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Governor Wolf Takes Action on Variety of Budget Bills


first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 02, 2015 Governor Wolf Takes Action on Variety of Budget Billscenter_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today took action on a variety of bills related to the budget he vetoed on Tuesday including House Bill 466. The Governor signed a variety of additional appropriation legislation into law, including funds that support public safety, small businesses and consumer affairs.The Governor vetoed House Bill 466, House Bill 762, and Senate Bill 655. In veto messages to the General Assembly, Governor Wolf spoke to why he vetoed these bills, which failed to adequately and responsibly address the pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians.Regarding House Bill 466: “This legislation falls short of a responsible means to reform our state liquor system and to maximize revenues to benefit our citizen,” Governor Wolf said. “It makes bad business sense for the Commonwealth and consumers to sell off an asset, especially before maximizing its value. During consideration of this legislation, it became abundantly clear that this plan would result in higher prices for consumers. In the most recent case of another state that pursued the outright privatization of liquor sales, consumers saw higher prices and less selection.”“Modernization of our state liquor system would provide additional revenues to the Commonwealth and save important, family-sustaining jobs. We can support and bolster consumer convenience without selling an asset and risking higher prices and less selection for consumers. I am open to options for expanding the availability of wine and beer in more locations, including supermarkets.  I have also put other compromises on the table, including variable pricing, direct shipment of wine and expanding state store hours.”On House Bill 762, the School Code: “This bill contains many laudable items which I support,” including the Basic Education Funding Commission formula, Governor Wolf said. “Unfortunately, this bill fails to restore the harmful education cuts imposed on each school district over the last four years, nor does it provide adequate funding to ensure Pennsylvanians have schools that teach our children. This bill only distributes an additional $8 million into K-12 education, which is not adequate classroom support for the children of this Commonwealth. Simply stated, it fails to meet our constitutionally required obligation of providing a thorough and efficient system of education.”Senate Bill 655, the Fiscal Code, “fails to adequately pay our bills,” Governor Wolf said. “It relies on over $1.5 billion in one-time revenues, payment delays into the next fiscal year, and fund transfers. It is not a balanced budget and it will lead to a $3 billion deficit and credit downgrades for the Commonwealth.”“This bill creates an additional $10 million tax credit designed to benefit private foundations, while the General Appropriations bill only provides an additional $8 million in basic and special education funding for our public schools, which is clearly not adequate funding to ensure Pennsylvanians have schools that teach our students.”The Governor signed the following PA budget bills:Senate Bill 812 makes appropriations from the Professional Licensure Augmentation Account and from restricted revenue accounts to be used by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs during 2015-16 in support of the professional licensing boards.Senate Bill 813 makes an appropriation from the Workmen’s Compensation Administration Fund to the Department of Labor and Industry for the expenses of administering the Workers Compensation Act and the Pennsylvania Occupational Disease Act for 2015-16Senate Bill 814 makes an appropriation from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of Small Business Advocate in the Department of Community and Economic Development for 2015-16.Senate Bill 815 makes an appropriation from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of Consumer Advocate in the Office of the Attorney General for 2015-16.Senate Bill 816 makes an appropriation from the Public School Employees’ Retirement Fund for the expenses of the Public School Employees’ Retirement Board for 2015-16.Senate Bill 817 makes an appropriation from the State Employees’ Retirement Fund to the State Employees’ Retirement Board for 2015-16.Senate Bill 818 makes appropriations from the Philadelphia Taxicab and Limousine Regulatory Fund and the Philadelphia Taxicab Medallion Fund to the Philadelphia Parking Authority for fiscal year 2015-16.Senate Bill 819 makes appropriations from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund and federal augmentation funds to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for 2015-16.Senate Bill 820 makes appropriations from restricted revenue accounts within the State Gaming Fund and from the State Gaming Fund to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Department of Revenue, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Attorney General for 2015-16.# # #last_img read more


Sherwood primed for ‘biggest’ test


first_img Press Association “I haven’t identified many players who can’t cope with the pressure, but you don’t know until they get out there.’ Sherwood is without Alan Hutton, Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair while Tom Cleverley, Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho are doubts. Sherwood faces his friend and former Tottenham assistant, QPR boss Chris Ramsey, for the first time since they both left Spurs last summer. Ramsey has admitted his job at Rangers could be under threat if they get relegated and, while he admitted Ramsey may prefer to be a manager, Sherwood left the door open for a reunion at Villa. He added: “If there was ever an opportunity for me to work with him again I would do that. “I would have to speak to the club about whether we could find a role for him here. “Listen, I know I am biased – he has been good for me and I have been good for him. “But he is up there with the very best coaches I have ever seen.” Tim Sherwood has urged Aston Villa to man up as he labelled their clash with relegation rivals QPR the club’s “biggest game” for years. And Sherwood underlined the magnitude of the game ahead of the showdown. “I think this is the biggest game that a lot of these players have ever played for this football club,” he said, with Villa in 17th. “This is without doubt the biggest game of the season for Villa and possibly one of the biggest in a number of years. “This is the biggest (of my managerial career).” But the boss believes he must instil a different mentality into his players as he tries to keep them in the top flight. “We’ve got different types of players, you look through QPR’s side and they’ve got a lot of players who are men – with a lot of experience in there,” he said. “We’ve got a few men in there – but we’ve got a lot of pretty much icing-on-the-cake players and I’m trying to get that mentality into them to forget about digging out results. “It’s not what we’re cut out to do. They host Rangers on Tuesday with Sherwood admitting he does not have the players to grind out results. Victory would move Villa five points clear of the Barclays Premier League drop zone but they will return to the bottom three if QPR, three points behind with a better goal difference, win. last_img read more


UEFA CL: Arsenal, Schalke qualify


first_imgArsenal, Basel, Austria Vienna, Schalke and Steaua Bucharest are all through to the Champions League, after scaling the two leg qualifying hurdle.Aaron Ramsey was the star for Arsenal with a brace in their 2-0 victory over Fenerbahce, though qualification was already in the bag after a 3-0 away win.On targetBasel also swept through 6-2 on aggregate past Bulgarians Ludogorets.Italian Federico Piovaccari was on target yet again for Steaua Bucharest, as a 2-2 draw away to Legia Warsaw put them through on away goals, 3-3 on aggregate.Austria Vienna were surprise qualifiers for the group phase, squeezing through 4-3 on aggregate despite a 3-2 home defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.Decisive Bundesliga side Schalke 04 also scraped through 4-3 on aggregate against Greek team PAOK.The first leg ended 1-1 in Germany, but 19-year-old Julian Draxler was decisive in Athens with a goal and an assist for Hungarian international Adam Szalai’s brace.Play-offsThe 3-2 away victory was sealed in stoppages despite a double PAOK comeback on the night.The Champions League play-offs continue on Wednesday with Milan v PSV, Zenit v Pacos Ferreira, Maribor v Plzen, Celtic v Shakhter and Real Sociedad v Lyon.last_img read more