Church Finances – Obotafumeiro Tue, 06 Jul 2021 03:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Church Finances – Obotafumeiro 32 32 Latest Update 2021: Global Dishwasher Detergents Market By COVID-19 Impact Analysis By Market Research Store – KSU Thu, 17 Jun 2021 08:50:53 +0000

Global dishwashing detergents market key players, business approaches and geographic analysis in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Key players:

The main players in the global dishwasher detergent market are Kao, Ecover, LIBY Group, Blue Moon, Shanghai White Cat Group, Seventh Generation, Lemi Shine, Sonett, Persan, Dalli Group, McBride(Danlindï¼ ‰, Amway, Nice Group, Unilever , Nafine, Reckitt Benckiser, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Church & Dwight, Werner & Mertz. Market players help to understand the supply / demand ratio, consumer preferences, latest manufacturing process and latest developments. The competitive landscape focuses more on financial gains and market developments during the forecast period.

This report segments the market based on the following types:

Saponification, Non-saponification

On the basis of Application, the market is segmented into:

Residential, Restaurant

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In the regional analysis, the report clarifies the regional market attractiveness of the market, industrial developments in specific regions, sales analysis, and other market segmentations. The regions comprising the United States, Canada and Mexico in North America, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and the rest of South America as part of South America, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Lithuania, Austria, Ireland, Norway, Poland, rest of Europe in Europe, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Rest of Asia-Pacific (APAC) in Asia-Pacific (APAC), Africa South, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Israel, Egypt, Rest of Middle East and Africa (MEA) as part of Middle East and Africa (MEA ) provide an excellent socio-economic environment for the Dishwashing detergent industry development. It also confirms the market status on both regional and global platform.

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Section 04: presentation

Section 05: market landscape

Section 06: market sizing

Section 07: Five Forces Analysis

Section 08: Market segmentation by product

Section 09: Market segmentation by distribution channel

Section 10: customer landscape

Section 11: Market segmentation by end user

Section 12: regional landscape

Section 13: decision-making framework

Section 14: Drivers and Challenges

Section 15: Market trends

Section 16: competitive landscape

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Article 18: annex

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Boy Scouts honor Ross, Rose posthumously | New Thu, 17 Jun 2021 05:00:00 +0000

MURRAY – The Distinguished Citizen Award presented by the Murray Area Friends of Scouting recognizes community leaders who have provided exceptional service to adults and / or youth in the Murray-Calloway County community.

They don’t have to be associated with the Boy Scouts. They need only illustrate the principles on which Scouting is based: citizenship, moral fiber and the desire to help others improve their lives. David Roos and Jack Rose were honored for these traits on Tuesday afternoon at the 2021 Friends of Scouting Luncheon at Murray First United Methodist Church.

Neither were there in person, as both were recognized posthumously.

Roos, the longtime pastor of First Christian Church and who was instrumental in forming the Murray Calloway County Need Line and the Murray-Calloway branch of Habitat for Humanity, died in August 2019 at the age 85. Rose – a longtime superintendent of Calloway County Schools, who also became dean of the alma mater Murray State University College of Education and mayor of the city of Murray – died last year at the age of 77.

Roos was more associated with the Boy Scouts. For years he has been a strong supporter of the community scouting program, particularly the Boy Scouts of America Troop 77, based at First Christian. Carmen Garland, speaking on behalf of Roos on Tuesday, recalled how this loyalty was expressed in meetings on church finances.

“We would inevitably come within budget, and every year there would be a discussion about costing or renting our facilities. Someone was always bringing up the usual Boy Scout meeting in our communion room and they also had a storage shed that they used in our back parking lot, ”said Garland, setting the stage for Roos. Dr. Roos would come back very slowly but in his very firm David Roos way, he would smile and say, “Naw! It’s great that these boys are here. They can keep their storage shed in the back parking lot.”

“’Yes, that’s very good’, and we could move on. As you all know, he had a very eclectic mind, but what he was to this world, especially in our small part of the world, that’s what matters. Who was he destined to always defend the Boy Scouts. “

After his tenure at First Christian expires, Roos would be one of the main promoters of the Friends of Scouting event. One of the places he did this the most was at Murray’s Rotary Club meetings, where Garland said he was present on other matters as well.

“As a loyal Rotarian, her presence was always noticed,” she said, explaining that along with Scouting and her congregation, her family was her most important concern. “When our Rotarians or family members are recognized in (The Ledger & Times), each recognition is worth a $ 1 fine and those fines go into a fund to help our scholarship programs. If Sgt-at-Arms, or whoever is the right appraiser, never missed any of Dr Roos’ family members, he waved his dollar bills, stood up to remind us of their academic and athletic achievements and he never missed a beat with his kids or grandchildren.

Rose’s presenter was one of his former Murray State College High School alumni, David Garrison, who became an Eagle Scout in 1968. However, it was not around this time that Garrison chose to discuss at length in his speech, although he did. referencing his seventh year when he walked into Rose’s classroom and “looked up.” “

“Anyone who knew Jack looked up,” Garrison said, referring to how Rose was a tall man. “And he was awesome, but a great teacher.

This is what happened many years later, however, that Garrison mentioned the most, especially when he got the chance to work alongside his former teacher.

“What Jack saw was that it wasn’t about boys, it was about leadership, which is why he was also involved in (the Murray-Calloway affiliate of the YMCA) and my two daughters had a great experience in this organization, ”said Garrison, returning to his time as a board member of the Murray-Calloway County Public Hospital Corporation when he worked alongside Rose to hire Stuart’s successor Poston as CEO of Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

“We had some serious issues that took a long time to resolve and what I really learned from him as a professional was that he was a sequential logical thinker, an ‘schemer,’ if you will. . Jack never did anything out of the blue. He had a plan and he and I worked really well together and we shared mutual experiences that allowed us to do some things. “

This work ultimately resulted in the hiring of current CEO Jerry Penner. However, Garrison’s speech also included stories from Roos.

“I used to have breakfast informally with David at Martha’s, usually once a year,” he said, recalling their last meeting. “He and I were celebrating that his three daughters had not had the opportunity to become Eagle Scouts and my two daughters did not, but our four granddaughters are now doing so (after the girls were allowed to continue the rank Eagle Scout in 2019). And I’m excited about it.

“What David and Jack brought to the table was that they were about teamwork. Jack especially had the discipline to bring people to a pace where they could gradually change. I don’t want to be an ax-grinder, but you have to forge a change in the right direction for all of us; Jack had the ability to do it. “

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Kingsport Calendar of Events June 17 | Culture & Leisure Thu, 17 Jun 2021 03:45:00 +0000

KINGSPORT – Two groups have scheduled events in the Model City to commemorate June 19.

The following events (excluding the Thursday online event) are taking place at the VO Dobbins Community Center and Ball Field, 301 Louis St. at MLK Drive.

Events are free, and parking is also free in the nearby Eastman parking lot.

Events and activities are subject to change.


6 p.m. – Virtual presentation on Juneteenth, Constitution and Civil Rights with Dr. Stewart Harris, Associate Director, Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy, Lincoln Memorial University.


6 p.m. – Juneteenth Parade from Centennial Park, downtown Kingsport to Dobbins Ball Field, Louis St. and MLK Drive, Riverview

5:00 p.m. – National Guard Mobile Drug Stash in Bullet Field

8 p.m. – Outdoor film: “The Nutty Professor” (PG), Dobbins Ball Field (free popcorn and cotton candy)


10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony, Special Welcome Letter, Calvin Sneed

“Amazing Grace” by Abey Hensley

10:30 a.m. – Juneteenth goal: Eastman Connect, Bishop Ron Collins and Karen Ellison

Mayor Pat Shull’s June 17th Proclamation

Kingsport City Manager Chris McCartt “Kingsport”

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Words of Unity Miles Burdine

Remarks from Kingsport Police Chief Dale Phipps and Deputy Chief of Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Tracey Kittrell

Reading of the resolution of the Tennessee legislature by Kingsport Alderman Paul Montgomery

Remarks by Sullivan County Commissioner Hunter Locke

Liberty Bell Tolling to Begin June Celebration Events: Kingsport Alderman Betsy Cooper

12 p.m. to 8 p.m. – DJ Jimmy Jam

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – DB Double Dual Wrestling Camp, with coach Wesley Idlette and Trey and Clint Morrisette

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Unity Drum Circle

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – DB Football Camp, with former coach Graham Clark, current coach Joey Christian, former players Teddy Gaines and Malik Foreman

Unity Food Tasting, Douglass Community Hall, VO Dobbins Community Center

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – DB Basketball Skills and Drills, featuring former players Dimingo Hale and Travis Sensabaugh

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Juneteenth Band from Washington, DC

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Demonstration

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Concert by Dove Award-winning singer and rap artist Aaron Cole

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Distribution of school supplies by the Vic Danger Legacy Bikers

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Holloway Dance Hip Hop (large gymnasium Dobbins VO)

5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Kaifa African Fashion Show

5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Door prizes

5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Brotherhood Step Show by Phi Beta Sigma members

6:20 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Juneteenth group selections

7:15 p.m. – Closing remarks on the day’s events; information on Sunday activities

Stands and additional information going on at the Dobbins Ball Court all day:

Balloon Art by New Vision Youth

Beach hut

Mona’s food factory

Eastman Connect Resource Group stand

Joe Bradley Inflatables

Douglass Alumni Sons and Daughters Association

Central Baptist Church voter registration

Job Corps – Shiloh Baptist Church

Northeast State Community College – drones and helicopter

Sullivan County Department of Health – SCAD

KT – Mobile Notary Tina Thompson

United health

Girls, Inc.

Appalachian Literacy Initiative – Gift Books

Northwestern Mutual Finance and Insurance

Clark Funeral Home

Bag races on the ground

Children’s center

Johnson City Face Paint NAACP / UMOJA

Dancing on stage

Food kiosks and vendors (fish, wings, bologna sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, drinks)

Lamp theater

Creations by Tish and Angie

Friends and neighbors

Free New Vision Youth & Children of the Community T-shirt

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Youth Fingerprinting (parent must be present)

Swamp Blood Mobile Unit

Kingsport Fire Department

Sister’s desires

KHRA Life Skills

Farmasi by Radiance Skin Cosmetics

Rap artist soloist Zacharias Dukes

Operation HOPE / First Horizon Bank National Community Outreach


4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Welcome and prayer by Minister Tanya Foreman

Writing by Pastor Barry Braun

Musical selection by Abey Hensely

Atlanta gospel soloist Bonita Williamson

poem Juneteenth by Sister Donna Morrisette

Why Juneteenth by Bishop Ronnie Collins

Music by Christian singer Tobias

Closing remarks by Bishop Ronnie Collins

Blessing of Reverend Kenneth Calvert


The Tri-Cities Juneteenth Festival returns to the Model City from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at Kingsport Memorial Gardens Park (on Fort Henry Drive) across from Dobyns-Bennett High School.


• Vendors and food trucks (from noon to 9 p.m.)

• Children’s area with inflatable houses, face painting and crafts (from noon to 5 p.m.)

• COVID-19 vaccinations by the Sullivan County Health Department (noon to 6 p.m.)

• Sullivan County (2:00 p.m.) and Kingsport (4:30 p.m.) Proclamations

• Stilt-walker shows (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

• Historical presentation by Sherman Patrick, professor of African-American history (1:30 p.m.)

“We have a very diverse range of entertainment. All of our artists are minorities, but they all sing different genres of music including country, hip hop, Latin America and rock, ”said organizer Kiera Moore Majeed.

• TR and Carla Dunn, gospel (2 p.m.)

• Tobias, contemporary Christian (4:45 p.m.)

• Jay Davis, country soul (5:30 p.m.)

• TJ Darnell, acoustic rock (6.15 p.m.)

• Florencia, Latin America (7:30 p.m.)

• Ismaël Nahemia, hip hop (20h)

• Tyrique Shahmir, hip hop (8:30 p.m.)

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Yelm will not apply recent resolution to ignore L&I guidelines Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:05:15 +0000

By Daniel Warn /

The city of Yelm will not implement a recent resolution approved by the council to essentially ignore recent workplace guidelines issued by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), said the Mayor JW Foster.

The guidelines require employers to provide verification of the COVID-19 vaccination status of their workers in order to rescind mask warrants in the workplace.

“This is not a suggestion,” said L&I spokesperson Tim Church. “This is a requirement when it comes to COVID. If the employer wants workers to stop wearing masks, then they must provide verification of immunization status. “

Foster told council members on June 8, after passing the resolution, that they had turned their backs on the oath they had taken to uphold the state’s constitution.

“We will not carry out the intent of this resolution,” Foster said in an interview with the Nisqually Valley News on June 16. “The resolution would order me to disobey the legal mandates that come from the organization of work and industries.”

According to Foster, Yelm and Bonney Lake are the only two out of 281 cities in Washington that have resolved to ignore the guidelines, but Bonney Lake ultimately decided not to implement her resolution.

Foster said city staff clarified the guidelines’ requirements with L&I. The city has consulted with its lawyer and insurance company to see what the legal ramifications of the resolution might be.

“My job is to take care of the town of Yelm – the fiduciary responsibility to ensure our finances are protected,” Foster said, referring to the enforcement fines the resolution could incur, as well as the vulnerability to prosecution.

If a city company uses the resolution as fuel to ignore guidelines and L&I fines them, the company could turn around and sue the city to settle the debt, Foster confirmed at the meeting. advice.

L&I enforces the guidelines based on complaints, Church said, and could show up at a workplace to check on a company’s tracking with the guidelines.

Additionally, Foster said he needs to think about the city’s workforce.

“My responsibility is also to the employees who work in (the town hall), to provide them with a safe and comfortable environment,” he said. “And by ‘comfortable’ I mean most of our employees wanted to remove their masks in the workplace and this is the advice L&I gave us to make that happen.”

Church said if employers don’t want to follow the guidelines, they must require their employees to wear masks.

Taking advice is one way to avoid doing just that, Foster said.

“I’m not going to take the advice that ‘make everyone wear a mask’,” Foster said. “It seems (like) a more authoritarian and totalitarian type attitude.”

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Banks ask for external aid for the CECL in a context of economic recovery Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:08:42 +0000

Mississippi-headquartered BancorpSouth Bank has joined the growing number of banks using outside consultants to help them meet current expected credit loss (CECL) rules.

The bank enlisted the help of risk consultancy firm 4most to help it navigate the changing risk landscape as the United States recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

From December 2019, US lenders began to account for credit losses over expected losses (the CECL model), whereas previously they were valued on incurred losses.

UK-based 4most company offers a range of credit risk initiatives and provides economic information and forecasting to lenders unsure of how to handle market volatility.

“BancorpSouth, like all banks, is keen to understand the current risk environment and how this could change in the coming months after the crisis emerges”, said Keith Church, head of economics at 4most.

BancorpSouth and 4most worked on a series of scenarios and analyzes for “Fully understand the immediate and emerging economic environment and be in a better position to assess threats and maximize opportunities”, Church added.

Banks across the United States have been pushing for the CECL’s accounting rules to be delayed in early 2020 as the pandemic took hold. However, the KBRA rating agency argued that this would not impact losses from defaulted loans.

When the first group of banks adopted the CECL in early 2020, data from the Federal Reserve showed reserves for the entire sector were unaffected or had declined slightly, according to KBRA.

In December of last year, banks were cutting reserves they had set aside to mitigate expected loan losses from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Now, banks are increasingly partnering with risk analysis firms to help them assess the long-term economic impacts of the pandemic, particularly on the outlook for their loan portfolios.

Other areas under study include the labor market, wages and prices, household finances, and residential and commercial real estate prices.

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Lee County mother starts suicide prevention nonprofit one year after daughter’s death Wed, 16 Jun 2021 20:57:48 +0000 BROADWAY, NC (WTVD) – Latishea McAuley’s walk to her daughter’s grave, just outside Cameron Grove AME Zion Church on Broadway, came with a bit more weight on Tuesday.

“I feel very, very broken because I wish I could have saved my own child,” McAuley said.

June 15 marked exactly one year since McAuley’s daughter Sierra Mclean had committed suicide at the age of 18.

In an interview with ABC11, McAuley, now a mother of two, described Sierra as an intelligent and outgoing young woman, “She knew how to cook really well!”

But McAuley knew his daughter was struggling as well, struggling with her sanity. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD.

She was able to provide Sierra with prescribed counseling and medication, but knew when Sierra was struggling. But she didn’t expect Sierra to commit suicide just a week after graduating from high school.

McAuley remembers Sierra giving him a present early, knowing immediately that something was wrong with that kind gesture. “She graduated from high school on June 9,” McAuley said with tears in his eyes.

A year after Sierra and McAuley’s death made it her mission to help others, something she felt called to do after two more teenagers committed suicide in the Lee County community soon after. Sierra’s passing.

McAuley decided to take it a step further in June: “I actually created a nonprofit called SAM, which is Sierra A’lise Mclean Incorporated,” adding that the new nonprofit seeks to provide families the finances to seek advice and pay for drugs.

On Tuesday, McAuley also teamed up with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to host a suicide awareness barbecue called “Sierra Day,” in hopes of preventing other parents from walking in his place.

A new CDC report finds a 51% increase in suspected suicide attempts among girls ages 12 to 17 during the pandemic.

Sheriff Tracy Carter says this statistic is unfortunately not shocking, adding that it is something he is trying to resolve in his community.

Carter is hoping that ‘Sierra Day’ plays a part in helping others, “we face it every year, unfortunately. It happens too often and, you know, I hope maybe it could encourage someone who has trouble asking for help. “

For McAuley, this new nonprofit will be Sierra’s legacy, saying she will “continue to try to help other family members, so they don’t have to deal with this at all. what I’m facing now “.

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Police arrest suspect in Church Point robbery, looking for burglar Wed, 16 Jun 2021 18:26:20 +0000

First, let’s start with the good news.


A man identified as a suspect in a Church Point store theft has been arrested by Church Point police. The announcement was made on Church Point Police Facebook Page.


In another case, detectives from the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office are trying to find out who robbed a house in the 5000 block of Roberts Cove Road in Rayne. The incident occurred on October 15, 2020, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, the unknown suspect (s) broke into a door and stole two safes weighing 150 pounds each and a black Stevens Model 62 .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle.

You are urged to call the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office advice line at 789-TIPS if you have any information about the home burglary. Or, you can download their P3 app on your mobile phone.

Your calls / advice will remain anonymous. Additionally, you can get up to $ 1,000 in cash rewards if your information leads to an arrest in the case.

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Who is Waylon Payne? 5 things you should know Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:15:20 +0000

In 2020, singer-songwriter Waylon Payne released his long-awaited second album, Blue Eyes, Prostitute, Queer, Pusher & Me – a 16-year project in the making. His first album, The Vagabond, arrived in 2004.

A collection full of intimate, incisive lyrics and poignant personal stories, set on vibrant guitar playing, Payne’s album chronicles his relentless journey to sobriety and happiness. The project includes songs he wrote while struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, as well as during his sobriety process, highlighting the friendships that helped him along the way.

Blue eyes also finds Payne confronted with his often painful past. Born into country music royalty as the son of “Help Me Make It Through the Night” star Sammi Smith and Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne, the singer was raised by his aunt and uncle – the latter being sexually abusive towards Payne. When the artist came out at the age of 18, he simultaneously exposed this abuse and his family refused to believe him, which ultimately broke his relationship with them.

Payne clarifies that it wasn’t just the fact that he was gay that his family couldn’t accept: it was the fact that his uncle had been abusive.

“Rather than face this and deal with this, they just denied me because I was gay,” Payne said. “I didn’t really go out. I was talking to someone, and they didn’t like the way it sounded.”

It was the start of Payne’s tumultuous journey to discovering himself and his identity as an artist. Along the way, he never stopped making music, nor forging musical friendships that changed his life.

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Looming tax cliff could reignite CT’s tax fairness debate Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:08:25 +0000

Reverend Rodney Wade, pastor of Long Hill Bible Church in Waterbury, speaks at a rally of religious and labor leaders outside the Capitol earlier this month

Even though state coffers, for now, are inundated with cash, a huge fiscal cliff looms in two years, when billions of dollars in federal stimulus grants expire.

Despite a record-breaking rainy day fund and a new biennial state budget free from major tax hikes, unprecedented unemployment and deep pockets of urban poverty could easily shift the tax fairness debate into the economy. Connecticut – which accelerated last spring – into high gear in 2024.

“We came out of hell for a year, and I think it was really important that we came together in terms of the budget,” Governor Ned Lamont said last Thursday, a day after lawmakers adjourned a session which passed an amount of $ 46.4 billion, two state budget that makes big investments in municipal aid, education, health care, social services and economic development, all without major tax increases.

But about 4% of that plan, nearly $ 1.8 billion, was backed by one-time federal relief from coronaviruses, most of which will have expired after the next biennium, which begins July 1.

And that’s not the only volatile backing that’s holding back state finances.

State income tax receipts related to payroll deduction arrived this fiscal year at 99% of budgeted levels – despite the fact that more than 170,000 unemployed residents continue to receive weekly unemployment benefits. By comparison, Connecticut lost 120,000 jobs during the Great Recession of 2007-09.

But federal improvements to state unemployment benefits have supported the incomes of thousands of jobless households, and most of these benefits are subject to income tax.

In other words, when benefits expire and federal improvements disappear, state tax revenues could plummet – unless Connecticut can put thousands of people back to work. To further complicate matters, Connecticut still lags most other states in terms of personal income growth.

And quarterly state income tax returns, which primarily relate to capital gains and other investment income, expected to bring in $ 5.44 billion over the next two fiscal years combined.

That’s 35% more than state analysts forecast for the 2021-2023 biennium during the worst days of the pandemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed last Wednesday, the last day of the regular legislative session, at nearly 34,560 points, a whopping 33% more than it ended on March 4, 2020, just as the pandemic was hitting Connecticut.

And while the new state budget predicts the pursuit of healthy Wall Street-related tax revenues, some lawmakers fear Connecticut is just a bear market away from trouble.

“We will have our challenges trying to balance this budget” in two years, said parliamentary minority leader Vincent J. Candelora, R-North Branford.

A significant portion of the GOP minorities in the House and Senate voted for the budget. “It was the Republicans,” added Candelora, “who really held up on taxes.”

But Lamont, a moderate fiscal, really drove the bus without a tax increase.

“We don’t need more taxes, but we need more taxpayers,” was the governor’s mantra during the session just ended.

Lamont says tax hikes on the rich would scare them away from the state, and increases on any group would blow Connecticut’s economic sails and block the best chance of a strong recovery from the coronavirus.

The state’s largest business coalition agreed.

“Overall, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of the state based on the actions that the Lamont legislature and administration have taken over the past five months and more and the wide range of favorable economic news that turns its back on us, ”he added. said Chris DiPentima, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

In addition to not ordering major tax hikes, Lamont and lawmakers invested $ 150 million in the state’s unemployment trust, providing dollar-for-dollar tax relief to businesses across the board. the state.

Connecticut has borrowed more than $ 700 million since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020 to keep confidence afloat and is expected to borrow an additional $ 300 million this year. Companies are assessed to pay off this debt.

But while progressive Democrats in the Legislature and Labor are also wary of the tax cliff, it is for a different reason.

The Legislature’s Finance, Income, and Bonds Committee has pushed to raise taxes this year, arguing that the state cannot recover from the pandemic unless it corrects a long-standing imbalance in its tax structure.

Connecticut state and municipal tax systems, critics say, rely disproportionately on the poor and middle classes, who were struggling before COVID-19 arrived and were hit hardest by the pandemic .

The committee recommended two state income tax surcharges on the rich and a new tax on digital media advertising. He also called for a sharp increase in the income tax credit that helps the working poor, as well as a new child credit under state income tax that would have injected $ 300 million. dollars per year in low- and middle-income households.

The tax hikes and the child tax credit were blocked by Lamont and other tax moderates and conservatives.

And the increase in the EITC was approved, albeit in a reduced fashion.

Progressives have made their biggest gains in municipal aid.

The pilot [Payments In Lieu Of Taxes] grants that reimburse communities for lost income related to local tax-exempt property increase by more than $ 120 million each year from the budget. And education cost-sharing grants to local school districts increase by about $ 140 million during the biennium.

The legislature also significantly increased spending on social services and nursing homes.

“This is why the discussion on revenues was relevant,” said Senate Speaker Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, one of the legislature’s most ardent supporters of tax reform.

If the “cliff edge” were to create a big hole in the state’s finances two years from now, moderates and conservatives – if they follow their game plan of the last recession – will try to cut spending. social services and withdrawing tax breaks for the poor, rather than raising taxes for any group.

“There are people who have made a ton of money” over the past year, Looney said, adding that the state should ask more of the rich in two years, if finances slip into the red.

Senator John Fonfara, D-New Haven, co-chair of the finance committee, has been spearheading proposals to tax the rich and big business.

Frustrated with those who blocked these hikes, Fonfara compared Connecticut’s lack of response to long-standing racial inequalities in education, health care and economic opportunity to the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police, the crime 2020 that sparked a national debate on criminal and economic issues. Justice.

“The status quo budget leaves us with status quo results. When our policies fail to resolve [the needs] in a sustained fashion, it’s as if we had -, Fonfara hesitated. Then he continued and said, “Our policies are a knee to the ground for the black community and other underserved communities in our state. We can do better and we must do better.

Religious and union leaders formed the Recovery For All Coalition to push for greater tax fairness and offered their own mantra to counter Lamont’s: “There is no fairness without income.

And if the state’s finances collapse in two years, coalition members say, the rich must be prepared to step up their efforts.

“We need a recovery that does not bless the rich among us, but also the poor among us,” Reverend Rodney Wade, pastor of Long Hill Bible Church in Waterbury, said in a statement. prayer vigil on June 4. had in the parking lot of the State Capitol of Lamont. “And we stand here in this place to tell the governor that there are a lot of people who believe he has to do the right thing in spite of himself.”

But Lamont predicted that federal relief dollars invested in Connecticut, coupled with federal tax relief offered to the middle class through the American Rescue Plan Act, would complement the new state budget and be “transformative.” for society and the economy.

“Remember that for every tax cut or spending increase it’s going to be balanced on the other side,” the governor said. “I really focused on getting this economy growing again… so that no one was left behind. “

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LAKE MOSES – As you would expect for an event location, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced revenue at the Grant County Fairgrounds. But director Jim McKiernan said business – and income – has started to increase.

With the removal of restrictions on outdoor venues set to take effect on June 30, McKiernan said he is already seeing more event bookings. People book events four and five months later, he said.

McKiernan reviewed the finances for the first four months of the year with Grant County Commissioners on Tuesday. He provided them with a comparison of 2019, 2020, and the first four months of 2021.

The fairground generated $ 329,847 in event revenue in 2020. The first four months of 2021 generated $ 171,005 in revenue, which means that in the first four months the fairground generated almost half of its total revenues in 2020.

Income is starting to come back, McKiernan said. Revenue for April 2021, $ 121,085, was almost double that of April 2020, $ 61,801.

Expenses for the fairgrounds were higher than revenues in 2019 and 2020, but the difference was much larger in 2020 than in 2019. Expenses for 2019 were $ 1.2 million, compared to $ 901,460 in 2020 Spending for the year to date is comparable to 2019, he said. .

McKiernan said more and more groups are wondering how to organize events large and small, ranging from a monster truck rally and equestrian events to quinceañeras and weddings. The fairground has booked 12 events in the past two or three weeks.

Many people are rescheduling events that had to be postponed due to the pandemic, he said. He expects a lot of interest in the Grant County Fair, he said, as people will be ready to go out. The fair is scheduled for August 17-21.

Commissioner Cindy Carter asked about the non-profit groups and service organizations that traditionally operate food stalls during the fair. McKiernan said everyone has expressed interest in returning, except for the Catholic Church youth group Our Lady of Fatima.

However, many groups are struggling to find volunteers to run the stands, he said.

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