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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


The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of


first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Brandon Williams, Cardinals rookie cornerback TEMPE, Ariz. – Hearing his name called on Day 2 of the NFL Draft fulfilled a dream for new Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams, one that still didn’t seem real a week later when he arrived for the start of a three-day rookie minicamp.Wearing a Cardinals hat and red golf shirt with the team’s logo emblazoned on the upper left corner, Williams was all smiles answering questions from the media during his introductory press conference. Top Stories Williams’ tone, though, turned serious when asked about his two young daughters back home in Texas and what that moment last Friday night meant to him.“Just the fact that I know now I’ll be able to take care of my baby girls; and that’s the most ever-warming thing to me,” he said Thursday. “Football is what I do, but being able to actually provide for my girls, that’s the only thing that can really bring tears to my eye. It’s why I do it for, my baby girls.”Williams’ two daughters are Serenity and 2-year-old Lila.Williams transferred to Texas A&M after his freshman year at Oklahoma to be closer to his oldest daughter, Serenity, who is 7.Balancing fatherhood with school and football was difficult, according to Williams.“Very hard because the sacrifice I had to make of not seeing them like I want to,” he said. “I understood that at a young age because since high school it was like that. I was never able to spend a lot of time with them, but the time I did spend with them, it meant a lot.”The Cardinals expect Williams to come in and compete at cornerback right away, perhaps even push to be the starter opposite Patrick Peterson. Of course, a lot of that will depend on how quickly Williams grasps the playbook and, more importantly, the position. Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img Alabama ‘s Calvin Ridley (3) pulls in a pass for a first down as Texas A&M ‘s Brandon Williams (21) defends him during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in College Station, Texas. Alabama won 41-23. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Williams has only one year of experience playing cornerback, having made the switch from running back his senior year.With only 12 games under his belt, Williams impressed scouts and ultimately the Cardinals, who drafted him in the third round.“I think when you look at his history and see that he comes from a small town in Texas, and you talk to him, you can tell he’s one of those guys that all he knows is to work,” general manager Steve Keim said after selecting Williams with the 92nd overall pick. “He’s a little raw, but the physical tools are off the charts and the passion and love for the game is off the charts. If I’m betting on one (draft pick), this is a guy that I’m going to get excited about.”Williams will likely see immediate playing time with the first-team defense in offseason workouts considering both Peterson and Justin Bethel are rehabbing from recent surgery.Meanwhile, Williams’ daughters remain in Texas, but he hopes the three are reunited soon.“I’ll be able to fly them up (to Arizona),” he said, “and hopefully down the line, once I get settled in, maybe they can come stay with me.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more