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Telangana Minister K T Rama Rao

KTR said it is a matter of pride that Telangana got the second largest number of awards in the country and the achievements reflect Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s vision to achieve results by drawing meaningful...

04 October 2022

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Killexams : Trump administration

The global situation for refugees has only deteriorated — and eight months into the federal fiscal year, the U.S. refugee resettlement program is on track to resettle fewer than 19,000 individuals this year, far from that 125,000 ceiling.

By Myal Greene On 6/20/22 at 7:22 AM EDT

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Killexams : Public Administration
Union minister Jitendra Singh

Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the entire concept and format of the PM excellence awards has undergone a revolutionary change after 2014. 

03 October 2022

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Killexams : Drug Enforcement Administration

Rainbow fentanyl—regular fentanyl dyed with food coloring—is an opioid drug responsible for 80 per cent of all overdose deaths in New York City.

By Jess Thomson On 10/6/22 at 9:31 AM EDT

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is around 50 times more potent than heroin, and 100 times more powerful than morphine.

By Jess Thomson On 9/23/22 at 11:50 AM EDT

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said that fentanyl overdose victims often "didn't know they were taking the deadliest drug our country has ever seen."

By Aila Slisco On 5/10/22 at 11:46 PM EDT

The United States' ongoing drug crisis is growing worse every year. The oft-cited figures are as staggering as they are tragic.

By Uttam Dhillon, Jim Carroll and Jim Crotty On 2/11/22 at 6:30 AM EST

Authorities allege that a Michigan doctor's pill mill was conducted with fake patients and strong drugs over a three-year period.

By Nick Mordowanec On 1/28/22 at 5:52 PM EST

Numerous other Native American cultures have used ayahuasca for emotional healing and a spiritual connection to the divine.

By Daniel Villarreal On 12/30/21 at 12:24 AM EST

A report from the inspector general found that the Drug Enforcement Administration failed to learn from its many well-publicized prior scandals.

By Rebecca Klapper On 10/8/21 at 12:46 PM EDT

While appearing on NBC's Today show, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram compared counterfeit prescription pills to "Russian roulette."

By Matthew Impelli On 9/27/21 at 11:00 AM EDT

The New York senator, who once supported tough drug laws, said he changed his mind after seeing how legalization helped Colorado.

By Benjamin Fearnow On 4/3/21 at 3:35 PM EDT

The incident occurred in Ojuelos, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.

By Jack Dutton On 2/2/21 at 10:52 AM EST

Usually, DEA officers must keep enforcement activities to situations involving federal drug crimes, but now they can interrogate and arrest protesters.

By Daniel Villarreal On 6/2/20 at 10:11 PM EDT

During his tenure, Jose Irizarry worked out of the DEA's Miami field office, Washington, D.C., bureau, and an official outpost in Cartagena, Colombia.

By Asher Stockler On 2/22/20 at 11:58 AM EST

The drugs seized between October and early December are worth up to $312 million, officials said on Wednesday.

By Blake Dodge On 12/18/19 at 6:24 PM EST

Cartels have "presses" that give the pills the name and likeness of their prescription counterparts after they are laced with fentanyl in "dirty barrels," according to WFXT Boston.

By Blake Dodge On 11/6/19 at 11:52 AM EST

But federal policies to slow the opioid crisis could be supporting the market demand for these drugs, public health experts warn

By Blake Dodge On 11/4/19 at 3:12 PM EST

Earlier this week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made quick work of destroying more than 16,000 pounds of drugs collected on its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, according to reporting by NJTV News.

By Blake Dodge On 10/31/19 at 12:12 PM EDT

"The pharmaceutical industry is being scapegoated for something where there's plenty of blame to go around," says Northeastern University's Leo Beletsky.

By Blake Dodge On 10/24/19 at 10:28 AM EDT

"We're focusing really heavily on restricting access to prescription opioids, but that's because it's what we're comfortable doing," Travis Rieder said. "There's not actually any evidence that these cuts save lives."

By Blake Dodge On 10/15/19 at 12:40 PM EDT

After hundreds of chronic pain patients begged the Drug Enforcement Administration to reconsider its proposed cuts to opioid production, the agency told Newsweek it's not responsible for their inability to get prescriptions.

By Blake Dodge On 10/14/19 at 1:18 PM EDT

The DEA proposed reducing the manufacturing of prescription opioids for the fourth year in a row, but chronic pain patients are begging the agency to reconsider.

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In a 47-page paper he wrote in 2000, he said profiling was a helpful policing tactic and that race-baiters got in the way of policing.

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A 2011 petition urged the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses.

By Reuters On 8/11/16 at 11:12 AM EDT

Briefing reporters on agency's new national drug report, the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Chuck Rosenberg called marijuana "bad" and "dangerous."

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Authorities recently started seeing Mexican meth alongside heroin in local drug takedowns.

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Killexams : Racist administration

Daniel Kliethermes, New Bloomfield

Dear Editor

Well, it's happening again. The Biden Administration is basically saying all white people are basically racist. Everywhere you look, they use race as the main course of their agenda.

Hurricane Ian was a disaster beyond belief that destroyed the Southwest part of the state, that displaced people in the millions. I watched on TV as they showed people sandbagging to protect the property and businesses against rising water. People were making these bags, and they were of all races not just minorities; they were working side by side to help with this project. And Vice President Harris has the audacity to say that relief funds should go by equity, all people no matter what their skin color will be treated the same. Where does she come off saying something so ludicrous as that statement. This is the type of rhetoric that I thought I would not have heard from the second in command; she should be for all people no matter what their skin color.

The Biden Administration has been trying to make it out that whites are racist. This administration has done nothing but put a wedge between races. In my opinion, minorities are not buying this rhetoric or baseless hate they are spreading. He needs to worry about the mess he and his administration created; everybody knows what we are facing so I am not going to repeat it.

Biden was in Washington giving a speech at a Democratic fundraiser while the hurricane was approaching. He blasted MAGA extremists during the speech. Well it won't work and the American people are tired of hearing it. Oh and by the way, there are MAGA extremists of all races so he might want to think about that. He needs to grow up and try to straighten out the things he screwed up. But we know that won't happen. Americans are not racist; you and your administration are. So quit painting white people as racist; we are not. If you think this will help Democrats in the mid-term elections, you are sadly mistaken. So, wake up and smell the roses or poison ivy in your case.

Fri, 07 Oct 2022 21:13:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Congressional Republicans Question Biden Administration Policies

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Congressional Republican leaders are promoting long-standing infrastructure and energy priorities as candidates continue to hit the campaign trail this fall.

GOP leaders with high-profile roles in transportation policy are pressing for domestic energy independence as they call for a strict view of the $1 trillion infrastructure law’s implementation.

With the midterm elections less than a month away, each party is loudly championing its agenda as they vie to control the House and Senate next year.

Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota


“We were at a point where we were literally energy independent; we were actually exporting energy. We’ve now, again, become dependent upon OPEC and other countries because of this administration’s resistance and outright assault on American energy production,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said recently, referring to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Thune is a member of his caucus’ leadership team.

“This is the price that America pays when we aren’t willing to make the investment and have policies that support the encouragement of American energy production,” he continued. “By not having an energy policy, not committing to an all-the-above American energy plan, we have now a dependence upon foreign sources, including dictators like Venezuela and in places in the Middle East.”

Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has taken aim at foreign policy directives as well as the White House’s energy agenda.

“Democrats are congratulating themselves because gasoline prices have slipped from their more-than-$5-per-gallon peak,” said Barrasso. “But families are still paying about $1.30 more per gallon than the day Joe Biden took office.

“It is no mystery why prices are lower — the economy is in recession. In a thriving economy still emerging from the pandemic, gasoline demand should have increased this summer compared with last summer.”

For their part, Republicans on the transportation panel in the U.S. House are again raising concerns about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s implementation. The policy law was enacted Nov. 15. Central to their debate is a Federal Highway Administration memorandum from Dec. 16 suggesting state agencies prioritize maintenance of infrastructure projects. A “fix it first” approach to repairing infrastructure was a pillar of senior Democrats and the Biden administration.

Pete Buttigieg


“We are concerned over the promulgation of accurate [U.S. Department of Transportation] rules and guidance materials that, we believe, seek to implement policies that were either rejected by Congress or are demonstrative of perverse agency decision-making,” key House Republicans wrote Sept. 23 to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This is compounded by Biden administration-led efforts to impose partisan policies governmentwide. Furthermore, it appears as though DOT and the administration are implementing these policies that violate the spirit of law.”

The letter was signed by Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the transportation panel’s ranking member, Aviation Subcommittee ranking member Garret Graves (R-La.), Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee ranking member Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee ranking member Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), Highways and Transit Subcommittee ranking member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee ranking member Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee ranking member David Rouzer (R-N.C.).

Top Democrats, meanwhile, maintain a focus on their legislative record since Biden’s inauguration. The legislative achievements include the IIJA, comprehensive climate change and semiconductor production measures and big-ticket COVID-19 relief packages.

On Oct. 7, the president took aim at political challengers.

“If Republicans take control of the Congress,” he said, “these historic victories we just won for the American people are going to be taken away. Every kitchen table cost is going to go up, not down.”

The Week Ahead (all times Eastern)

Oct. 11, 8 a.m.: Axios hosts a panel discussion titled, “A Global Look at Energy Reliability, Independence & the Environment.”

Freight Corridor

Still talking about that internet of things concept.

Legislative Docket

Rep. Bruce Westerman


A bill that would prohibit an administration from banning federal energy leasing and mineral withdrawals without approval from Congress recently was introduced by two senior House Republicans. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) of the transportation and infrastructure committee and Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) of the natural resources panel are sponsoring the Transparency and Production of American Energy Act.

The bill also would require the Interior Department to resume quarterly lease sales on federal lands, according to background the sponsors provided.

“We need to make America energy independent again. We have all the tools to do it — the Biden administration just lacks the willpower to get the job done,” Graves said Sept. 29.

Westerman added, “American families have been on the front lines of dealing with the Biden administration’s failed energy policies.”

Midterms ’22

John Fetterman (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz

John Fetterman (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz

The political class got a wake up call when The Cook Political Report classified the Pennsylvania Senate race a “toss-up.” That accurate announcement by the plugged-in media watcher marked a dramatic shift in what seemed as a likely victory for Democratic nominee John Fetterman. To help shift the balance of power in the race, the GOP has blanketed airwaves with hard-hitting TV ads that benefit Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, a television personality. Fetterman, who suffered a stroke earlier this year, is on the stump pushing an independent-centric Democratic policy platform.

The winner of the Pennsylvania contest is likely to solidify his party’s control of the chamber, as well as hold a powerful seat on an infrastructure committee. Whatever Pennsylvanians decide to do in November, their actions will be instrumental in determining the national outlook for the next two years.

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The Last Word

National Pedestrian Safety Month allows us to really focus on the solutions that keep more Americans safe when they choose to walk.

Federal Transit Administrator Nuria Fernandez on Oct. 3

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Killexams : Biden administration sued for censoring speech

More than 50 government officials across 13 agencies “threatened, cajoled and colluded” with social media companies to silence online speech about Topics the Biden administration disliked such as election integrity, the origins of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 restrictions, according to a lawsuit filed by state attorneys general.

The interaction with Big Tech, the lawsuit said, expanded upon FBI efforts during the 2020 presidential campaign to block social media posts about incriminating evidence found on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

In a 164-page legal filing, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, both Republicans, detailed a massive, sprawling “censorship enterprise” within the Biden White House to pressure Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies to “suppress private speech that federal officials disfavor.”

Inappropriate speech, according to the lawsuit, includes questioning whether the virus that causes COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab, the effectiveness of masks and the veracity of 2020 election results.

The lawsuit strikes at the heart of what critics say is a nefarious alliance between Democratic officials and Big Tech to suppress and discredit conservative voices.

According to the attorneys general, this suppression of online speech violates the First Amendment rights of citizens in their states. They said the full impact of the censorship remains unknown.

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“These federal bureaucrats leveraged their clout and pressure on social media platforms to become deeply embedded in a joint enterprise with social media companies to procure the censorship of private citizens’ speech on social media,” the attorneys general wrote. “When the federal government colludes with Big Tech to censor speech, the American people become subjects rather than citizens.”

All told, the case names 54 individuals as defendants, including President Biden, White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and scores of agency communications officials. The FBI, Census Bureau, departments of Justice, Commerce, Treasury, State and HHS are among 13 agencies listed as defendants.

The White House, FBI, along with departments named as defendants did not respond to requests for comment from The Washington Times.

Twitter declined to comment on the lawsuit. Other Big Tech companies identified in the suit did not respond to requests for comments. The tech companies are not named as defendants.   

Mr. Schmitt and Mr. Landry recently updated the lawsuit after subpoenas to the tech companies revealed scores of officials were communicating with them about their content.

Meta, which operates Facebook and Instagram, disclosed at least 32 individuals — including top officials from the White House and Food and Drug Administration — communicated with the company about removing content. Google’s YouTube revealed it was in contact with 11 officials, including senior State Department officials.

“The discovery provided so far demonstrates that this Censorship Enterprise is extremely broad,” Mr. Schmitt and Mr. Landry wrote. “It rises to the highest levels of the U.S. government, including numerous White House officials.”

Mr. Schmitt is also the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri. Mr. Landry announced last week that he is running for Louisiana governor in 2023.

The lawsuit said that the administration can coerce Big Tech through implicit or direct threats to weaken its dominance, including supporting antitrust legislation, increasing privacy regulation, and removing the shield that protects platforms from liability for content posted by users.

However, the friendly exchanges between administration officials and tech executives show such strong-arm tactics were unnecessary.

The communications showed tech companies were as eager to comply with the Biden administration

For example, when a Treasury official reached out to Meta executives to discuss “potential influence operations” about COVID-19, the company quickly changed its rules.

In July 2021, after Mr. Biden said Facebook was “killing people” by allowing users to post alleged disinformation about the coronavirus vaccines, an unnamed Meta executive reached out to Mr. Murthy asking if they could “find a way to deescalate and work together collaboratively.”

Roughly a week later, the executive sent another email to Mr. Murthy, the surgeon general, saying Meta in the past week tightened its policies about anti-vaccine misinformation.

In another instance, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly in February 2021 texted a colleague that she was trying to work with Big Tech to enable federal agencies to “prebunk/debunk” alleged vaccine misinformation.

Some of the alleged censorship took place before the Biden administration took over in January 2021, such as the FBI working to suppress information gleaned from the recovered laptop that belonged to Hunter Biden, the president’s son.

The lawsuit cites Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s statements in August that Facebook did suppress stories related to Hunter Biden and his laptop after a warning from the FBI.

Speaking with podcaster Joe Rogan, Mr. Zuckerberg said Facebook took steps to limit the story from appearing on news feeds because the FBI said it might be Russian disinformation. After the election, several news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and NBC News, said they had Tested the authenticity of the laptop after initially dismissing it as a Russian disinformation operation.

Twitter also censored information about the laptop, which revealed details of Hunter Biden’s intimate relationships and far-flung business deals that critics say smack of influence peddling. During the 2020 presidential race, Twitter blocked tweets sharing news stories about the laptop evidence, saying it violated the company’s policy on releasing “hacked information.”

Twitter reversed that policy about two weeks before the 2020 election but continued to block posts about Hunter Biden’s laptop, citing a rule against publishing private information.

Biden, his allies, and those acting in concert with them, falsely attacked the Hunter Biden laptop story as ‘disinformation,’” Mr. Schmitt and Mr. Landry wrote in their lawsuit.

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Killexams : Biden Administration Agenda on Inflation and the Economy

When asked if the U.S. was heading toward recession, White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese replied that although “we are no doubt in uncertain times,” he “thinks there’s every reason to have a lot of confidence in the U.S. position in the context of a globally uncertain environment.” His response came as he joined David Rubinstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., for a discussion on President Biden’s economic agenda, inflation, and the global economy. They discussed a variety of topics, including the Inflation Reduction Act, economic competition with China, Russia’s war in Ukraine, energy and gas prices, and how climate change has informed current economic policy. close

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Killexams : State education, prisons and human services to be Topics as budget hearings begin

Arkansas state lawmakers will begin budget hearings for state agencies on Tuesday to prepare for the regular session beginning on Jan. 9, and key lawmakers expect the budgets for education and human services programs and prisons to dominate the discussion.

The Legislative Council and Joint Budget Committee will hold budget hearings together that could run through Nov. 21, according to the General Assembly's website.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed general revenue budgets for fiscal 2024, which begins July 1, 2023, and fiscal 2025, which begins July 1, 2024, and the state Department of Finance and Administration's revised general revenue forecasts for fiscal 2023, which ends June 30, and for fiscal years 2024 and 2025 are scheduled to be released on Nov. 10.

The Republican governor's successor will be elected Nov. 8 and is expected to be sworn into office on Jan. 10. Republican gubernatorial nominee Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Democratic nominee Chris Jones and Libertarian candidate Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. are vying for a four-year term as governor.

In the fiscal session earlier this year, the General Assembly and Hutchinson authorized a general revenue budget of $6.02 billion for fiscal 2023 -- up by $175.1 million from fiscal 2022's general revenue budget, with most of the increases going to public schools and human services programs.

"We have to understand inflation is real and keep the budget as responsible as possible without harming the services we want to provide," said state Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, who is in line to be the Senate president pro tempore from 2023-2025.

The budgets for education, human services and correctional programs will be key issues during the budget hearings, he said.

"We have got to build bigger prisons to keep the bad guys locked up," and the state's plan to expand a prison is a good first step, Hester said.

State Rep. Lane Jean, R-Magnolia, who is co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, said teacher pay raises also will be a major discussion course during budget hearings.

Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, who is the other co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, said the state's aim is to keep the state's budget growth below the inflation rate, "but where we need to fund and how to maintain state services, I don't know the numbers at this point."

Hutchinson said in a letter dated June 9 to his department secretaries and directors that by "continuing my vision of transforming the way we operate and improving our tax competitiveness, we will further my goal of growing the private sector faster than the public sector."

"It is important to propose a balanced budget to the next governor that limits public spending, while providing necessary and critical services to the citizens of Arkansas," the governor wrote in his letter.

"The new administration takes office in January and may establish its own funding priorities," Hutchinson said. Thus, he said, "with limited exceptions, I plan to submit a flat base level budget or less to the Legislature that will only include a continuation of the previously authorized two percent [2%] salary adjustment and performance pay increases, [Employee Benefits Division] increases, along with career service payments for state employees for the next biennium."

Asked if there is a particular numerical goal in terms of limiting the proposed state general revenue budget for fiscal 2024 and fiscal 2025 despite the high inflation rate and labor market pressures, Hutchinson said Friday in a written statement that "I expect the agencies' existing budget to absorb inflationary costs but there will have to be some exceptions that relate to health care needs, education and public safety."

Asked if he is factoring any tax cuts into his proposed fiscal year 2024 and 2025 general revenue budgets, the governor replied, "Not at this time."

Hutchinson said his proposed general revenue budgets for fiscal 2024 and fiscal 2025 won't be completed until Nov. 10, "which is the time required by law for the budget to be submitted."


Office of Personnel Management officials have drafted an overhaul of the state's pay plan that is projected to cost about $41 million a year in general revenue and cover about 22,400 executive branch employees.

"The draft pay plan will allow state government to pay employees more comparable to the private sector and will keep pace with inflation rates," Hutchinson said. "The plan will be financed through existing agency budgets and supplemented by the allocated amount in the pay plan."

State government last overhauled its pay plan in 2017. That pay plan was projected to cover 25,000 full-time state workers and cost about $57 million to implement in fiscal 2018, including about $24 million from general revenue, with the remainder coming from other state government revenue sources.

The pay plan adjustment is needed because it will have been six years since the last pay plan and there is high employer demand in an extremely competitive labor market and inflation, according to an Office of Personnel Management summary of the draft pay plan obtained under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

The Office of Personnel Management said it reviewed labor market data for 140 benchmark classifications representing a broad spectrum of employees, jobs and departments and current pay grade ranges are about 20% below the current labor market rate. The draft pay plan would "move to near labor market rate" and "provide for limited seniority adjustments," the records show.


The Finance Department's latest general revenue forecast on May 18 projected a $914 million general revenue surplus at the end of fiscal 2023 on June 30.

That was before the Legislature and Hutchinson in the Aug. 9-11 special session enacted a four-pronged tax cut package that the finance department projected would reduce state general revenue by $500.1 million in fiscal 2023, by $166.6 million more in fiscal 2024, by $69.5 million more in fiscal 2025, by $18.4 million more in fiscal 2026 and by $8.4 million more in fiscal 2027.

Dismang said the Legislature in the August special session advanced the implementation of individual and corporate income tax cuts that originally were to be phased in over the next few years, so "we need to let things settle before we move forward on new tax cuts" and "determine what we need to maintain existing services in the state."

During the special session, House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Joe Jett, R-Success, told the House committee that enactment of the tax cut measure would leave a projected general revenue surplus of roughly $400 million in fiscal year 2023.

But the state's general revenue surplus in fiscal 2023 could be larger than $400 million because the state's net general revenue collections during the first three months of the fiscal year have exceeded the state's forecast by $174.8 million.

The state currently has more than $2 billion in reserve funds.

The state's catastrophic reserve fund totals $1.21 billion and the state's general revenue allotment reserve fund totals $1.34 billion, according to finance department spokesman Scott Hardin. The Legislature will consider how to use the general revenue allotment reserve balance in the 2023 regular session.

The state's overall restricted reserve fund balance totals $227 million and the state's rainy-day fund balance is $1.3 million, Hardin said.

The four-pronged tax cut package, enacted in the Aug. 9-11 special session, accelerated the reduction of the state's top individual income tax rate from 5.5% to 4.9% retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022, and the state's corporate income tax rate from 5.9% to 5.3%, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

The tax cut package also granted a temporary, nonrefundable income tax credit in tax year 2022 of $150 for individual taxpayers with net income up to $87,000 and of $300 for married taxpayers filing jointly with net income of up to $174,000, and adopted the 2022 federal Section 179 depreciation schedule as it existed on Jan. 1, 2022, which provides an income tax reduction for the expensing of certain property.


Hutchinson declined to put teacher raises on the call for the Aug. 9-11 special session, citing the lack of support in the Republican-dominated Legislature. Prior to that, he had floated proposals to boost teacher salaries in the special session, while House and Senate Democrats and some Republicans said they also wanted to consider raising teacher salaries in the special session.

But Republican legislative leaders said at that time they wanted lawmakers to consider increasing teacher pay during the 2023 regular session, starting Jan. 9, after the House and Senate education committees complete their biennial educational adequacy review this fall.

The House Education Committee on Tuesday recommended $4,000 raises for teachers by the end of fiscal 2023 and raising the state's minimum teacher pay from $36,000 to $40,000 a year in fiscal 2024 and a $2 per hour increase in classified staff pay as part of its educational adequacy recommendation, while the Senate Education Committee rejected that recommendation.

The House Education Committee's educational adequacy recommendation is projected to cost $386.8 million more in fiscal 2023, $147.3 million more in fiscal 2024 and $85.7 million more in fiscal 2025.

Dismang said he hopes for more discussion among House and Senate leaders about educational adequacy.

"I don't anticipate a fight," he said. "I think all members want to head in the same direction, just wanting to know what that path needs to look like."


The state Department of Human Services' general revenue budget in fiscal 2023 is $1.814 billion and the department is requesting a $1.891 billion general revenue budget in fiscal 2024 and a $1.954 billion general revenue budget in fiscal 2025, according to department spokesman Gavin Lesnick.

"These budgets reflect current and forecasted growth rates in enrollment and [utilization] related to the continuation of the public health emergency," he said.

At the start of September, there were 1,121,689 clients enrolled in Medicaid, including 339,297 enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program known as ARHOME, Lesnick said. ARHOME is the Arkansas Health and Opportunity for Me program.

"As of Oct. 4, 2022, 347,593 clients have had their coverage extended due to the Public Health Emergency and are at-risk of losing their coverage," Lesnick said, and 117,674 of those are covered through ARHOME.

"We do not know how many of those who have been extended will actually be ineligible for Medicaid, which is why we continue to encourage everyone to update their information," Lesnick said.

At the start of the public health emergency for covid-19 on Feb. 28, 2020, Medicaid's enrollment totaled 923,148, he said.

The end of the federal public health emergency would mean the state would no longer receive enhanced federal matching rates in certain Medicaid programs and would have to cover an increased share of the cost for the programs, department officials have said.

They have said the public health emergency's end also would mean the state would no longer have to abide by federal limitations that allow states to end Medicaid eligibility only for beneficiaries who die, go to jail or go to prison or who ask to be removed from the programs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' current public health emergency is set to expire Oct. 13, he said.

"At this point, we still have not received confirmation from the federal government when they will end the public health emergency," Lesnick said Tuesday. "However, they have committed to providing states at least 60 days' notice prior to the end."

Sat, 08 Oct 2022 21:00:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : course Nabs Exclusive U.S., Canadian Rights to Beta Film Crime Series (EXCLUSIVE)

U.S. streaming service Topic has inked an exclusive U.S. and Canadian rights deal with Germany’s Beta Film for four European crime series ahead of this year’s Mipcom TV programming mart in Cannes.

Dedicated to crime and suspense, Topic, part of First Look Entertainment, picked up the third season of critically acclaimed Austrian-German series “Pagan Peak”; Finnish title “Helsinki Syndrome”; “Silent Road” from Greece; and Croatian-Ukrainian co-production “The Silence.”

The agreement also includes renewals of Italian political thriller “1992” and follow-up seasons “1993” and “1994.” Described as Italy’s “House Of Cards,” the show  examines how Italian politics were shaken to the core by a major criminal investigation against widespread corruption in the 1990s.

Arriving on the eve of its third anniversary, the deal fortifies Topic’s drive to elevate crime and suspense thrillers from around the globe for its North American subscribers, the company stated. 

“Pagan Peak” Courtesy of Topic

Inspired by Nordic series “The Bridge” and produced by Wiedemann & Berg Television in co-production with Epo-Film for Sky Germany, “Pagan Peak” follows German detective Ellie (Julia Jentsch) and Austrian colleague Gedeon (Nicholas Ofczarek), who, in Season 3, have become bitter enemies but are nevertheless forced to deal with a string of mysterious murders on both sides of the German-Austrian border.

“Beta has been an invaluable partner to work with since Topic’s launch, and we are delighted to continue collaborating with them as we approach our third anniversary as the premier curator of elevated crime and suspense programs from around the world,” said Jennifer Liang, Topic’s vice president of programming strategy, acquisitions and sales. “These hit crime-themed miniseries and series, including ‘Pagan Peak,’ one of Topic’s most-watched franchises, will help us continue our promise to our subscribers to deliver the world’s best in crime programming.”

In “Helsinki Syndrome,” Elias Karo (Peter Franzén), a caring husband and father, takes four journalists hostage and forces them to expose the bank executives and district court judge who conspired against his family and caused them to lose everything, resulting in the death of his father. The eight-part series, which also stars Oona Airola (pictured), is produced by Fisher King, Panache Productions, YLE, Arte and NDR.

The disappearance of a school bus carrying nine elementary school students leaves one of Athen’s most affluent neighborhoods in shock in “Silent Road.” The series follows the detective investigating the case and a young journalist who becomes the only person with whom the kidnappers will speak. The 13-episode “Silent Road” is produced by Mega TV in cooperation with Filmiki Productions.

Exploring the depths of underage trafficking in Eastern Europe, “The Silence” revolves around the mysterious deaths of a number of young women in the Croatian city of Osijek. While investigating the homicides, Inspector Vladimir Kovač meets Stribor, a journalist, and Olga, the Ukrainian wife of a powerful politician who discovers that her niece is one of the victims, forming an unlikely team. The six-part series is produced by Drugi Plan and HRT in coproduction with Beta Film, Star Media, OLL.TV and ZDF/Arte.

“Our fruitful partnership with course has made it possible to bring an immense variety of our high-end European content across the pond to North America,” added Jeffrey Engelen, Beta’s international sales manager for North America.

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