Defense Industry Adjustment Program Survives Conference Committee

first_imgDOD’s program for supporting communities coping with the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in defense spending would not be eliminated under the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill released Tuesday.The Senate version of the measure called for stripping out $33.1 million from DOD’s $110.6 million FY 2016 budget request for the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) that would fund the agency’s defense industry adjustment program. The House version of the authorization bill, however, left the $110.6 million request for OEA intact, requiring House and Senate conferees to resolve the dispute.The Senate Armed Services Committee had recommended slashing OEA funding by a total of $53.1 million, as it also had called for stripping out $20.0 million from the agency’s request for civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements needed on Guam to accommodate an influx of Marines.  Ultimately, conferees left OEA’s $110.6 million request intact, retaining the funding for the defense industry adjustment program and for civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements on Guam.An attempt on the House side to augment OEA funding to benefit defense communities still coping with mission growth stemming from BRAC 2005 was overturned in House-Senate negotiations. Conferees stripped out an amendment added to the House version that would have authorized an additional $25 million for transportation infrastructure improvements in mission growth communities.That amendment, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Denny Heck (Wash.) and Don Beyer (Va.), would have allowed OEA to award grants through a competitive process for transportation upgrades “associated with congestion mitigation in urban areas” related to the last BRAC round.“The Defense Access Road program provides such funds around military installations where warranted,” the conferees wrote in the joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report. The text of the conference report and a summary are available on the House Armed Services Committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of October 7 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, October 7, 2018.Sunday, October 7No MeetingsMonday, October 8No Meetings — Offices ClosedTuesday, October 9The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session (closed to the public) at 6pm precedes the public portion meeting. Read the agenda HERE.The Reading Municipal Light Department’s Citizens Advisory Board meets at 6:30pm in North Reading’s Town Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Wilmington Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, October 10The Wilmington Board of Registrars meets at 11am in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, October 11No MeetingsFriday, October 12No MeetingsSaturday, October 13No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

15 killed as wildfires torch California wine country

first_imgFires continue to burn in and around Napa, California, on October 10, 2017. AFPFirefighters battled wildfires in California’s wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 15 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes.“The homes are gone, they are like dust,” said Jack Dixon, a personal trainer who lives in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 in Sonoma County. “It is just like we were nuked.”Dixon told AFP that his own neighborhood was spared when the fire “miraculously” changed direction but many others were not so fortunate.“I am surrounded by devastation and feel lucky it didn’t happen to me,” Dixon said.US President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in California, freeing up federal funding and resources to help fight the 17 large wildfires in the western state.Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in eight counties-including wine-producing Napa and Sonoma-and said thousands of firefighters had been deployed to fight the blazes.The state fire prevention agency Calfire forecast strong winds for Wednesday, which could fan the fires.Nine deaths were reported in Sonoma County, three in Mendocino County, two in Napa County and one in Yuba County and the governor said “emergency responders anticipate the number of fatalities could grow.”Among the dead were a couple aged 99 and 100-years-old from Napa who had been married for 75 years, KTVU-TV said. They were unable to evacuate their home in time.The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page it had received reports of 200 missing people.Forty-five had been located and the department said it was confident that many of the rest would be found safe.About 25,000 people have been evacuated in Sonoma County alone, the department said, and 5,000 have sought refuge in shelters.The fires have torched more than 115,000 acres (46,500 hectares) and destroyed over 2,000 homes and businesses, according to the authorities.Winds have weakened -The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said 17 large fires were continuing to burn on Tuesday.“The winds that fanned these fires Sunday night and Monday morning have decreased significantly, but local winds and dry conditions continue to pose a challenge,” Cal Fire said.“With the decrease in the winds combined with cooler weather, firefighters made good progress overnight,” it added.Governor Brown said the “devastation and disruption caused by these fires is extraordinary.“Thousands have been made homeless.”Much of the worst damage was in Santa Rosa, the county seat of Sonoma County, and could be seen from US Route 101, the north-south highway which runs from California through Oregon to Washington state.The Sonoma County Hilton perched on a hill overlooking 101 was a smoldering ruin of charred wood and twisted metal, as was the nearby Fountaingrove Inn.An enormous K-Mart store was entirely destroyed with only a couple of blackened walls still standing.Among the wineries which reportedly suffered damage were William Hill Estate Winery in Napa, Signorello Vineyards, Stags’ Leap and Chimney Rock.Maureen Fairchild, a nurse, was working at a hospital in Marin County where some of the evacuees were brought.“I was working in a memory-impaired unit,” Fairchild told AFP. “We had all these people who were already confused and now they were in an unfamiliar place with all this frenzy going on around them.”Kris Hammar, who lives in Santa Rosa on the edge of a mandatory evacuation zone, had not yet evacuated but was monitoring maps, wind direction, and fire updates to see if she and her family should bolt.“The fire is close, very close,” Hammer said. “Everything is in the car, and we are checking constantly to see if anything has changed.”‘Boom, boom, boom’ -Troy Newton, 46, a Sonoma County sheriff’s detective, was among those who fled Santa Rosa.Newton told The Los Angeles Times he was returning home when he saw a “growing red snake” of fire.“I ran into my house and told my wife to get our four-year-old boy ready to leave,” Newton said, before raising the alarm for around 40 neighbors.“It was boom, boom, boom. Ring the door bell. Boom, boom-until someone inside got the message,” he said.Pacific Gas & Electric said more than 196,000 customers had initially lost electricity although half had had their power restored.Governor Brown in April declared the official end of the state’s drought that lasted more than five years.But California is still dealing with the Santa Ana winds, a meteorological phenomenon which brings dry winds down from the high mountains east of the coastal areas-a recipe for perfect wildfire conditions.Forest fires are common in the western United States during dry, hot summer months.Last month, a massive fire described as the biggest in the history of Los Angeles forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.last_img read more

Casualty Of Trade Tensions HarleyDavidson Shifting More Production Overseas

first_img Share Scott Olson/Getty Images/Via NPRHarley-Davidson motorcycle engines are assembled at the company’s plant in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Tariffs from the European Union are prompting the company to shift production of some motorcycles for the European market overseas.Harley-Davidson says it plans to move production of motorcycles it sells in Europe overseas in response to growing trade friction between the United States and Europe.European officials last week imposed stiff tariffs on a wide range of U.S.-made goods sold within the European Union. The response came to President Trump’s recent decision to slap tariffs on European imports.In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday, Harley-Davidson said the tariffs imposed by the EU “would have an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region.”The company reported $5.65 billion in revenues last year and Europe is its largest overseas market, with almost 40,000 customers buying motorcycles there in 2017.The European tariffs have jumped from 6 percent to 31 percent, the company said. That increase will add on average $2,200 to the cost of each motorcycle sold in the EU, and would cost the company $90 million to $100 million a year, the filing said.“Increasing international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe,” the filing said.The company did not say where production would be shifted, or how many jobs might be affected, but said the move would take nine to 18 months to complete.It also did not say which U.S. factories would be affected. The company’s U.S. factories are in York, Pa.; Kansas City, Mo., and Menomonee Falls, Wis. It also has manufacturing operations in Australia, Brazil, India and Thailand.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more