4 MY FUTURE: CAREER AND CHARACTER EDUCATION Sequestration: What It Means for CTE...
Within the Grand Forks Public Schools, funding for the Career & Technical Education (CTE) department (which includes the K-12 Career Education program) comes from three sources: 1) local, 2) state... Posted on 7/24/12 at 1:06 PM
Gov. Tim Pawlenty warns Minnesotans that his budget plan will cut a lot of budgets. Democrats said they can accept some cuts but still support a “balanced approach,” which can be defined as a mix of cuts and tax increases. Monday is the day when the real budget discussions begin because Republican Pawlenty then will release his proposals for adjusting the current two-year, $30 billion budget to plug a $1.2 billion deficit. He already has cut $2.7 billion.
A perennial Minnesota legislative debate about local government aid is expected in the 2010 session, or maybe earlier. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is making noise about a big fight, and many city officials are concerned that they cannot wait until lawmakers return Feb 4 to the Capitol. A Wednesday budget forecast, which could show a new deficit of $1 billion, may lead to cuts in local governments’ December state paychecks.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue to issue remaining doe licenses through the end of the archery season. There’s no limit to the number of licenses a hunter can receive. Nearly 90 percent of the deer licenses have been issued, but nearly 15,000 antlerless licenses remain for the 2009 season, in several units.
Several of the elected officials in Stearns County are stepping up and staying home in the spirit of shared sacrifice with county employees. All of the county’s 850 employees are required to take a day of unpaid leave this year to help balance the budget, but that doesn’t apply to the county’s nine elected officials.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota has laid off 100 people. Spokeswoman Pam Lux said the state’s largest insurer needed to cut costs to offset flat enrollment and a weak economy. The workers will receive severance packages. The cuts are mostly from its information technology department but also in operations and administrative support.
'Any cut means fewer people — there’s just no way around that' Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s budget proposal would cut the equivalent of more than 1,100 full-time state employees by mid-2011, an Associated Press analysis has found.
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