NHLN: What is a reasonable limit for the number of sick days a person can accrue? Selectmen from towns in the Salem area are saying 60 days. I would disagrees since most long term disability insurance plans will not begin to cover you until you are out of work for 90 days. If you have to cap the sick days number it should be above the long term disability standards.
Southern N.H. officials sick over cost of accrued time off » New Hampshire » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: “Unused vacation and sick time can be cashed in once a worker retires or leaves. In Salem, that can cost the town hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, Campbell said.
That’s why towns are looking to cut costs by negotiating with employee unions to reduce the number of days that can be accrued.
It’s worked in Windham, where Town Administrator David Sullivan said accrual time became an issue about a year ago.”
My Turn: Wanted: Legislators who will put us first | Concord Monitor http://bit.ly/LLPHJ5
Words cannot express how infuriated I was last week reading headlines about House Speaker Bill O’Brien and his “ideological mandate.” A party majority in a two-party system is not a mandate, but when organized money eliminates moderate representatives and gains a majority, our state suffers from one-sided discussions and actions. O’Brien does not find it productive to meet on a regular basis with our governor; hence we have a state government not efficiently communicating and depriving us of the constitutional balance required for a healthy democracy.
Blame game rings hollow for O’Brien – NashuaTelegraph.com: “It comes as no surprise that when New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien failed to achieve one of his most cherished legislative priorities – passage of a proposed constitutional amendment to strip the Supreme Court’s ability to oversee education policy – he blamed someone else for the defeat.
When criticized for his heavy-handed tactics or questioned about his legislative setbacks, O’Brien is prone to feign innocence and cast aspersions on others. This time, it was Gov. John Lynch’s fault the education amendment failed by 13 votes, after only one House Democrat voted in favor.”
Some good news on tuition front – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Its near 50 percent cut in support for the state’s four-year institutions was the deepest in the land. The cuts came in a poor economy and at a time when a growing number of young people are wrongly beginning to believe that a college education isn’t worth it.
College is expensive. Higher education costs range from several thousand dollars per year for students who live at home and attend a community college to nearly $60,000 per year at some four-year institutions. That’s led to enormous student debt loads – New Hampshire ranks No. 1 in that category – and an increase in student debt-
Better off without ed-funding amendment | SeacoastOnline.com
: You have probably heard that New Hampshire’s citizens will not have an opportunity this year to vote on an amendment to the state Constitution dealing with the way education is funded.
That’s because a compromise constitutional amendment, agreed to by the Republican leadership in the House and Senate, and Democratic Gov. John Lynch, failed to get the three-fifths vote in the House last week needed to put it on the November ballot.
If you’re feeling sad about not having the opportunity to have your say on this very important issue, don’t be. The amendment is only as good as the language it contains and the language in this one would just have added more confusion and contentiousness to the issue of how education in this state is funded.
As Economic Headwinds Pick Up, Employers Lay Low | New Hampshire Public Radio
: “After adding a robust 275,000 new jobs back in January, job growth appears to be slowing. The Labor Department reports that the economy added only 69,000 jobs in May.
Meanwhile, despite the worst recession in generations, there are still countless small business owners plugging away around the country, seeking to expand and hire more employees.”
Squabbles aside, GOP leaves mark | Concord Monitor: “New Hampshire’s 2012 legislative session neared its end last week much the way 2011’s session did, with a highly publicized initiative dying on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Last year, the bill was right-to-work, an attempt to curb union power that House Speaker Bill O’Brien, a Mont Vernon Republican, pushed for months before his effort to override Gov. John Lynch’s veto was defeated by a coalition of labor-friendly Republicans and Democrats. This time, a long-sought constitutional amendment to give lawmakers, not the courts, the authority to determine the amount of education funding failed when libertarian-minded Republicans balked at their party’s efforts.”
Lisa Wexler: Admit It, You’d Like to Be in a Union Too
: “Blaming unions for all the trouble we are in has become cool. We hear that public sector employees have juicy benefits, great health care coverage, guaranteed pensions. In some cases, the average public sector worker earns twice what the average private sector worker earns. We are envious — hey, we want that too! That’s not fair!
You are right — it’s not fair. But don’t blame the unions for doing their job, ensuring that thousands of people are able to afford retirement, pay their doctors and work in decent, sanitary conditions. Those people buy the houses you sell them, take their clothes to your dry cleaners, support your hardware store, clothing store and bank. The problem is not that union workers earn too much, it’s that the rest of us are earning too little.”
Are you a teacher looking for a new job? Title High School Social Studies Teacher – Multiple Positions Job in Concord, NH – Concord Monitor
: “Merrimack Valley School District 105 Community Drive, Penacook, NH 03303 www.mv.k12.nh.us Vacancies For 2012-2013 Merrimack Valley School District is seeking to fill the following positions for the 2012-2013 school year: High School Social Studies Teachers (2) High School Life Sciences Teacher (Biology) PT French (August – January) High School Math Teacher (anticipated) High School Physical Education Teacher (anticipated) Applicants must submit a letter of introduction, resume, transcripts, HQT and certification information and 3 current letters of reference to above address. Application information can be found at http://fc.mvsd.k12.nh.us/employment. Positions will remain open until satisfactorily filled. EOE”