We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE it been rumored that yesterdays officials of State Board Of Accounts (SBOA) held an exit conference with several city officials? …it is also rumored that the State Auditors expressed that they are extremely concerned that the City of Evansville has had 11 months of overdrawn cash balances in their general funds during the year they audited? …its also been rumored that city official were also told by the SBOA there have also been an additional 9 to 10 different funds that have been overdrawn during the audited period? … that word at the Civic Center is that the SBOA has given the Winnecke Administration 6 months to find a remedy to correct the problems of the overdrawn city accounts? …we are told when this audit is made public it will cause some serious public discussion about the spending habits of the Winnecke administration?IS IT TRUE that it looks like that former City Council President and Finance Chairman John Friend, CPA predictions that beginning in 2018 that the City shall be experiencing some serious cash flow problems may be spot on? …we would like to hear Mr. Friends prediction for the 2019 budget year?IS IT TRUE we wonder what would the Board of Directors of a major Corporation do when they found out that their Controller has had 11 months of overdrawn cash balances in their general funds during the year? …we think the answer would be a resounding “Your Fired”?IS IT TRUE if you overdraw your personal checking account for 11 months in a row what would the bank do with your account? …the answer is that they would close it after the first month your account was overdrawn?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 will announce their endorsements for the Vanderburgh County general elections this morning at 11:00 am? …that the Political Action Committee of the Police Lodge #73 will hold a press conference at the FOP lodge at 801 Court St at 11:00 am?IS IT TRUE that all eyes will be focused on today’s announcement concerning who the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 Political Action Committee is endorsing for County Commissioner and County Prosecutor in the upcoming November 2018 County elections?IS IT TRUE in the past current County Prosecutor Nick Hermann and former County Prosecutor Stan Levco both received endorsements from the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 Political Action Committee? … in the past whoever received the political endorsements from Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 Political Action Committee were elected County Prosecutor?IS IT TRUE we are told that it’s reasonable to expect that whoever receives the political endorsements for Vanderburgh County Prosecutor by the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 Political Action Committee chances of then being elected to this position will be greatly be enhanced?IS IT TRUE that everyone expects that former Vanderburgh County Sheriff Mike Duckworth will receive the unanimous endorsements for County Commission by the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 Political Action Committee? …we have been told if County Commision candidate Jeff Hatfield receives the political endorsements for Vanderburgh County Commissioner by the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 Political Action Committee it would drastically improve his chances of being elected to this position?IS IT TRUE we are really surprised that County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave is leading Mayor Winnecke in the vote count in our non-scientific but trendy “Readers Polls” after two days? …today’s “READERS POLL” question is: If the Republican primary election for the Mayor of Evansville was held today who would you vote for?IS IT TRUE that County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave recently held a big tickets political fundraiser at Wolf’s Barbecue restaurant? …we been told that Commissioner Musgrave raised over $20,000 at this event? …that the Democratic candidate for Vanderburgh County Commission Jeff Hatfield introduced Ms. Musgrave to those in attendance? …we are impressed with Mr. Hatfield decision to introduce Ms. Musgrave because it shows that he can work across party lines?IS IT TRUE that in spite of the City of Evansville spending $127 million on the Ford Center, receiving $13 million dollars from Old National Bank for renaming the Centre, subsidizing a hotel with nearly $30 million taxpayer dollars, and dropping another $50 million on a medical school that was supposed to have 2,000 students but really has a couple of hundred students? ….we are surprised that Evansville is still not a serious contender for big money conventions?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the local FOP endorsement of Stan Levco for County Prosecutor and Jeff Hatfield for County Commission will greatly enhance their chances of being elected to those positions?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. 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The baking industry has questioned how the government’s apprenticeship plans will help the craft sector, as consultation on the apprenticeship levy opens today. Employers are being urged to give their views on plans for the levy, which was first announced in the Summer Budget and will be compulsory for large companies, to boost investment in apprentices and skills training and will come into force in April 2017. Consultation closes on 2 October with an announcement to be made at the end of November. Prime Minister David Cameron has reaffirmed plans to increase the number of apprenticeships offered by big businesses as well as the introduction of an apprenticeship levy.Companies bidding for government contracts worth more than £10m will have to show they have a “reasonable proportion” of apprentices. Large companies must also invest in a fund that is used to train workers to come in in 2017.Mike Holling, executive director of the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA), said: “We will always support proposals regarding apprenticeships but I think the question the CBA will be asking is how will this help the small bakers? For big organisations there is credibility, as long as it is deliverable.“Just like the National Living Wage, there was no consultation or discussion beforehand. We want to know how they can also engage with small businesses as well.”David Smart, president of the CBA and director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, said: “I really don’t think [the levy] is going to have much of an effect on the craft baking industry. It would appear that it is destined for the heavier commercial engineering technological industries. I understand why the government is doing it – any form of training is wonderful.”Levies in actionThe tax is presented as a way to “level the playing field” so every large company plays a part in delivering a new generation of skilled apprentices with the aim of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020. This represents a 30% increase on the 2.3m created since 2010.Levies on businesses are already used to finance apprenticeships in more than 50 countries, including France, Netherlands, Denmark and South Korea, but the amount that UK businesses have invested in training has fallen consistently over the last 20 years.Cameron said: “The greatest asset any employer has is their workforce. And by investing in them, they are investing in the success and future of their business.”Nick Boles, Skills Minister, said: “Skilled people are the lifeblood of a strong economy, but for too long UK businesses have invested too little in developing their employees’ skills to meet the demands of a competitive, global market.”In the latest of a series of steps to drive up the quality of apprenticeships, 59 new apprenticeship standards developed by Trailblazer groups of employers and businesses have been approved today.