So how much will this mean for the Empire State? Officially, a report from the Independent Economic Conference projected that same-sex unions would generate about $284 million in additional wedding revenue and tourism and put another $27 million in taxes and license fees into the state’s coffers over the next three years. Brad Sears, the executive director of the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, which has released similar studies for 15 other states and D.C., estimates a more conservative $225 million of economic activity, taking into account the state’s 9,000 couples that are already married.
But these figures are—intentionally—very conservative, using an average spend of $4,000 per wedding. Given that the average wedding in New York City costs about $70,000, while national average spend is closer to $30,000, according to The Knot, the impact is likely to be far, far bigger. Using the IDC’s estimate of 66,000 couples to marry in the next three years, that means at least $2 billion will be spent on same-sex weddings. Add in the amount spent on wedding rings and on gifts from guests, and the total injected income will average nearly $1 billion a year for the next few years.
“I still remember my favorite yearbook message from all time, a single line from the sixth grade: “Keep practicing your bassoon and one day you’ll make it to Radio City Music Hall.” It’s short, it’s specific, and I think there’s a compliment buried in there, along with a kind of enigmatic joke. (Why Radio City and not Carnegie?) The person who wrote it—a goofy guy with a quick wit and a good heart—was killed in a traffic accident three years after our high school graduation. I think of that message often, and I prefer the scraggly boyish handwriting to the ghostly Facebook memorial.”—Be sure to read the rest! The Book Bench: An Appreciation of the Humble High School Yearbook : The New Yorker
To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the American Civil War, the Delaware Public Archives has begun tweeting entries on Twitter and posting entries on Facebook and the blog that are taken from the diary of Delaware soldier Cyrus Forwood.
Citizens can now follow, in real time, the travels of Forwood as he experienced the war exactly 150 years ago. Forwood’s first entry states: “May 11th 1861. Volunteered in U.S. service for three months in the “Blue Hen’s Chicken’s.”
The high temperature at the Houston, Texas airport hit 105 degrees, the warmest temperature ever recorded in the month of June (old record: 104 degrees on June 24th and June 26th, 2009.) The earliest Houston ever recorded a temperature of 105 degrees prior to Sunday was July 26th, 1954. Records for Houston date back to 1891. There have been only 15 days in which the temperature has reached or exceeded 105 degrees in Houston:
4 - 1909
1 - 1954
2 - 1962
3 - 1980
5 - 2000
So far this month, new maximum temperature records in Houston have been established on four out of the first five days. Galveston and Houston both crushed their previous record high temperature for the day (June 5th) by a remarkable seven degrees. Residents can expect another day of triple-digit heat today, thanks to the upper level ridge of high pressure parked over the state. Houston will likely break the old record of 98°F for the date.
“The third annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit had been scheduled to take place at Texas A&M this summer, but organizers now say, “In the interest of safety for the participants” it will be moved to the University of Houston.
“The University of Houston has held the summit on campus before without any problems, so we anticipate the environment will again be appropriate to everyone regardless of their gender expression or sexual orientation,” said Maria C. Gonzalez, a member of the Summit board.”—Aggies Not Hospitable to Transgender Conference, So It’s Coming to UH - Houston News - Hair Balls