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By The Associated Press

Kokomo grandstand. June 25, 2022.

Editorial: A broken system fails the Hoosier family


Home is what is familiar to you.

Home is where you grew up, where you went to school, and where your friends live.

Home is where your family lives.

But a loophole in this country’s immigration laws has left an estimated 250,000 immigrants facing the prospect of leaving the only home they’ve ever known.

At a press conference last month, California Democratic Senator Alex Padilla touted his bill to permanently protect those immigrants who grew up in the United States as dependents on their parents’ temporary visas. and graduates of American universities, but aged of this dependent status. .

“For these young people, turning 21 means facing an impossible choice,” Padilla said. “Either leave your family and self-deport to a country you barely remember, or stay in the United States living, undocumented, in the shadows.”

Among the documented Dreamers this legislation would protect are Khushi and Lay Patel, whose family moved from Canada to Hoosier state in 2012 so that their parents – originally from India – could work.

The siblings are still in America via student visas, but Lay, 21, is a senior at Indiana University and plans to study for an additional semester in the fall in a bid to find a way to stay in the country he calls home. Khushi is also studying at IU and hopes to find a job in Indiana to stay here as well.

Adding to the obvious flaw in the immigration system is the fact that undocumented dreamers are protected by DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but documented dreamers are not. The DACA includes several requirements that Documented Dreamers cannot meet.

“If my brother and I were brought here illegally, we would have a better chance of becoming citizens,” Khushi told the Lebanon Reporter. “If we were brought here illegally, we would have more rights than we have now.”

What the Patels and so many others like them want is to stay in the place they call home. Lay and Khushi want to stay with their family in Lebanon, Indiana, where their parents own and operate a business and the siblings each captained their high school tennis teams.

“I’ve been here in Lebanon for as long as I can remember,” Khushi said. “My home is here. My family is here. … We don’t want to leave.

America must find a way to do better. Padilla’s bill enjoys bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Congress should approve this legislation and President Joe Biden should sign it.


Terre Haute Tribune-Star. June 24, 2022.

Editorial: READI grants will help places that really need it

Community efforts to improve residents’ quality of life are not new. Prioritizing these quality of life improvements is relatively new.

It takes time to break down entrenched attitudes that the best methods of economic development in cities, counties and states are tax abatements and business incentives. The fastest growing areas of the country are places where people want to put down roots due to investment in local schools, roads, parks, trails, arts, culture and other public amenities. Millions of 21st century jobs can be done remotely from anywhere, and workers will go where life is best.

A community that truly wants to progress will invest in resources that enhance its existing strengths and develop new ones.

The local distribution of Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) funds contains promising examples of prioritizing longstanding and developing community assets.

Funds flow through Indiana’s READI program, modeled by the Indiana General Assembly after the state’s similar regional cities initiative of 2015. The difference is the source of funding. While three select metro areas shared $126 million in 2015 from a state tax amnesty program through the Regional Cities Initiative, the READI program is providing $500 million to 17 Hoosier regions to from Indiana’s allocation of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Terre Haute Metro – comprising Clay, Knox, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties – received a $20 million READI grant for 23 different projects in west-central Indiana. Like other regions, the Terre Haute region was represented in the READI grant process by a regional organization – the Wabash River Regional Development Authority.

The Wabash River RDA received a $20 million grant for these projects, a significant amount, but unfortunately not as solid as the $50 million grants allocated to the South Bend, Northwest, Evansville, Fort Wayne and Jeffersonville.

Like regional cities, the READI program offers a long overdue investment in cities, towns and rural communities. Too many of Indiana’s rocky towns and villages — working-class industrial communities like Terre Haute, Muncie and Kokomo — have seen their urban appeal fade as factories closed. The assets that gave character to these places are also fading. Many of these assets represent the basis for a revitalization of these “rust belt” metros – points of distinction that attract new residents and retain old ones.

Much of Indiana’s growth touted by state officials has been concentrated in affluent areas, such as the donut communities around Indianapolis. READI grants can help cities and towns that really need help. Grants require local matching funds of 2:1 for government entities, 3:1 for nonprofits, and 4:1 for private projects.

The Wabash Valley projects include some amenities established years ago to enhance quality of life – $250,000 for the historic village of Billie Creek in Parke County; $1 million for the Sullivan City Pool; $50,000 for Rea Park in Terre Haute; $150,000 for the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute; $2 million to improve the William Henry Harrison mansion in Knox County; and $150,000 to continue the Turn to the River project connecting downtown Terre Haute to the Wabash River. Others are new, like the hotel and parking lot in downtown Terre Haute, which attracted the biggest $4,300,000.

Perhaps the poster child for an investment in quality of life is the $100,000 READI grant to bring a long-needed clinic and pharmacy to West Terre Haute. This grant will bring the new Valley Professionals Community Health Center closer to a reality for Vigo counties living west of the river.

Venerable Sullivan, a 179-year-old town of 4,126 people in southern Terre Haute, received four grants totaling $4.3 million, representing existing and new efforts. Along with upgrading its swimming pool, Sullivan secured grants for a plaza pavilion for outdoor entertainment and events, a new home development, and a new downtown hotel.

More people will choose to move or stay in the Wabash Valley due to improved waterfront in Terre Haute, clinical care in West Terre Haute, and activities in Sullivan. It is progress.


Herald Anderson’s Bulletin. June 23, 2022.

Editorial: Crime Do Not Assist Fee Could Lead to More Payouts

The Madison County District Attorney’s Office recently traveled coast to coast seeking justice for families whose male head of household has failed to pay child support.

Lawsuits have been filed against men living in California and Maine while also seeking child support payments from men in various towns in Indiana.

This is a commendable courtroom business that has grown slowly over the decades, most notably with the 2021 state law in which anyone who knowingly or intentionally – which does not isn’t that hard to prove – doesn’t provide support commits a level 6 felony known as not supporting a child. . It can carry a prison sentence of six months to 2.5 years.

If that person has a previous conviction for non-support, the felony moves to level 5, which can result in a sentence of one to six years.

These penalties, it is hoped, reinforce the seriousness of the payments.

In addition, a decades-old program has gained momentum.

In 1975, Congress enacted a law that required each state to establish a program to enforce child support obligations. The program was a condition for receiving federal funds. The program is known in prosecutorial circles as Title IV-D because Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act of 1975 created the child support program.

The federal government reimburses the direct costs of child support enforcement at 66%. Counties also get performance incentives using collections based on metrics such as maternity establishment, maintenance order establishment, paid support, and profitability.

Madison County District Attorney Rodney Cummings knows the formula. In 2002, he was the Title IV-D prosecutor for the county.

These cases can get tricky and time-consuming, especially when it comes to divorce. But parents who are owed child support expect justice for themselves and their children.

That’s why it was wise for Cummings to recently hire two investigators to prosecute those who don’t pay child support; cases of school neglect are also in their domain.

Once the nonpayment exceeds $16,000, Cummings’ office will review felony charges. Cummings also said there were 7,000 child support cases in the county. Some involve arrears of over $80,000.

In the past, such cases had to be tried in civil courts. Now that criminal penalties are in place, families desperate for child support may have more hope of securing the financial means to raise their children.


$5 million in grants earmarked for flood-affected businesses | Montana News https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/5-million-in-grants-earmarked-for-flood-affected-businesses-montana-news/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 22:03:00 +0000 https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/5-million-in-grants-earmarked-for-flood-affected-businesses-montana-news/

HELEN, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is awarding up to $5 million in Montana Bed Tax Fund grants to businesses that have been impacted by destructive flooding in southern Montana.

Gianforte’s office announced funding for the grant on Friday and said more than $3 million in federal COVID relief funds will also be made available to respond to the impacts of flooding, the Independent Record reported.

Tourism-dependent businesses like restaurants, bars, hotels, guides and private campgrounds can get up to $25,000 in grants under the program. Applicants must describe how they will be negatively affected by a lack of visitors after severe flooding closed two of Montana’s three entrances to Yellowstone National Park.

The program will provide businesses with “much-needed support to get them up and running so they can provide in-state and out-of-state customers with the best possible experience in Montana,” the department director said. of Commerce, Scott Osterman, in a press release.

Thousands of visitors to Yellowstone National Park were ordered to leave the park on June 13 after rivers in northern Wyoming and southern Montana overflowed their banks following heavy rains that accelerated the melt spring snow. Flooding damaged several hundred homes and businesses in Montana communities near Yellowstone, threatening their tourism-dependent economies.

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Women over 50 have a big impact https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/women-over-50-have-a-big-impact/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 01:12:00 +0000 https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/women-over-50-have-a-big-impact/

The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a New York gun law enacted over 100 years ago which imposes restrictions on the carrying of a concealed handgun outside their homes, a move former Rep. Gabby Giffords called “sad” and “terrible.”

Yet Giffords – who was shot in the face in 2011 while holding a meeting with her constituents in a parking lot in Arizona – said she remains hopeful for meaningful change on gun reform, especially as Congress pushes gun reform deal following the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.

“It will be long and difficult. But I am optimistic,” Giffords said.

Know Your Value spoke to Giffords, 52, as part of her ’50 Over 50′ initiative to shine a light on women in their 50s, 60s, 60s and beyond who are upending age norms and gender. This week, in partnership with Forbes, we spotlight a few women, all over the age of 50, who are fighting for gun reform.

Following the 2011 shooting, Giffords suffered an impact to the left hemisphere of her brain, which left her with a condition that impairs her speech. But that didn’t stop her. Giffords has made gun safety reform his signature.

She has since turned tragedy into goal through her work over the past decade on gun reform. She runs the gun violence prevention organization called Giffords. And she has since taken a 360-degree approach to the issue of gun violence – advocating for both legislative solutions and cultural change around the issue.

When asked what advice she would give to people who want to make meaningful change in gun reform, Giffords replied, “Be a leader. Give an example. Be passionate. Be brave. Look your best.

Here are some other women worth paying attention to:

Shannon Watts, 52, founder of Moms Demand Action

Image: Gun safety rally at the US Capitol
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, speaks at a rally near the US Capitol on June 8, 2022.Bryan Olin Dozier/NurPhoto via AP File

The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Watts started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and must do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation has turned into a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. In every state there is now a chapter of the Moms Demand action.

Of the upcoming gun safety deal, she told MSNBC last week it was an “important first step.” and that it has the power to save lives because it would eliminate the “boyfriend” loophole and make background checks stricter. All the work she has put in at the federal, state and local levels is finally seeing some kind of bipartisanship.

Erica Ford, 57, founder of Life Camp

Image: Erica Ford
Erica Ford speaks during March for Our Lives 2022 on June 11, 2022 in Washington.John Nacion / STAR MAX/IPx via AP file

Ford runs Life Camp, a nonprofit organization that aims to end gun violence in underserved communities. Ford, 57, told Know Your Value that his generation plays a unique role.

“It’s a marathon… so people of my generation, we have to keep going on this marathon and pass the baton… so that the people who come after us understand the importance of staying the course because [gun control is] not something that is a quick fix.

Ford began working on the issue of gun violence when he was 22 years old.

She grew up in Queens when gun violence was at its highest. She saw the devastation it brought to her community and wanted to do something to break that cycle. Today, his organization targets high-risk youth and focuses on community opportunities to change the way young people view gun violence. She was also a great advocate for Law on breaking the cyclewhich provides federal grants for community-based gun violence prevention programs.

Nominations for the 2022 Know Your Value and Forbes “50 Over 50” list are open. If you know a woman who is actively empowering herself in her sixth decade or beyond, we’d love to hear from you! Go here for more details.

Message from the Mayor – Pleasanton – Pleasanton Express https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/message-from-the-mayor-pleasanton-pleasanton-express/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:17:10 +0000 https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/message-from-the-mayor-pleasanton-pleasanton-express/
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Aaron Davidson

I I hope you are all having a good week. At our last meeting in June

On the 16th, we discussed some elements resulting from our visit to Washington DC. If you recall, through our connection to Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office (TX-28), we arranged meetings with several federal agencies. One of the meetings was with the SPPC division of the Department of Justice. During the meeting, we discussed the Community Oriented Policing Program (COPS) hiring program. This program will cover the salary and social costs of four new police officers for a period of three years. EMC Strategy Group submitted the grant application last week and we hope to hear the results in late August or early September. This grant will save the city approximately $546,720 over the three-year period. This equates to 68% of the money needed to employ the four officers. This would be a direct result of our visit to DC. Additionally, we are also applying for a Corps of Engineers grant to mitigate flooding in the Atascosa River. This grant could help make the river more accessible, visually pleasing and safer. We still have additional opportunities to take advantage of funding discovered during the DC trip. The city will continue to explore state and federal grants. These grants will help support local projects and save our local taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. This increases or reduces the burden on taxpayers. As we continue to explore funding opportunities, I will keep you posted. I am also pleased to report that the City’s request for a Federal Appropriation Project to support the construction of a new Pleasanton Police Department and City Courthouse, Justice Center, has been included in the draft. of the United States House of Representatives of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2023. EMC Strategy Group worked with the office of Congressman Henry Cuellar to submit this federal request for $2,975,000. We continue to have excellent relationships with our state and federal legislative delegation. Hope you all continue to have a great week.

CLINTON POWELL is the Mayor of the Town of Pleasanton. You can reach him at mayor@pleasantontx.gov.

No freedom of expression on campus? No federal funding, Poilievre pledges https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/no-freedom-of-expression-on-campus-no-federal-funding-poilievre-pledges/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:04:58 +0000 https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/no-freedom-of-expression-on-campus-no-federal-funding-poilievre-pledges/

Conservative Party leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre said as premier he would appoint a ‘free speech guardian’ to protect Charter rights on campuses and revoke federal funding for colleges. post -secondary establishments which do not respect freedom of expression.

“Universities are meant to be places where ideas are openly discussed and challenged, but they have become places where gatekeepers and a strong minority silence students and faculty,” a Poilievre campaign statement said.

“The Trudeau Liberals did nothing to protect the rights of students and professors to speak freely. Their obsession with woke culture has moved the campus from a place where people learn through discussion and debate to a place where popular professors, like Dr. Jordan Peterson, have to quit and groups of students have to cancel. Events or even lose resources, just because of their different point of view.

The hairy plan would ensure that the maintenance of article 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedomswhich lists the fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly, expression, and conscience, among others, a “requisite for receiving direct federal research and other grants.”

“To obtain federal grants, universities will need to not only promote Section 2 Charter freedoms on campus, but also defend them when attacked, including by other students and faculty,” the report says. campaign press release.

The idea of ​​linking the support of freedom of expression with federal funding is not new. Former Conservative leaders Andrew Scheer and Erin O’Toole offered similar approaches, though O’Toole backed down in the general election.

Poilievre’s plan goes further than previous Conservative campaign platforms by promising to appoint a “guardian of free speech – a former judge who will report on university compliance and investigate allegations of academic censorship.” .

The proposed tutor will report to the federal government on violations of Charter rights on campus and recommend corresponding reductions in federal grants.

The policy will not affect federal transfers to provincial governments, which provide most of their funding to public universities and colleges.

Despite their public status, Charter of Rights and Freedoms Applies to university and collegial campuses strongly depends on specific cases.

In January 2020, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that a pro-life group at the University of Alberta had a Charter-guaranteed right to protest abortion on campus, although this decision is not binding in the other provinces.

Canadian broadcaster and columnist, Andrew is a journalism researcher at True North and animator of The Andrew Lawton Show.

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SMART passes budget with $8.2 million surplus https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/smart-passes-budget-with-8-2-million-surplus/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 19:30:07 +0000 https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/smart-passes-budget-with-8-2-million-surplus/

Two years after facing plummeting ridership and pandemic-related financial constraints, the SMART board approved a budget that includes near-restored train service and an $8.2 million surplus.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Budget for the financial year 2022-23which will come into effect on July 1. The budget includes $88.4 million in revenue and $80.2 million in expenses.

The forecast surplus revenue of $8.2 million will be added to the agency’s fund balance, which will total $45.4 million.

The surplus is the result of a projected 10% increase in sales tax revenue, nearly $9 million in federal stimulus dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act, and agency expectations that there will be a significant increase in traffic over the next 12 months.

“We’ve been able to recover from the pandemic with respect to sales and use taxes,” Heather McKillop, SMART’s chief financial officer, told the board.

Novato Mayor Eric Lucan, a SMART board member, said while the board will have to decide how to use the excess funds, the extra money could be used as matching funds for state and federal grants.

“It really puts us in a good position to continue to deliver what we hear in the Marin and Sonoma communities,” Lucan said Thursday. “One of the things we’ve heard loud and clear is to continue the expansions, with the completion of the multi-use trail.”

Launched in August 2017, SMART provides 45 miles of passenger rail service between Larkspur and Santa Rosa. It began operating freight services on the North Coast last year. Passenger service is primarily funded by a quarter-cent sales tax in Marin and Sonoma counties, which provides 58% of its total revenue.