Archive | May 26, 2016

U.S. Now Taxing Collection of Rainwater*

U.S. Now Taxing Collection of Rainwater*

PARMA Residents wanting to install a rain barrel in their yards will have to pay a steeper fee than what was originally believed.

The fee is $31 for one barrel, $32 for two, $33 for three and so on.

Last week, the Sun Post reported that it would cost just $1 to install a rain barrel.

That was based on a reading of a rain-barrel ordinance that City Council approved May 7. The ordinance established regulations for rain barrels.

The ordinance — while referencing another pre-existing code section — seems to state that the city fee for “storm water storage containers” is $1.

However, looks are deceiving.

What the ordinance did not say is that — under the other pre-existing code section — there is a base fee of $30 for storm water storage containers and other plumbing items.

So to calculate rain-barrel fees, residents should start with $30, and then add $1 for each barrel they want to install.

Paul Deichmann, city engineer, believes the rain-barrel fee was established after 2008. It has remained unchanged since then.

But if the fee hasn’t changed, why did the city bother mentioning it — and the pre-existing code section — in the new rain-barrel ordinance?

The answer is that under pre-existing code, a rain barrel or barrels were referred to as a “household rain collection system.”

The new ordinance replaces that term “storm water storage containers” so that rain barrels are not restricted to residential properties, Deichmann said. After all, businesses might want rain barrels, too.

In addition, the city added a new fee for the removal of rain barrels from properties. It will cost the base fee of $30 plus $50 for each rain-barrel system for a total of $80.

“This was added because it is anticipated that removal of a rain barrel system may be complicated if downspouts going into the ground have been plugged as part of the installation of the barrel,” Deichmann said in a May 14 e-mail to the Sun Post.

Residents installing rain barrels might disconnect their storm-water downspouts from underground sewers and redirect storm water to the rain barrels. If they later remove the barrels, they might have to reconnect their downspouts to the sewers.

“It may require more than one (city) inspection to properly restore the drainage,” Deichmann said.

In addition, Deichmann pointed out that residents with rain barrels can earn credits toward reductions in their storm-water assessment fees.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, starting next year, is scheduled to start charging those assessments to all property owners in the district.

If residents remove rain barrels, they would lose the storm-water credits, and the city wants to track that, Deichmann said.


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U.S. School Kids Opt-Out En Masse against Common Core*

U.S. School Kids Opt-Out En Masse against Common Core*

Nationwide opposition to Common Core is on the rise, and more and more students and parents are choosing to opt-out on their own.  According to a story by U.S. News & World Report over half a million school-aged children opted out of Common Core standardized testing last year. In New York around a fifth of students simply didn’t take the tests.

In November 2013, Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan attributed opposition to Common Core to “white suburban moms” who discovered that “all of a sudden, their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought.”

Like so many federal bureaucrats, Duncan was dead wrong, as USA News reports the opt-out movement reflects widespread distaste crossing demographic lines:

“When the opt-out movement first gained traction in 2014, it was initially dismissed by some educational policymakers as a movement primarily taken up by middle-class white families concerned that new standardized tests would reveal their children to be lower-achieving than once thought. Data from New York, for example, suggests that those opting out tended to come from more affluent areas and are more likely to be white.

However, data from Ohio have shown a much more inclusive movement, representative of the state population. Early evidence from 2016 suggests that the movement has been gaining momentum in communities of colour – the Seattle chapter of the NAACP issued a statement in support of opting out, and principals in New York City have publicly voiced support for giving parents the right to opt out.”

Teachers have also indirectly expressed their opposition to Common Core, emailing parents about how their students can opt out without fear of punishment.

In other words, Americans have a variety of reasons to not like Common Core. One more reason is that it’s an unconstitutional effort by the feds to stick their nose in an issue they have no business trying to manage.

Constitutionally, education is an issue that is reserved to the states or the people – outside the purview of federal power. Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education initiative that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. While devised and created by state-level associations, the federal government has driven adoption through an unconstitutional grant program called Race to the Top.

Americans can set the stage to end common core by contacting their state lawmakers and urging them to introduce withdrawing the state from the program. This would restore education to local control – and effectively nullify common core. It’s an approach James Madison advised in Federalist #46, in which he wrote a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” would make federal laws impossible to enforce.

But when state legislators refuse to act, individual action can also be an effective strategy. Massive opt-outs create a path forward parents wanting to eliminate Common Core standards and put education back into the hands of state and local bodies where it belongs. Ultimately, if enough students opt out of the testing, it could collapse the Common Core system altogether.


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India Bows to Pressure from Monsanto over GM Cotton*

India Bows to Pressure from Monsanto over GM Cotton*

The Government of India has withdrawn an order that puts restrictions on genetically-modified (GM) technology companies on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister Modi-led government has temporarily suspended a cap on the royalty fee for new GM seed technology at 10% for the first five years, according to a report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

“The notification regarding the guideline for GM cotton technology issued on May 18 will be put in the public domain for 90 days, in the same form, for comments and suggestions of all stakeholders,” an official statement said.

The withdrawal brings relief to Monsanto India, the company that has a 95% market share of India’s GM cotton seeds.

“If the committee recommends imposing a sharp, mandatory cut in the fees paid on GM-cotton seeds, the company will have no choice but to re-evaluate every aspect of our position in India,” Monsanto India Region CEO Shilpa Divekar had said.


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Brazil’s Coup Government Select an Israeli for President of Brazil’s Central Bank*

Brazil’s Coup Government Select an Israeli for President of Brazil’s Central Bank*

By Itamar Eichner

As the suspension of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and corruption allegations loom in the background, a new appointment was announced: Ilan Goldfein, who was chief economist to Brazil’s largest private bank, will become president of the country’s largest bank

Haifa-born Ilan Goldfein was appointed on Thursday to be the president of the Central Bank of Brazil. He was appointed to the position following the suspension of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff due to charges of corruption.

Goldfein had previously served as chief economist at Itau, Brazil’s largest private bank, deputy to the bank governor of Brazil, an advisor to the World Bank and advisor to the International Monetary Fund.

Goldfein earned his PhD in economics from MIT. He is considered one of the leading and most well-regarded economists in Brazil, has worked as a senior lecturer at top universities and has published many articles. In addition to Portuguese, he speaks Hebrew, English and Spanish. He has family in Israel and visits often.

Goldfein’s appointment comes on the heels of a corruption affair that led to the suspension of Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, who is facing trial for supposedly hiding the country’s deficit to make its economy appear better than it was during her 2014 re-election campaign.

Goldfein said he is very reassured by the corruption investigations currently taking place against Rousseff and other high-powered politicians and members of Brazil’s business community, stating he believes that even if the resulting broad-scoped cleanup will be temporary, it will nevertheless have a stabilizing effect on the country’s recession-stricken economy.

Goldfein’s appointment was announced at a difficult time or the country’s economy, as the real continues to lose its value and in light of predictions claiming that the country’s economic growth is slowing down.

“The Brazilian economy is huge,” said Goldfein.

“It’s too closed off: we only export 15% of our gross domestic product, which isn’t very much.”

Goldfein put the blame for the current situation on the government’s fiscal misconduct, saying that

“We are currently carrying out a very important investigation that deals with corruption. Its trail of money flows from the private sector to public companies, from Petrobras (a state-owned oil company also involved in the scandal) to politicians. For the first time we have billionaires sitting in jail. We have politicians in jail. People might ask, ‘Why is everything happening all at once?’ With an intensive investigation the kind of which we have never seen, the worst recession in our history and the recent suspension. Is it all just a bad coincidence? Obviously, it is not. What happened was that the middle class, which had thought it was going to get rich and whose aspirations were going to come true, must now face the decimation of its dreams.”

Goldfein estimated that to successfully get out of the current crisis, the government will have to take unpopular measures, such as raising taxes, budget cuts and raising the age of retirement, which currently stands at an average of 50–55 years, up to 65.

“The problem is that instead of facing reality, Brazilian economy has entered a phase of denial,” he said.

Goldfein continued by saying,

 “The government has gone bankrupt, which is why everyone is angry and supports the investigation. The next person who might consider messing with the government will tell himself, ‘Well, I can either choose to make money legally or go to jail for 30 years,’ and they will draw their own conclusions. There are already preliminary signs of recovery, so I think things will turn around, even if it won’t last forever.”


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