Let’s take a close look at those Delaware Senators and their plan to reduce poverty. I think it’s a great idea! Also, pics and thoughts on the Animal welfare agency introduction this past week. Finally, my thoughts on the deaths of those bald eagles.
Got to hurry on this one
Got a resource meeting in Dewey Beach this coming Monday. Information below.
Sussex County Small Business Resource Day – You are invited to join the U.S. Small Business Administration, their lenders, and resource partners to learn about programs that are available to assist small businesses.
This free event will be hosted by the SBA’s Delaware District Office on Monday, April 4th between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at 115 McKinley Street in Dewey Beach. To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-573-6294 x 225.
Speaking of small business and jobs
I am to understand that the Delaware Republican senatorial caucus came up with some ideas to fight this war on poverty. A “war”, my dears, that I recall began back when I was ten years old. Now some fifty years later, there’s still lots of poverty (of course, there always will be) but we now have created such a populace dependent on government handouts and locked into a life denied hope for the red tape.
I heard Senator Brian Pettyjohn on WGMD the other morning and became fascinated with what he was saying. I LOVE THIS IDEA!
Come up with some things that can be done, just little things to open up the doors so rudely shut on an entire generation of Americans . Let’s go over some of these ideas.
IDEA #1: FEDERAL BLOCK GRANTS ‘WITH RAILS’
This idea would require the federal government to give all anti-poverty monies directly to the states that they might better use the funds. The notion includes a proviso that such funds must not be used for anything other than anti-poverty programs.
IDEA #2: MAKE THE STATE EITC REFUNDABLE
I myself wrote about this proposed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Baumbach, who does not like me. I thought it a good idea and still do.
Ask me please, a payroll processing expert of some thirty years, if I know a thing or two or three about the EITC. IT’s basically a reverse income tax but hey, you got to be working to get it. People get money back from the feds so too should they get it back from the state, but there are limits.
IDEA #3: OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REFORM
OMG let us spend some time cursing this intrusion by the government with rules required before practicing a craft.
A hairdresser would be a perfect occupation for this. Lift the damn rule crap because plenty of people could be employed doing hair and hey, everybody’s got hair.
Just this week I saw a law introduced to make requirements for practicing accounting to include hours worked along with that CPA.
I know there has to be some rules but the government is where it shouldn’t oughta be too damn often.
IDEA #4: “PAY FOR SUCCESS” FINANCING
This proposal is a little confusing to me but best as I can figure charities, for example, would front the money to create an anti-poverty program. IF the program is a success the government will replenish the charity’s coffers and with time all poverty will be wiped out.
IDEA #5: CREATE A POVERTY HOUSING TAX CREDIT
This proposal would grant tax credits for entering into any action that would help lift of the homeless and bereft.
IDEA #6: SCHOLARSHIP TAX CREDITS
This is again an idea that involves private organizations getting tax credits for providing scholarships to students in poverty.
IDEA #7 – WORKFORCE TRAINING REVIEW COMMISSION
I’m not sure about the particulars of this idea except the notion is to make sure that what we’re training people for (I assume in institutions of higher learning) is a reality. Are Business majors really entering the business world big time or are they waiting tables.
IDEA #8 – EXTERNAL TRAINING TAX CREDIT
An example provided for this program would be a trucking company paying for its employees to be trained to drive big rigs.
They would be granted a tax credit, with limits per person and in total, of course.
IDEA #9 – APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT
So if I take an individual in as an apprentice to learn the art of blogging, I could qualify for a tax credit.
Hey, my Dad was a carpenter and we always had a slew of apprentices helping us build out many houses. Those young people worked hard and most moved on to Journeymen, even Masters.
IDEA #10 – ‘SEED’ FUNDING FOR NON-COLLEGE PROGRAMS
This idea would provide funds for non-college programs and by me this is EXACTLY what is needed. Cause college degrees are pretty much worthless anymore but somebody to cut my hair? Hey, everybody’s got hair, even the bald people.
IDEA #11 – CREATE A ‘COTTAGE FOOD’ INDUSTRY
I listened to Senator Pettyjohn describe this idea and was intrigued. Indeed there are a plethora of rules and regulations that someone doesn’t die of food color that the ability to start a small home-kitchen cooking business is all but impossible.
The above does not create instant and immediate answers but it opens the dialogue, something I think the Republicans should have been doing at the federal level on down but kudos to our Delaware Senators!
I see some problems with some of the ideas but hey, you got to start somewhere. And let us see the Democrats refuse these items; they will look small and petty as this Downstate Blogger sees it.
Those Bald Eagle Killings
I am following this strange phenomena of the dead bald eagles and who’s killing them. I said before, and I say again, I find it very difficult to believe that a human being killed those birds.
First of all, bald eagles are not usually found in big flocks that some human with evil intent could come upon and feed poison. The only way a human could kill a bunch of eagles is to poison some food source in a confined area that the birds are known to consume.
The scuttlebutt is that it is believed that the eagles came to their death from human intervention. I’m still not sure I’m buying this.
Indeed I did attend the Introductory Delaware Animal Control Meeting
It was held in Sussex county council chambers and I listened to Hetti Brown, Director of the Delaware office of Animal Welfare and Mark Tobin, Chief of Delaware animal services.
First, below some pictures of the meeting.
I don’t think I’ve ever met a group of friendlier, knowledgeable, people who obviously love the animals they were hired to protect. And folks Delaware is a small enough state that we should have a state-wide animal welfare office instead of that scattershot county thing we had until this year.
Still and so, I get skeptical when government grows and I hope this agency doesn’t grow into something so big and filled with red tape that we can’t figure out what to do and why.
But so far the glass is half full. No one loves the dogs more than me.
Take care of them, I am trusting you. Someday I might volunteer to help out.
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