The ordinance would have asked the voters to amend the borough’s sales tax code to establish a 10 percent areawide sales tax on temporary lodging. It was previously introduced as 12 percent. The ordinance was also amended to include overnight camping facilities. This is the third attempt at the passage of the ordinance introduced by Assemblymember Dale Bagley. The original ordinance passed the assembly in a vote of in a 5-3 vote, with one exemption in June. A number of amendments were made to the ordinance prior to its final passage. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Just kidding, voters will not see the ‘bed tax’ ordinance on the upcoming fall ballot like previously thought after Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce used his veto power to remove it at Tuesday nights meeting. Mayor Pierce Pierce said he did not support a targeted tax on specific activities or services. The vote ended up as a tie, with assembly members Hal Smalley, Willy Dunne, Brent Hibbert and Dale Bagley voting to override the veto.
Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazon $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Sci-Tech Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy 27 Photos 7 See at Amazon Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the AirPods review See It $59 at eBay $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo The Cheapskate $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 Read the Rylo camera preview Comment Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET The exoplanets are located in the star’s habitable zone. University of Göttingen, Institute for Astrophysics As far as the universe goes, Teegarden’s star, a faint red-dwarf, is located pretty much next door. Astronomers have discovered two intriguing planets located in the star’s habitable zone where they could possibly host liquid water.A research team led by the University of Gottingen in Germany announced the Earth-like exoplanet discovery on Tuesday. Teegarden’s star sits just 12.5 light-years away from us, but it’s very different from our own sun. It’s much cooler and dimmer and wasn’t even discovered until 2003.Enlarge ImageThis illustration imagines the view from the Teegarden’s star exoplanets back toward our solar system and Earth. University of Göttingen, Institute for Astrophysics “The two planets resemble the inner planets of our solar system,” said Mathias Zechmeister, lead author of a study on the exoplanets in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. They are both slightly heavier than Earth and might be part of a larger system with more planets.Before we get too excited, it’s important to remember that “Earth like” is no guarantee of a planet hosting life. The discovery came about through the Carmenes project, which is focused on finding exoplanets around small, cool stars. Carmenes had already located nine other exoplanets.One fun feature of the planets around Teegarden’s star involves the star’s particular location. Possible alien occupants could conceivably look toward our solar system and spot Earth transiting the sun. This creates a faint dimming of our own star as our planet passes in front of it.Perhaps at the same time we’re looking toward Teegarden’s star, extraterrestrials are looking back at us, wondering if Earth could sustain life as they know it. In this wide, wonderful universe, it’s a possibility. Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90)
X 00:00 /03:27 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Florian MartinPeter Beard, senior vice president of regional workforce development at the GHP, says UpSkill Houston has helped boost enrollment in middle skill training courses.Three years ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched UpSkill Houston, a workforce development initiative aimed at increasing the number of middle-skilled workers.So what has the program achieved at this point?To find out, we sat down with Peter Beard, senior vice president of regional workforce development at the GHP.To listen to the interview, click on the play button above.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will encourage city residents to get involved in their community and stem city violence during a “Call to Action” on June 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Baltimore City Community College.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh“Our goal is to make sure we have all of our young people engaged and that we invite the community to participate in opportunities to help us reduce crime,” the mayor said at a June 7 news conference announcing the event.The event will include presentations on how residents can get involved, including a demonstration of a community mediation session.The mayor hopes that the event will spread the word about programs available in the city and that more people will be engaged.Pugh began holding “Call to Action” meetings shortly after she took office. Those meetings involved community leaders, activists and representatives from city agencies as well as Baltimore Police.Many of those leaders were at the mayor’s side when she announced the June 10 event, including City Council President Jack Young and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
On July 25 the Baltimore City Council’s Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee voted 5-2 to amend the council’s ill-fated attempt to impose a mandatory minimum one-year sentence on anyone “illegally” carrying a gun within 100 yards of a school, public park, church or any other public facility in the city.The revised bill would impose the one-year sentence only on those committing a second gun possession offense or carrying a gun in commission of a crime against a person or property. Ultimately, the amended measure would be neutralized by existing Maryland law.The response to the original proposed legislation was fast, furious and decidedly negative in many of the city’s mostly Black, mostly poor communities. However, the council’s actions to gut the bill may have avoided a catastrophe similar to what we witnessed in April 2015 following the death (some say murder) of Freddie Gray.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)This wasn’t just a knee jerk response to the very real crisis of violence and murder this city has endured over the last three years (although many would argue the epidemic of violence has been at a crisis level for decades). There is a tone deaf quality to the argument that implementing a mandatory minimum gun law in Baltimore City would somehow assuage our fears and deter violence.In fact, several people who work at City Hall have asked privately, ”Who advised the mayor on this legislation?“ “Mandatory minimums don’t work,” said Councilman Brandon Scott (D-2nd) during last week’s tumultuous hearing prior to the council committee stripping down the hapless gun law.However, the result of implementing the bill as it was originally crafted would have almost assuredly resulted in hundreds, if not thousands, more arrests by the end of 2017.How many of those arrests would have fallen into the category of “illegal arrests” a term made popular during the days of the nefarious zero tolerance policing implemented by then Mayor Martin O’Malley? There are thousands of Black men, their families and communities that still have not recovered from the zero tolerance policy, which at its zenith, was responsible for the arrest of more than 100,000 people per year for several years, in a city of just over 600,000 people.Many argue, with our city being ravaged by violence and 206 homicides (as of August 2), we are at a very tenuous tipping point in Baltimore. The implementation of a mandatory minimum gun law and its aftermath could have had a similar effect as the bad days of zero tolerance policing, possibly recreating circumstances that sparked the uprising of 2015. We underestimate that potential at our own peril.I guess the original bill could technically be resurrected, but it seems highly unlikely because of the vigilance of several of the council’s youngest and newest members.The “renegade eight,” the eight newest members of the council voted in during last year’s general election, entered the chamber with the hopes of many of the city’s most disenfranchised citizens riding on their shoulders. In these cynical political times punctuated over the last six months by the unprecedented and potentially apocalyptic antics of the 45th president, hope in our political leaders has been hard to come by.Yet, the newest members of the council began their tenures by spearheading the unanimous condemnation of statements made by President Donald Trump, just days prior to his visit to Baltimore in December 2016. The first official action of the council denounced Trump’s “divisive and scapegoating rhetoric, rooted in hate and prejudice.” And the rebuke of Trump came as Mayor Catherine Pugh was preparing to ask the 45th president for much needed federal resources for the city. It was a symbolic gesture of course, but perhaps one that set a critical tone going forward.However, the council’s actions in snuffing out the mandatory minimum gun law was real action taken against what many argue was a really bad bill. And in the process they may have diffused a very volatile situation in our city festering beneath the summer sun.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.
State Rep. Tom Barrett’s legislation giving farmers the flexibility to move portable toilet facilities around their fields for farm workers was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives.Barrett, of Potterville, said farms use portable bathrooms to comply with requirements that field workers have access to toilet facilities within a quarter mile of where they are working.“It’s not uncommon for workers to be harvesting crops in one area and then move to a field down the street,” Barrett said. “To comply with current law, farmers would have to halt operations and wait for a contractor to move the portable toilets before farm operations can resume.”Barrett’s bill would allow farmers to transport portable sanitation facilities without becoming licensed septage haulers if they meet specific criteria.“It’s ridiculous to force people to hire contractors to perform tasks they’re capable of performing themselves,” Barrett said. “Allowing farmers to move these facilities from field to field will increase efficiency and prevent farm activities from coming to a standstill while waiting on a company to perform the routine service.”House Bill 4438 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Barrett News 20Jun Rep. Barrett bill increases efficiency, flexibility on farms
08May Rep. Frederick invites residents to May office hours No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact his Lansing office at (517) 373-0841 or BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.### State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso will hold local office hours for the month of May.“Office hours present an opportunity for residents to meet with me and ask questions, offer ideas or share thoughts regarding state government,” Frederick said.The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, May 14Shiawassee County: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Owosso City Hall, 301 W. Main St. in Owosso; andSaginaw County: 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Marion Township Hall, 10925 S. Merrill Road in Brant. Categories: Frederick News
01Mar Rep. Kahle welcomes St. Stephen students to Capitol Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photos State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian was joined by students from St. Stephen Lutheran School in Adrian at the state Capitol today.“Everyone was engaged and interested in learning more about their state government,” Rep. Kahle said. “It was a pleasure to meet with them and I’m excited to see the great things they will accomplish in the future.”The students toured the Capitol for an up-close look at state government while legislators conducted business throughout the building.
Hindi language entertainment channel Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) has launched on the Freeview TV platform in the Greater Manchester area of the UK.The launch means SEN is for the first time available to TV viewers without a satellite, cable or IPTV connection.Shalin Patel, head of marketing and distribution for SEN Europe, said, “It is a historical time for the UK television industry as a whole. For the last 15 years, South Asian language channels were only available on what some describe as ‘secondary’ services such as satellite and cable. With the launch on digital terrestrial in the Manchester region, our viewers can access the channel wherever they are in their home with only the most basic equipment required. This is just another step re-enforcing Sony Entertainment Networks commitment to breaking barriers with true progression.”