first_imgLatest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Print Article “People may not realize that we have 23 arts-related business in Pike County that employ 35 people,” she said. “That’s not a huge percentage of the people employed but it is significant and that number is growing. Nationally, 702,771 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts and they employ 2.9 million people. Percentage wise, that also might not seem like a lot but 2.9 million is a lot of jobs.”The keynote speaker for the Arts Advocacy Day was Jeff Poulin, arts education program coordinator, Americans for the Arts based in Washington D.C.“He encouraged all of the arts organizations to be active advocates for the arts in Alabama,” Pritchett said. “Arts funding has been on the decline on the national level as well as the state level and we must lead the charge in letting people know the importance of the arts in education and in our daily lives.”Pritchett and White took the opportunity to be shuttled to the Alabama State House to visit with the State Legislators. Arts advocates speak with singular voice Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 4:00 am Friday, March 13, 2015 You Might Like Needtobreathe headlines Troy University’s spring concert Christian rock band Needtobreathe will headline Troy University’s spring concert on Friday, April 23, 2015. The American Christian/rock band Needtobreathe… read more This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsoncenter_img Next UpArts Advocacy Day was an opportunity to explore ways and means for arts advocates to communicate the importance of the arts to leaders within their communities and across the state.“As arts advocates from around the state, we gathered to learn how to express our passion for the arts constructively through educational training and other avenues,” Pritchett said. “Arts are an integral part of life. Making and supporting public policy in the arts boosts economic development, increases student achievement and enhances our communities.”Pritchett said the arts play an important role in all communities and Pike County is no exception. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “We met with Pike County’s state representatives, Rep. Alan Boothe and Sen. Jimmy Holley, and Sen. Gerald Dial, who is a member of the Troy University Board of Trustees and comes to Troy often,” Pritchett said. “We made an appeal to them, as they are making the new budget, not to make cuts to the arts.“We sat in the balcony as the House of Representatives opened the new session. This legislative session is most critical to the arts because the governor’s proposed budget removes all arts funding from the Education Trust Fund and places it in the General Fund. The General Fund is running a deficit and is in a budge crisis, which could prove detrimental to arts funding.”Pritchett said the goal of Alabama’s arts advocates is to show Alabama’s policy makers that the arts matter to the citizens of the state, and to elicit active support for arts funding across the state. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen By Secrets Revealed Johnson Center Executive Director Vicki Pritchett and Development Director Wiley White participated in Alabama Arts Advocacy Day in Montgomery on Wednesday. More than 100 arts advocates participate and took advantage of the opportunity to meet with their state representatives at the Alabama State House. Pritchett is pictured with Alan Boothe, state representative from Pike County.Vicki Pritchett, Johnson Center for the Arts executive director, and Wiley White, the center’s development director, joined more than 100 arts advocates from across the state this week at the Alabama Arts Advocacy Day in Montgomery.Donna Russell, executive director, Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, said the purpose of Arts Advocacy Day was to bring arts advocates from across the state together so, as stockholders of the arts in Alabama, they could speak with one voice.“The program featured speakers who shared how the arts have affected their lives and their careers and how the creative industry affects the state’s economy,” Russell said.last_img read more

first_img February 15, 2002 Regular News Bar prohibited from taking sales tax stand Bar prohibited from taking sales tax standcenter_img The Florida Bar cannot, under existing U.S. and Florida Supreme Court rulings, lobby the legislature on proposed sales taxes on services, including legal fees.Tallahassee attorney Barry Richard, who represents the Bar when it is sued and advises it on constitutional issues, has rendered that opinion in response to a question from Bar President Terry Russell. Russell had been asked by Senate President John McKay, R-Tampa, who is pushing a tax reform measure, for the Bar’s position on services taxes.Richard’s January 14 letter was presented to the Board of Governors at its February 1 meeting in Tampa, and the board took no action on it.Richard said the Bar could offer technical assistance on a services tax, such as advising whether the tax constitutionally could apply to criminal defense fees.The Bar’s ability to lobby on political issues, Richard wrote, is defined in two rulings, both of which came after the 1987 battle over the short-lived services tax. The cases are Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990), and The Florida Bar Re: Schwarz, 552 So.2d 1094 (Fla. 1989).“In Keller, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the use of compulsory bar dues for political advocacy except with respect to improvement of the administration of justice,” Richard said.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has further ruled that issues in that category “include regulation of attorneys, budget appropriations for the judiciary and legal aid, proposed changes in litigation procedures, regulations of attorneys’ client trust accounts, and law school and bar admission standards,” the letter said.“In Schwarz, the Florida Supreme Court restricted the authority of The Florida Bar to engage in any political advocacy whatsoever, regardless of whether or not it involved the use of compulsory dues” unless five conditions were met, Richard noted. Those five conditions are: matters concerning the regulation and discipline of attorneys; matters relating to the functioning and efficiency of the courts; increasing the availability of legal services; regulation of attorneys’ trust accounts; and issues affecting the education, ethics, competence, regulation, and integrity of the legal profession.The court did say, Richard noted, the Bar could lobby on additional issues if they met all parts of a three-pronged test:• “The issue be recognized as being of great public importance.”• “That lawyers are especially suited by their training and experience to evaluate and explain the issue.”• “The subject matter affects the rights of those likely to come into contact with the judicial system.”Richard said the Florida Supreme Court held in The Florida Bar Re: Frankel, 581 So.2d 1294 (Fla. 1991), that the Bar could not lobby on some children-related issues because they did not meet those tests.“In the absence of persuasive evidence that the imposition of sales tax would place otherwise affordable legal services beyond the reach of a significant number of Floridians, I think it is unlikely that the court would conclude that the sales tax issue falls within the presumptively permissible list,” Richard said.He also said the services tax failed to meet the second criteria of the three-part test for additional issues, even though lawyers might have some special expertise on specific tax issues.“[T]he threshold question of whether there should be a tax on legal services is essentially a political and policy question on which lawyers are not ‘especially suited by their training and experience to evaluate and explain the issue,’” he said.In his letter, Richard noted he has been retained by the Florida Senate, which is pushing the constitutional amendment to lower the sales tax rate at the same time expanding it to many services now exempted in state law. Neither the Senate nor the Bar had a problem with Barry giving the Bar an opinion on the issue, he said.A few days after Richard submitted his letter to the Bar, the Senate released a list of possibly taxed services and how much would be raised. At the top of the list was legal services, expected to add more than $300 million annually to state coffers.last_img read more

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first_imgHAMPDEN — Eastern Maine Board No. 111 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials is offering a prospective officials class for any individuals, 18 years of age or older, who are interested in becoming certified basketball officials.The class will be held at Reed’s Brook Middle School, Room 164, in Hampden on Sundays and Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 27.Individuals living in Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo counties are eligible to take this class.There will be seven classes, culminating with a written test on Nov. 2. A fee is required that covers all books, materials and testing.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor more information, contact Dave Ames, Board No. 111 interpreter, at 789-5118 or by email at read more