Voting is perhaps the single-most important right afforded to us by the Constitution. Participating in the democratic process of voting for those who will serve in our honor and for those policies that will shape our lives and the lives of our loved ones and neighbors is not only a right, it’s an incredible duty.
Early voting started yesterday at 8:30AM, and the general election on November 4 is now less than two weeks away. Louisiana voters will be deciding on 14 constitutional amendments from the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions this election. To that end, these recommendations on the constitutional amendments are an informative tool that can be used to better understand each of the amendments on the ballot this election. The most important component of any election is being informed of the issues:
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Free and Easy Course Access- One of the main merits of a virtual school is removing barriers for students to take classes. The FLVS is a huge success in this sense because it makes Advanced Placement courses available to all Florida students. The authors found that about 1,300 Advanced Placement courses were taken virtually by students who attended brick and mortar schools where the classes were not available.
Lower Costs- Per-pupil funding was about 10 percent lower for the FLVS. This doesn’t include numerous fixed costs faced by districts.
School Attendance- Some had worried that virtual schools would encourage absenteeism. However, students who attended the FLVS part-time were not more likely to miss school.
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Did you know that….Sand Tiger Shark embryos fight each other in their mother’s womb — The survivor is born.
On Oct. 18, 1945, Paul Robeson received the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. Learn more about the history of the medal here: http://bit.ly/Wq0xuY. Attendees at the award ceremony at the Hotel Biltmore in NY. Photo source: The Library of Congress, link here: http://bit.ly/1rkiJjT
Federal policy can be a complicated endeavor. Sometimes things that read well on paper can fall apart when put into practice. These situations present perfect opportunities for our legislators to come together to work out real-world solutions. And as we continue to suffer from the most unproductive Congress in history, any bipartisan victory these days is a great thing.
Which brings us to the Biggert-Waters Act. Last year, we told you about the federal measures being taken to protect Southern Louisiana’s coastal communities from insurance rate hikes imposed by the Biggert-Waters Act. This law punished those who lived in coastal areas prone to flooding, forcing them to choose between paying devastatingly high insurance premiums or move away from their community. In some cases, people were being forced to pay as much as a ten-fold increase in their premium costs.
In recognition of the unrealistic aims of the Biggert-Waters Act, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a bi-partisan compromise aimed at more practical solutions for people living in flood-prone areas. President Obama has since signed this compromise, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, into law. Among many other things, the law:
Limits the annual increase for the chargeable risk premium rate on flood insurance to 18%- Requires FEMA to devise a plan to make flood insurance premiums less expensive- Requires FEMA to review its maps regarding what areas of land are likely to flood and thus require those living in those areas to purchase flood insurance
Through this law, the federal government was able to fix a terrible problem by replacing it with a program that works. That’s why we have added the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act to our Programs that Matter series. This law stopped severe insurance rate increases for half a million coastal Louisiana families. If that’s not a program that matters, we don’t know what is. Coastal Louisiana homeowners began receiving refunds on October 1st for unaffordable premium increases they had incurred through the Biggert-Waters Act since 2012. Beyond the positives in terms of rate adjustments and refunds, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act makes many of the processes involved in FEMA’s mapping systems and determination of flood zones more transparent and allows more community buy-in through public meetings and the opportunity to submit supplemental information and data. This is exactly the type of progressive policy that makes a real difference in Louisiana. Posted on October 17, 2014 by Dylan WaguespacK
144,235- REALTORS®- Number of REALTORS® who are not registered to vote, according to NAR’s Campaign Services Program. This represents 13 percent of all REALTORS®. Check out how your state stacks up. Most importantly, make sure YOU are registered and that you vote on Nov. 4.