Despite almost-universal opposition to the statutory spending caps from defense advocates since the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) was enacted, defense budget experts on Monday said the limits should remain in place to keep DOD spending in check.“I would keep the Budget Control Act, or at least budget caps, because I think the process needs discipline, but I would raise them for defense and probably non-defense also,” former Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said during a discussion at the Brookings Institution.Ideally, Congress would reach a multi-year budget deal that addresses entitlements, revenue and the deficit, said Hale, currently a senior fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, reported Defense News.Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, echoed Hale. “I think the disciplining notion of a cap is useful. I think it should be paralleled on the revenue side,” MacGuineas said.She also agreed that in the absence of a long-term deal, it makes sense to raise the budget caps to allow more discretionary spending for defense and non-defense programs.Alice Rivlin, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, criticized the Budget Control Act for focusing on discretionary spending while ignoring entitlement programs and changes to the tax code. “I wouldn’t revise the BCA, I would repeal it and replace it with a broader budget process that forces the Congress to think ahead, and several decades ahead,” said Rivlin, a senior fellow at Brookings. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — What if I told you you could become a Wilmington School Committee member without having to spend three months campaigning and hundreds (thousands?) of dollars?The Wilmington Board of Selectmen and Wilmington School Committee will hold a joint meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018 to fill the School Committee seat recently vacated by Peggy Kane. The meeting will take place within the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting scheduled for that evening.Per Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41, Section 11, the remaining six School Committee members and the five Selectmen are responsible in appointing a resident to fill Kane’s unexpired term, which is up in April 2019. The “winning” candidate would need a simple majority — affirmative votes from at least six of the eleven officials — to secure the appointment.Residents wishing to serve on the School Committee must send a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s Office (directed to Kevin A. Caira, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, MA 01887) by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:30pm.The Town Manager’s Office will distribute the letters to each member of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, giving them a couple of weeks to have conversations with candidates prior to the August 13 meeting.The joint meeting was originally eyed for July 9 — the Board of Selectmen’s next regularly scheduled meeting — but multiple School Committee members would be unable to attend.Selectmen unanimously backed the process, which was outlined by Town Manager Jeff Hull after consulting with Selectmen Chair Kevin Caira and School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.Wilmington Apple has confirmed that Jesse Fennelly, the runner-up in April’s School Committee election, intends on being a candidate for the appointment.Wilmington Apple has also heard that a former School Committee member may be interested in returning to the board.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedUPDATE: ZERO Letters Of Interest Received For Vacant School Committee Seat So Far; Deadline Is July 27In “Education”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”BREAKING NEWS: Peggy Kane Resigns From Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Breaking News”
HM Ershad.AFP file photoThe second namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad on Monday morning, according to UNB.The janaza took place around 10:55am.His body will be taken to the party’s central office at Kakrail to allow Jatiya Party leaders and activists to pay their last tributes. After Asr prayers, the third janaza will be held at the Baitu lMukarram National Mosque.President Abdul Hamid, ministers, members of parliament, senior political leaders from different political parties attended the janaza.The first janaza took place at the Army Central Mosque around 1:45pm on Sunday.Meanwhile, condolence books will be opened at the Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office and the party’s Kakrail central office till 18 July between 11:00am and 4:00pm, said party chairman’s press and political secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy.Ershad, a former military strongman and five-time MP, breathed his last at 7:45am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at the age of 89.His body will be kept at the CMH mortuary. It will be flown to his home district Rangpur on Tuesday where his fourth janaza will be held after Zohr prayers at the Zila School grounds. He will be laid to rest at the Military Graveyard in Banani the same day.Ershad’s Qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan’s Azad mosque.