More analysis of spending bill and clarification as to whether it was $1.1 T or $1.01 T

The National Priorities Project (NPP) is a source I frequently refer to. If not familiar with NPP I strongly encourage visiting at least NPP’s home page. I subscribe to their email list (no cost and only requires email and zip) and this can be done near the bottom of their home page.

NPP has an analysis of the recently passed spending bill and has some details not previously shared on this blog including:

Debt & Deficit

  • Officially abides by the spending limits ($1.013 trillion) of the 2013 Ryan-Murray Bipartisan Budget Act.
  • However, total spending is actually closer to $1.1 trillion, when you count emergency spending and appropriations from previous years that will actually be spent this year, bringing spending above the Bipartisan Budget Act limit.

What’s in the $1.1 trillion spending bill?

(The Washington Post on 12/10/14 published “What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to,” as reported by Ed O’Keefe, and republished below.) This item has been updated and revised. The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late … Continue reading

Why do out-of-district students keep enrolling at Caston Schools?

The Administrator of this website lives within the Caston school district and has served as principal, teacher and school board member for the district. Thus, at times news about Caston Schools will be featured here. 

Currently 91 of Caston’s students live outside the district. This is about 12% of the total enrollment of 742. In the fall of 2009 there were 11 students living outside the district. In subsequent years the number continued to grow to…24…33…59…75…and the current 91.

Curious about Caston Schools? You’re invited to check out Caston’s tri-fold brochure here. The Corporation website is here.

Want more information or a tour? Contact Mrs. Lucinda Douglass, Superintendent, at 574/857-2035, ext. 336 or Mrs. Katie Miller, Elementary Principal at 574/857-3025, ext. 334 or Mr. Dale Osburn, Jr.-Sr. High Principal at 574/857-3505, ext. 310.

FEDCO helps with train depot, Times Cinema, Rochester downtown


FEDCO (Fulton Economic Development Corp.) serves as a growth and development partner for business and industry and as a community development partner for cities and towns of Fulton County.

Following are several recent newspaper articles of recent efforts of which FEDCO has been a part.
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Gov. Mike Pence proposes expanding vouchers and charter schools

Tony Cook and Stephanie Wang, 12/4/14 Indiana’s school voucher program is already the broadest in the nation — and now Gov. Mike Pence wants to provide even more money for vouchers. In announcing his legislative agenda Thursday, Pence said … Continue reading

Potholes widen as (Indiana) struggles to pay for roads: Needs $7 billion in next 10 years

Maureen Hayden, News and Tribune CNHI Statehouse Bureau Chief 12/8/14 INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Meece, a commissioner in rural Parke County, was happy when the Legislature funneled about $100 million extra a year into road funds last year. The money didn’t … Continue reading