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House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement after President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal:
President Obama has tried to convince the American people that our commitment to helping those in need should be judged by the number of programs we create and taxpayer dollars we spend. With each new budget request we’re told a strong recovery is just around the corner if the president is allowed to spend more, tax more, and borrow more. Yet despite higher spending, tax hikes, and mountains of debt, millions of families remain trapped in poverty and searching for work.
Instead of changing course, the president expects the country to support more of the same. Today’s budget proposal includes hundreds of billions of dollars in additional spending to fund new federal programs. In critical areas such as early learning, job training, and higher education the president wants to make an existing maze of programs even more costly and confusing. Spending more money on broken programs will not provide the support our most vulnerable children, workers, and families desperately need.
The American people can no longer afford to invest in the president's failed agenda. We all want to ensure students receive a quality education and workers acquire the skills necessary to compete in today’s workforce. To achieve these goals we have to abandon the status quo and enact responsible reforms. Let’s reject the president’s attempt to double-down on failed policies and invest in real solutions that will help grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American who seeks it.
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On Wednesday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Culture of Union Favoritism: The Return of the NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
On February 6 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a proposed rule that will dramatically alter long-standing policies governing union elections. The board’s proposal will significantly shorten the time between the filing of a petition for a union election and the election date. Among other provisions, the rule provides employers just seven days to prepare a case to present before an NLRB regional officer and eliminates review by the board of contested issues raised before the election. The proposal also limits the opportunity for a full and fair hearing of issues that may arise during the election proceedings and allows union organizers to have greater access to employees’ personal information.
As a result of the board’s proposal, the ability of employers to communicate with employees will be severely restricted and the right of workers to make an informed decision in union elections will be crippled. Wednesday’s hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine the proposed rule and its effects on workers and employers. To learn more about this hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.
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Mrs. Doreen S. Davis
New York, NY
Mr. Steve Browne
Executive Director of Human Resources
Testifying on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Managemet
Ms. Caren Spencer
Weinberg, Roger, and Rosenfeld
Mr. William Messenger
National Right to Work Legal Foundation
The House Education and the Workforce Committee will host two field hearings during the week of March 17, 2014 to discuss ways education and skills training can strengthen our economy.
“A quality education and job training system is crucial to the strength and success of America’s workforce,” Chairman John Kline (R-MN) said. “Higher education institutions, career and technical education schools, and workforce investment boards each play a valuable role in encouraging local economic growth by providing individuals with the skills and training needed to fill in-demand jobs. As the House Education and the Workforce Committee works to advance policies that support a more robust workforce, these field hearings will allow us to talk with community leaders about state and local solutions to education and workforce needs.”
On Tuesday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m., Chairman Kline will join Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) in Nevada’s 3rd District for a field hearing entitled, “Reviving our Economy: How Career and Technical Education Can Strengthen the Workforce.” The hearing will take place at Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Coyote Ballroom, located at 7050 West Shelbourne Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On Thursday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m., Chairman Kline will join Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) in Arizona’s 5th District for a field hearing entitled, “Reviving our Economy: Supporting a 21st Century Workforce.” The hearing will take place at Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Student Union-Cooley Ballroom B, located at 7001 East Williams Field Road in Mesa, Arizona.
More information about these field hearings, including witness lists, will be posted atwww.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings. Media interested in attending the Nevada field hearing must RSVP to Greg Lemon with Rep. Heck’s staff at email@example.com. Media interested in attending the Arizona field hearing must RSVP to Kristine Michalson with Rep. Salmon’s staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You heard me right…what are you willing going to give up? What bad habit, crap in your office, clutter at home, food in your cabinet, or unproductive thing in your schedule are you going to either get rid of or stop doing? Because before you can start doing something good, something right, something that is going to get you what you want, you need to typically start by giving something up. Not only will it clear room for what you need to do to CRUSH IT, but usually the thing you need to give up is in conflict with your goal.
For example – you want to lose weight, but the cabinets are filled with cookies, Cheetos, crackers and other garbage. You need to get rid of that junk and fill the cabinet with healthy food so you can begin to achieve your desired weight.
You want to get organized and under control with your home life or at work, but when you walk in your house or office it looks like a bomb just went off. Grab a roll of garbage bags and if you don’t absolutely need it either throw it away, sell it on Craigslist, or donate it.
You want to finally start saving some money for the future, but you can’t seem to save a dime because you have NO extra money. But somehow you can find the money to hit Starbucks once or twice a day. Start with brewing your own cup of coffee instead. It will save you $25-$50 a week or $1,250-$2,500 a year depending on how frequently you go. Oh, and don’t forget the taxes you pay on each cup of coffee. So if you combine the cost of the coffee and taxes on each cup that may be as much as $2,000-$5,000 a year you could invest in your 401K or IRA instead…tax free! Invest $5,000 a year into your retirement account and if it earns an 8% return, that’s over $600,000 in 30 years.
You want to get to the gym to get fit and healthy so you feel good, but you spending all of your free time watching TV or playing around on your computer. Stop it and hit the gym instead!
Enough said. To get more of what you want, give it up…get rid of it….stop doing it. Then as Nike says…JUST DO IT!!!!!
Due to weather conditions, tomorrow's House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing entitled "Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education" has been postponed.
The hearing will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 12 at 10:30am in room 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Additional details will be posted at www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.
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A few weeks ago I flew out of town to visit my Mom. To give you a little background, she’s an avid Seahawks fan and I’m true to the 49rs. Well, when the two teams played each other, we made a bet…if the Seahawks won, I had to do whatever she wanted the next time I flew to Washington…and if the 49rs won, she would go to a gentle restorative yoga class with me (note…she is 85). Well, we all know who won that bet!
I went to church with her
On a cold rainy Sunday, we drove off to her church and spent what I thought might be a very long 4 hours (yes, we went for 4 hours). This was a church I grew up in, so I “thought” I knew what to expect and would brave it out to be by her side. I mean, I needed to honor my word on our bet.
The first hour I hunkered down, put my arm around my Mom and thought “this is all about her.” Little did I know, I’d end up being completely inspired by ALL of the speakers! The woman who inspired me the most had been through much tragedy over the past year. She had gone through a divorce after 20+ years to the love of her life, needed to move, both her parents got life threatening illnesses, found out her son was shot at and injured in the Seal’s program, was attacked by a bear, and had to bury her beloved dog. She was asked to speak on the topic “one has to lose themselves to be found.” She thought “Are you kidding me? I am so lost, I will never be found and don’t even ask me to put a positive spin on my life.” However, in talking about her journey, she expressed how the past year she blossomed (after nearly dying on the vine) into a new person she never knew existed. She tried to tell her story by comparing herself to 2 pieces of food…corn on the cob and a coconut. In her past (before the tragic year) she was like an ear of corn…just peel back the husk easily, and there she was, sweet, ready to go, full of energy. She liked being the corn. However the corn didn’t have a lot of substance, it was so easy, nothing much had to be done to it. She didn’t need to work hard, life was easy, she was happy. She was all surface.
Then the year of doubt came. She was the coconut. The coconut was hard…so hard, you could drop it from a roof and it wouldn’t crack. So tough that if you used a kitchen knife to cut it, nothing could get through. However, with the right kind of patience and a good machete, you could get through the outer layer. There you would find an inner layer…similar to a corn husk. It was still protective, but needed to be peeled. This inner layer still needed some work to get through, patience and perseverance, which was unlike the corn husk which only needed one hand to peel. The inner layer of the coconut was still tough. However, through this determination, one can get through the inner layer…and when you get to the middle after much hard work, you find the sweetest coconut juice and meat. The best. This part of the coconut is raw and wonderful. It’s rare and unusual. For most, better than the corn and worth the effort and time.
She was now the coconut. She had gotten so lost over the past year, she felt she needed to build this outer shell (or two) just to survive. She had gotten so lost…that when she looked in the mirror, she didn’t recognize herself. She had gotten so lost, she needed to find herself again and when she was able to, she was different, raw, and wonderful. What mattered to her was entirely different and what she wanted to show the world was unusual and a delicacy.
These transformations take a great amount of effort. They take strength, courage and unimaginable faith, but worth it once you are found…or at least on the path to be found.
Many of us have gone through tragic times or might even be going through one now. We get lost, we want to give up. We just wish to be the “corn” again. In truth, if we can allow ourselves to get lost, give in, give up the control, we can find out who we are and what we are meant to become. Maybe it’s the “meat of the coconut.” Maybe it’s the “lotus flower,” or maybe it’s the best of your own self.
Go ahead, get lost!
On Tuesday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Charter schools encompass two key principles American families want from our nation’s education system: choice and flexibility. These institutions empower parents to play a more active role in their child’s education, open doors for teachers to pioneer fresh teaching methods, encourage state and local innovation, and help students escape underperforming schools.
Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to discuss the benefits of the successful charter school model while also exploring opportunities to improve charter school quality and expand access to this valuable school choice option. To learn more about Tuesday’s hearing, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.
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Ms. Deborah McGriff
Chair of the Board
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Mrs. Lisa Graham Keegan
Chair of the Board
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Mr. David Linzey
Clayton Valley Charter High School
Ms. Alyssa Whitehead-Bust
Chief of Innovation and Reform
Denver Public Schools
Mr. Alan Rosskamm
Chief Executive Officer
Here we are, back in tax season again and we’re really trying to make it a little easier for you. First, we introduced you to iDonatedIt to help organize all of the generous donations you make throughout the year and now we’re bringing you MileIQ, the app that will make tracking mileage a snap.
As realtors, we drive a lot for business. From an open house to the office, to the printers, back to the office, to a client’s home. This is normal day in the life of a realtor. Not to mention, the personal driving that happens in between those trips, picking up the kids, dropping off dry cleaning volunteering at the school. So many places so little time and with all of this happening back to back it can be hard to remember when you went where, how far it was and if that trip was strictly business or personal. Much of the time, we don’t even think about it until April 1st comes around which makes it even harder to remember where we went on December 6th. Well MileIQ will make the whole process a lot easier.
To use MileIQ, just download the app and create a free account. When you drive somewhere, there’s no need to open the app, press a button or remember to start and stop. The app will do all of that for you. Once a week or so, open the app and classify your drives with a simple swipe to indicate whether the purpose of the trip was for business or personal. Include any additional charges you might have incurred (parking, tolls, etc) and you’re done! You only need 5 minutes. Maybe even less!
When you’re ready to file your taxes, get reimbursed or respond to an audit, MileIQ can generate an expense report with the click of a button. There it is; you’re mileage woes will be no more and you’ll be one step closer to completing your taxes.
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