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Treeman
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Just thought that people living on island can provide information as the crisis (?) continues.

Austerity measures are projected to be implemented and much has been written concerning their affects.

Is your life becoming more difficult and/or expensive? Or is it just another speedbump of island life? Or are you immune to the changes because you have been conditioned to expect and overcome such adversity?

We are hoping to move to stx in 2 yrs. when is the next election?

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Topic starter Posted : February 24, 2017 12:04 pm
Exit Zero
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The main effect will be a more expensive cost of living - if measures like closing the schools on Fridays are enacted it will also have ramifications on family life - if Govt. layoffs take place it will undermine the whole economy and cause even slower processing of permits, licenses, legal system and overall transactions.

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Posted : February 24, 2017 12:14 pm
LiquidFluoride
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Just thought that people living on island can provide information as the crisis (?) continues.

Austerity measures are projected to be implemented and much has been written concerning their affects.

Is your life becoming more difficult and/or expensive? Or is it just another speedbump of island life? Or are you immune to the changes because you have been conditioned to expect and overcome such adversity?

We are hoping to move to stx in 2 yrs. when is the next election?

Other than what I read on this forum, haven't noticed a single thing.. don't expect I will unless it gets really bad.

But with the Gov. acting like a spoiled child when asked about his new toy purchases... maybe it's already getting bad... so maybe even that I won't notice.

haha!

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Posted : February 24, 2017 12:21 pm
Alana33
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I agree, Exit Zero.

Already high prices will go up, already shoddy infrastructure issues will continue to worsen, already poor performance by our so called leaders will continue to cost us money with wasteful spending and they will continue to implement more fees, higher rates, taxes and more regulations unfavorable to the public and private sector taxpayers to cover their salaries and spending.

But don't ask them to share in cost cutting.

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Posted : February 24, 2017 1:21 pm
daveb722
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I question his reasoning for shutting down on Fridays to save 8 hours every 2 weeks? If I read that correctly, wouldn't you do 4 hours per week and rotate it by agency through the week so that not everyone has a 3 day weekend and not every agency is off at the same time? Oh wait, they work for the gov't and work so hard they need 3 days off in a row. Doesn't make sense to me..

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Posted : February 24, 2017 2:06 pm
stxsailor
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I'm sure the government workers will stage a slow down if their hours are cut. Not that they are speedy anyway.

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Posted : February 24, 2017 3:03 pm
speee1dy
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i dont understand how he can close schools on friday. dont they need to get a certain number of days by law?

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Posted : February 24, 2017 3:19 pm
Alana33
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Yes but he "justifies it by saying there's no money" so kids and teachers get the shaft while he continues to indulge himself.
If I find where I read that I'll post it.

"Being mindful of potential court challenges that may arise because of the government’s pending decision to cut work hours, Mr. Mapp, referring to the Department of Education, said that the law requires 180 instructional days or 1085 hours for teachers. “That’s the law,” he said. “But the law presupposes that there would be sufficient funding to cover that expenditure.”

“Lack of cash means non-ability to pay for; non-ability to pay for means that we will be unable to require public workers to perform,” the governor said."

MAPP CONSIDERING SHUTTING DOWN GOVERNMENT FOR ONE DAY EVERY TWO WEEKS AS REALITY OF FINANCIAL CRISIS HITS

http://viconsortium.com/business/mapp-considering-shutting-down-government-for-one-day-every-two-weeks-as-reality-of-financial-crisis-hits/

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Posted : February 24, 2017 4:48 pm
speee1dy
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he needs to go without a salary before the children are further endangered by lack of education. the children need to come first

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Posted : February 24, 2017 5:46 pm
Gumbo
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I'm sure the government workers will stage a slow down if their hours are cut. Not that they are speedy anyway.

Haha imagine them going slower. It it even possible? Will it go from 5 to 8 months to get a business license? The schools haven't had toner for the teachers to make copies in two years. Think about that one when you see the new ceremonial cars.

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Posted : February 24, 2017 7:34 pm
LiquidFluoride
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I'm sure the government workers will stage a slow down if their hours are cut. Not that they are speedy anyway.

Haha imagine them going slower. It it even possible? Will it go from 5 to 8 months to get a business license? The schools haven't had toner for the teachers to make copies in two years. Think about that one when you see the new ceremonial cars.

Teachers I know hold mini fundraisers every year to help supply their classes with materials, and have lists for the kids to bring on day1... (no government involved)

why do we need government in education again? so they can rob us and fail to deliver on most promises?

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Posted : February 24, 2017 8:31 pm
rotorhead
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For Democrats, government is the solution for ALL problems. Hire more government workers! No more employment problems. Tax the last dime out of the private sector, the government MUST survive.

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Posted : February 24, 2017 9:54 pm
Gumbo
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Of the 15 Senators (10 of which we don't need) How many are up for reelection in 2018?

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Posted : February 24, 2017 10:26 pm
Alana33
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They all are.

Have to say that the $150K they received from Mapp for their favorite charity (themselves) worked like a charm.

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Posted : February 24, 2017 11:13 pm
Gumbo
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They all are.

Have to say that the $150K they received from Mapp for their favorite charity (themselves) worked like a charm.

Then there will be a tremendous opportunity Nov 8 2018. By then the sin tax will be causing plenty of pain in the economy. Personally I can't believe they are pushing it forward with so many of there constituents against it. Haven't heard anything about putting meters in any of those taxis yet.

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Posted : February 25, 2017 12:08 am
Scubadoo
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I'm sure the government workers will stage a slow down if their hours are cut. Not that they are speedy anyway.

Which is why they need to reduce the staff, not cut the hours. And just maybe the remainder might be a bit more enthusiastic about their job lest they be gone too.

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Posted : February 25, 2017 12:24 am
Exit Zero
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Of the 15 Senators (10 of which we don't need) How many are up for reelection in 2018?

All the Senators are elected every 2 years - this has been the case for a long time.

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Posted : February 25, 2017 1:33 am
stjohnjulie
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Which is why they need to reduce the staff, not cut the hours. And just maybe the remainder might be a bit more enthusiastic about their job lest they be gone too.

(tu)

You would hope that would be the case.

The schools not having what they need is a sore spot with me for sure. My youngest just started at JESS this year. I didn't get a single piece of paper, graded work, or book home until his progress report. Which was awful by the way. Being new to the school, I didn't know how things 'worked'. Things sure turned around quick once I went out and bought all of his text books (which they didn't want me to do) and insisted on getting graded work home. I reached out to business owners, friends, family, Facebook, and asked if people could donate printers and ink so the teachers could print and copy school work. I've heard tons of stories over the years of people trying to donate to the school and just not getting any response whatsoever. Took me quite some time to find a person in the school who was willing to even tell me what they needed. And found out that cash donations are basically a waste of money. They go into a general fund to be used for whatever. If you want items to directly benefit, or directly benefit a specific school, you have to buy the items and donate it directly to that school. Sad, but true, if you want to help the schools you have to actually go out and buy what they need and give it to them so it gets to them. Makes reaching bigger goals that much harder because you can't use crowd funding unless people don't care about getting their charitable donation tax letter.

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Posted : February 25, 2017 7:37 am
Alana33
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Of the 15 Senators (10 of which we don't need) How many are up for reelection in 2018?

All the Senators are elected every 2 years - this has been the case for a long time.

There's a special election this year due to the whole Kevin Rodriguez fiasco. 14 candidates are running, including Kevin Rodriguez which I don't really understand how he is allowed to run if he wasn't allowed to be seated. Some are has been senators, a has been administrator who was useless, a bunch of names who I have no clue as to who they are or what they do nor what their platform is and 1 that I'd consider worth voting for.

FOURTEEN CANDIDATES SIGNUP FOR ST. THOMAS-ST. JOHN SPECIAL ELECTION, AMONG THEM RODRIQUEZ, SARAUW AND HARRIGAN

http://viconsortium.com/politics/fourteen-candidates-signup-for-st-thomas-st-john-special-election-among-them-rodriquez-sarauw-and-harrigan-sr/

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Posted : February 25, 2017 12:15 pm
daveb722
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(tu)

I'm sure the government workers will stage a slow down if their hours are cut. Not that they are speedy anyway.

Which is why they need to reduce the staff, not cut the hours. And just maybe the remainder might be a bit more enthusiastic about their job lest they be gone too.

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Posted : February 25, 2017 12:54 pm
Exit Zero
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There's a special election this year due to the whole Kevin Rodriguez fiasco. 14 candidates are running, including Kevin Rodriguez which I don't really understand how he is allowed to run if he wasn't allowed to be seated.

The article has been corrected and Kevin Rodriguez is not listed as eligible for the election.

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Posted : February 25, 2017 2:13 pm
Alana33
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Thanks for the update.

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Posted : February 25, 2017 2:31 pm
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