Texas surges past California to become state with most COVID-19 cases

first_imgStates like Texas, Florida, and Georgia’s Republican leadership scoffed at early prevention measures like mask mandates and shutting down indoor businesses. Since the initial wave of the pandemic hit our country in February, March, and April, these states have seen exploding numbers. Over the last two weeks however, Texas has surged to a positivity rate of 10.72%. The national average is 6.6%. Cars line up for Covid-19 tests at the University of Texas El Paso on October 23, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. - The city has seen a surge in cases, reporting over 1,150 new cases on October 22. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)Testing site in El Paso, TX, on Oct. 23, 2020More than 29 million people live in Texas. The state’s cases per 100,000 population is 3,269.84. By comparison, California—home to more than 39 million people—has a rate of 2,371.56 cases per 100,000.Three days ago, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego tweeted: “The County is currently working on creating more space at our Medical Examiner’s Office parking lot so that we can get a 3rd mobile morgue unit. If that doesn’t put our situation into perspective I don’t know what will.” NPR reports that as of Nov. 3, it looks like El Paso has added a fourth “mobile morgue.” This is because as COVID-19 cases surge, death rates go up. They go up because resources and access for people become stretched thin, and Americans pay for this lack of infrastructure and leadership.- Advertisement – Will this reality have any effect on the close races of Republican duds like Sen. John Cornyn of Texas? It remains to be seen, but he has clearly felt the shift in his state from complacency to anger. – Advertisement –last_img read more

South Haven school district calling school three days early due to lack of money

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Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down guest · 275 weeks ago I guess I would wonder why any school district wouldn’t let school out early if you could save a buck? A dollar is a dollar, unless you have the mentality of there is no end of money or you have room to raise your mill. Report Reply 2 replies · active 275 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 275 weeks ago Another option is to close the schools completely, fire all staff, and use the school facilities for livestock. Our kids would be dumb, but we would save a lot of money on taxes. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Deanne · 275 weeks ago That is rather snarkey Cueball, then you took it to the extreme, he never said to close schools completely. If they ran schools & government entities like a business they would come up with a lot of money saving ideas, but there is not a snowballs chance in hell that will ever be the case. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down another idea · 275 weeks ago A way to save a lot of money in schools would be to eliminate all the extra curricular activities – think of that, no money for coaches, no travel expenses, no equipment to purchase, no liability insurance to pay for broken arms. Of course, that would mean the entire purpose of school would be academic, and that would not have a snowball’s chance in hell to ever happen either. Report Reply 1 reply · active 275 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 275 weeks ago BLASPHEMY! Report Reply -2 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 275 weeks ago The whole education system needs to be over hauled. It’s way out dated and over funded. Just another wasteful guberment funded project with the mentality of throw more money at it to fix it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 275 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan · 275 weeks ago Education is overfunded. Classic Brownback. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 275 weeks ago Shut it down for good, and bus them to Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Getting schooled · 275 weeks ago what is the average bus in for the county, state anyways. Report Reply 1 reply · active 275 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jethrow · 275 weeks ago Average bus is a big yellow one Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — South Haven school students will have an extended summer vacation courtesy of the Kansas State Legislature.The South Haven school board voted to finish off the school year on Friday, May 15 instead of the Wednesday, May 20 as originally scheduled resulting in the elimination of three full days of classes.South Haven Superintendent John Showman said the school district will save $4,000 in general expenses not counting utilities because of the move.USD 509 is one of the eight Kansas school districts announcing that summer break is coming early in an effort to help plug an ever-widening hole in the their budget. Showman said South Haven school district expects to lose $41,000 in state aid this year due to recent education cuts from S.B. 7 – the flexible block grant bill that eliminated the current state funding formula in March. That constitutes 1.6 percent of South Haven’s combined $2.5 million budget from the general fund, the capital outlay and local option budget.While Showman acknowledges cutting three class days will hardly put a dent in the USD 509 budgetary pitfalls, he said it is one of the few options the school district has to cut.“What many people fail to understand is some of these expenses are already set in stone,” Showman said. “For example, there is nothing we can do about the salary of certified teachers which have already been contracted.”So the South Haven school board has been looking at other avenues for a way to make up for expected lost funds for this year. For example, the school district is also cutting $10,000 out of its technology budget. Other lost money will come out of its LOB fund.Showman said the hope is USD 509 can prevent the draining of money out of its contingency fund which the school district had hoped to purchase vehicles and other equipment.“Our newest vehicle is seven years old,” Showman said. “The last time we bought a bus was in 2007. We used to be able to change out our vehicles on a two to three year rotation. But we haven’t been able to so lately.”He said the last fully funded USD 509 budget was in 2008-09.So far South Haven is the lone Sumner County school closing early. Caldwell school superintendent Alan Jamison said his school district won’t be calling school early. No other school district in Sumner County has made similar statements.Showman said South Haven will still have the required number of school days for 2014-15 as mandated by the state.“We didn’t have any snow days this year, so that allowed us to use those days at the end of the year,” Showman said.While the other six county school districts aren’t ending the school year early this year, there is no doubt every one of them will be scrambling to make up for lost revenue in the next few years as state revenue continues to fall short of revenue projections. The latest estimates leave the state with a $422 million shortfall for the fiscal year beginning in July 1 with a projected $600 million shortfall in the year after.“We are a lot like Wellington in that we are not a wealthy school district,” Showman said. “There is barely any fat to cut right now. Unless you are in Johnson County or have high valuations in western Kansas, you don’t have any money to work with.”Showman said it is likely that South Haven will have to raise its LOB in the coming years to make up for the loss of state aid. In other words, local property taxpayers will be footing the bill.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

ASA Cheers Bipartisan Senate Letter Urging Action on Farm Bill

first_imgIn response to a letter to Senate leadership today encouraging “timely and open debate” on the recently introduced Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, the American Soybean Association (ASA) voices its support of the overwhelmingly bipartisan effort to consider the legislation that will reauthorize the nation’s farm programs. Earlier today, Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) joined 40 of their colleagues in urging Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the Farm Bill to the floor.”The bill takes steps to reduce the deficit and decrease government spending by $23 billion. It passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on April 26 with a bipartisan vote of 16 to 5,” wrote the senators in the letter. “This sets an example of how senators can come together in a bipartisan way to craft meaningful, yet fiscally responsible, policy. We believe there is strong support in the full Senate to consider the bill in a fair and open manner that allows senators the opportunity to offer amendments.””We are particularly encouraged by the broad and diverse coalition of senators that have lent their support to this letter, and we echo their call to bring the legislation quickly to the floor in the interest of America’s soybean farmers,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb. “The nation depends on a vibrant agriculture sector, and agriculture depends on a practical and workable Farm Bill. The ramifications of this legislation are indeed huge, and it remains our goal to see a Farm Bill in 2012.””The risk management, conservation, research, trade promotion and nutrition programs in the legislation impacts nearly every American,” stated Johanns, Baucus, Blunt and Cantwell in a statement. “Many of these programs will expire at the end of the year if no action is taken to reauthorize the farm bill.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President, 402-269-7024, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.com Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more