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Harvests from silos in the port of Beirut will be composted and burned after the discovery of an insect infestation

BEIRUT: Tons of wheat, corn and barley stored at the port of Beirut since the devastating explosion that rocked the city 16 months ago must be disposed of as they are no longer fit for consumption, a- we aknowledge.

As temperatures change, molds, weevils and other insects have made it impossible to access the contents of the site’s silos without protective equipment; According to the World Health Organization, molds produce mycotoxins “which can cause a variety of adverse health effects and pose a serious threat to the health of humans and livestock … ranging from acute poisoning to long-term effects such as immune deficiency and cancer ”.

Before the explosion, the port’s silos held around 45 tonnes of wheat, barley and corn, most of which was lost in the explosion. Environment Minister Nasser Yassin said six to seven tonnes remained at the site.

Laboratory tests carried out on wheat samples in cooperation with the ministries of economy, agriculture and the environment, the American University of Beirut, Saint-Joseph University and the French Embassy, who called in experts, showed that crops “are not suitable for one or the other”. human or animal use.

In August, a year after the explosion, the remaining grains were removed from their silos and stored in the open to reduce the risk of accidental fires in hot weather, but had the effect of accelerating the disappearance of crops. suitable for consumption.

A committee formed under the government of former Prime Minister Hassan Diab failed to come to a solution.

Yassin told Arab News: “We have decided to ferment these quantities and turn them into compost to distribute for free to farmers, or turn them into industrial firewood to give to the Lebanese army to heat its units in the high mountains. , or donate it. to needy families living in cold regions.

He adds: “Converting them into compost makes it possible to avoid any process producing heavy metals, and we started this process with the help of MAN Group, which obtained funding from France to treat organic waste from the explosion, and had signed the contract with the Lebanese state in May.

The cereals should be transported to the municipality of Zahlé, which has a landfill capable of treating the waste and turning it into compost and firewood.

Yassin noted, “We are looking to produce 3,000 tonnes of compost and 3,000 tonnes of industrial firewood. So far, we have been able to produce 500 tons of compost, which is an organic fertilizer and will be distributed free of charge to farmers, and we have finished producing 1000 tons of industrial firewood through special presses.

“Indeed, this type of firewood does not last long while it is burning, but we hope that it will alleviate the distress of people who cannot buy diesel for heating during the winter and will slow down the phenomenon of cutting trees to secure firewood for homes as an alternative. diesel.

The port’s silos absorbed about 20% of the shock wave, resulting from the storage of 1,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in the port alongside seized explosives. More than 220 people have died, more than 6,500 have been injured and the city’s waterfront has been destroyed.

Experts who initially examined the site stressed that the wheat silos, which were badly damaged, should be demolished as they were on the verge of collapse.

Former Economy Minister Raoul Nehme said in November 2020: “The government will demolish the silos due to public safety concerns.”

However, the Lebanese authorities have yet to take action.

The wheat silos consist of a giant 48-meter concrete structure built between 1968 and 1970, with an enormous storage capacity of over 100,000 tonnes.

Once considered a key element of Lebanon’s food security, the silos have now become the symbol of disaster.

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The TMC is proactive and ambitious, the Congress fair and cranky. Watch this place https://proactnow.org/the-tmc-is-proactive-and-ambitious-the-congress-fair-and-cranky-watch-this-place/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 04:10:20 +0000 https://proactnow.org/the-tmc-is-proactive-and-ambitious-the-congress-fair-and-cranky-watch-this-place/

Trinamool Congresswoman (TMC) Leader Mamata Banerjee has gone to an undue effort to expand her party’s footprint nationwide and establish herself as the face of the national opposition ahead of the 2024 elections. In recent weeks, many disgruntled congressional leaders have joined the TMC: in Meghalaya, the Legislative Party of Congress has split vertically with twice Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and 11 other MPs joining the TMC. Earlier this week, Banerjee was in Mumbai, meeting with PCN supremo Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena frontman Aditya Thackeray. She also reached out to civil society in Mumbai and lent her ear to a section of Bollywood. Earlier in the week, she was in Delhi, where she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy. In Mumbai, alongside Pawar, she dismissed the UPA as non-existent – TMC was part of UPA 2 and had six ministers before removing them. In an apparent reference to Rahul Gandhi, she said “you can’t be abroad most of the time”. His poll strategist Prashant Kishor put these into context when he said that opposition congressional leadership is “not an individual’s divine right, especially when the party has lost over 90% of the vote. elections in the last 10 years ”.

The response from Congress was, not surprisingly, cranky, with leaders doubting his motives – citing his stint as minister in the Vajpayee cabinet in 2003 and his alliance with the BJP in the 2004 general election. The point is, Banerjee’s review is close to the bone. The problems she points out have been echoed in the past by agitated members of Congress – G23 leaders had called for a full-time party leader and a revitalization of party organization. And, when it comes to the UPA, he doesn’t need a Mamata to explain that after the defeat of the 2019 general election and the rapid contraction of Congress, the UPA has been long buried. He has rarely issued a (joint) statement on a national issue – the repeal of Article 370, the government’s handling of Covid-19, or tensions with China. Banerjee’s forays into what has been considered the domain of Congress – the centrist space of Indian politics – should serve as a wake-up call and prompt the party to pull itself together as the country’s main opposing force. Strong opposition is essential to keep the government on its toes and to hold it accountable for constitutional values.

The TMC, currently confined to West Bengal but with a growing profile in the northeast, is far from reaching the breadth and depth needed to lead the opposition. Politics in a democracy is a competitive and contested space and politicians are free to increase their ambitions. Congress should know that ranting with rage and dismissing the TMC as the BJP B-Team may not be quite the recipe for its rebirth.

This editorial first appeared in the print edition on December 4, 2021 under the title “Didi au travail”.

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Missouri gun group says Greitens should apologize for anti-SAPA rhetoric https://proactnow.org/missouri-gun-group-says-greitens-should-apologize-for-anti-sapa-rhetoric/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 21:56:32 +0000 https://proactnow.org/missouri-gun-group-says-greitens-should-apologize-for-anti-sapa-rhetoric/

“Unforgivable.” This is the message that a gun rights organization is sending to the former governor. Eric Greitens as he criticizes Missouri’s new gun law while candidate for the US Senate.

At the heart of the problem is Missouri Second Amendment Preservation Act – nicknamed SAPA – which came into effect in August. He declares federal laws that could restrict the possession of firearms among law-abiding Missourians as “invalid” and restricted law enforcement officers enforce federal firearms regulations that could be considered invalid under the law.

SAPA has gained national media attention, and some prosecutors and law enforcement officials have expressed concern that the law will prevent them from working with federal agents to tackle violent crime – an argument made by Greitens , a Republican, while running for the United States Senate.

“Unfortunately, some of the career politicians and RINOs [Republicans In Name Only] … What they did in this bill was they actually funded the police, ”Greitens said in a recent radio interview, using the pejorative for Republicans who may be considered left.

The former governor continued to argue that police officers were withdrawn from task forces targeting violent criminals

In a long videoAaron Dorr of the Missouri Firearms Coalition pleaded with Greitens to apologize to gun owners and promoters of the Republican bill Rep. Jered Taylor and Senator Eric Burlison, calling his comments “virtually unforgivable.” . Dorr also rebuffed arguments that SAPA funds police or prevents working with federal agents.

“Everything he said about politics was an embarrassment, and it was wrong, and it was a lie,” Dorr said.

Dorr continued to castigate Greitens for failing to advance gun ownership policies during his tenure as governor of Missouri. (Greitens was the 56th Governor of Missouri for a year and a half before he resigned amid campaign funding and allegations of sexual misconduct while facing possible impeachment.)

“For all your fancy campaign videos, Eric, you didn’t do anything for gun owners when you were governor. You did harmful things, in fact, instead, ”Dorr said. “So start by apologizing to everyone for not doing anything when you were able to help us. ”

“Eric Greitens clearly doesn’t understand how important the Second Amendment is to the Missourians,” Taylor said. “He obviously doesn’t understand what SAPA is doing and clearly he hasn’t read it. Greitens takes his arguments from the Democrats.

A spokesperson for the Greitens campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Greitens is one of many GOP candidates to replace incumbent Senator Roy Blunt. Congressman Billy Long, Congressman Vicky Hartzler, Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Senate Speaker Pro Tem Dave Schatz and Attorney Mark McCloskey are also in the running for the GOP nomination.

“The Second Amendment is being attacked by Joe Biden and the attackers on the left,” Long told the Missouri Times. “Recently, Eric Greitens criticized and attacked Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act, which protects Missourians from federal excesses and any changes Democrats attempt to make to the Second Amendment. Why does Eric Greitens side with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the Liberals on this? I have always protected and always will protect this fundamental right of Missourians. “

On an upcoming episode of “This Week in Missouri Politics,” Schatz said passing SAPA was one of the “top priorities” of the previous legislative session.

“I think it was essential and important that we adopted SAPA. I don’t know how you call it police funding, ”Schatz said.

Schmitt has defended SAPA in his role as Attorney General. He previously said, “The rights of Missourians and Americans to the Second Amendment are enshrined in the Constitution. I will defend these rights at all times.

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Strickland Introduces Legislation to Help Military Members Access Fertility Care and Raise Families – The Suburban Times https://proactnow.org/strickland-introduces-legislation-to-help-military-members-access-fertility-care-and-raise-families-the-suburban-times/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 18:08:00 +0000 https://proactnow.org/strickland-introduces-legislation-to-help-military-members-access-fertility-care-and-raise-families-the-suburban-times/

Announcement from the Office of Representative Marilyn Strickland.

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), a leader of the Pro-Choice Caucus, led the introduction of the Expanded Access to Fertility Care Act for Military Members and Dependents, which would expand TRICARE coverage to make Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services available to all active duty military personnel (including Reserve and National Guard) and dependents – regardless of service login requirements, gender , gender, sexual orientation or marital status of the member. This bill has been approved by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Modern Military Association of America. The legislation is co-sponsored by Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-at-large), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Mark Takano (CA-41) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) . (Please find the invoice text on this link.)

“Answering the call to serve often means making a great number of sacrifices for your country. Being able to start a family shouldn’t be one of them. My bill, the Expanding Access to Fertility Care for Military Members and Dependents Act, removes the current barriers in TRICARE and helps ensure that all servicemen can access fertility care. they deserve to start a family ”, said MP Strickland.

“All military personnel deserve equitable access to infertility care without discrimination. The law on expanding access to fertility care for military personnel and dependents is an important step towards this goal. This law would remove legal barriers to infertility care for active-duty military personnel that render many ineligible for coverage, including single service members, service members in same-sex partnerships, and service-affected service members. unexplained infertility. This law would also bring us closer to the day when all military personnel will have equitable access to comprehensive infertility care that will help them achieve their goal of starting a family ”, said Karla Torres, senior human rights adviser, Center for Reproductive Rights.

According to the New York Times, one of the first issues military personnel struggling with infertility face is insurance coverage. TRICARE currently pays for assisted reproduction procedures if a loss of reproductive capacity is the result of a service-related injury. Otherwise, service members have to pay out of pocket.

Even for those who are eligible for TRICARE fertility care, a Service Women’s Action Network report found that women who were not heterosexual or unmarried appeared to receive a wide variety of infertility care and, in some cases, were denied infertility treatments. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, an estimated 16 percent of military women and four percent of military men identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Additionally, single servicemen make up about 43% of active duty military personnel, 52% of National Guard and Reserve personnel, and 40% of veterans.

SUMMARY OF INVOICE:

The bill expands TRICARE to cover assisted reproductive technology services for all active duty members and dependents, ensuring that service connection, sex, gender, sexual orientation and marital status do not are not obstacles to building a family.

Currently, TRICARE limits coverage to certain assisted reproduction services when medically necessary and in combination with natural conception. To be eligible, members must prove that they: 1) are on active duty, 2) have serious illness or injury while on active duty, 3) have lost their natural reproductive capacity due to this disease or injury, 4) can provide their own genetic material to get pregnant, and 5) have a legitimate spouse who can also provide their own genetic material. These current tight requirements put assisted reproduction services beyond the reach of our military personnel and their spouses who are not eligible to receive care. According to the National Conference of State Legislative Assemblies, the average cost per cycle of IVF can range from $ 12,000 to $ 17,000. In addition, under the requirements of TRICARE, service members who are not married, in same-sex marriages and who cannot prove that a service-related illness or injury caused their infertility are automatically excluded from the right to receive care. This law would eliminate those exclusions.

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Congresswoman Strickland is a vocal reproductive rights advocate in Congress, a new leader of the Pro-Choice Caucus and a member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus. In November, Strickland sent a letter encouraging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reduce barriers to continued access to birth control by requiring insurance companies to cover, without cost sharing, a 12-month supply of oral contraceptives. In April, Strickland co-led the introduction of the Law on access to contraception for military personnel and dependents, legislation to ensure military families receive the quality reproductive health care they deserve. In April, Strickland also led Pro-Choice Caucus members on a letter to advance and protect reproductive health rights in the United States and around the world. In March, Strickland co-led the introduction of the Abortion is the health care law everywhere, legislation to repeal the Helms Amendment and advance reproductive and economic freedom and equity around the world. A member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, Strickland is an original cosponsor of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 and the Healthy Moms Act, legislation that comprehensively addresses the maternal health crisis in America.

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Congress could really hurt the NFL if it wants to https://proactnow.org/congress-could-really-hurt-the-nfl-if-it-wants-to/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:00:17 +0000 https://proactnow.org/congress-could-really-hurt-the-nfl-if-it-wants-to/ WFT Photograph by All-Pro Reels Photography / Flickr.

At a time when it looked like things couldn’t get worse for the beleaguered Washington football team. . . things seem to have gotten worse. In October, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform asked the NFL for documents related to the investigation into the work culture of the Washington football team. The investigation ended in a $ 10 million fine for the team but, to the shock of many observers, did not produce a public report on its findings. “Dan Snyder and the NFL have let a toxic and misogynistic culture fester for years and Mr. Snyder’s punishment has been a slap on the wrist,” said Gerry Connolly, Congresswoman from Virginia who sits on the committee, to the Washingtonian in a statement. “These victims deserve justice and our committee must continue to do so. “

Congressional involvement could signal even bigger headaches for the NFL than for the DC team, as it will likely draw attention to the government document that helps billionaire owners like Snyder rake in profits. . Politics represents one of the “few existential threats that can truly enjoy killing the [NFL’s] the goose that lays the golden eggs, ”says DC journalist Mark Leibovich, whose latest book, Big Game, examines professional football.

That’s because in the early 1960s, Congress granted the league an exemption from federal antitrust laws, allowing all individual teams to act as a single entity when negotiating television contracts. By negotiating together, the owners were able to secure considerably more lucrative broadcast deals. At the time of writing, the antitrust exemption may very well have been of benefit to the public, as it required broadcasters to broadcast each team’s games in their home markets, says antitrust economist Andy Schwarz. But subsequent technological advancements, Schwarz says, made it “an obsolete exemption.”

Today, this reality offers Congress a powerful lever to reform the NFL, if it chooses to use it. Connolly remains elusive about this at the moment; his office only says he keeps “all options open.” (WFT declined to comment for this story, while the NFL did not respond to a request.) But one person who thinks the antitrust exemption should be given careful consideration is Lisa Banks, the lawyer. numerous former WFT employees who alleged team misconduct. “I don’t think we should confer special benefits and advantages on entities that have shown disregard for women and women’s health and safety,” Banks said. “If the NFL continues on this path by protecting entities like the Washington football team or owners like Daniel Snyder, then I don’t think they’re entitled to these special benefits from Congress.”

This article appears in the December 2021 issue of Washingtonian.

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Luke Mullins is editor-in-chief at Washingtonian magazine and focuses on the people and institutions that control the city’s levers of power. He has written about the Koch brothers’ attempt to take over the Cato Institute, the ousting of David Gregory as moderator of Meet the Press on NBC, the collapse of the Washington subway system, and the conflict that separated the founders of Politico.

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UN Launches Bodyright Campaign Against Online Violence, Marketing & Advertising News, AND BrandEquity https://proactnow.org/un-launches-bodyright-campaign-against-online-violence-marketing-advertising-news-and-brandequity/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 07:41:00 +0000 https://proactnow.org/un-launches-bodyright-campaign-against-online-violence-marketing-advertising-news-and-brandequity/
UNFPA said online violence included cyberstalking, hate speech, doxxing – posting private information about an individual – and non-consensual use of images and videos such as deepfakes. (Representative image / iStock)

The United Nations on Thursday launched a campaign against gender-based violence on the Internet, accompanied by the symbol? that can be added to social media posts.

The symbol seeks to emphasize that corporate logos and copyrighted intellectual property are often better protected online than people.

The United Nations population agency UNFPA’s “bodyright” campaign said women, youth, ethnic minorities and the LGTB community should be protected from online violence.

“Everyone has the right to live free from fear and violence, both online and offline,” said UFNPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem.

“It’s time for tech companies and policymakers to take digital violence seriously. “

According to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, 85% of women worldwide have experienced or witnessed digital violence against other women, and 38% have experienced it themselves.

UNFPA said online violence included cyberstalking, hate speech, doxxing – posting private information about an individual – and non-consensual use of images and videos such as deepfakes.

He said the symbol was a requirement that “our body images enjoy the same respect and protection online that copyright gives music, movies and even company logos.”

Newly renamed Facebook parent company Meta said on Wednesday it had derailed an anti-vaccine campaign that harassed medical workers, journalists and elected officials …

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ASCSU Hears New Legislation on Student Funding, Access and Equity – The Rocky Mountain Collegian https://proactnow.org/ascsu-hears-new-legislation-on-student-funding-access-and-equity-the-rocky-mountain-collegian/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 23:31:46 +0000 https://proactnow.org/ascsu-hears-new-legislation-on-student-funding-access-and-equity-the-rocky-mountain-collegian/

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Colorado State University Associate Student Senate members hold the first fall semester senate meeting on September 1. (Cat Blouch | The Collegian)

Associate students at Colorado State University met for their 13th semester session on December 1. ASCSU discussed the open position of the speaker pro tempore and heard two pieces of legislation.

The position of speaker pro tempore is currently open, and the Senate leadership of ASCSU has chosen to wait until the spring semester to elect a new speaker pro tempore. According to MP Jackson Hunter and Budget Affairs Committee Chair Lizzy Osterhoudt, they decided to do this in order to allow enough time for news of the vacant post to be released.

“Within ASCSU, historically, there has not been much awareness of identities and marginalized populations especially within (student diversity programs and services),” Osterhoudt said. “There have been countless years where we have paid elections, and they are really influential here on campus, but the students are not told; there is not a lot of outreach that has been done for these positions.

Osterhoudt also explained how President Kyle Hill contacts the offices of student diversity programs and services, meets with principals and sends emails to notify them of the position.

“We just want to make sure that all students on this campus are fairly contacted and informed of this position,” Osterhoudt said. “Especially since it is a paying student job. So we just need the time to make sure we have extensive communication with everyone here on campus.

ASCSU also heard new legislation, Bill 5106 “Fixing Formatting Errors”. This bill seeks to change the formatting of ASCSU’s constitution, which will make it easier to read, more aesthetic, and ensure that the constitution meets accessibility guidelines.

“BSOF is a great way for people to get involved in ASCSU with low engagement, so I also like that it increases the opportunities” – Emily Baller, Chief Financial Officer

According to the bill, it is difficult to see which paragraphs correspond to which article of the current constitution and which paragraphs correspond to which article. Additionally, some parts are left-aligned and others are justified, and the font and font size do not match the accessibility of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The bill literally solves all of these problems,” said Emery Jenkins, author of the bill. “It makes the sections, subsections and paragraphs easier to demarcate and see which parts of the constitution go with what. The font size has been increased, I believe to size 14, for normal text and 16 for all headings, so that people can actually read them, and it’s ADA compliant.

The bill will be sent to the internal affairs committee.

Finally, ASCSU ratified the statutes of the Council for the financing of student organizations. The BSOF’s board of directors is made up of five senators, four non-executive members and one executive member. The board of directors voted unanimously on the new statutes.

According to Emily Baller, chief financial officer, the bylaw changes give board members more time to allocate funds. In addition, the BSOF will now be made up of a larger number of ASCSU members, including the Director of Finance, two cabinet members, senators, members of the Senate, and members “in general” who do not. ‘do not hold other positions within ASCSU.

“BSOF is a great way for people to get involved in ASCSU with low engagement, so I also like that it increases the opportunities,” Baller said.

Baller also said that the BSOF board of directors has created new liaison positions that reflect the needs of the board. These new positions include Social Media Liaison, RamLink Liaison, Table Liaison, Engagement for Registered Student Organizations, Communications and Professional Development.

According to Baller, the BSOF’s board of directors has also made a change that will give it discretion to decide whether it can fund certain events.

“In the past, if promotional material had been created, the BSOF could not fund this event,” Baller said. “We changed that to give the board discretion to decide whether or not it can fund.”

“A lot of these changes were made in an effort to modernize the board, to make us work more efficiently,” Baller said.

The statutes of the BSOF have been adopted.

Contact Piper Russell at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @ PiperRussell10.


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Hutchinson calls on farm group to help legislative session focus on tax cut proposals https://proactnow.org/hutchinson-calls-on-farm-group-to-help-legislative-session-focus-on-tax-cut-proposals/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:43:44 +0000 https://proactnow.org/hutchinson-calls-on-farm-group-to-help-legislative-session-focus-on-tax-cut-proposals/

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday asked those attending the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention for help in making next week’s special legislative session focus on lowering income taxes, not issues that will not be not in his call.

These issues include issues debated in public schools regarding the teaching of critical race theory and toilet use by transgender people.

“I ask for your help in making sure the message is: let’s lower our income tax rate, do our business and go home as the constitution requires and so watch this,” the Republican governor told several hundred of people. Little Rock to launch the 87th annual Arkansas Farm Bureau convention. “We ask for your support.”

The session would start on Tuesday.

Under Article 6, Section 19 of the Arkansas Constitution, a two-thirds vote of the 100-member Arkansas House of Representatives and the 35-member Arkansas Senate is required for lawmakers to remain in extraordinary session for up to 15 days to consider bills. not on the governor’s call for the special session. Lawmakers must first complete actions on items on the governor’s appeal, which they can do in a minimum of three days.

Several lawmakers said Tuesday that they plan to try to introduce legislation that would place further restrictions on abortion and critical race theory and other issues that should not be called upon by the law. extraordinary session.

Hutchinson said at the Farm Bureau convention that the state had reduced the highest personal income tax rate from 7% to 5.9% in his nearly seven years as than governor, and that’s a dramatic drop.

The bill that lawmakers will consider next week would reduce the maximum rate to 5.5% on January 1, and then to 5.3% on January 1, 2023, he said.

[RELATED: See complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of the Arkansas Legislature at arkansasonline.com/legislature]

If enacted, the legislation would mean more money in a farmer’s pocket that can be used to manage farming operations and provide for his family, and also more money in the pockets of his workers and workers. its communities, he said.

The bill would also reduce the top personal tax rate to 5.1% on January 1, 2024 and 4.9% on January 1, 2025, if the triggers are met.

Critics said the bill would greatly benefit high-income people at the expense of additional investment in needed public services.

Hutchinson countered that the bill is balanced, that all taxpayers get a cut, and would allow the state government to continue funding essential services.

Hutchinson said Wednesday he believes in the fundamental principle that the private sector should grow more than the public sector, so “we are doing it by lowering taxes.” His remarks drew applause at the convention, after asking if they supported the bill.

The income tax bill would also reduce the top corporate tax rate and consolidate the low and middle income tax tables.

The measure would also create a non-refundable tax credit for low-income people; make adjustments to smooth the fiscal cliff between tax tables; index the flat-rate levy on the consumer price index; create triggers for certain personal and corporate tax rate reductions; and rename the state long-term reserve fund to the catastrophic reserve fund.

Under a 2019 state law, the top corporate tax rate will drop from 6.2% to 5.9% on January 1.

The bill to be considered next week would reduce the corporate interest rate by 5.7% on January 1, 2023. This rate would fall to 5.5% on January 1, 2024, then to 5.3% on January 1 2025, if the tax reduction triggers are met.

The Ministry of Finance and State Administration predicted that the proposal would reduce the state’s general revenue by $ 135.25 million in fiscal year 2022, which began on July 1. Total general revenue reduction is expected to reach $ 307.4 million in fiscal 2023, $ 383.2 million in fiscal 2024, $ 459 million in fiscal 2025, and $ 497.9 million. dollars for fiscal year 2026.

CRITICAL BREED THEORY

Hutchinson said at the Farm Bureau convention that there are lawmakers who want to address other issues that are not his call for the special session.

But the Arkansas Constitution allows lawmakers to consider a wide range of bills in a regular session every two years, he said.

“They say we should be talking about critical race theory, which shouldn’t be taught in our schools, in our K-12 education systems,” Hutchinson said. “But that’s what our school boards are for. We don’t need state law to address this issue in a special session.”

There are also concerns about the use of toilets by transgender people in schools, Hutchinson said.

“Let our school boards act locally to solve these problems, we don’t need state laws,” he said.

When then asked if there was a bill dealing with transgender toilets, Hutchinson said that a lawmaker, whose name he refused to disclose, called him about the issue and “they understood very well that we had to keep this [session] concentrated.”

“I’m just using it as a general illustration,” he said.

Pro Tempore Senate Speaker Jimmy Hickey R-Texarkana and House Speaker Matthew Shepherd R-El Dorado said in interviews that they had not heard from any lawmakers wishing to introduce legislation addressing transgender toilets during the special session.

When asked if lawmakers should consider legislation addressing critical race theory, Hickey and Shepherd said they wanted lawmakers to focus on the elements of the governor’s appeal.

Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, and Rep.Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, said separately on Tuesday that they plan to introduce legislation banning schools from teaching critical race theory, an academic and legal framework. which shows that systemic racism is part of American society.

Asked about Hutchinson’s remarks on critical racial theory legislation, Garner said Wednesday: “I think the governor needs to have a wake-up call on racist propaganda which is critical race theory.

“I think this is a critical time for Arkansas to resolve this issue.”

Garner said he believes lawmakers could review the bills at the governor’s request for a special session and then consider other measures in a few days.

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, said Tuesday he plans to try to introduce anti-abortion legislation at the special session that includes a Texan-style civil cause of action provision.

Hutchinson said he wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to provide more guidance on Texas law.

Information for this article was provided by Rachel Herzog of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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Stacey Abrams Launches 2nd Campaign for Government of Georgia | AP News – Oakland News Now https://proactnow.org/stacey-abrams-launches-2nd-campaign-for-government-of-georgia-ap-news-oakland-news-now/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 23:56:19 +0000 https://proactnow.org/stacey-abrams-launches-2nd-campaign-for-government-of-georgia-ap-news-oakland-news-now/

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Stacey Abrams launches the 2nd campaign for Ga. Gov.

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Stacey Abrams Launches Georgia Governor’s Campaign | ATL News – Oakland News Now https://proactnow.org/stacey-abrams-launches-georgia-governors-campaign-atl-news-oakland-news-now/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 23:28:27 +0000 https://proactnow.org/stacey-abrams-launches-georgia-governors-campaign-atl-news-oakland-news-now/

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Stacey Abrams kicks off gubernatorial campaign in Georgia

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Abrams is running to lead Georgia in 2022 on similar values ​​that were woven into his latest campaign.

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