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County judge candidates make case

first_img Twitter Ector County judge candidate Debbie Hays, left, explains what she believes are the three most important tasks facing Ector County during a forum with judge candidate Chris Fostel Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. WhatsApp By admin – February 9, 2018 Texas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Both say they support creating a sales tax district for unincorporated areas of Ector County, which county officials estimate would raise about $15 million a year, or more than a fourth of the county’s current expenditure budget that relies mostly on property taxes. Incumbent county judge Ron Eckert said he plans to seek a May election on the issue after voters shot it down in November.Hays and Fostel said they aren’t set on a solution for the courthouse.But Hays, ranking the issue as one of her top three priorities, offered a proposal to build a new courthouse that she’s discussed in recent weeks: Finding a private company to build a new courthouse and the county entering a lease-to-buy arrangement.Hays argued it’s a strategy that would allow the county to avoid public debt, and building extra space to rent could allow that.“The courthouse needs to be remodeled or replaced,” Hays said. “I don’t really know what the best solution to that is, but I would like to start a conversation with those of you in this room, the community and the taxpayers.”Fostel didn’t offer a proposal for building a new courthouse but said Ector County voters might support a bond election if the county presented a better case than they did in 2013, when voters overwhelmingly shot down a $95 million bond issue.“A bond might pass if people knew what they were voting for,” Fostel.He rejected Hays proposal, describing it as a plan to “build a building and lease it like it’s a cheap Honda” and saying it showed a lack of “civic pride.”Fostel argued, repeatedly, that electing Hays, who could hear some cases but not misdemeanors and contested probate cases, would cause a backlog for the two County Courts at Law. In turn, that would lead to higher crime including the felony cases that he used to try in court.“This can’t just be the status quo in Odessa anymore,” Fostel said. “We can’t just set the bar in Odessa so low. If you take out a criminal court, that’s what’s going to happen.”That prompted a rebuke from County Attorney Dusty Gallivan, who supports Hays, during the forum. Gallivan said any backlog depends most on who is running the county attorney’s office and argued he had reduced those left by his predecessors.“I don’t like it when you try to use my office to instill fear in the voter that we will have a huge backlog if you are not elected,” Gallivan said. “Because that is not the case.”Hays, for her part, said it’s more important to have a businessperson who can manage personnel and budget.“If Ector County wants to be in the range of counties that still have attorneys and that’s what you need to do, then you need to vote for Mr. Fostel,” Hays said. “But the majority of counties in Texas do not agree with this logic.”The Republican primary election will decide the race, because there are no other challengers in the race. The election is March 6. Early voting starts on Feb. 20. Pinterest Chris Fostel, left; Debi Hays Republican candidates to become the next Ector County judge split on a strategy for replacing the courthouse and argued whether the county’s top administrator should hold a law license as they pitched themselves to lead a financially troubled government during an Ector County Bar Association forum on Thursday.One of the candidates is businesswoman Debi Hays, who argues that Ector County should prioritize financial acumen and a management background over a legal license and that most counties throughout the state are not run by attorneys. The other candidate is Chris Fostel, a prosecutor who resigned his position in the Ector County District Attorney’s office to run for the top county job and who argues that it’s critical for the county judge to hear misdemeanor criminal cases.The attorneys in the room asked mostly about longstanding issues: Shoring up funds for a county facing the likelihood of another budget deficit and addressing a courthouse in disrepair.The candidates listed different priorities — Hays said her primary concern is tackling the county’s budget crisis and Fostel cited infrastructure, calling for asking the state and federal government for more road funding. 1 of 6 Ector County judge candidate Christ Fostel, right, explains why he believes he is a better candidate than Debbie Hays during a forum hosted by the Ector County Bar Association Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. Facebook Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Pinterestcenter_img Ector County District Court Judge Sara Billingsley speaks about sewage falling from the ceiling in the Ector County Court House during a forum with judge candidates Chris Fostel and Debbie Hays Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. Local NewsGovernment County judge candidates make case Chris Fostel, left; Debi Hays Ector County District Court Judge Sara Billingsley speaks about sewage falling from the ceiling in the Ector County Court House during a forum with judge candidates Chris Fostel and Debbie Hays Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. Twitter Home Local News Government County judge candidates make case Ector County judge candidate Christ Fostel, right, explains why he believes he is a better candidate than Debbie Hays during a forum hosted by the Ector County Bar Association Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. 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Indonesia’s trade data paints gloomy picture of manufacturing industries

first_imgIndonesia’s trade surplus and relatively resilient export figures in March may not be sustained in the near future and reflects a raw material supply disruption that threatens the growth of local manufacturing businesses, economists say.Even though Indonesia recorded a US$743 million trade surplus in March with a slight contraction in export and import growth, capital goods imports contracted 18 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $1.8 billion. The data indicates supply disruptions and weaknesses in the domestic manufacturing industry, said Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) deputy chairwoman Shinta Kamdani.“This is not good news because the existence and growth of the country’s industrialization and businesses are being threatened despite the recent trade surplus,” Shinta told The Jakarta Post. The manufacturing industry accounts for nearly 20 percent of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP). Factory activity suffered its deepest contraction in history at 45.64 percent, according to Bank Indonesia’s Prompt Manufacturing Index.Indonesia recorded $14.09 billion in exports in March, a 0.2 percent contraction yoy, while total imports contracted 0.75 percent yoy to $13.35 billion, driven by a decrease in imports of capital goods. The World Trade Organization (WTO) projected that global trade would shrink by between 13 and 32 percent this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“The government should ensure the economy remains active to defend the country’s exports and pave way for quick economic recovery once the virus subsides,” said Shinta, adding that the government should provide financial support for businesses to support the economy.Read also: Indonesian exports, imports contract slightly in ‘encouraging’ sign: BPS During the January-March period, Indonesia recorded a trade surplus of $2.62 billion, compared with a deficit of $62.8 million in the same period last year, as exports rose 2.9 percent to $41.8 billion while imports fell 3.69 percent to $39.2 billion. Imports of capital goods contracted 13 percent to $5.86 billion in the first quarter.“We see that event though imported raw materials and capital goods are more likely to fall as economic activities halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic, weaker global growth than anticipated will cause demand and major commodity prices to decline,” Bank Mandiri chief economist Andry Asmoro said in a research note. “It will result in shrinking exports.”On the other hand, Andry went on to say, food and health equipment imports will keep increasing.“The situation will lower the trade surplus and cause a wider current account deficit position this year,” he added.Contacted separately, Bank Central Asia (BCA) economist David Sumual told the Post that the decline was in line with market expectations, adding that a lack of supply from China following its COVID-19 lockdown would have a negative impact on the country’s future exports.“We are lucky that the supply of raw materials and capital goods is enough until Idul Fitri in May, so it would fulfill domestic demand,” said David. “However, if the lockdown continues after May, it will have a huge impact on the global supply chain through a shortage of supply.”Bahana Sekuritas economist Satria Sambijantoro said although trade disruptions from COVID-19 were not evident in Indonesia’s March data, the risk on trade outlook remains on the downside.“We remain wary of possible supply chain disruptions in Indonesia’s trading partners, particularly Japan, South Korea and Thailand, the three manufacturing hubs from which Indonesian industries source their capital and intermediate goods imports,” he wrote.Topics :last_img read more