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Austerity measures go to the Senate



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The national weather forecast calls for Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 85 East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. High surf advisory in effect


On this Wednesday February 23 we welcome :

Solstice, Norwegian Pearl. Noordam, Poesia to Havensight Dock

Eurodam and Allure of the Seas - - to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal


At the top of the news on Wednesday February 23


Governor John DeJongh has plans to balance the budget with new legislation he has sent to the senate. The bills include provisions to increase the Gross Receipts Tax from 4 to 5%, raise the room tax from 8 to 10%, and add a one dollar tax to cell phone bills. Other measures the Governor is proposing include no pay for three holidays – Transfer Day, Holy Thursday and Christmas Second Day. The bill makes exceptions for those essential employees who must work those days. There is a provision to remove Sunday as a legal holiday in the territory removing holiday pay from Sunday work. Another bill would allow the government to reduce salaries so long as there is no other law forbidding it and salaries do not fall below the $20,000 minimum. Another bill would freeze government wages from now until September 2012.


The Governor also sent a bill to the Legislature that would rename the Dept. Housing Parks and Recreation as the Department of Sports, Parks and recreation. The housing functions of the old department have already been moved out and the department is stuck with an old name that no longer describes its work.


The Governor and American Federation of Teachers are at loggerheads over teacher salary increases. The Governor says we don’t have the money for salary increases. The teachers union says we got 13 million in federal funds for education, can’t that go to raises? According to the Governor’s fiscal team, those funds can be used to rehire displaced workers or retain workers but there is no provision in the federal rules with the money that it can be used for raises.


The Danish Sales Team is promoting the US Virgin Islands at trade shows across Scandinavia. Today they have Tour Operator Meetings in Copenhagen, Denmark and tomorrow through Sunday they are at the Vacation for Everyone in Herning, Denmark. That’s called the “Ferie For Alle.”


Dept. of Tourism is traveling to the New York Times Travel Show Friday through Sunday in New York – The show is the largest consumer and trade travel event of its kind in the US where 18,000 consumers are expected to attend the event. Last year, they had 500 exhibitors representing cruise lines, hotels, resorts, destinations and tourism boards. There are lots of giveaways, exclusive offers, workshops, a travel bookstore, food tastings and more at the show. Our Dept. of Tourism will show a variety of travel and vacation opportunities in the US Virgin Islands and showcase our islands.


Happy Birthday to Sylvia Fagg making birthday today on February 23. She said that Lee Carle would never forget her birthday. But, Lee is on leave right now so the Good News Guy is here to remember Sylvia Fagg’s birthday today. This is the 23nd anniversary of her 39th birthday.



Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen says the Congressional Black Caucus summer internship program is a 9 week program for college students to learn about leadership and the legislative process in Washington DC. There is stipend and a chance to live and work in Washington during the summer. The deadline to apply is February 25 – Call 202-263-2800 or contact the delegate’s office.


Here come the Mathletes as MathCounts is coming to St. Croix on tomorrow at 9:00 AM at the Good Hope School – Over 100 students from 11 schools will compete vying for trophies and bragging rights. The state MathCounts will be held in St. Thomas on March 17 and the National Math Counts is in Washington DC May 5 to 8.


Finally here is a chance to make some good news for a person many residents know and love. You know Mrs James, Mrs Florinda James as the person who greets you at the door of Ace Sea Chest and she checks your receipt as you leave the store. Mrs James is over age 80 and recently she fell and had an injury that has kept her from work. She is recovering and you can help her along. Send cards and greetings to Mrs James as she recuperates . Here’s the address c/o Sea Chest 3806 Crown Bay St. Thomas. Send good wishes for a healthy recovery to Mrs James and make some Good News for her.



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