The Giants aren’t done yet. I know it looks like they are. It seems like it’s been forever since they signed anyone. But they’re not finished. And I know that because John Mara said so. He’s aware there are still plenty of holes to fill. “There are still some players we’re looking at, obviously at a lower level in terms of compensation,” Mara told reporters earlier this week at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “But I still think we have some holes to fill. I think we’d like to have another offensive lineman somewhere down the line, another corner, another receiver. There are still players we’re looking at.” The Giants still have $24,848,550 in salary cap space, according to the NFL Players Association records – a number that includes everything except their deal with linebacker Jasper Brinkley that still has not been signed. So they’ve got the money to fill those three holes Mara … [Read more...] about Giants Mailbag: Big Blue’s plan for remaining $24M in cap space, early chatter about draft plans
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Poudre School District plans to spend about $250 more per student in the coming school year.Still, the public school district that serves roughly 29,000 students in and around Fort Collins expects to rank near the bottom among the state's 178 districts in per-pupil spending, its finance director says.PSD Executive Director of Finance Dave Montoya said per-pupil spending next school year is projected to be approximately $6,920 for district students, an increase of 3.7 percent from the current year's average of $6,661.Senate Bill 267, under consideration by a Colorado House committee, would set base funding at $6,292 per student, an inflationary increase of 2.8 percent for 2015-16. Montoya said several factors contribute to bringing the minimum closer to $6,920 per pupil, approximately the same figure PSD projects for its students. READ MORE: PSD plans three new schools by 2020 READ MORE: Capacity concerns limit school choice programIn the state's funding formula, factors that … [Read more...] about PSD plans per-pupil spending near state minimum
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin estimates it could keep open only two of its 19 family planning clinics — those in Milwaukee and Madison — if it was barred from billing Medicaid programs.That was one of the provisions in the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. And though that plan was withdrawn last month, the organization is sure to remain a target.Yet, paradoxically, cutting off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood would not affect its two clinics that provide abortions in Wisconsin. Those clinics, which do not receive government dollars, are separate from its family planning clinics. They would remain open.“That’s why Republicans are being disingenuous about this,” said Nicole Safar, director of government relations for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.The Republican plan to replace parts of the Affordable Care Act would have prevented any provider of abortions, except in rare cases, from billing … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood sure to remain a target in Wisconsin
Chemours Co. will lay off workers, including some in Delaware, as part of its plan to slash $350 million in expenses by 2017. The company would not provide specifics."If we are going to have a net savings, there will be more people moving out than coming in at locations around the world, including here," said Chris Siemer, president of Chemours' chemical solutions business, who is overseeing the company's transition plan.The Wilmington-based chemical business, which spun off from DuPont in July, employs roughly 700 workers in the state. A majority of those jobs are located at Chemours' downtown Wilmington headquarters with about 20 employees at a facility in Red Lion.In August, the company announced it will cut $350 million in costs along with reviewing an acquisition or sale of its chemical solutions business to increase profits as the company struggles to find its footing post-spinoff. Chemours reported a net loss of $18 million and a 10 percent sales decline in the … [Read more...] about Chemours’ transition plan includes Delaware layoffs
Maricopa County election officials notified Democratic, Republican and community leaders about their plan to drastically reduce the number of polling places well before the state's presidential-preference election.But few raised concerns, according to an Arizona Republic review of more than 1,000 public records from the Maricopa County Recorder's Office and interviews with more than a dozen people.Only after the March 22 election fiasco — in which some voters waited six hours, in lines that stretched for blocks, and cast ballots after midnight — did Democrats and civic leaders publicly criticize in force the decision to use 60 voting centers for the county's 1.2 million eligible voters.The national Democratic Party, joined by the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate campaign of U.S. Rep. Ann … [Read more...] about Who knew beforehand about Arizona’s disastrous presidential-primary election plan?
Anyone who has spent more than a decade in the auto business knows the cycle will turn, and after a six-year renaissance from near death we may be approaching such a point.But don't hit the panic button.Yes, Ford is idling four assembly plants for two weeks in Louisville, and taking one week off at each of two plants in Mexico and a week off in Kansas City, where workers produce the F-150, the highly profitable Clydesdale of Ford's lineup. ►Related: 5 things we can learn from August auto salesBut General Motors is running so much overtime at its Flint Truck plant, where the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s are assembled, it has been hiring temporary workers to give the regular crew a two-day weekend occasionally."They've told us we’re scheduled for 13 Saturdays between January and Easter of next year," said Tim Shoup, who works in paint repair at Flint Truck.On Tuesday, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler report third-quarter earnings. … [Read more...] about Rough economic road ahead for Detroit 3? How well are they prepared?
Don’t expect any unbeatable deals on travel from Continental Airlines! In fact, you can expect just the opposite. Continental Airlines Inc. announced today that it will cut 1,700 jobs and raise fees for checked luggage, as a result of significant second-quarter losses and falling air traffic, according to The Associated Press. The airline announced today that it suffered a $213 million loss in the quarter ended June 30, which equaled a loss of $1.72 per share. In comparison, this time last year the company posted a $5 million loss, or roughly 5 cents per share. Revenue declined sharply, by 22.7%, totaling $3.13 billion. This figure was close to the projected $3.14 billion predicted by analysts in a survey by Thomson Reuters. Analysts also forecast a loss of $1.35 per share, excluding one-time charges. The 1,700 layoffs announced by Continental will make up approximately 3.4% of the airline’s total workforce. These job losses are on top of already proposed plans to cut 500 … [Read more...] about Continental Airlines will cut 1,700 jobs and raise fees after posting large second-quarter loss
Confronting the certainty of astronomical fare hikes and disastrous transit cuts, city lawmakers must act in the interests of the millions of people who ride the subways, buses and commuter lines every day. This should be a no-brainer. There should not be a moment's doubt that the Legislature will provide the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with the funding necessary to maintain and expand service while minimizing the hit on riders' wallets. But it is far from certain Albany will come through for the huge population that relies on mass transportation because so many politicians dread asking a far tinier number of drivers to pay their fair share. There are two components to the rescue-the-riders plan that is being bruited about behind closed doors in the capital. The first would tax employer payrolls as a source of cash for the MTA. The second would toll the East River and Harlem River bridges. Legislative sentiment appears favorable for the tax, but there is vocal … [Read more...] about Lawmakers must protect millions of mass transit riders from disastrous fare hikes and service cuts
The Obama stimulus plan has almost no chance of working long-term. But it's not supposed to work long-term.Think of the $800 billion-plus stimulus as a temporary bridge to help the economy navigate the considerably rough waters that are ahead the next several years. Why government spending? Because consumers and businesses are flat on their backs. In the past year, the economy has lost 2 million jobs and, depending on what the government releases in the December jobs report due out this morning, the total could rise by an additional 500,000. The unemployment rate could hit 7%. At the current rate of decline, the economy will shrink by 6%, or some $700 billion, over the next year. Consider a normally viable factory that might close down in that environment. If the doors shut and the cobwebs gather, the nation loses that capacity to generate jobs and income. Getting it back up and running is likely to be costlier than keeping it going until the economy turns around. The President-elect … [Read more...] about President-elect Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is all about survival
United Airlines announced on Saturday (Feb. 1) that it would dismantle its connecting hub in Cleveland. United CEO Jeff Smisek revealed the move in a letter to the company's Cleveland workers. MAIN STORY: United Airlines axing its hub in ClevelandScroll down for the full text of that letter (via WKYC TV of Cleveland):Jeff Smisek Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer February 1, 2014 Dear Cleveland co-worker: I want to let you know that we have made the difficult decision to substantially reduce our flying from Cleveland. We will make this reduction in stages beginning in April. I wanted you to know this information before the press found out, but unfortunately they found out earlier than we planned. I apologize for this getting in the press before we were able to tell you directly. Our hub in Cleveland hasn't been profitable for over a decade, and has generated tens of millions of dollars of annual losses in recent years. We simply cannot continue to … [Read more...] about FULL TEXT: United CEO’s letter on cutting the Cleveland hub