The presidential and Senate elections were the headlines on Tuesday and through the rest of the week, but it’s worth noting a few key places where voters said yes to ballot measures making life a little better for working families. In Florida, voters passed a $15 minimum wage amendment. It phases in very slowly, not reaching $15 until 2026, but it’s progress. If you’re wondering WTF is going on with more than 60% support for a minimum wage increase while Donald Trump won the state, welcome to Florida. The state’s voters did the exact same thing in 2004, voting for George W. Bush and a minimum wage increase.Colorado voters passed paid family leave. The state legislature had failed to pass such a bill, so organizers took it to the voters, and won. The law, which doesn’t go into effect until 2024, will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave at between 65% and 90% of their pay, up to $1,100 per week. It’s funded by a payroll tax.- Advertisement – And Arizona voters approved a tax on high-income households that will raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education. That comes after Arizona teachers went on strike for school funding in 2018. – Advertisement –
Batesville, IN— The Batesville Community Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Batesville High School alumna Ann Vincent has been elected to the BCEF Board of Directors. “BCEF is excited to add her to our organization’s board,” said Anne Wilson, BCEF executive director. “We want to thank Lance Green for his service these past few years and welcome Ann. Her expertise as an accountant and her connection to Batesville’s school system as both an alumna and a parent make for a perfect combination.”Vincent, a 1991 BHS graduate, is a certified public accountant with Somerset CPAs in Indianapolis. She resides in Batesville with her husband Tom and their daughter Sophia, a BHS freshman. “As a parent, I have always thought there was a need to go beyond traditional education and provide enrichment activities that allow for students to see all the opportunities available to them after high school,” Vincent shared. “I am looking forward to serving and contributing to the success of our students and our community.”Vincent joins 16 other volunteers who currently serve on the BCEF board: President Eric Fledderman, Vice President Kim Kick, Treasurer Brad Marcy, Secretary Jama Linkel-Cleghorn, Leacarol Bennett, Eric Benz, Alex Dudley, Jenni Garrett, Sammie Hardebeck, Alex Henkle, Mindy Koehne, Ryan Holcomb, BCSC Superintendent Paul Ketcham, Cathy Martini, Matt Moore, and Ashley Walls.