Friday - February 24, 2017
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Three from MDOT Chosen for Leadership Maryland's Class of 2017
HANOVER, Md., Feb. 23 -- The Maryland Department of Transportation issued the following news release:

Secretary Pete K. Rahn today congratulated three members of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) for their selection to Leadership Maryland, a professional development program dedicated to harnessing the strength of Maryland's local business and community leaders and building a better state.

MDOT officials chosen were: MDOT Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis & Planning Charles C. Glass, Ph.D., P.E.; MDOT Director of the Office of Audits Brenda Cachuela, CPA, ... Show Full Article

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney Endorses Governor Cuomo's Proposal to Empower Voters to Reduce Property Taxes and Cost of Local Government
ALBANY, N.Y., Feb. 23 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., issued the following news release:

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney today endorsed Governor Cuomo's plan to reduce property taxes by empowering voters to approve locally-designed plans that deliver shared, coordinated services and lower the cost of local government. The Governor's groundbreaking proposal would require county executives to convene local government to meetings to develop shared service plans that reduce duplicative spending and find real, recurring property tax savings.

"Property taxes remain one of the most burdensome ... Show Full Article

Ohio EPA Director Recognizes Conagra Brands' Troy Plant for Exceptional Environmental Stewardship
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 23 -- The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler is honoring Conagra Brands in Troy today with a flag-raising event to highlight the facility's many achievements as environmental stewards in the local community. The Troy plant has achieved gold-level recognition in Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence program.

"Conagra's team approach encourages all employees to submit ideas for process improvements. The environmental benefits from this inclusive approach have resulted in lower water and electric ... Show Full Article

New Funds Available to Help Businesses Develop Skilled Talent
RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 23 -- The North Carolina Department of Commerce issued the following news release:

A new grant program for workforce development will provide $1 million this year to develop talent pipelines for high-growth industries in North Carolina.

Maximize Carolina Sector grants, offered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Division of Workforce Solutions will provide money to employer groups facing talent shortages in high-demand occupations. The funds will further advance industry sector strategies such as career pathways and apprenticeships. The grants are available ... Show Full Article

Illinois AG Issues Report on Regional Office of Education #9: Champaign and Ford Counties-Financial Audit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 23 -- Illinois Auditor General Frank J. Mautino issued the following audit report digest about the Department of Central Management Services - Local Government Health Insurance Reserve Fund-Financial Audit:

INTRODUCTION

Our report covers the financial audit for the period ending June 30, 2016.

AUDITORS' OPINION

Our auditors state the Regional Office of Education #9's financial statements as of June 30, 2016 are fairly presented in all material respects.

FRANK J. MAUTINO

Auditor General

FJM:KJM

Auditors Assigned: Kemper CPA Group, LLP were our special ... Show Full Article

House Passes Fabian Legislation to Ensure Local Road Projects Can Move Forward in 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 23 -- The Minnesota State House Republican Caucus issued the following news release:

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed House File 434, bipartisan legislation authored by Representative Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, that is critical for local transportation projects statewide. The bill passed unanimously.

"There was an urgency to get this bill moving forward as quickly as possible for Greater Minnesota, or critical county and township road projects would be on hold when construction season begins," said Rep. Fabian. "This is a commonsense ... Show Full Article

Bill to Promote All-Of-The-Above Energy Policy Passes First Test
DENVER, Feb. 23 -- The Colorado Senate Republicans issued the following news:

Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved Senator Bob Gardner's (R-El Paso County) bill to remove penalties for the installation of solar energy devices.

In 2011, then-Representative Bob Gardner fought to pass House Bill 1199 to limit the fees charged for the installation of solar devices on residential properties.

The current fee limits enacted through HB 11-1199 are set to expire next year. Senate Bill 17-179 extends the caps on fees, allowing solar installation prices to remain consistent through 2025.

"I ... Show Full Article