From the daily archives: Monday, December 19, 2011

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate voted in favor of a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and for an omnibus appropriations bill to fund government operations.


On the extension of the payroll tax cut and the omnibus appropriations bill:


“We kept the government open, we continued the payroll tax cut for middle class families and we continued unemployment insurance. When we return next year, we should extend these essential priorities by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share because those offsets won’t dampen economic growth.”



On the Keystone pipeline and environmental riders:


“By insisting on an expedited review of the Keystone pipeline that will not allow for sufficient consideration of public health and safety concerns, Republicans have effectively killed the project.  Senate Democrats were able to block a long list of other unrelated provisions that threatened public health and the environment, including one that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring the dirtiest industrial boilers to reduce air pollution and prevent up to 8,100 premature deaths.”


We just finished our current Customer Service Academy this week. It was a big success and we have now scheduled our next academy. Just as an aside, I had my entire staff, myself included, attend our first one and I found it to be a valuable experience. The schedule for our next one will be:

Wednesday, January 11th, 6pm – 8pm — Customer Appreciation
Wednesday, January 18th, 6pm – 8pm — Mastering Communications
Wednesday, January 25th, 6pm – 8pm – Right Attitude
Wednesday, February 1st, 6pm – 8pm – Teambuilding
Wednesday, February 8th, 6pm – 8pm – Dealing with Change
Wednesday, February 15th, 6pm – 8pm, Business Ethics
Wednesday, February 22nd, 6pm – 8pm – Problem Solving
Wednesday, February 29th, 6pm – 8pm – Time Management

Location: Office Supply Company, located at 569 W. Main Street, in Downtown El Centro

We are limited to 25 spaces so if you would like to attend please e-mail me back right away and I can reserve your spot.


Until next week, be sure to think local, be local, and buy local, especially from our other member businesses!


Paul McManus

President & Founder, IVIBA

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