Jessica Jensen’s Electric Vehicle Journal: The First Year

first_imgFacebook34Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jessica JensenI usually write about law but occasionally you’ll find me writing about other topics (like my house fire this winter).  This is the first installment in a series I am calling the EV Journal, “EV” meaning my electric vehicle.I waited over a year for my 2011 Nissan Leaf.  If the truth be told I hung on to my 1997 Honda CR/V for 4 years longer than I intended to because I wanted my next car to be all electric and it wasn’t until the Leaf that there was a viable, affordable option.Buying my Leaf felt a little like getting a mail order husband.  I made a reservation and a $99 deposit on line and waited almost a year before I actually received a tentative delivery date (also on line).  About six months before my car arrived, I was notified (guess how?) that I could test drive a Leaf up in Tukwila.  I and about a thousand other prospective Leaf buyers got about 10 minutes each to test drive and check out a Leaf.  I was sold anyway, but it was fun to see the car in the flesh.  It absolutely exceeded my expectations.My shiny red Leaf arrived on one of the few sunny days we had last August.  So here’s a recap of the pros and cons of an EV.  I haven’t pumped gas since last August and it costs me about $1.58 to fully charge my Leaf (smile).  The Leaf was billed as having a 100-mile range, but the range is closer to 70 miles because accessories like headlights and the heater suck up electricity.The Leaf has the usual creature comforts like comfortable seats and legroom (even in the back), back seats that fold down, GPS, hands-free Bluetooth, and a nifty program that locates EV stations along your route and directs you to them if needed.  There’s also a small solar panel on the roof to charge accessories.The biggest surprise was how peppy and quiet the Leaf is.  It goes from 0-60 almost immediately and it’s so quiet they include a beep-beep back-up sound so pedestrians and bikers can hear me back up.  What’s missing is a decent place to stash a trash bag and a sunroof option (heck, I’d take a moonroof).My biggest challenge so far is traveling south beyond Centralia.  I can go roundtrip to Tacoma, Shelton and Centralia no problem without stopping for a charge.  Seattle is a one-way trip unless I charge up for the journey home.  This used to be a major issue unless I was going overnight (because of the time it took to charge), but Seattle just installed a fast-charge station where I can charge in 20 minutes!  I can check my email on my iPhone while charging and be on the road again in no time.  I’ve done the trip to Seattle only once when my partner Mark and I spent last New Year’s Eve in Seattle and plugged into a regular outlet at the hotel garage to charge up overnight.  I’m looking forward to my next trip to Seattle soon so I can report how it goes finding and using the fast-charge station!My Leaf turns 1 this month.  Overall, I LOVE my Leaf and would do it again in a heartbeat.  The Leaf is quiet, fun to drive and I enjoy being an EV pioneer.  Stay tuned for EV adventures where I’ll be discussing longer trips, range, charging stations and the long-anticipated EV Highway.Read the next article here.last_img read more

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Summer’s End Car Show: An Opportunity to Showcase Your Ride

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City Of LaceyThe upcoming Twelfth Annual Summer’s End Car Show at Huntamer Park in Lacey is open to all makes, models and years of cars.  Do you love your vintage truck?  Or maybe you have customized a brand new one.  Is the custom paint job on your car a work of art?  Or are your proud of the restoration you’ve completed on a Model-T?Whatever your taste in cars, whether it’s more “fast and furious” or classic street rod, the Summer’s End Car Show has a spot to for you.Cars can be pre-registered, but also may show up the day of and claim a spot at the show.  Each car show entry includes a 5×7 photo of their car, a chance to participate in a poker walk and trivia game for prizes, and compete for 1 of 50 awards in various categories.  Entry fees run $25 per car and can be paid at the gate or you can pre-register by calling Lacey Parks & Recreation at 360-491-0857 during business hoursThe event, held at Huntamer Park runs  from 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, September 21 and the gate for car entries opens at 7am.  Please enter on Seventh Ave SE. All entrants will enjoy the party atmosphere of the show with live music, great food and commercial vendors showcasing their auto specific wares.  And, if your car is voted Best in Show it will be featured in all promotions for next year’s Summer’s End Car Show!For the past 5 years, the Summer’s End Car Show has broken out of the mold of giving trophies or plaques.  Instead, organizers give award items with the event logo on them such as camp chairs, etched car blankets, car coolers, and more.  This year, the awards include both a commemorative full color plaque and a vehicle emergency kit.So shine up that paint job and wipe down those tires.  All are welcome at the Summer’s End Car show where the saying “the more the merrier” is more true than ever.Click here for all the details, including a registration form.last_img read more

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Tiny Homes Built In Community Youth Program Up for Sale

first_imgSubmitted by Community Youth ServicesCommunity Youth Services is offering three 77 square foot “tiny homes” built by local students.Community Youth Services (CYS) has announced the sale of three 77 square foot “tiny homes” built by students in its YouthBuild program in Thurston County. The local non-profit is asking for $10,000 for each of the tiny houses, all built in 2011. YouthBuild, in partnership with New Market Skills Center in Tumwater, helps young people ages 16 to 20 earn their high school diploma or GED while providing training and work experience in the construction trades.The homes, originally designed for transitional housing for the homeless and built with sustainability techniques, were a project that gave students green-building construction training while serving the community. YouthBuild’s construction instructors Matt Newton and Tim Stender oversaw the project.“Our youth put a lot of muscle into these and crafted them to the highest standards under our program’s oversight,” says Newton. “We worked with green builders and homeless advocates to show how a small sleeping unit can be built in a sustainable way. There are a lot of ways these homes can be used.”Each structure was custom built on a double axle utility trailer, is within legal limits for road travel and weighs about 6,000 pounds. The homes all have room to sleep two, a porch, windows, a skylight, electrical outlets and a heater. Each house can be hooked up to a generator or extension cord plugged into a 110v outlet.Proceeds from the sale of the tiny houses will provide extended benefits for the YouthBuild students, assisting with basic needs like transportation, food, utilities, work readiness and secondary education expenses. It will also provide resources between grant cycles or where the grant use is limited, such as helping YouthBuild students with much-needed medical or child care.“These are valuable properties with a number of potential uses and the money goes to an effective community program,” says Chad Landsiedel, a Realtor with Keller Williams South Sound Realty who is assisting in promotion of the sale. “From homeless transitional housing to a mobile hunting or fishing cabin, we believe the tiny houses have a perfect use at an affordable cost.”Community Youth Services has been helping South Sound’s most vulnerable youth for over 40 years. YouthBuild is one of twenty programs at CYS that are all integrated to better serve homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth. CYS serves over 4,000 youth and families each year, primarily in Thurston, Pierce, Lewis, Mason, Kitsap and Grays Harbor counties, working to end homelessness, prevent delinquency and school failure, break the cycle of child abuse and neglect and promote mental health.For information on how to purchase the tiny houses please contact Lynsi Polanco at lpolanco@communityyouthservices.org or call her at (360) 918-7822. Facebook2.5kTweet0Pin5last_img read more

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Former Olympia Mayor Doug Mah Appointed to SPSCC Board of Trustees

first_imgSouth Puget Sound Community College’s newest Board of Trustees appointee will be a familiar face to Olympia and Thurston County residents: former Olympia Mayor Doug Mah. Mah, appointed March 10 by Gov. Jay Inslee, replaces Trustee Brian Vance. Vance, CEO and President of Heritage Bank, served more than 10 years on the SPSCC Board of Trustees.Mah is excited to join the Board of Trustees at SPSCC, citing his ongoing commitment to positive change within the community. He looks forward to expanding community connections to complement the ongoing work of the college and current Board. His first meeting will be April 5.“I believe that community colleges are the cornerstone for building community and I am honored to be a small part of that work,” Mah said.Mah owns Doug Mah & Associates, a full-service professional consulting firm based in Olympia.  He serves on the boards of the Washington State Employees Credit Union, the Thurston County Food Bank, and is currently Board of Trustees Chair for Capital Medical Center.  Mah is also a member of the Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Rotary Club, Bloodworks Northwest – Thurston Mason Advisory Council, and volunteers with the Olympia School District Education Foundation.  Mah served as Olympia Mayor from January 2008 through December 2011.Vance was appointed to the SPSCC Board of Trustees in October 2005 by former Gov. Christine Gregoire.  The college saw some of its most significant expansions during Vance’s tenure.  He is most proud of the development and establishment of the college’s Lacey campus.  Vance was instrumental in creating Heritage Bank’s naming sponsorship for the Heritage Bank Center for Corporate and Continuing Education at the Lacey campus. Joining the Board of Trustees was an easy decision for Vance.“I wanted to give back to the community and ensure access for others,” he said.Before joining the SPSCC Board of Trustees, Vance served on the SPSCC Foundation Board of Directors. Vance will continue to be a SPSCC champion.“It is my desire to continue to support the mission and vision of the college in whatever capacity I can,” Vance said. Facebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community Collegelast_img read more

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Grant Brings Reading Program to Black Hills High School

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER! The American Library Association has awarded a competitive grant to Black Hills High School and TOGETHER! to host a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens. As one of 75 nationwide “Great Stories Club” grant recipients, Black Hills High School library will work with small groups of teens to read and discuss three books in which young adult narrators use creative arts to move past challenges. The books, under the theme “The Art of Change: Creation, Growth and Transformation,” were chosen to resonate with reluctant readers who struggle with complex issues like incarceration, violence and poverty.Participating teens will receive copies of each of the books. The Teacher Librarian also will attend an orientation workshop in Orlando, and receive project materials, training and support. The Great Stories Club is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. TOGETHER! works closely with Black Hills High School to address health and educational disparities that pose significant threats to the well-being and success of kids, families and the community.  The Great Stories Club is another way to address the diverse needs of students within a school setting. The project supports improving school outcomes for children and youth, increasing protective factors for individuals, and providing families with access to concrete community supports.To find out more about TOGETHER!, visit www.thurstontogether.org. To find out more about the Great Stories Club grant, contact Teacher Librarian Deb Nickerson at 360-709-7800 or TOGETHER! Community Schools Manager Jennifer Gould at 360-493-2230 ext. 22.last_img read more

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Cool Down at the Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners The Thurston County Fair opens Wednesday, August 2, at 10:00 a.m., and it will be accompanied by some sweltering heat! Temperatures in Thurston County and the Puget Sound region are expected to exceed 100 degrees.Fortunately, the County Fair is a great way to stay cool and beat the heat!Performers, vendors, participants, and attendees showcase the best our county has to offer. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Fair.There’s enough shade, air conditioning, shaved ice, cider slushies, cereal milkshakes and ice cold flavored lemonade for the whole herd!Cool off in the shade listening to a Live & Local concert series, or enjoy looking at all the blossoms in the fair ground’s air conditioned floral building.The Live & Local concert series line up and other entertainment information can be found at the Thurston County Fair website by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab.Fair events staff is setting up additional shaded areas, misters, and fans throughout the fairgrounds to help visitors beat the heat.Stay cool and miss the rush with discount advance purchase fair passes and carnival ride armbands. You’ll have to hurry though—discounts on advance purchase carnival armbands for this year’s fair end on Tuesday, Aug 1.Photo credit: Tony PorterWHAT: Discount Advance Purchase Fair Passes & Carnival Ride ArmbandsOne-day unlimited carnival rides armband advance purchase — $25 Ends August 1! (Gate price $30)Season Pass (40 percent off the daily admission rate) — $10 to $21Children ages 5 and under are always FREE!WHEN: On sale now through Tuesday August 1.WHERE: Thurston County Fair Office at 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey, 98503Additional savings include the return ofOne Buck Wednesday on August 2, where admission is just $1 per person when you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Thurston County Food Bank. Tons of other $1 deals are featured inside the fair.Kid’s Day Thursday, Aug 3. Kids 14 and under pay just $2 for admission, and carnival armbands that get you unlimited carnival rides for the day are buy-one-get-one free for your buddy (both buddies must be present at time of purchase). Don’t forget, admission for kids 5 and under is always FREE at the fair!Military Appreciation Day on Friday, Aug 4. Active duty and retired military personnel and their families can get $2 admission per person to the fair with your military ID.The key to staying cool is at the County Fair, and with this tip from the Thurston County Emergency Management. Keep a cool head and remember the basics: drink plenty of fluids; stay in the shade; and use sunscreen, even if you’re outside for only a few minutes.To learn more about this year’s events, entertainment and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at 360-786-5453 or visit the Thurston County Fair website.last_img read more

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Throne under threat: David Warner’s daughter claims to be Virat Kohli in an adorable…

first_imgImage Courtesy :The HinduAdvertisement aufNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8cWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elt5q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ab0gWould you ever consider trying this?😱90tpCan your students do this? 🌚8z7sbRoller skating! Powered by Firework David Warner shared a video where his second daughter Ivy is seen playing eye-catchy strokes while her father is delivering some throwdowns. In the video, the 5-year old is claiming to be Indian skipper Virat Kohli before and after playing the shot. Advertisement Image Courtesy :The HinduIvy definitely seems to have acquired some of her swashbuckling father’s genes as she proceeded to strike the ball through the leg-side where her mother Candace Warner is recording the video.Candice Warner shared the video through Twitter where she claimed that Ivy has been in India so many times that the little one claims to be Virat Kohli.Advertisement The left-handed batsman also proceeded to share the video on his social media handles while captioning it as:I’m not sure about this one 😂😂. Indi wants to be @virat.kohli Caption This?? 🤣🤣Advertisement Virat Kohli, who happens to be in Bhutan during his time-off responded to it by commentingHahahahaha good one mate. I see an Indian fan at home in Australia. She’s too cute. God bless the whole family 😇🙌Read Also:India women defeat West Indies women in 1st T20 after opener pyrotechnics from Shefali and SmritiInd vs Ban 3rd T20I Review: Chahar swings his way into record books as India complete turnaround  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Checkmate Covid: Online chess tournament fundraiser to fight against the pandemic

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement a1alNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3ncuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebzyg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1eWould you ever consider trying this?😱bnpCan your students do this? 🌚4apmRoller skating! Powered by Firework From making donations to charities to organising fundraisers, world sports has always stepped forward to help fight the novel Coronavirus pandemic, even when sporting activities around the world has come to a complete halt. Today, mobile e-Sports platform  Mobile Premier League has joined in the noble cause, and has announced to host an online chess tournament to raise funds towards COVID-19 relief in India.Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyThe tournament, named ‘Checkmate Covid’ was announced today on MPL’s official Instagram account. To be hosted in collaboration with the Karnataka Govt and the United Karnataka Chess Association (UKCA), the tournament will be held from 2nd to 3rd May, and with an astounding prize pool of Rs. 10 lakhs.To register for the tournament, interested players can book their slots through the official MPL app, which is available on both iOS and Android devices.Advertisement “MPL is honoured to host #CheckmateCovid, a fundraiser online chess tournament in Association with the Dept. Of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Govt of Karnataka, and United Karnataka Chess Association. All proceeds collected from the tournament will be donated to the CM’s Covid Relief Fund,” MPL wrote in the Instagram post.Netizens praised MPL’s initiative on providing a helping hand in India’s fight against the pandemic in the comments. The funds raised from the tournament will be aided to Karnataka CM’s relief fund, to battle the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.In early April, many young chess players from India themselves organised an online chess tournament, with a similar aim to raise funds for PM CARES fund. Hosted on www.Lichess.org, the tournament saw over 80 players participate, and raised a total of Rs 1.05 lakhs.Founded in 2018, MPL is operated by Galactus Funware Technology Pvt. Ltd, based in Bengaluru. It offers various skill-based mobile games, and also hosts tournaments and 1v1 battles time to time.There has been 463 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Karnataka till date, and 18 patients have died.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Sports India Exclusive with Anish Dayal: What EVERY Indian athlete needs to know about anti-doping!Lovlina Borgohain: I will fulfill my dream of becoming a Olympic Champion Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ishant Sharma caught calling Darren Sammy ‘kalu’ on social media post

first_imgIaaAdvertisement 5eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmxa7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9lt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 60ed8dWould you ever consider trying this?😱8kqiCan your students do this? 🌚8geqRoller skating! Powered by Firework Darren Sammy is making the current headlines in the Indian cricket scene, after he claimed that he had faced racial abuse during his days with the Indian Premier league franchise ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad.’ The veteran West Indies cricketer said that he and Thisara Perera were called ‘kalu’ by his SRH teammates, without taking any names. While his former IPL teammates Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel and Venugopal Rao all said that they were unaware of such incident, Sammy’s allegation has gained pace after the netizens dug up into Ishant Sharma’s social media history, which has the word ‘kalu’ referring to Sammy!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/AFPBoth Sammy and Ishant Sharma shared the Sunrisers dressing room in the 2013 and 2014 IPL seasons, and an old Instagram post from 2014 is a proof that Sammy’s claim is indeed true.Ishant uploaded a group selfie along with Sammy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and South African pacer Dale Steyn. with the caption: “Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun sunrisers”Advertisement In addition to that, a tweet made by Sammy from 2014, which was a birthday wish to former Indian batsman VVS Laxman, also had the word ‘kalu’ in it.“Happy birthday @VVSLaxman281 May God continue to bless you. #bestdresser oh remember dark kalu. 😂😂😂” Sammy had tweeted.On Monday, Sammy had revealed that a number of SRH teammates used to call him by that name during his spell with the franchise. While he was unaware of what the word ‘kalu’ meant, Sammy said that he thought it to be “like a strong stallion or whatever.”Earlier today, the 36 year old shared a clip on Instagram, where he spoke about the matter, and while not taking any names, the Saint Lucian bowling all rounder said that he will be contacting those teammates.“…so after I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for SunRisers Hyderabad, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people,” Sammy said in the video.“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny,” he added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Darren Sammy claims he was racially abused at Sunrisers Hyderabad: Irfan Pathan replies!Paytm and Riot Games to host Teamfight Tactics Tournament: prize pool of Rs 75,000! Advertisementlast_img read more

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Health Insurance Costs A Headache For Two Rivers

first_imgAS LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES introduce their budgets for 2012, they all seem to be facing the same headache: the ever-increasing cost of health insurance premiums for government employees.LIke individuals and businesses, local towns must find a way of meeting those obligations, and that ultimately becomes the responsibility of property taxpayers.When the Red Bank Borough Council introduced its budget (a work still in progress, officials stressed) last month, it contained a whopping 21 percent increase for insurance premiums.Borough Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman Michael DuPont explained that the borough obtains its coverage from the Municipal Reinsurance Health Insurance Fund, referred to as HIF. The HIF is a coalition of municipalities that have banded together to jointly purchase insurance coverage as a means of saving money.Why have premiums increased so dramatically?“They gave me no explanation,” Dupont said. “They gave me nothing.”“They’re saying it’s due to an increase in claims,” said Colleen Lapp, Red Bank’s chief financial officer. “We’re asking for the actual hard data to back that up,” she added. But so far, “They don’t have all of it yet.”As he talks to colleagues serving in other municipalities, DuPont found, “They’re all juggling this.”“Yes, everybody is facing an increase,” Lapp observed.“We’re all in the same boat,” said Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo. Along with his responsibilities in Eatontown, Tarantolo is the chairman of the Two River Council of Mayors, a group of about 13 communities in the Two River area. From his conversations with the council’s mayors, Tarantolo said, the increases appear to be happening across the board.Eatontown’s insurance premiums are rising about eight percent, “It’s a significant jump,” Tarantolo said.That amounts to roughly a $243,000 increase in medical insurance premiums. And that equals an increase of 1.5 cents on the municipal tax rate.“It’s a serious problem,” which has Eatontown officials, “looking, shopping, trying to reduce those costs.”Lou Neely is East Brunswick’s CFO and chairman of the NJ League of Municipalities’ pensions and health benefit committees.  He said that, yes, costs are rising throughout the state. “Of course, it’s seen across the board,” Neely said. “Not only here but across the United States.”Towns, in general, have four ways to purchase their coverage: through the HIF, via participation in the state plan, through the purchase of a private sector policy, or by self-insuring.The state plan, Neely said, is seeing about a 20 percent rise in premiums.“We’re going out and giving all our information to the private sector to determine if the HIF is giving us the best service possible,” DuPont said of Red Bank.“All I can say is this is a reccurring theme that we’ve had over the last couple of years,” observed William Dressel Jr. executive director of the League of Municipalities, an advocacy, education and lobbying organization for towns. “It’s definitely a major cost driver.”The state Legislature, supported by Gov. Chris Christie, had placed caps on municipal and public school budget increases, capping the increases at either two or 2.5 percent, depending on the type of spending. The intent of the law was to rein in escalating property taxes. However, health insurance premiums, as well as pension costs, are excluded from the cap. And of course, it is the taxpayers who foot the bill.“Those reforms,” endorsed by Trenton, “really did not address these costs,” Dressel charged.“And it’s not the folks under the gold dome on State Street taking political heat,” he said. “It’s the folks on Main Street, the mayors and governing bodies, who are taking the political heat.”“It’s a very hard sell,” to explain this to the public, Dressel said.Dressel also criticized the Christie Administration for pushing the reforms before getting the so called “toolkit” (a series of bills that would give towns the tools to cut costs), creating additional mandates, and burdens for towns.“If they made that an exception to the cap,” Neely added, “wouldn’t you think they knew this thing was increasing dramatically?”Neely also pointed to the health care costs for younger government retirees, who remain covered by work plans and are too young for federal Medicare—what Neely called “legacy costs.”The number of early retirees has risen, with employees trying to stay ahead of legislation that might curtail their ability to get pensions. Those people “are the most expensive people,” to insure as some of them have children young enough to continue on the plans, he said.Neely blamed the rising costs squarely on the federal Affordable Health Care Act, or what is often called “Obamacare.” “It’s anything but affordable,” which he alleges forced plans to increase premiums four to eight percent, “As a result of federal action.”“It’s driven the rate up,” he charged.DuPont disagrees.“I’m not buying that. I don’t see it,” being the causation of cost increases, DuPont countered. The reasons, he’s hearing, is increased claims, “your plans are too generous. You have to increase your deductible, that type of stuff,” he said.Whatever the reasons, “It’s not going to be resolved locally. It’s not going to be resolved on the state level,” Tarantolo said. “It has to be resolved on the national level.”The Affordable Healthcare Act may not be the fix-all, Tarantolo said, “But let’s get something in place and fix the things that are broken,” he suggested.Legislation passed in the last couple of years will require government employees to make a larger contribution to their healthcare plans to offset costs.Red Bank has gone even further, asking for concessions from local unions to pay for increases, DuPont said. And unions might have to realize that more may be required from their membership in the future .last_img read more

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