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Hoosier Farmer Pushes for Tax Reform in Washington

first_img Isabella ChismTax policies to support and preserve agriculture are essential to every farmer and rancher in America, a group of Farm Bureau members in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with lawmakers say. “Tax reform is critical for farmers and ranchers,” said Isabella Chism, a corn and soybean farmer and Farm Bureau member from Indiana who is vice chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. “Reform is absolutely necessary so we can pass our farms and ranches down to our sons and daughters.”Kalena Bruce, a Farm Bureau member from Missouri, said “Farming is very risky. There are several big unknowns, like the weather and markets. Congress can help farmers and ranchers with permanent tax reform that lowers the effective tax rate across the board for farmers and ranchers. For me, that means continuing cash accounting and the business interest expense deduction and allowing immediate expensing.” Bruce, who operates a commercial beef ranch and u-pick berry patch, is also a certified public accountant and serves as chair of AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.Andy Hill, a Farm Bureau member and farmer from Iowa who grows corn and soybeans and serves on AFBF’s Budget and Economy Issue Advisory Committee, is especially concerned about the need for estate tax repeal and capital gains tax reform.“Both of those have limited the options available—both to agriculture as a whole and to my family. I’m particularly concerned about capital gains taxes preventing my family from keeping our century farm,” Hill said.Farm Bureau is seeking tax reform that will help all types of farm and ranch businesses: sole-proprietors, partnerships, sub-S and C corporations. In addition, Farm Bureau supports replacing the current federal income tax with a fair and equitable tax system that encourages success, savings, investment, and entrepreneurship. Learn more at https://www.fb.org/issues/tax-reform/agriculture-and-tax-reform/. Home Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Farmer Pushes for Tax Reform in Washington Hoosier Farmer Pushes for Tax Reform in Washington SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 19, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleU.S. Ethanol Production Hits 9 Week HighNext articleSeminar will Examine Crop Resiliency and Extreme Weather Gary Truittlast_img read more

Election 2020: Legislator Anna Kelles faces Libertarian Matthew McIntyre for assembly seat

first_img Your government news is made possible with support from: Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamb ITHACA, N.Y. –– Voters in Tompkins County will see on their ballot this year two candidates for a seat in New York’s State Assembly to represent District 125 after long-time Assemblymember Barbara Lifton announced her retirement back in January, leaving the seat vacant. Running as a Democrat and on the Working Families line is Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles, facing Republican and Libertarian candidate Matthew McIntyre.A native of Trumansburg, Kelles earned a dual-degree in environmental sciences and nutritional epidemiology from Binghamton University and a doctorate in nutritional epidemiology from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill. According to her campaign announcement in February, Kelles has served as a public health educator, director of an environmental non-profit, and a human rights activist, before being elected to the county legislature in November 2015.Early on in her campaign, Kelles committed to four key issues including affordable housing within walkable communities, access to affordable child care, reducing healthcare costs and protecting the environment. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Kelles said that her main focus has been creating equity within the community. “I want people to know that I’m from here and I’ve been a legislator for four years now, and I feel very committed in my heart to this work that I take the the title of public servant very seriously,” she said. “These are really hard times –– it’s the strangest time to be campaigning. And for me, it has been as much about doing public service to address some of the huge needs that have come up just as much as it is letting people know who I am.” She went on to say she has been working in the last eight months of the pandemic, “making sure people have food to eat, making sure they have transportation to their doctor’s appointments and making sure that we start to find real solutions to the lack of broadband,” and that her dedication to those issues will continue in Albany. If elected, she said she believes she can get to work right away by joining committees and working on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget, tasks that will be informed by her experience as a legislator. “Just the act itself of being a legislator four years –– writing legislation, building coalitions, working with staff, connecting with constituents, hearing from constituents regularly, responding to needs from constituents –– that day in and day out, focus and experience will be, I believe, absolutely invaluable if I win the election for my work in Albany,” Kelles said. “I if I win, I will be a state assembly person, but I will come into it with a tremendous, rooted understanding of the impact of state decisions on local governments, and I think that’ll be a gift,” she said. Tagged: anna lamb, election, election 2020, ithaca, kelles, matthew mcintyre, NY125, tompkins county Anna Lamb center_img While NY-125 is considered a solidly-blue district, Kelles will face-off with the Republican and Libertarian nominee Matthew McIntyre, chair of the Cortland County Libertarian Party, in the Nov. 3 general election.McIntyre, a former United States Marine, was born and raised in Homer, NY. A husband and father of two, he is an alum of LeMoyne College’s Madden School of Business and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. He is the current chair of the Libertarian Party of Cortland County, a member of both the Marine Corps League and the Knights of Columbus, an interim coach of his daughter’s YMCA gymnastics team and a volunteer with her local Girl Scout troop out of Truxton.McIntyres’s Libertarian platform supports a smaller government and places an emphasis on individual liberties. Since announcing his run in February, McIntyre says his focus has shifted to reducing government restrictions on businesses in light of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the economy.“We need to make New York business friendly again from small business all the way up to the bigger corporations, and a lot of it is just by eliminating some of the licensing and regulations that are put in place by the state,” he said. In addition to a focus on business, McIntyre said he believes there needs to be an overhaul in the healthcare system including creating transparency in coverage pricing and creating more affordable medical equipment. Moreover, he supports deregulation in the cannabis industry.“I want to deregulate the hemp industry and I want to legalize cannabis for the adult use. That paired with policies for economic reform, we’re going to have a very, very viable and healthy industry coming in that could provide a lot of jobs and provide people with a lot of opportunity to either start their own businesses or partake in it,” McIntyre said. In terms of how McIntyre believes he stacks up to Kelles as a candidate, he believes he stacks up well in terms of wealth of ambition and ideas, but that as someone who has not held public office, he is not bogged down by “playing politics.”“I’m going to fight for the 125th District. I’m going to fight for their rights,” he said. “I’m not going to play the games that that a party may want me to play to satisfy them. No, I’m there for the people and I am a public servant.”Whoever takes office will work alongside the New York State Senate to form the legislative branch of New York state government and will work alongside the governor of New York to create laws and establish a state budget. The winning candidate’s duties will include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes.All Tompkins County polling places will be open between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters must go to their assigned polling place during those hours. A map of the City of Ithaca’s voting districts and their corresponding polling places can be found here. All other towns and villages in Tompkins can find their districts and polling place maps here. Voters will sign the electronic poll book, get their ballot, then mark and cast it. last_img read more

Saints ‘won’t sell young stars’

first_img Hofstetter insisted that players such as Luke Shaw, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana will not be sold if manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep them. He told BBC Radio Solent: “The most important point is that we are in a position where we do not need to sell any player Mauricio (Pochettino) wants to keep. “We have a very strong squad and we are still in a situation where we are free enough to act quickly if quick action is asked from us.” Hofstetter was appointed as a director shortly after Nicola Cortese resigned as chairman in January, to be replaced by Ralph Krueger. In a club statement announcing the annual results, Hofstetter said they had inherited a tricky financial situation but had plans in place. He said: “Whilst I perceive that we have inherited a difficult situation financially, there are now clear and structured plans in place to progress the club and avoid a similar situation from occurring again. “In the short time I have been at Southampton it has become abundantly clear that we are blessed with a staff that has all the necessary skills with which to progress, and now that we can supplement that with a strong board I am sure we will enjoy a successful future together.” Saints’ annual results show that the club, which has an enviable record in bringing through players via the academy, will have spent more than £30million in re-developing the Staplewood Training Ground. The wage bill increased to £47.1million last season from £28.7million, but the wage to turnover ratio dropped significantly to 65 per cent from 102 per cent. The Liebherr family, who own the club, injected a further £12.5million last season, plus £2.2million in September, bringing their total investment to £52.7million. Of that, £37.9million has been converted from ownership debt into equity shares and the club’s net liabilities stand at £1.6million down from £32.4million. Press Association Southampton’s new director Hans Hofstetter has insisted the club’s financial situation means none of Saints’ much-admired young England stars will have to be sold in the summer. The club’s holding company has announced annual figures which have seen revenues rise from £22.9million in 2012 to £71.8million last season, mainly due to Premier League broadcasting income. Losses before income and tax were £6.6million, down from £11.9million – the club did not state the full losses after tax – while there is also an outstanding transfer debt of £27million. last_img read more

MBB : Sullinger dominates inside in 2nd half to lead Buckeyes to win over Orange

first_img Comments Published on March 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr BOSTON – For nearly 14 minutes, Jared Sullinger observed.He watched Syracuse and Ohio State go toe-to-toe. He saw the Buckeyes keep the game tied going into the locker room despite his relegation to the bench with two fouls.No longer saddled to a chair to start the second half, Sullinger exploded.‘When you were guarding a big body like Sullinger’s it was tough for anyone to do something,’ Syracuse forward Kris Joseph said. ‘Either he’s going to get fouled or he’ll have a chance to score two points.’Sullinger scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in his six minutes of first-half action, he but came out re-energized for the final 20 minutes. He led the Buckeyes with 19 points, 15 in the second half of Ohio State’s 77-70 win over Syracuse in the Elite Eight in the TD Garden on Saturday. The sophomore All-American, an East Regional MVP, was the difference in the second half, as he bodied the lighter Syracuse center Baye Keita and forward Rakeem Christmas and, at times, scored at will.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis production was made useful by his teammates’ ability to play without him.‘I didn’t know coach (Thad) Matta was going to sit me,’ Sullinger said. ‘But these guys have played without me before, so they know what they have to do. We just kept competing on the defensive end.’Sullinger’s night had an inauspicious beginning as he picked up two fouls in the first seven minutes. He knocked Joseph back in the paint, leading to an offensive foul. Four minutes later, he fouled Dion Waiters as the Syracuse guard drove to the hoop.He took a seat on the bench with 13:42 to go and didn’t return until the start of the second half.But the new half presented a different story.Lenzelle Smith Jr. fed Sullinger inside. He bowled over Keita as he went to the hoop, making a layup, and then he leapt over the Syracuse sophomore as he jogged down the court.On Ohio State’s next possession, he received a pass on the right side and drove into Joseph. Sullinger threw up a long one-handed shot that banked home to put the Buckeyes ahead 45-36.‘He’s a guy who shoots a high percentage and who’s been making those type of shots his whole career,’ Joseph said.Entering Saturday’s matchup, Sullinger appeared to have a big advantage against the Orange without Fab Melo. Sullinger weighs in at 280 pounds, giving him more than 50 pounds on the 228-pound Christmas and 215-pound Keita.Had Melo, at 7 feet, 255 pounds, been on the court, the game could have been different. But C.J. Fair tried not to speculate on what could have been.‘You could say that as an excuse, but we should have still won this game,’ Fair said. ‘It’s hard to say what would happen if Fab was here, you never know. But it is hard losing your best defender and it’s hard. Can’t really imagine what would have happened if he was here.’When Syracuse pulled within 55-54, the second of two times in which SU got within one late in the game, Ohio State went back to its star. He banked home a one-handed shot over Keita to push the lead back to three.He also was the beneficiary of calls in the second half, getting both bigs for the Orange into foul trouble. Christmas went from two to four fouls in 39 seconds early in the second half, one of the fouls being against Sullinger. Keita went from two to four fouls in a 30-second span with less than five minutes to go, picking up both of them while trying to defend Sullinger.‘They hung in there against him,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘He’s going to score. We know he’s going to score some points. I thought they really battled him pretty good.’After the win, Sullinger met Smith at the 3-point line and they hugged. He then walked down the court to the Ohio State bench, arms raised in celebration.He could have been a lottery pick in last year’s NBA Draft, but he elected to return to OSU for his sophomore season after the Buckeyes’ bitter end in the Sweet 16 last season.His second half – one in which he didn’t pick up his third foul until there were 37 seconds left – allowed Ohio State to avoid another difficult end to the season.‘I appreciated everyone that doubted this basketball team, said we was the underdogs,’ Sullinger said. ‘… I want to thank y’all because through all the adversity, we constantly pushed through that. I’m so proud of these guys.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wisconsin Adidas Invitational to decide lineup

first_imgNo, the end of the world is not looming, but Wisconsin men’s cross country coach Mick Byrne considers today to be a judgment day of sorts, at least with regards to his team. That’s because today is the fourth-annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, and not only will there be great competition between the 46 men’s teams involved, but the meet should all but decide what Badger runners will be donning the cardinal and white when the championship season begins.“[Today] is the day of judgment for the younger guys,” Byrne said. “This decides who moves onto the Big Tens, which basically decides who’s going to go to regionals and nationals … this picks the team for the rest of the year.”The Wisconsin Adidas Invitational is the last meet before Wisconsin begins its championship season, which is why the invite has such big implications for who gets to run the rest of the season for the Badgers. It is the last chance for many runners to make their case as to why they should be included in the quest for another Big Ten and national title.In Byrne’s perspective, there are six guys competing for the final two scoring spots, as cross-country is scored by adding the first five places, with the lowest total winning the team competition. Currently, Mohammed Ahmed, Maverick Darling and Reed Connor occupy the top three spots, so there will be a heated battle to claim the final two positions.Although it is a little worrisome that his team has yet to be finalized for the championship season, Byrne likes the idea that each individual runner’s fate is in his own hands at this point.“I don’t pick the team, the team picks itself. They’re the ones that have to get after it,” Byrne said. “If they want to hold each other’s hands and walk out [on the course] and be all goody-goody two shoes with each other that’s fine, but that’s not going to win any championship races. And it’s a good position to be in because when you have competition on the team, that makes you a good team.”Along with competing against each other, today’s race also offers the Badgers the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams and individuals in collegiate cross-country. There will be 19 of the top 30 teams in the nation at the meet, which includes the likes of perennial cross-country powers Oklahoma, Iona, Portland and Stanford. With such top-level competition, the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational is clearly one of the premier meets of the year in the college game.Senior captain Maverick Darling, who has been at Wisconsin since the invitational started, thinks the meet is beneficial for preparing for the championship season, but it is also good for the growth of cross-country in the area.“It’s great to see the meet grow that quickly to what it is now and to be able to have that great of competition between such great teams from across the country,” Darling said. “It’s phenomenal to the Madison community and the Badger running community.”With such a prestigious invite, presumably Wisconsin’s goal would be to win the meet to show its dominance to the other teams around the country, but that is not the case. Since there is no record in cross country that determines eligibility for the postseason, there is no pressure for Wisconsin to bring home a win.Although a win would be nice, Reed Connor recognizes that the main goal for the race is to help prepare for the remainder of the season.“Cross country … it’s a different sport,” Connor said. “We have no regular season record; [our record] doesn’t matter until championship season … it’s good for our mental state to get a win, and we’ll always go for a win because that’s the nature of competition, but as far as records go, we’re just getting ready for Big Tens and beyond.”Taking into mind the size and amount of talent involved with the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, it will surely feel like a postseason meet when the runners step to the line Friday at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course. That postseason atmosphere will help Byrne gauge which of his athletes are ready to help the Badgers make another run at the title.“You look down that line, and you see all those big name schools and all those big superstars in our sport; can you handle it? That’s what we’re looking for,” Byrne said. “It’s about who’s ready … to step up to that type of competition.”last_img read more

Bruce hails Aston Villa duo after win at QPR

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesAston Villa manager Steve Bruce hailed Albert Adomah and youngster Keinan Davis after they played a starring role in their 2-1 win at QPR.Adomah, an R’s fan, equalised with a penalty in the final seconds of the first half after Jamie Mackie’s 18th-minute goal had put the home side ahead.And the winger took his goal tally for the season to eight with a cool finish 13 minutes into the second half.“Albert has added goals to his game, which is great,” said Bruce.“He’s done very well. At the start of the season he wasn’t in the team and he didn’t moan or groan.“He got on with it, came into my office and said: ‘I’ll prove you you wrong’. He trained well, worked hard and when he gets his chance he takes it.”While Adomah scored the goals, Davis was excellent up front.The 19-year-old, who was signed from non-League Biggleswade Town in 2015 and was given a new three-year contract this week, was handed a chance because of Villa’s injury problems.Bruce said: “If a big name drops out it gives others an opportunity – and proof of that was Keinan.“He was immense and it just shows you where you can come from in a short space of time. I’m very pleased with him.“We’re all absolutely delighted – a big well done to whoever found him. I haven’t quite got to the bottom of who did, because they’re all coming out of the woodwork.“The reaction when QPR scored was great and I thought we looked a very decent team, especially at the top end of the pitch.“The way we played pleased me, We played it forward, were energetic and looked a threat. We did very well.”See also:Holloway rues half-time change after QPR defeatAdomah bemused by QPR’s failure to sign himlast_img read more

Humboldt B52s return home, down Australia Colts

first_imgBirthday boy Spencer Duggan had a hit and scored two of his club’s eight runs and the Humboldt B52s shook off a pair of road losses earlier in the week the the Humboldt Crabs with an 8-2 win over the visiting Australia Colts Red team, Thursday night at Bomber Field.Thursday’s game was a scoreless one until the bottom of the sixth inning, and the B52s broke it open with three runs in the frame, another two in the seventh and three more to finish it off in the eighth en route to the win.Cole …last_img read more

SA fields strong team at Davos 2011

first_imgTeam SA 2011 is headed by President Jacob Zuma, who is accompanied by key delegates from the private and public sectors, including finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, and energy Minister Dipuo Peters.The Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola, chairperson Anitha Soni and marketing manager Sophie Masipa, among other Brand South Africa personnel, are also attending the high-powered gathering of political and business leaders.The 2011 WEF meeting convenes under the theme Shared Norms for the New Reality, and will address a number of concerns facing world leaders today. They include the rise of digital media and technology; the emergence of blossoming superpowers such as China and India; debt, joblessness and decreased growth in Western countries; and the failure of the global economic system to successfully address issues such as poverty, inequality and the environment.South Africa’s agenda runs on three levels. On a national scale, the aim is to promote the country as a competitive nation, and to attract investment to boost economic growth and create more jobs.At a regional level, the country will drive relevant issues of concern to the continent, and on a global scale, the delegation will promote South Africa as a competent player on the world stage.South Africa’s Presidency describes the four central pillars of the 2011 meeting as:• Responding to the new reality; • Economic outlook and policies for defining inclusive growth; • Supporting the G20 agenda; • Building a risk response network.Zuma is scheduled to host a dialogue with some 60 CEOs of international corporations, where he and his ministerial delegation will discuss opportunities in South Africa.Attractive investment and tourism destinationAccording to Matola, the country has already demonstrated its capabilities to the world, and although the Brand South Africa’s representation at Davos 2011 consequently doesn’t need to be as big as the previous year, the organisation will continue to position South Africa as an attractive investment and tourism destination.Soni said that private-public partnerships were all-important.“At Davos 2010 our partnership with the private section saw South Africa represented at most panels and plenary sessions. We flew the flag high, but ongoing partnerships are vital if we are to successfully focus on what we want to achieve.”In 2010 Brand South Africa ran a successful campaign, titled Experience South Africa, to promote the country, which included huge, visually stunning billboards, featuring South African scenery, at Zurich airport and in Davos, and branding on buses in that town.Welcoming the worldZuma is expected to punt South Africa’s hosting of the 17th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP17), which takes place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, from 28 November to 9 December 2011. Zuma and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón will lead a discussion on lessons taken from the COP15 (Copenhagen, 2009) and COP16 (Cancun, Mexico, 2010) conferences, and expectations for COP17.As busy as always, the South African president will also co-chair a discussion featuring the UN secretary-general’s high level panel on global sustainability, together with Finland’s President Tarja Halonen. This event will focus on climate change as a sustainable development challenge, and the related issues of poverty alleviation, food security, and energy management.The annual Davos gathering will lay the foundation for this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa, which takes place in Cape Town from 4 to 6 May. The theme is Shaping Africa’s Role in the New Reality and will explore ways in which the continent can play a bigger leadership role in the new reality.last_img read more

Entrepreneur gives tips for success

first_imgEmmanuel Bonoko, founder of the Ebonoko Foundation and Ebonoko Holdings, is the KIA Young Business Achiever of the Year, winning the award at the 2017 BBQ Awards.Emmanuel Bonoko believes in the power of networking and using social media to make an impact. It has helped him grow his business. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterEmmanuel Bonoko, an entrepreneur who has a heart for youth development and education, was named the KIA Young Business Achiever of the Year at the 2017 Big Time Strategic Group BBQ Awards on 20 October.He is the founder of Ebonoko Holdings and the Ebonoko Foundation, which aims to bring about transformation through education, leadership, empowerment and serving others.In a recent motivational talk Bonoko advised youth to “use social media to impact lives, not to impress. Use it to brand yourself and to make yourself accessible to possible business opportunities.”Speaking at the Standard Bank Youth Expo, he said that before you went to pitch an idea or concept in a boardroom, the investors checked your online profile. “They check what you stand for, who are you and what are your values,” he said.“Social media can open doors for you.”Known for his book drive, which he runs through his foundation, Bonoko was included in the list of the 2016 Forbes Africa 30 under 30. His book drive delivers books across South Africa to prisons, non-governmental organisations and community centres.Speaking about the KIA Young Business Achiever award, Bonoko said it was blessing to be appreciated for his work. “It’s an indication that behind the scenes we put in much effort.“I always say, ‘Young people don’t admire what you see on social media; behind the scenes there is commitment, hard work, tears and prayers involved. Embrace the process.’”Where it startedHis foundation was his first baby, he said. He set it up when he was a first year BCom student, majoring in marketing. It was a stepping stone to greater opportunities.“The foundation over the years has done extremely well in empowering the youth across South Africa in education, mentorship, training and developing them to find their own passion.”Through his success and networks formed through the foundation, Bonoko was able to establish his marketing and consulting company, Ebonoko Holdings. It offers business strategy development, public relations, events management and brand management, and has property investments.Entrepreneurial adviceBonoko has some tips for success:Small things count a lot – keep putting in more effort and learning from others.Never be ashamed to struggle; there is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard to get where you want to be in life.Young entrepreneur, you must create a personal identity with which you will be identified. Being humble, ethical and caring should be part of it.Adapt with trends and brands in the market.Arm yourself with education for your credibility.Sources: Ebonoko Foundation and Ebonoko HoldingsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Zuma to discuss fees impasse with university students and management

first_img“Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion,” said South African President Jacob Zuma. (Image: The Presidency)South African President Jacob Zuma is set to meet university management and student leaders on Friday 23 October to discuss the countrywide stalemate over fee increases.The meeting will be held with university vice-chancellors, chairpersons of councils and student leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, with a view to finding a solution to the impasse.This will be Zuma’s second meeting with university management this month. His consultation with vice-chancellors and council chairs on 6 October resolved to set up a task team to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges.Zuma said the government fully understands the pressure and difficulties confronting students from poor and working class households.“It is important that we work together to find solutions,” he said. “Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion.“Even in the January 8 statement of the governing party this year, we stated that the escalating cost of university education had become another source of exclusion for the poor and vulnerable South African child. All parties should allow space for this matter to be discussed in a manner that will enable us to find a solution.”In a statement released today, the South African government reiterated its commitment to funding for both basic and higher education, and to overcoming funding shortfalls.“Since 1994 government has prioritised education,” the statement reads. “This has translated into substantial funding for both basic and higher education. But given the legacy of the past there is a funding shortfall in higher education.“The current student protests over higher fees which began at Wits University and have since migrated to other campuses are of serious concern to government. The issues raised by the students are legitimate and government is sympathetic to their cause and are in line with our own priorities of ensuring quality and affordable education.“Government is committed to working with student leadership, university management and unions to find a solution to the current impasse and is working towards a long term solution to student funding in South Africa.”last_img read more