Shumlin says Montpelier is making right decisions ‘to help people grow jobs’

first_imgby Alan Panebaker vtdigger.org Governor Peter Shumlin took the opportunity to celebrate what seem like signs of an economic recovery at the Vermont Business and Industry EXPO Wednesday.According to statistics released last week by the Vermont Department of Labor, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April 2012 was 4.6 percent, a decrease of two-tenths of a percent from the revised March rate.That 4.6 percent rate puts Vermont at the fourth lowest in the country.That decrease in unemployment has received some criticism as well. According to one think tank, the Public Assets Institute, notes that the total number of jobs in the state is shrinking.According to Vermont labor force statistics, there was a decrease of 1,500 jobs in April from the revised March data. A large decrease in leisure and hospitality jobs, according the the Vermont Department of Labor came from the abrupt end of winter that happened when the state experienced an early spring heat wave in March. State labor statistics also reported a decrease in the labor force of 1,100 people from March to April.Despite the naysaying, Shumlin said the unemployment numbers are still good news.â There are no statistics that wise people canâ t criticize,’he said. â In fairness, these unemployment numbers, theyâ re 4.6 percent, are measured exactly same way theyâ ve been measuring them for years. That rate was 8.2 percent at the peak of the recession. What Iâ m hearing from employers across Vermont more and more, theyâ re not saying to me things are tough weâ ve got to lay people off. Instead, theyâ re expressing optimism.âShumlin credited the Legislature for helping the economy by balancing two consecutive budgets without raising broad-based taxes. He also praised lawmakers for passing a law that would put a moratorium on a state sales tax on cloud computing software.â Weâ re making the right decisions in Montpelier to help people grow jobs,’he said.Shumlin said one place where the state needs to improve is income growth.â There are signs in last few numbers weâ ve seen that incomes starting to rise in Vermont,’Shumlin said. â For me thatâ s really going to be the measure of our success.âAccording to a survey by the US Census Bureau, between 2008 to 2010, median household income in Vermont was $53,490 in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars ‘making Vermont 15th in the nation.Shumlin said he is not campaigning until after Labor Day, but he did say he was humbled by a recent poll by Vermont Business Magazine, WCAX and WDEV showing he would likely win 60 percent of the gubernatorial vote if the election were held today.SEE POLLWhile Shumlin patted his administration on the back for working to promote jobs, Randy Brock, who is running for governor, chatted with local business owners at the Expo.Brock, a Republican senator, is not so convinced lawmakers are doing what is best for business.The top issue on his campaign website says: â As your governor, I will: Change Vermontâ s heavy-handed regulatory environment so businesses can create and keep jobs.âShumlin said he has focused on job growth.â I do not believe that anyone with a straight face can say that my team has not been focused on jobs and raising incomes of those who have jobs in Vermont with the exception of rebuilding Vermont better than Irene found us, and Iâ m like a broken record thatâ s what we do every day,’he said. May 23, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Public servants warned to campaign discretely

first_imgDominica Labour Party supporters at its campaign launch on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles BoulevardGeneral secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas Letang has called for a review of the Public Service Act where the involvement of public officers in politics is concerned. In an interview with Dominica Vibes on Monday 17 November 2014, Letang noted that there must be some “tidying up” of the Act.“At some point we have to review the Act and to try to tidy up that Act because if the Act was tidy, certain things would not be allowed and it would be clear in people’s minds as to what they can do and they cannot do”.Letang said while the current Act does not “speak to any sanctions”, the Public Service Commission can take disciplinary action against a public officer “if a person goes overboard”.“If one feels that somebody has gone overboard the disciplinary procedure would be referring the matter to the Public Service Commission”.United Workers Party rally in Newtown to launch Joshua Francis“The Public Service Commission doesn’t really say exactly what specific disciplinary measures can be taken against that person but they have a number of ways they can deal with the these persons,” he informed.Meanwhile, Letang noted that while he is not against public officers attending political meetings; this must be done in a discrete way. At a recent meeting of the United Workers Party in Newtown, political leader Lennox Linton asked the public servants attending the meeting to raise their hands and make themselves known because the DLP Government is on its way out and there can be no implications for them.Letang said public officers have a right to join any democratic process and attend political meetings, but warned that the Public Service Act prohibits public officers from “active canvasing where they go to the political platforms”.He also advised that public officers should stay away from wearing political shirts along with other paraphernalia. “Even the shirts, while all the parties have been doing it, I believe that the more that you can stay away from identifying yourself with a political party is better for you”.“While I would not discourage public officers from attending meetings if they so desire, but to go onto the political platform, I would advise them against doing that and if they can avoid wearing those t-shirts that would even be better,” he said. Sharing is caring! Tweet 543 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share Share LocalNewsPolitics Public servants warned to campaign discretely by: Dominica Vibes News – November 17, 2014last_img read more