Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 21, 2022
A new tax being proposed on ammunition has Assemblyman Steve Hawley protesting. He says that the legislation to add a 2 to 5 cent per round tax on ammo is a violation of the 2nd amendment and puts a onerous burden on New Yorkers. Hawley says that “This latest attempt to stifle criminality by inconveniencing the law-abiding may be the most dangerous we’ve seen in some time.” The proposal includes that money raised by the tax go into a gun violence research program fund.
The Batavia School budget is over the limit according to the state and must be cut down by more than ¾ of a million dollars. But how? District Superintendent Jason Smith and Business Administrator Scott Rozanski have a plan to combine bussing for middle and high schoolers, not replace 4 retiring faculty, get a grant for new teacher hires and not buying needed busses for the school system. The other option is to approve the budget as it stands and have a community vote to approve a more than 1.62 percent tax levy increase. The School board president, Alice Benedict, said that bussing is a privilege and not a mandate, if they hire new teachers they don’t have to get tenure after 3 years, and that her goal is to “get the tax levy as low as it can be.”
The Congressional Art Competition is back on this year. The competition is open to high schoolers. The Congressional Art Competition is a national program started over three decades ago as a way to showcase the extraordinary talent in congressional districts around the country. All submissions must be made between April 11th and 15th. For more information on the Congressional Art Competition follow this link.
The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night 3 to 2. The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the 3rd period and Rasmus Dahlin scored the winning goal 48 seconds into overtime. The other goals of the game were scored by Casey Mittelstadt and Jeff Skinner. The Sabres are on a hot streak winning 4 of their last 5 games. Next up is a home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at 7:30.
The Bills have found their new backup quarterback in Case Keenum. Keenum played QB for the Cleveland Browns. The 34 year old has started 76 regular season games for seven different NFL teams, including a full season under center for the Denver Broncos in 2018. The season prior, he won his sole NFL playoff game as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Keenum has a career 78-48 touchdown-to-interception ratio and six career rushing touchdowns. Buffalo will send a 2022 seventh round pick to Cleveland in the trade.