HomeFeaturedCalifornia Legislature OK’s tax break for small businesses Apr. 27, 2021 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsCalifornia Legislature OK’s tax break for small businessesGuest Author1 month agocaliforniaNewsTax ADAM BEAM, Associated PressThe California Legislature approved a major tax break for small businesses on Monday, voting to give up as much as $6.8 billion in revenue over the next six years so that struggling business owners can have smaller bills.The federal government loaned more than $97 billion to California small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, and most business owners did not have to pay that money back. Business owners used most of that money to pay the salaries of their employees, which prevented — or at least delayed — layoffs during the pandemic.In December, Congress said business owners could deduct expenses associated with those loans from their federal taxes. The bill that passed the California Legislature on Monday would let business owners deduct those expenses from their state taxes, too.But the tax break won’t help everybody. While the federal government lets every business owner deduct these expenses from their taxes, the bill that passed the California Legislature on Monday only lets business owners do this if they had a loss of 25% or more during at least one three-month period during 2020.That leaves out about between 15% and 25% of business owners who got the federal loans, according to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, chair of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee.The change means “the vast majority of new car dealerships will not benefit,” said Anthony Samson, a lobbyist who represents the California New Car Dealers Association. Samson said new and used car sales fell 21.7% in 2020. By excluding businesses with losses less than 25%, Samson said the bill “harms the very businesses that used these funds to retain their California workforce during difficult times.”State lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, said they wanted to give the tax break to everybody. But Burke said Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration refused because it would have cost the state too much money — more than $8 billion over six years. Lawmakers could have done it anyway, but if they did they feared Newsom would have vetoed the bill.Burke said lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, “put as much pressure as anyone could put” on Newsom for the tax break to apply to everyone, but said “sometimes you just can’t quite get there.”“The reality is at some point you run out of money,” she said.California has extra money this year. So far, the state has collected $16.7 billion more in taxes than they had expected. Newsom says the state has at least a $15 billion surplus. The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office says that figure could grow by another $4 billion next month when Newsom updates his budget proposal. On top of all that, the federal government has given the state an extra $26 billion in coronavirus aid.But the surplus is available only this year. The tax break will reduce the state’s revenues over the next six years. Plus, the state Legislature has already approved $14.2 billion in coronavirus aid this year, including $600 payments to people earning $30,000 per year or less, $2 billion in grants for small businesses and $6.6 billion to help schools return students to the classroom in-person.H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the California Department of Finance, said the bill is “a joint agreement between the administration and the Legislature,” calling it “a shared set of priorities on providing additional and substantial tax relief to help California businesses recover and re-hire after the COVID-19 recession.”The bill passed the state Assembly by a vote of 73-0 on Monday.Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, a Republican from Murrieta, said while he wanted all businesses to benefit, the bill was too important to vote against.“There’s a lot more businesses that are going to be helped by this than are going to be hurt,” he said.Tags :californiaNewsTaxshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBriefs votersCounty presents data on resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccinationsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours ago
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Jamie Mackie must have surgery to repair the hamstring injury that has ended the QPR forward’s season prematurely.Mackie, 30, was sidelined for more than three months with a hamstring problem earlier in the campaign and was injured again during Rangers’ recent draw at Leeds. He went off midway through the second half of the game at Elland Road, and after scans initially had to be delayed because of the amount of swelling around his hamstring, the club’s fears have now been confirmed.AdChoices广告Mackie has made just six league starts since returning to QPR last summer for a second spell at the club. See also:Mackie’s injury ‘doesn’t look good’ – HasselbainkQPR boss rules out throwing youngsters in for Brighton gameHughton sees Polter as QPR’s danger manFirst goal changed the game, Hasselbaink admitsQPR ditch Nike as kit supplierQPR v Reading: match preview, team news, facts and figures
It’s been 36 days since my wife, Jennifer Aparicio, was diagnosed with leukemia and as we go deeper into solving the mystery of this blood cancer and navigating how she will survive this diagnosis, we’d like to update the thousands of people who have reached our way regarding her condition and our situation. We sincerely appreciate the #JennStrong love.On the night she was diagnosed – March 20 – we had to make a family decision regarding how public or private we were going to be with her cancer. Once we told our inner circle of friends and family, we realized that there was going to be no way to “hide” from this leukemia or my public status or her extended family, friends and loved ones. In the world of social media, we’re all very active and we think that’s healthy.We quickly decided that we’d rather be transparent and go after this cancer the way we’ve done everything in our lives: “all in.” We couldn’t hide. We couldn’t stop rumors or misinformation if we decided to unplug or hide from the world – as many people did for many years before the explosion of the internet and social media. We didn’t want people worrying and wondering: “How’s Jenn?” So, we decided to simply be ourselves and share our information with the world.Honestly, we were blown away by the rapid response, reach and love that so many people showered us with in the first few days after her diagnosis. Now, more than a month later, she hasn’t left her hospital room for more than a few minutes at a time to wander the halls of Johns Hopkins. She hasn’t seen a sunrise or sunset in 37 days. She hasn’t seen Kitty (except on Skype) for 38 days. She’s attached, via a tube in her chest, to a stand that she takes everywhere. She has no immune system and is susceptible to virus, illness and fever at any time so having lots of visitors isn’t smart, safe or feasible.Cancer sucks. It really, really does.We have posted a myriad of funny pictures, some tender moments, some Red Sox love from Boston, some gifts and upbeat videos, but please don’t let us fool you – this is the worst thing I’ve ever witnessed. It’s gruesome. Lots of blood, kidney issues, breathing difficulties, waiting, needles, procedures, tests, fevers, chills, rashes, itching, exhaustion, nausea, diarrhea, lesions and sores in her mouth and general aching all over – it’s the worst thing you can possibly imagine.And, again, I’m not going through it. I’m just observing and agonizing almost helplessly while I do everything in my power to will my best friend to victory over this disease in the coming months.She’s really tough. Just as I wrote last month, we believe in the cure. We believe in a happy ending. And we’ve befriended and met people who are survivors and they’re all coaching Jenn along in this journey. Over the next few weeks you’ll meet them on my radio show, “The Happy Hours” on WNST.net & AM 1570 and you’ll hear their stories of survival.Erik Sauer, who is the founder of There Goes My Hero, beat this thing in 2008. Michele Bresnick Walsh, made famous by her incredible trip to Fenway Park where Big Papi and the Red Sox Nation gave her #JennStrong love and a #BostonStrong jersey before the Orioles game last Saturday on marathon weekend, is also a survivor (and major O’s fan) is helping coach Jenn through this fire.They are living, breathing “heroes” in my heart and mind. They’re trying to help save my wife’s life. It doesn’t get any more powerful or profound than that. And only because someone else saved their life.Jenn and I learned of her true diagnosis a few weeks ago and have come to grips with the fact that only a bone marrow transplant can save her life.This is a rocky road, navigating a rare form of leukemia called
SWIN CASHLast month Pittsburghers’ of all economic levels, shapes, colors, sizes and genders joined together to commemorate the integration of African Americans as players into the National Basketball Association by former Duquesne University and Boston Celtics standout Chuck Cooper. The annual gathering by the foundation is not held just for the purpose of reminiscing but also to honor and award scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students throughout the region.The 2015 scholarships were made possible by corporate sponsorships. Bernadie Jean is a PhD candidate in chemistry and biochemistry and was also a scholarship winner in 2014. Joshua Nyarko is currently a law student at the University of Pittsburgh. Nicole Johnson is enrolled in a five year program in Speech Language Pathology at Duquesne University. Rondell Jordan is also a law student at the University of Pittsburgh. Proving that you are never too old to learn, Shelley Brown is a 50 year-old doctoral candidate in education at Duquesne University. Sylvester Hanner is a PhD student in the Counseling and Education Supervision program at Duquesne University.In addition to the scholarships that were awarded, the Chuck Cooper Leadership, Diversity and Community Service Award is given to; “a company or individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and motivational skills as well as a commitment to promoting diversity and making a positive difference in the community. This year’s recipient of the award was the legendary WNBA star, Swin Cash. Cash was the second pick overall of the 2002 WNBA draft. She is also a six time All-Star who also earned Olympic Gold medals competing for Team USA, in Athens in 2004 and in London in 2010.WTAE’s Sally Wiggin served as the emcee and as far as lending a personal historical perspective she was the perfect news/sportswoman tapped to be the mistress of ceremonies of the event, primarily because she has co-hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday Night Football pregame coverage along with WTAE sports anchor Andrew Stockey for years, and she knows the ins and outs of the sports world.Wiggin became genuinely emotional when she discussed the love that her mother had for the Boston Celtics and New England sports teams in general during the time that the NBA began the process of integration. Wiggin took a fond look back on her late mother’s love of sports. “My mother loved all of the Boston teams’. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh people she loved the New England Patriots but she never lived to see them win a championship,” she said. “But of all the Boston teams,’ the Bruins, the Red Sox and the Patriots, the team that she loved the most was the Celtics. I remember she was in love with Bill Russell but she was in love with all of the African American players who were on the team including Chuck Cooper. My mother believed in the rights of people of color,” she said, choking back tears as she recalled her initial experience with the segregated south. “I was 6 years old when we moved from Michigan to Alabama, I remember visiting my father who was in management for Reynolds metals and he was sent to their plant in Northern Alabama. I couldn’t have been more than 6-61/2 years old. I went to drink out of one of the water fountains and one of the workers came over and yelled at my mother and said to her; “how can you let her drink out of that colored water fountain?”Wiggin laughed as she recalled her mother’s reaction.“Excuse me?” She remembered her mother saying. “My daughter will drink out of any water fountain that she chooses to because the water is the same.” If one has ever watched the news coverage of Sally Wiggin during her career, one no longer has to wonder where she gets her feistiness from.Last but certainly not least, the primary honoree of the affair, Swin Cash being from the new millennium of pro basketball players, accepted her leadership, diversity and community service award she admitting not knowing much about Chuck Cooper.“When I googled him I was kind of shocked that he was the first African American to play in the NBA. You can be the first in something but what he stood for and his commitment to education and to the community and those things that tells a lot about a man’s character.”Cash pointed out that she is normally cautious when it comes to allowing her brand or name to be used by any business or organization but sitting down and having a conversation with Chuck Cooper III made it easier for her to connect with the organization and its values.“When I sat down and I looked his son in the eye when he spoke, he was very genuine and authentic about his connection with his father and the reason behind everything that he was doing. That really hit home for me because of everything that I’ve ever done and how tight I am with my family. My mom’s one of twelve, I’m from a huge family and that meant something to me,” Cash said.As far as being a role model for young women Cash says that is a role that she readily accepts and embraces. “Anytime that I get an opportunity to come back here and be a role model in some regards to young girls and have them see that your home town can honor you even if you don’t play the sport in that city.”This honorarium represented the memories of the courage of Chuck Cooper leaping over barrier of race. If Wiggin was the perfect emcee for the event, then Cash represented the picture-perfect Chuck Cooper Foundation honoree, both women leaping over the barrier of gender bias while simultaneously increasing the power of women athletes and broadcasters that are rapidly changing the face of sports.Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier
LE’VEON BELLPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season.Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new deal. Bell instead will make $12.1 million this season, the average of the five highest-paid running backs in the league.Bell could become an unrestricted free agent next spring or the Steelers could place the franchise tag on him a second time. General manager Kevin Colbert says the team will “resume its efforts” to re-sign Bell next offseason.The 25-year-old Bell ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns and caught another 75 passes in 12 games for Pittsburgh in 2016.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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1St Patricks (Drangan and Cloneen)Tipperary 3Ballymun KickhamsDublin 2017 TG4 All Ireland Finals Half Time Exhibition Games 5FenaghLeitrim 4DingleKerry G4M&O 4MountrathLaois Ballyhaise (Cavan), St. Brigid’s (Dublin), Caltra Cuans (Galway), Dingle (Kerry), Latton Ladies GFC (Monaghan) and Sperrin Óg (Tyrone) are the 6 lucky Under 10 clubs that will play at half time in one of the 3 TG4 All Ireland Finals. The great tradition of having our Gaelic4Mothers&Others clubs represented at half time in the TG4 All Ireland Finals also continues as we welcome Lámh Dearg (Antrim), Bride Rovers (Cork), Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin), Mountrath (Laois), Fenagh (Leitrim) and Athlone (Westmeath) to take part in the half time exhibition games.The officials for the exhibition games will come from the Under 14 groups from St. Patrick’s Drangan & Cloneen (Tipperary), Mullahoran (Cavan) and Fingallians in Dublin. Cork will provide the ballgirls for all 3 of the TG4 All Ireland Finals as Glanworth were the lucky winners of this honour.All 16 clubs can now begin making their plans for September 24th as they will be part of the action at Croke Park on TG4 All Ireland Finals day.Speaking about the announcement of the Half Time Exhibition games National Development Manager, Paula Prunty, said ‘This is a great day for all 16 clubs as they now know that they will be part of the biggest day in Irish women’s sport. It is great to see such a mix of ages getting to take part in the action as we welcome players from our Under 10 clubs, officials from Under 14 squads and, at the other end of the scale, we have our great Gaelic4Mothers&Others teams having the opportunity to play in Ireland’s most famous stadium. We, in the LGFA, want to girls and women of all ages the opportunity to play our sport and this is further evidence of our commitment to this principle.’Dublin have already secured their place in the TG4 Senior All Ireland Final with Tipperary also preparing for the 24th having secured their place in the Intermediate decider. The remaining 4 counties that will contest the TG4 All Ireland Finals will be confirmed this weekend as Cork meet Kerry for the right to meet Dublin in the Senior Final and Tyrone will take on Sligo with the winner meeting Tipperary in the Intermediate decider. Fermanagh and London will contest the Junior Semi Final with Carlow meeting Derry in the second semi final with both matches being played in Lannleire on Sunday. 6Sperrin ÓgTyrone 3Caltra CuansGalway 5Latton Ladies GFCMonaghan print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 2Bride RoversCork U-10TeamCounty 3FingalliansDublin Each year a select group of Ladies Gaelic Football clubs are selected from the huge amount of entrants to be part of the TG4 All Ireland Finals. This year the finals will take place on September 24th and 16 clubs representing 12 counties will be amongst those lucky enough to be involved in the action as part of the Half Time exhibition games, as officials for those games or as Ball Girls for the TG4 All Ireland Finals. 1BallyhaiseCavan 2St. BrigidsDublin U-14 Officials 2MullahoranCavan 1Lámh DheargAntrim Ball GirlsGlanworthCork 6AthloneWestmeath
Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/3fynuy/MICHAEL_DONOGHUE_POST_DUBLIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Scorers for Galway: Cathal Mannion 0-10 (0-5f), Brian Concannon 0-3 (0-1f), Davey Glennon 0-2 (0-1f), Sean Blehane 0-2, Padraic Mannion 0-1, Aidan Harte 0-1, Conor Whelan 0-1, Joe Canning 0-1 (0-1 sideline).Scorers for Dublin: John Hetherton 0-8 (0-8f), Sean Moran 1-0 (1-0 pen), Eamonn Dillon 0-2, Donal Burke 0-2, Oisin O’Rorke 0-2 (0-2f), Chris Crummey 0-2, Fergal Whitely 0-1.Galway1. James Skehill (Cappataggle)2. Jack Grealish (Gort)3. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)4. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore)5. Kevin Hussey (Turloughmore)6. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)7. Aidan Harte (Gort)10. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)9. Sean Kilduff (Clarinbridge)8. Padraig Brehony (Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry)11. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)12. Sean Bleahane (Ahascragh/Fohenagh)13. Tomas Monaghan (Gort)14. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)15. Davey Glennon (Mullagh)Subs19. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore) for Brehony (55)21. Shane Maloney (Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry) for Kilduff (55)25. Ronan O’Meara (Portumna) for Glennon (62)22. Joe Canning (Portumna) for Blehane (67)Dublin1. Alan Nolan (St. Brigids)18. Lee Gannon (Whitehall Colmcille)3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)2. James Madden (Ballyboden St Enda’s)19. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)6. Sean Moran (Cuala)7. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)5. Tomas Connolly (St. Vincent’s)8. Rian McBride (St. Vincent’s)12. Fiontan McGibb (Setanta)10. Fergal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes)11. John Hetherton (St. Vincent’s)13. Eamonn Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra)14. Liam Rushe (St. Patrick’s Palmerstown)15. Donal Burke (Na Fianna)Subs21. Sean Treacy (Cuala) for Madden (ht)25. Caolan Conway (Kilmacud Crokes) for McBride (48)20. Oisin O’Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes) for McGibb (51)22. Davy Keogh (Thomas Davis) for Barrett (62)26. Darragh O’Connell (Cuala) for Whitely (64)Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email An injury time point from a Joe Canning sideline cut saw Galway overcome Dublin by 21 points to 1-17 in the Walsh Cup semi-final played in Parnell Park yesterday. Galway led at halftime by 0-15 to 0-8 after playing with wind advantage, but Dublin finished strongly and a late penalty goal from Sean Moran helped draw the sides level before Cannings winner. After the game Galways manager Michael Donoghue talks with Sean Walsh..
Abilene Christian The Sugar Bears claimed their second consecutive regular-season title last year and fourth in the past five years, going 29-4 overall and 18-0 within conference play. UCA captured its second conference tournament championship, returning to the NCAA tournament for only the second time in school history. The Sugar Bears own a 59-9 cumulative record over the past two seasons, which is the second most wins of any NCAA Division I volleyball program over the last two years. This season UCA returns four starters, including first-team all-conference selections Heather Schnars and Alicia Dittrich. Last season, the Sugar Bears led the conference in hitting percentage (.253), assists per set (13.15), kills per set (13.92) and service aces per set (1.62). The Sugar Bears were 17th nationally in aces per set, 30th in assists per set, 34th in hitting percentage and 42nd in kills per set. UCA received eight first-place votes from the coaches and 10 first-place nods from the SIDs to earn a total of 140 points in both the coaches’ poll and the SID poll. ACU and UIW are in their second year of transition from Division II and will be ineligible for postseason play. COACHES POLL 8. 6. 61 118 Lamar 11. PTS School (first-place votes) Central Arkansas (8) 10. 140 94 4. Northwestern State (5) 8. Nicholls Rk. 11. New Orleans Texas A&M-Corpus Christi In both the coaches’ poll and the SID poll, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was selected to finish third after receiving 118 total points from the coaches and 117 from the SIDs. The Islanders recorded a program best 13-5 conference record in 2013. A&M-Corpus Christi returns seven players from a season ago, including first-team all-conference selection Ivy Baresh. 12 106 1. UIW received 69 points from the coaches for the seventh spot followed by McNeese with 67 points, Lamar with 61 points and Southeastern Louisiana with 49 points to complete the top 10. Abilene Christian was selected 11th with 36 points, Nicholls 12th with 28 points and New Orleans picked up 12 points to finish 13th. 6t. 48 7. Northwestern State (3) 2. Sam Houston State Southeastern Louisiana 66 12. 1. 12 Rk. 135 Houston Baptist 12. 6t. 105 Central Arkansas (10) 5. 117 Nicholls 13. Stephen F. Austin 99 140 Lamar was selected eighth in the SID poll with 66 points followed by UIW in ninth with 62 points. Southeastern Louisiana received 48 points to round out the top 10. Abilene Christian was selected 11th with 40 points, Nicholls 12th with 27 points and New Orleans received 12 points to complete the SID poll. 13. 3. The 2014 Southland volleyball season begins Aug. 29 with conference play beginning Sept. 23. The conference tournament will be held Nov. 21-23 at Prather Coliseum on the campus of Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. The championship match will be carried exclusively on ESPN3. In addition, quarterfinals and semifinal games of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org and on the league’s Apple and Android mobile and tablet apps.2014 Southland Conference Volleyball Preseason Polls PTS 3. McNeese State 10. 2. 49 Southeastern Louisiana Northwestern State, which finished second in the regular-season standings last season, has been picked second by both the coaches and SIDs. The Lady Demons are coming off a season in which they had the most overall wins (21), conference wins (15), highest conference finish (second), and highest RPI (98) in Northwestern State history. Finishing last season 21-12 overall and 15-3 in conference play, it was Northwestern State’s first back-to-back 20-win season in program history. The Lady Demons return all seven starters, including Libero of the Year Keelie Arneson, Freshman of the Year Ashley Elrod and first-team all-conference selection Stacey DiFrancesco. The Lady Demons received five first-place votes from the coaches and the final three first-place votes from the SIDs to give them a total of 135 points in the coaches’ poll and a total of 132 points in the SID poll. McNeese State 69 Houston Baptist Stephen F. Austin FRISCO, Texas – Two-time defending regular-season and conference tournament champion Central Arkansas has been picked to win the 2014 Southland Conference regular-season championship in polls conducted by the league’s coaches and sports information directors, the conference announced Thursday. UIW 132 School (first-place votes) 103 UIW 81 36 Lamar 67 9. 5. 62 In the coaches’ poll, Sam Houston State (106 points) was picked to finish fourth followed by Stephen F. Austin (99) fifth and Houston Baptist (94) sixth. The SIDs chose the Bearkats (105) to finish fourth and the Ladyjacks (103) fifth followed by a tie for sixth with the Huskies (81) and McNeese State (81). Sam Houston State 81 4. 28 40 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 27 9. SID POLL New Orleans Abilene Christian