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Governor Wolf Commends Passage of Bipartisan General Appropriations Bill, Commits to Finishing Budget

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Commends Passage of Bipartisan General Appropriations Bill, Commits to Finishing Budget Budget News,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the major bipartisan support in both the House and Senate for the compromise General Appropriations bill:“Over the past two years, Republicans and Democrats have worked together to make progress for the people of Pennsylvania.“After decades of failure, we passed pension reform that will put Pennsylvania on the path to a sustainable fiscal future, save taxpayers billions, and reduce payments to Wall Street fund managers. This budget fully funds our pension obligations. We passed the most significant liquor reform since prohibition. We set our differences aside, and made real changes for customers and taxpayers.“After years of devastating education cuts, we have restored more than $800 million in education funding. I am going to keep fighting to fix our schools, but this budget represents one of the most significant investments in schools in our lifetime. And we passed a fair funding formula, taking Pennsylvania off a shameful list of states without a way to fairly fund their schools. This budget keeps investing in schools.“Together, we’ve fought the heroin and opioid crisis that continues to plague our communities. We have developed treatment options and provided lifesaving medicine, but we know the crisis has not abated so we’re continuing to fight by making drug courts available to low level offenders so those who are struggling can get treatment.“Today, we finalized a general appropriations bill. It’s a start, and it’s not everything I wanted or everything Republicans wanted, but unlike D.C., we can compromise and get things done just like when we passed bipartisan pension reform and bipartisan liquor reform.“This budget includes much of the savings, efficiencies, and cuts I proposed in February in my budget address. But we avoided deep, indiscriminate cuts that would have endangered our ability to deliver services to the people of Pennsylvania.“This budget invests over $175 million more in our schools. Over the past two years, we’ve restored more than $800 million in cuts to schools.“This budget helps those in Pennsylvania who need help the most. It reduces the waiting list for those with intellectual disabilities; this budget makes additional investments in our efforts to fight the opioid epidemic; this budget invests in key programs to create manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania, and allows the commonwealth to team up with businesses and institutions of higher learning to create jobs and a strong workforce.“And it builds on our efforts to make government more efficient and responsive. We consolidated IT and HR functions, and through an internal team focused on finding efficiencies and making government more effective, we have saved over $150 million and improved customer service at places like DMVs. I have rolled up my sleeves and worked with employees throughout the commonwealth to deliver change and efficiencies, and I am heartened that the legislature has joined my efforts.“But there is still work to do: We need a sustainable revenue package that gets Pennsylvania on track. For too many years, Pennsylvania has lurched from crisis to crisis. We began to address it with pension reform, and by fully funding our pension obligation, we have taken another important step. But Pennsylvania cannot get ahead if we do not take our responsibility for long term financial stability seriously. Let’s redouble our efforts, and continue to show people the progress we can make by working together.”center_img June 30, 2017last_img read more

Woodward has lot to prove: Scholes

first_img Scholes, who played in two World Cups, has urged manager Roy Hodgson to make sure Rooney channels all his energy into his responsibilities up front. Scholes said: “Wayne wants all the responsibility to score. He’ll try to play left-back, right-back. Sometimes he does that too much instead of saving himself and his energy for what his teams need – the ball in the net. “He needs to use his energy more effectively now as he’s a player who likes to be up front on his own and I don’t think he’s great with partnerships. “To get the very best from Wayne in Rio, the manager needs to tell him, ‘Don’t bother running back. Stay up top. Stay centre forward. Score goals. That’s your job in my team’.” Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has much to prove. Scholes has also revealed he does not expect to be involved in a coaching capacity at Old Trafford next season. Woodward has endured a rocky first year since assuming his current position, with the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as manager, some frustrating summer transfer experiences and the team’s disappointing on-field results. Press Association But Scholes feels Moyes has been made too much of a scapegoat for the poor 2013-14 season and more questions need to be asked of Woodward. Scholes, in his new column for the Paddy Power Blog, wrote: “David Moyes took a lot of stick, but I believe he’s a top manager. I’d question if 10 months was enough time. “Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job. He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants. “It’s obvious that last year he didn’t manage to do that. If he doesn’t we are not going to get anywhere near the top.” Scholes, 39, retired a year ago but was brought back to United in a coaching role for the final four games of last season by interim manager Ryan Giggs. He has not been told whether he will continue under new manager Louis van Gaal next season, but is not expecting to be retained. Scholes said: “I’ve not spoken to Edward Woodward. I came back for Ryan Giggs for the last few games of last season to try to help out, but I’m not waiting for a phone call and don’t expect to be at United next season.” Scholes went on to say how he believes England can get the best out of his former United team-mate Wayne Rooney at the World Cup this summer. last_img read more