Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
October 18, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Rep. Jeff Mursau (888) 534-0036 http://Mursau.Assembly.Wisconsin.Gov
Madison … Wisconsin Assembly Representative Jeff Mursau (R – Crivitz) voted on Thursday to send $100 million back to Wisconsin property taxpayers. Wisconsin took in an unexpected extra $80 million for a total $760 million surplus in fiscal year 2012-13 that ended on June 30th. The state will deposit an extra $153 million into its rainy day fund, as well.
“The 36th Assembly District’s schools will get an additional $850,000 over the next two years,” Mursau said. “By increasing State aid, local school boards won’t have to increase their property tax levy as much.”
Mursau credited the unplanned surplus to the change in leadership in State government since 2011. In addition to a recovering national economy, Wisconsin has reformed how it taxes people, how it spends taxpayer money and how it regulates business.
“Wisconsin has come a long way since 2010,” Mursau said. “The days of unwanted, unnecessary tax increases and regulatory micromanagement are over and taxpayers are starting to reap the benefits.”
Today we were over visiting with good friends and enjoying intelligent conversation that quickly turned to the state of our republic. I think it is difficult for God fearing parents to not lose hope. There is actual evil present every day, stealing our liberties, aborting children, and committing violent crime. It is so easy to just want to block the world out. Not matter how much I would like to do that, I know that things would be even worse if people of good conscience just gave up. I hope we will all strive daily to return our republic to the Godly and free nation it once was. Pray often, for nothing will have more of an impact.
Monday, October 14, 2013
|by Israel Defense Forces|
The Israeli Navy is building up a fleet of sophisticated submarines just in time to welcome its newest and largest group of recruits.
They move silently underwater, but don’t let the quiet fool you – these are sophisticated tools of war. This unseen world is the everyday landscape of the Israel Navy. A special IDF submarine course is training increasingly larger numbers of sailors to operate the Navy’s next generation of submarines. Three of these submarines originated in the IDF’s possession, and an additional submarine was brought to Israel as part of an agreement with Germany.
The stealth of submarines provides Israel with a key advantage in top-secret operations. "Our contribution during times of peace is with tremendous amounts of intelligence. The submarine is a spy tool and we do not ignore that," stressed Major Y, the commander of the submarine operation school at major a naval training base. "During times of war, submarines are one of the most far-reaching instruments in the IDF. You do not know where it is and do not know where it will sink you," Major Y added.
"Six months ago, our largest submarine course began, so that we would have enough people to run the new submarines," said Major Y. Even with larger numbers of soldiers being drafted into submarine service, the evaluation process for recruits is highly competitive. Of those seeking to join the crew, only one out of every ten is accepted.
After the arrival of the Tanin (Crocodile) submarine last year, the Navy expects to add another advanced submarine, the INS Rahav, to its fleet in 2014. "The new submarines are almost identical to the ones before, but they are newer and bigger," said Major Y. In anticipation of the vessel’s arrival, the Navy is updating lesson plans and syllabi for the training of its newest operators. Some of the course’s graduates will have the opportunity to inaugurate the new submarine when it arrives.
According to Major Y., Israel’s submarines are among the most advanced in the world. "The incoming submarines are the best conventional submarines in the world,” he said. I think we're at one of the highest levels of submarine operation, both in terms of safety and in terms of preparedness.”
Serving in a submarine is highly confidential work, and the Navy reveals little of the actual intensity it involves. "There are always submarines at sea. Wherever you place your finger on a map of the sea, there may be a submarine there," Major Y stressed.