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It’s tough believing the news that comes out of Wonderland these days, but if you do, this is another burst of “good news.”
According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
“Employment gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.”
We’re hoping this is not “fake news.”
You can bet these new jobs are not the high paying jobs in state or federal government (legislators, etc.).
“A number of the nation’s lowest paying jobs are quite common. The number of people working as cashiers is well over 1 million, as is the number of people working as cooks. In fact, all but five of the 25 lowest paying full-time occupations employ more than 100,000 people nationwide.
“Minimum wage laws have a major impact on low-wage workers, especially in states with relatively high concentrations of low-wage occupations. Most of the highest paying states for these jobs are states with the highest minimum wages.
“Kohli observed that in some of these jobs, women make up an outsized share of employment. In 18 of the 25 lowest paying jobs, the share of employees who are women exceeds the national average percentage of 44.3%
“These are the lowest paying jobs in America.” – 24/7 Wall St.
At the bottom are counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop; dishwashers; combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food; cashiers and food preparation workers.
Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.
Today’s quote … “Coward.” – Crowd chants as “the weasel” made a visit to Rhode Island on Thursday. – The Hill
- Thursday night’s School District’s Board of Directors’ “committee of the whole” meeting included a contingent of Columbia Borough’s elected public servants, the borough manager and the borough’s consultant, Rebecca Denlinger. They came to encourage the school board directors on the newly enhanced L.E.R.T.A. proposal approved by the borough earlier at the February borough council meeting.
- Following the February meeting, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this: “During last night’s meeting borough consultant Rebecca Denlinger presented a renewed and more aggressive L.E.R.T.A. (tax abatement) scale. The proposed scale would be for three years at 100% and two years of 50% abatement on property improvements. Adoption of the proposal requires the joint approval of the Columbia Borough School District and the Borough. This is critical because the school taxes represent the significantly higher tax burden. The borough is seeking a date for a joint borough / school district meeting.”
- “What’s L.E.R.T.A. Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act.”
- Columbia’s current L.E.R.T.A. programs are ordinances | Ordinance 840 – Commercial LERTA | Ordinance 841 – Residential LERTA.
- Denlinger, the mayor and Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director, Janice Nikoloff, stressed that this beefed up by 33% LE.R.T.A. is needed to attract interested developers to invest in Columbia property. Though there’ve been on takers of the existent L.E.R.T.A., each felt that the “new L.E.R.T.A.” will generate enough interest to sway interest – particularly the interest of two properties now in discussion.
- From the CEDC Website: “We encourage investors to review our FINANCING section for information on Columbia’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Commercial and Residential Programs, Historic Tax Credits, and other state and local financial assistance programs.”
- It was stated that there’s a very interested developer for the long-time vacant Hotel Columbia site in downtown’s main traffic area.
- Citizen Frank Doutrich extolled the board of directors to get rid of the “per capita tax.” The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.”
- The posting of the school district’s per capita tax delinquency list at Columbia Spy (and at Columbia news, views & reviews) generated a raft of comments (over 50, so far)”
- Is it a nuisance tax? | Appears most school districts in Lancaster County have dropped the per capita tax. Columbia news, views & reviews searched school district Websites for per capita taxes to find information for the list. There’s a tab at the Lancaster County Association of Township Supervisors Website that ostensibly has the taxes for all county schools. It’s not current because it shows Columbia’s school district with no taxes.
- One school district in the northeastern part of the state claimed in 2013, “One reason continuing this (the per capita tax) is the perception that the per-capita tax is at least one levy that every adult resident must pay.”
Audience ratings declined for this speech to Congress. – News Corpse
Due to the damage to trees caused by the severe thunderstorm last Saturday the Borough Yard Waste Facility, located at 254 Blue Lane, will be open Monday, 2/27/17 through Friday, 3/3/17 from 8:00am-5:00pm for Residents to bring yard waste to the facility. � Please note that it is your responsibility to unload your own yard waste.
SOURCE: Columbia Borough email
The Columbia Historic Market House starts off the month (March) with a class on Basket Weaving on the 5th. This is a continuation from last month for those who previously attended. Terram Olei is offering a Make & Take Essential Oils Class for Mosquito Spray, and Pet Flea & Tick spray. Cost is between $3 and $10. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, The Columbia Historic Market House is welcoming “Fire in the Glen” on Saturday, March 12th at 11:30am. If you’re a fan or just want to listen to some good Irish/Celtic music stop in. The market house is closing out the month of March; by having their first Anime’ & Gaming Weekend. Enjoy Comi Cons or other Anime’ related characters? This event is sponsored by Moon Family Studios, who are regulars at area Comi Cons. Don’t forget the market house is open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday between 10am & 3pm. See you soon!
SOURCE: news release
Columbia Borough is pleased to announce a new home improvement and home purchasing assistance program, in partnership with the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) and Lancaster County Housing Redevelopment Authority. Entitled the , the initiative’s goals include improving Columbia Borough’s quality of housing stock and the living conditions of borough residents. Its purpose also aims to encourage homeownership, enhance the community sense of pride and revitalize the North 3rd Street corridor.
Columbia Borough leaders pursued the partnership, the first of its kind partnering LHOP with a specific municipality for loans. The Lancaster County Community Foundation provided grant funding for the project, aimed at building or rehabilitating decent, affordable housing and revitalization within the borough.
“We know we have a great community in Columbia,” said Kelly Murphy, borough council president.
“With this program, we want to enable homebuyers and homeowners to invest in their residences. This will have a ripple effect within the area – sprucing up a well-traveled corridor at the entry to our city, spurring neighbors and business owners to update their properties and building pride throughout Columbia.”
In the first year of the effort, which begins March 1, the borough and LHOP will each provide $150,000 in funding. $200,000 will be designated for home rehabilitation improvements and the other $100,000 directly for home purchasing costs.
Home Improvement Loans ranging from $500 up to $15,000 will be available via an application process for single-family homes either currently occupied as a primary residence or that will be inhabited as a primary residence once renovations are completed. Following LHOP’s existing First Time Homebuyers Program, Homeownership Loans up to $10,000 will be available via an application process for first-time homebuyers who have not owned a home within the last three (3) years. For both programs, eligibility is
income specific, based on area median income as determined annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“LHOP is excited to partner with Columbia Borough to offer a program enhancing housing conditions and increasing home ownership opportunities,” said Ray D’Agostino, executive director of the nonprofit.
“In a real sense, the program will improve living conditions and make home ownership more attainable and affordable in Columbia. LHOP and Columbia are grateful to the Lancaster County Community Foundation for seed funding LHOP’s housing improvement initiative, which has made this collaboration possible.
Since 2014, LHOP has worked with eight homebuyers in Columbia to achieve home ownership, three of which are still in the works. With this new program, even more residents will be able to overcome obstacles to purchasing their own houses.
Columbia will be considering applications for houses in the 200 – 500 blocks of North 3rd Street and the surrounding neighborhood, including North 2nd Street. Renovations can be for the main home, but not for sheds or garages, and can include exterior façade updates or internal improvements. Staff will be available at the Columbia Life Network offices, 336 Locust St. in Columbia, twice each month to answer questions and help prepare applications.
LHOP is a nonprofit organization, certified as a U.S. Treasury Department-approved Community Development Financial Institution, able to underwrite and administer loans. Part of the program’s coordination will be through the Lancaster Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, to tap the federally funded Home Repair Program.
The initiative’s partners intend to create a revolving fund process, wherein repayment of the borrowed funds will be used to institute new housing improvement and home ownership opportunities within the borough.
SOURCE: news release
If you’re on the borough’s email list you received this announcement this morning.
That’ll never happen here – You think?
This astounding post comes from “Time Goes By | What it’s really like to get old.”
This really is a “must read” with a “must watch” video.
“SHIPPING THE INTERNET ARCHIVE TO CANADA
“You know the Internet Archive, right? It is a massive and amazing online, digital, searchable library that includes text, audio, video, software and images totaling, at the moment, 279 billion web pages.
“One section of it is called the Wayback Machine where you can view images of websites from ‘wayback’ in the past. In fact, you can even see one of TimeGoesBy’s first iterations before the photo banner.
“Not long ago, Internet Archive founder, Bewster Kahle (who is a true hero of free speech) announced that in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, he is moving a copy of the vast archive to Canada.
“Recently, he explained the reasons to host Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!:
Fake news or just muddled messaging? Is there a meeting tomorrow evening? Or Wednesday evening? Or Thursday evening?In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on January 2, 2017 at 9:23 am
If you’re a Columbia parent or a taxpayer wanting to know when the next school board meeting is, do you believe what’s posted at the Website? Or do you believe what’s been published as a LEGAL NOTICE?
AHA! Seems somebody at the School Board got to somebody to UPDATE and CORRECT the meeting schedule. Sometime between yesterday morning when we posted this and this afternoon, the Website has been altered. No explanation, no “howdy-do”, no apologies, nothing – just a changed website with presumably accurate meeting dates and times.
And yes, the meeting of the committee of the whole is scheduled for Thursday evening at 6:00 pm.
Whether it’s fake news, muddled messaging, or a confused, inept communication attempt, don’t Columbia’s citizens deserve to know when the school board meetings are so they can plan their schedules?