Welch calls for extension of first-time homebuyer tax credit

first_imgAt the Essex home of Lindsey and Matt Wignall, Rep. Peter Welch on Tuesday called for a year-long extension of a tax credit that allowed the Wignalls and hundreds of thousands of other middle class families to buy their first home. Welch outlined his support for the First-time Homebuyer Credit Extension Act (H.R. 1993), which would extend a popular and successful program that provides an $8,000 tax credit to families buying their first home. The program has been credited with stabilizing the housing market, creating construction jobs and helping countless families achieve homeownership.Welch called for the extension alongside the Wignall family and Dustin Partlow and Sierra Ouellette – a Burlington couple hoping to take advantage of the credit before it expires November 30. Like families across the country, Partlow and Ouellette are worried they will be unable to afford a new home without the credit.“In this time of economic uncertainty, the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit has given countless Vermont families support to achieve the dream of homeownership. This tremendously successful program has provided middle class families a much-needed boost while creating construction jobs and boosting the broader economy,” Welch said. “Extending it will ease the uncertainty facing families in the midst of buying a home, and it will help ward off an untimely slump in the housing market.”The First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit – created in July 2008 with the passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act – originally capped the credit at $7,500 and required it to be paid back in 15 years. With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009, the credit was increased to $8,000 and the repayment requirement was waived.H.R. 1993 would extend the credit from November 30, 2009 through December 30, 2010. The bill would also retroactively waive the repayment requirement for those who took advantage of the credit in 2008.According to the Internal Revenue Service, 1.4 million Americans have made use of the credit. Mark Zandy, chief economist for Moody’s Economy.com, said roughly 375,000 of those home purchases would not have taken place without the tax credit.At Tuesday’s event in Essex, a homebuilder, a real estate professional and a banking official discussed the effect the credit has had on creating jobs, restoring the housing market and stimulating the economy. Chris Snyder, executive vice president of Snyder Homes, Leslee McKenzie, president and owner of Hickock and Boardman Real Estate, and Chris D’Elia, President of the Vermont Bankers Association, all spoke in support of extending the tax credit. Source: Welch’s office. 10.6.2009# # #last_img read more

Village of Endicott to begin hydrant flushing

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG)- The village of Endicott says it is scheduling hydrant flushing beginning on Monday. The streets that will be affected tonight include: They said that the flushing will be happening between 9 pm and midnight. East Main Street, West Main Street, Loder Street, Liberty Avenue, South Nanticoke Avenue, Union Street, Badger Avenue, Prospect Street, West Edwards, Street, Valley Street, Keeler Street, Davis Avenue, Lillian Avenue, Moss Avenue, Church Street, Hazel Avenue, West Wendell Street, Elm Street, Maple Street, Frey Avenue, Grippen Avenue, Mills Avenue, Jennings Street, West Franklin Street, Page Avenue, June Street, Birdsall Street, Hooper Rd, Smith Drive, Leonard Drive, Scribner Drive, Kemp Drive, Briar Lane, Dean Drive, Frazier Drive, Royal Rd., and Lacey Drive. They said if you notice discolored water, run cold tap water only until it runs clear and to call (607) 757-2445 for questions or more information.last_img read more

State: We’re Prepared For Emerging Diseases

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — State health officials are assuring the public they are ready to respond to health threats such as Ebola and MERS. The announcement comes after the first U.S. Ebola case was confirmed last week in Dallas, Texas.Ebola is a rare viral disease that can cause serious illness and death. The Indiana State Department of Health said responding to Ebola requires a strong public health system, as well as an excellent system of medical care and hospital infection control practices.“Keeping Hoosiers safe and healthy is always our top priority,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “Our recent experience with MERS was a good demonstration of a rapid and effective public health response to a new and concerning threat. I’m confident that the systems in place will continue to work to keep Hoosiers safe and protected against any new potential health threat.”Although a positive case of Ebola has been identified in the U.S., the virus is not circulating at this time.How Ebola is Spread:People canonly spread Ebola virus when they have symptoms.There is norisk of transmission if someone does not have symptoms.Ebola is only spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, using needles and syringes that have been contaminated with the virus or contact with infected animals.Ebola is notspread through the air by water or food, or by casual contact.The Indiana State Department of Health and public health partners have procedures in place to identify travelers at risk of Ebola who seek care at Indiana medical facilities.State health officials and partners work with healthcare facilities and the CDC to provide testing, infection control and treatment guidance.All Indiana health care providers are required to report any cases of illness that might pose a risk to public health including Ebola Virus Disease, MERS, measles, rubella, mumps, tuberculosis, pandemic influenza and other diseases.last_img read more

Airbnb Offers Free Housing to Dorian Evacuees, Rescue Workers

first_imgAirbnb says it has launched its “Open Homes Program,” which provides free housing to displaced residents and disaster relief workers, to those affected by Hurricane Dorian.More than 800 Airbnb hosts will be available in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Check available listings here.As of Monday morning, more than 30 Airbnb locations were available around our state in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tallahassee and Miami-Dade.Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s head of global response and relief, says, “Airbnb’s Open Homes Program continues to be activated for those affected by Hurricane Dorian across the southeast U.S. region. We encourage hosts to open up their homes, and those who need housing to take advantage of the program.”last_img