BLOG: Governor Wolf Offers A Choice – Address Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Crisis or Face Severe Consequences (ROUND-UP)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday during his 2016-2017 budget speech, Governor Tom Wolf laid out the crisis facing Pennsylvania and the critical decision lawmakers in the House and Senate must make this year: fix Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit and invest in schools or continue down a path of greater devastation and face further, billion dollar cuts to both our schools and essential social services.“There are two paths we can take: we can fix our deficit and invest in education to move Pennsylvania forward or we can continue to embrace the failed status quo and cut $1 billion from education funding, cut hundreds of millions of dollars to essential social services and continue to stifle the commonwealth’s economic growth.” – Governor WolfHere’s what others are saying about the plan Governor Wolf has laid out:“We support Governor Wolf’s commitment to public schools in his proposals for completing the current fiscal year budget with an increase of $377 million, increasing basic education funding further in the upcoming year, and applying the fair funding formula proposed by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission. In fact, we believe the Governor and General Assembly must invest even more than the $200 million proposed by the Governor for next year to move the state further toward the goal of full and fair funding for schools.” [The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, 2/10/16]“If Pennsylvania doesn’t start making the right budget choices, we’ll end up with a $2 billion budget deficit and $1 billion in cuts to public education. That means another generation of kids – not some hypothetical kids, but real kids, our children and our grandchildren – will struggle to learn with larger classes, fewer teachers, shuttered libraries, and no school nurses. Some schools won’t even have enough money to stay open through June. We can and must do better….Anyone who says this isn’t a crisis is just wrong. It is. Gov. Wolf has a solution to fix it. Now, let’s get it done.” [PSEA, 2/9/16]“”With the resolution of a budget for FY 15-16 still in flux, Governor Wolf today delivered an unprecedented budget address for FY 16-17. Governor Wolf, since the launch of his campaign, has committed to being “a different kind of Governor,” and the past year he has proven just that. His simple refusal to negotiate a budget on the backs of our children and workers is a testament to his fortitude, and his commitment to governing for the people he serves.” [Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, 2/9/16]Easton Area Superintendent John Reinhart placed the blame on the Republican-controlled Senate and House. ‘I thought that the voters in Pennsylvania spoke loudly and clearly with [Wolf’s] election over Corbett,’ he said. ‘It is hard to understand how elected leaders in both the Senate and the House can continue to disregard their responsibility to approve a state budget at the risk of our children and the state’s neediest populations.’” [Morning Call, 2/9/16][Governor Wolf] gave a sobering account of Pennsylvania’s future if lawmakers don’t address a deficit that Wolf called ‘a time bomb, ticking away, right now, even as I speak. If it explodes, if the people in this chamber allow it to explode, then Pennsylvania will experience a fiscal catastrophe the likes of which we have never seen,’ he said.” [Tribune-Review, 2/9/16]“Unless next year’s deficit is closed, property taxes for homeowners will skyrocket, Wolf said. More than 23,000 teachers and school employees would be cut, as would special education and pre-kindergarten programs. Services for senior citizens, the mentally ill, child care and domestic violence shelters also would be slashed, he said.” [Reuters, 2/9/16]“Wolf delivered his plan in a speech to a legislature that has repeatedly rejected his attempts to have any completed budget passed. So this one was laced with sharp rebukes to lawmakers, and dire predictions about what looms if the gridlock doesn’t end: tens of thousands of teacher layoffs, overcrowded classrooms, higher property taxes, and devastating cuts in services for the disabled.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/9/16]“Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, sending them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the fiscal year that began back in July.” [WTAE, 2/9/16]“Governor Tom Wolf presented his 2016-1017 Budget. He says the Commonwealth is in crisis  and threatening our future. He told state lawmakers the Commonwealth is billions of dollars in the red and the state will experience what he calls a ‘fiscal catastrophe.’ Governor  Wolf says if the general assembly doesn’t act quickly nearly three quarters of state homeowners will see property taxes skyrocket.” [WBRE/WYOU, 2/9/16]“Gov. Wolf made it clear from the beginning that he doesn’t view the issue of one of ideologies but one of simple arithmetic. ‘The problem is not that Republicans in the General Assembly and I don’t see eye-to-eye,’ Wolf asserted. ‘No, this crisis is not about politics at all. This is about math. Pennsylvania now faces a $2 billion budget deficit. That’s not a Democratic fact or a Republican fact. It’s just a fact.’ He then went on to list the various horrors that would be inflicted on the commonwealth’s schools and citizens if no budget is passed.” [PoliticsPA, 1/9/16]“Wolf says lawmakers must pass the now seven month late budget bill he wants. The governor says that will lead to a half billion dollar increase for schools pre-K through twelve while getting the state out of $2 billion in debt.” [WGAL, 2/10/16] By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: February 10, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf Offers A Choice – Address Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Crisis or Face Severe Consequences (ROUND-UP)last_img read more

Warnock fined for referee comments

first_img Press Association Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been fined £9,000 by the Football Association following post-match comments about referee Craig Pawson after the 2-1 home Barclays Premier League defeat by Chelsea on October 18. A statement from the FA read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 5 November 2014], Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been find £9,000 for misconduct in relation to post-match media comments. “Warnock was charged following media comments he made after the game against Chelsea on 18 October 2014 which The FA alleged implied the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute. “The charge, which Warnock denied at a personal hearing, was found proven and he was also warned as to his future conduct.” Speaking ahead of Palace’s match against Sunderland, Warnock accepted he would have to change the way he handled himself in the media. ”I don’t think I can change the way things are. I have to change myself,” said Warnock, who would go on to lament some decisions he felt went against his side in the subsequent defeat by the Black Cats on Monday night. ”At the moment I have to change to adhere to instructions that are currently with the Premier League. Whether that is detrimental to the press or not, I don’t know, but I have to change – they are not going to change for me.” center_img The Eagles boss, 65, had said referee Craig Pawson was ”influenced” by Chelsea players in the decision to send off Damien Delaney for a second yellow card. Warnock denied the charge and had requested a personal hearing, which was held on Wednesday. last_img read more

Getting to know Yale

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories NCAA quarterfinal matches elite Syracuse offense against hyper-aggressive Yale defenseCNY product Shay shapes Yale’s formiddable, aggressive defenseConroy, Palasek suspensions to continue after violation of team rules Syracuse’s next opponent is the Yale Bulldogs, making their first NCAA tournament quarterfinal appearance since 1992. The Bulldogs came back from a 5-1 halftime to deficit to beat No. 8-seed Penn State 10-7 in their first-round matchup. They’ve won four straight, including the Ivy League championship game against Princeton, heading into Saturday’s 3 p.m. matchup in College Park, Md. With an on-paper advantage at the faceoff X and a defense primed with force and fortitude, Yale will be looking to upset the top-seeded Orange early in SU’s quest for a 12th national championship.So here’s what you need to know about the Ivy League automatic qualifier:Record:  12-4 (4-2 Ivy League)Season outline: Yale has four losses, but only one after March 22. After dropping three of their first six games, the Bulldogs ride into Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium having won nine of their last 10 games. Victims in that stretch include Penn and Princeton, which Yale eliminated from the Ivy League tournament. The lone defeat was a one-goal loss to Maryland, which earned the No. 6-seed in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs have also scored double-digit goals in six of those nine victories.Players to watch:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrandon Mangan (36 goals, 25 assists): The junior attack is Yale’s leading goal scorer and assist man. He has a goal in every game this season and at least three points in 12 of 16. He set a season-low in point output with just one goal on six shots against the Nittany Lions. Look for Mangan as the most potent weapon in the Bulldogs offense, though fellow attacks Conrad Oberbeck (34 goals, 8 assists) and Kirby Zdrill (30 goals, 2 assists) have also proven to be capable scorers.Peter Johnson (35 caused turnovers, 33 ground balls): The two-time All-Ivy League defender leads a Bulldogs back line that, out of the eight teams remaining in the NCAA tournament, ranks best in scoring defense and second in caused turnovers. Johnson leads Yale in caused turnovers and will likely mark either SU attack Kevin Rice or midfielder JoJo Marasco. Michael McCormack, a second-team All-Ivy selection, is expected to take the other one.Dylan Levings (200-of-338 faceoffs, 123 ground balls): Levings may be the key to Yale’s upset hopes. SU’s greatest weakness lies at the center of each lacrosse field. Bryant’s Kevin Massa won 22-of-23 faceoffs against the Orange in their first-round game and the Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the first quarter. If Levings can either draw from the X to himself or a teammate considerably more than his Syracuse counterparts, as he has done all season, Yale will at the very least have more possessions.Head coach:Andy Shay: The 10th-year coach has led Yale to a 43-17 mark over the last three-plus seasons and has turned a middle-of-the-pack Ivy League program into a defensive stalwart. Shay’s defenses have ranked in the Top 10 nationally in each of the last four seasons. Shay played collegiately at LeMoyne College, where he was a four-year defensive starter and two-year captain before graduating in 1994.Odds and ends:The Yale-Syracuse series: It’s been 13 years and five national championships since Syracuse has taken on the Bulldogs. It’s been 50 years since Yale last beat SU. The Orangemen won the last matchup 18-6 on March 11, 2000 and have taken 18-of-22 overall. That dominating stretch includes a 17-8 win on May 16, 1992 — their only other meeting in the NCAA tournament.  Yale’s last victory against Syracuse was an 11-9 win in New Haven in 1963.Returning to Byrd Stadium: This is the second time this season Yale will play in College Park, Md., and the first since the Bulldogs dropped an 8-7 battle with the Terrapins on April 20. Exactly four weeks later, Yale returns to Byrd Stadium for Saturday’s national quarterfinal.Rolling on the road: The Bulldogs have played five straight games away from New Haven. They’ve gone 4-1 in that span, playing three games on the road and two at neutral sites. On the season, Yale is 7-3 when playing away from Reese Stadium.Remember? Me either: Yale won its lone national championship in 1883 when the sport was governed by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, which crowned the national champion until 1971 when the NCAA first sanctioned a national tournament.That year – 130 years ago – the title was shared with Harvard and Princeton. There is no person on this planet known to have been alive at the time. Chester A. Arthur was U.S. president at the time.North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states.– Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff, Commentscenter_img Published on May 16, 2013 at 3:27 pmlast_img read more