WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 31 people were fired from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions ranging from fourth-degree sexual assault and drug use to other assaults, a defense official said Wednesday.
The escalating scandal surrounding the Fort Myer Child Development Center has triggered a review of hiring procedures, angered defense leaders and prompted a late-night telephone call Tuesday from President Barack Obama to the Army secretary to express concern and urge a speedy and thorough investigation.
Details of the scandal emerged this week, nearly three months after the arrests of two day care workers on charges of assaulting children at the Fort Myer center. The slow pace of public revelations enraged Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all military child care centers, schools, youth centers and other facilities that involve children.
According to a defense official, 10 of the 31 dismissed workers were involved in minor criminal offenses, 13 were involved assaults, six were involved in drug use and two were involved fourth-degree sexual assault. The official noted that neither person with sex assault charges ever ended up on a national registry of sex offenders. In some cases, sexual assaults can involve people over the age of 18 who are having consensual relationships with someone under the age of 18.
It would be nice to see it moving in the opposite direction, but it’s a heckuva lot better than years past!
The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report says net property taxes statewide are increasing seven tenths of a percent. That is up from two-tenths of a percent increase last year, but less than the 2.8 percent and 4.2 percent increases from the two previous years.
Taxpayers Alliance president Todd Berry says a major reason for the small increase this year is state-imposed revenue and levy limits on local governments.
How do you capture a business partner’s attention when you think they are ignoring you?
Don’t pay them.
That’s the rationale behind the county’s economic development corporation’s plan to skip its $5,000 contribution next year to the Milwaukee 7, a regional economic development cooperative. Tuesday, Christian Tscheschlok, executive director of Economic Development Washington County Inc., met with the Executive Committee of the County Board to explain why the nonprofit’s board of directors chose to pull its financial support for the regional organization.
This decision came after M7 asked its member counties to up their annual contributions to $10,000.
Simply stated, Tscheschlok said, M7 is not listening to advice and suggestions from its member counties that could improve the regional organization’s efforts to market all seven counties together more effectively.