The fairgrounds board has lost all moral authority. We call on the board to realign their priorities with the rule of law and support events that promote safe, legal, responsible activities for families to enjoy, such as the annual county fair and the gun shows.”Michael A. SchwartzExecutive DirectorSan Diego County Gun Owners PAC Mike McKinnon III, San Diego County Gun Owners respond to shooting at Del Mar Fairgrounds Mike McKinnon III Posted: September 4, 2018 September 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more