Sinking Fund getting too much Police getting too little says Five Cays

first_img Related Items:athenee harvey, police, rodney adams, sean astwood, sinking fund Recommended for you Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Aug 2015 – Five Cays member, Hon Sean Astwood was incensed when he learned that requests for equipment made by Police are not always fully granted; while more money is being deposited into the Sinking Fund. Hon. Sean Astwood: “What I am understanding is that the Police Force is saying to somebody, whether it is the government or the CFO, that they need these set of equipment in order to properly conduct their business in terms of the safe keeping of this country and someone is deciding what they can get and what they cannot get.”During the recent Appropriations Committee meeting it was exposed that some equipment is denied by the Government during consideration of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police budget.Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams: “Madame Chair and Members that is correct. I can certainly speak to some issues where some requests have been made and was not approved as it relates to a number of pieces of equipment that was needed for the department.”Permanent Secretary of Finance, Athenee Harvey aimed to explain the dynamics of decisions. Athenee Harvey, PS Finance: “The Ministry of Finance, the Department heads, the accounting officers I lift my hat to them because there are a lot of difficult decisions – even the leaders of the Opposition and Members of the House of Assembly. It is very difficult to actually have to decide what you have to forego for a temporary period of time.”Hon Astwood posed another problem, “I thank you for that explanation Madame PS but surely there is someone who is deciding it is more prudent and beneficial to put extra money above and beyond what is budgeted for into the Sinking Fund than providing the equipment what that they needed; someone is making that decision.”It was recommended by chairperson of the Appropriations Committee, Hon Ruth Blackman that the issue be brought up in a more appropriate forum, namely, the House of Assembly. last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Offers Thoughts On Massachusetts Democratic Republican

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#2) Can you point to two things in your own party’s state platform that you DISAGREE with and explain why? Can you point to two things in your opponent’s party’s state platform that you AGREE with and explain why? (Background: Democratic Platform; Republican Platform) As your next State Representative, there’s only one platform for me to work from and that’s the platform of the 19th Middlesex District.  I’ve been on the campaign trail for a year now, and have spoken with thousands of taxpayers, Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  That platform includes holding the line on taxes and making sure our tax dollars are being put to good use with what I like to call “responsible spending.”  Responsible spending is about prioritizing local aid for education, public safety, and infrastructure; prioritizing programs to battle the opioid crisis, from education and prevention to treatment and recovery; prioritizing benefits and housing for our seniors and veterans.I may be running as a Republican, but I’m running to work on behalf of the people, not a party.  If there’s proposed legislation from a Republican administration that is bad for the district, I’m not going to be afraid to say no.  And vice versa.  I look forward to the opportunity of working across the aisle to get things done for Tewksbury and Wilmington.  I’ve spoken with Democratic legislators and candidates who have expressed to me their interest in working with someone who will bring a fresh perspective to Beacon Hill.  That tells me we can work together.  If a good idea comes from the Democratic side of the aisle, lets explore it.  If it comes from the Republican side, lets explore it.  And that’s what matters to the people, that good ideas are being explored to improve our district.An idea on the Democratic platform that I support is reworking the public education formula.  Education is a priority for the taxpayers and as someone who is preparing to start a family of my own, I want the best education possible for my children.An idea on the Democratic platform that I strongly oppose is making Massachusetts a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants.  I want local police to have the ability to work with federal agencies, including ICE.  In July, my opponent Dave Robertson said “ICE is disgraceful” and believes they “spend too much time concentrating on those who are already here.”  I couldn’t disagree more.  They’re taking dangerous criminals off of our streets and are risking their lives to do so.  We’ve seen a number of arrests of illegal immigrants over the summer in Tewksbury for drug trafficking.  When the Sanctuary State bill is refiled in January, and I’m serving as your next Representative, I will be voting “NO.”  And I’m the only candidate who has committed to do so.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”last_img read more

How Technology Can Help – Or Hinder – Election Security In Texas

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribunePeople voting in Houston during the 2016 November election.The liberal think tank the Center for American Progress claims in a new study that Texas is well behind the majority of U.S. states in providing appropriate election security – and that all states are at least somewhat vulnerable to cyber attacks.Texas was one of 12 states to receive a D rating in the report, while five others received an F. The CAP is calling for, among other things, the use of paper ballots and post-election audits.Is this a legitimate concern, or a strictly partisan fight?Dan Wallach just testified about the security of Texas elections before lawmakers in Austin. He’s a Rice University professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering. Craig Cohen finds out what Wallach thinks of the security of voting machines in Texas and how he’d like to improve them.last_img read more