Last month, Controller Steve Barron told Northampton County Council that stronger internal controls are needed over the amount of money spent on travel and related expenses. What bothered him were trips to New Orleans and Las Vegas by human resources staffers, as well as a staggering jump in training for human resources (HR).
Spending there increased from $5,749.35 in 2015 to $56,758.15 in 2016. HR Director Amy Trapp has also spent $800 on a popcorn machine and thousands of dollars for Target gift cards, which are then handed out to some employees.
Editor’s note: The views expressed in this editorial by Bruce Frassinelli directly reflect the views of the Times News and Lehigh Valley Press Editorial Board and publishers.
Many Americans have been astonished that the media are allowing the use of words which, until just a few years ago, were considered off-limits.
There has been a dramatic shift in this country in the past couple of decades toward more people being single, and if and when they marry, marrying at a much later age. But when journalist Rebecca Traister began studying this trend, she found there have been large numbers of single women at periods in the past, and they have often had a profound impact on social change.
A lively question and answer session with Rebecca Traister quickly devolved into commentary on the current political scene in the U.S., with both Traister and the audience expressing concerns about the impact of a Trump administration on women’s issues.
If you could bring back any television program from when you were a kid, which one would it be?
On April 3, Amy Robertson, newly named principal of Pittsburg High School in Kansas, resigned.
An investigation into Robertson’s background uncovered questionable credentials.
And the best part?
Student journalists for Booster Redux, the high school newspaper at Pittsburg High, conducted the investigation.
The Keystone Research Center today last week a new report that provides the first estimates of the impact of property tax elimination proposals on families in Pennsylvania.
The full report can be downloaded here.
The report finds that, far from providing relief for working families, recent proposals to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania would increase taxes on the middle class while sabotaging the chance to adequately fund Pennsylvania schools for middle- and low-income families.