first_img December 31, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Why I Vetoed the GOP’s Plan to Cut Education By: Governor Tom Wolf 2. The Republican budget does not balance.This budget spends $30.3 billion dollars without sufficient revenues to pay for it. Assuming that we would certify the current year revenue estimate at the amount recommended by the Independent Fiscal Office earlier this month, if I signed this bill, the commonwealth would end the year over a half a billion dollars out of balance.There is already $2.3 billion structural deficit, and the Republican budget increases it even more. It will lead to more credit downgrades and fiscal instability in Pennsylvania. Bottom line: It is not responsible.BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT 12/29For the first time in years, we have an opportunity to change the status quo. We have a real chance to make historic investments in schools, truly balance the budget, and begin to fix the deficit. Now, the Republican legislature must return to work immediately and pass a real budget for Pennsylvania. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfWatch Governor Wolf’s remarks on rejecting the Republican plan to cut education (and read the transcript of the remarks). Budget News,  The Blog Earlier this week, I used my line item veto power to veto the Republican plan to cut education by $95 million, while also taking action to ensure that schools received money owed to them through December 31.There are many reasons why this budget is wrong for Pennsylvania, but these are the big reasons why I vetoed part of the GOP’s plan:1. The Republican budget underfunds education.Instead of finally providing funding for our schools, Republicans cut $95 million for local school districts. After $1 billion in budget cuts to our schools over the past several years, this budget makes it even worse.Republicans continue to refuse to adequately fund Pre-K through 12 education and their budget fails to fund over $305 million in school construction reimbursements. The Republican’s failure to provide school construction funding to local school districts and the commonwealth’s inability to responsibly issue debt — which is a result of past Republican budgets built on gimmicks that led to a multi-billion dollar deficit — will lead to a direct cost to the school districts. This will wipe out any marginal funding increases for local school districts.The Republicans did not pass legislation to provide funding for Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher learning including Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Lincoln, and the Penn Vet School, leaving them completely without state funding.They did not pass a fiscal code or a school code.last_img read more


first_img By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: How DOC is Helping Inmates with Mental Illness Transition Home (Round-up) Criminal Justice Reform,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Department of Corrections officials highlighted a state-run, first-of-its-kind unit at the Wernersville Community Corrections Center that helps individuals with mental illness transition home following incarceration. At the media event, reporters were given a tour of the 32-bed unit and interviewed employees and center residents.“We are proud of our efforts to address the behavioral health needs of those who are incarcerated in Pennsylvania,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “With fully one-quarter of all of those entering prisons in Pennsylvania diagnosed with mental illness and nine percent of those struggling with serious mental illness, it is imperative that the department develop the best possible programming to help them succeed when they return to the community. We anticipate that Pathways Transitional Wellness Center will become a model facility for other states.”Take a look at the additional coverage below: May 18, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Philadelphia Inquirer: Helping mentally ill inmates find their way home“When Henry Hamm, a 61-year-old Lancaster man who has schizophrenia, finished serving time for writing a bad check, he was sent to a new program designed to help offenders with serious mental illnesses rejoin the outside world. He joined Pathways Transitional Wellness Center, which connects mentally ill parolees to social and medical services, housing, and jobs before they try to make it on their own. Three months later, he’s a fan of the nine-month-old Department of Corrections program, which is housed in a boxy, utilitarian building on the grounds of Wernersville State Hospital, about nine miles southwest of Reading.”Allentown Morning Call: State touts reentry program for seriously mentally ill inmates“As a state prison inmate with serious mental illness, 61-year-old Henry Hamm represents one of the biggest challenges that Pennsylvania’s corrections system faces. Hamm, who is serving a 2- to 4-year sentence in Lancaster County for felony theft, is diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Too often, the extra hurdles he faces would make his time as a prisoner a difficult one, and one in which he risked returning to the streets no better able to cope with his problems than when he left. Enter a first-of-its-kind program at a halfway house run by the Department of Corrections on the campus of Wernersville State Hospital, roughly 10 miles west of Reading.”Reading Eagle: State corrections secretary celebrates success at Wernersville center“Mentally ill Americans are disproportionately more likely to be arrested, incarcerated and commit another crime once released. This problem extends to the state level. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said about 27 percent of all inmates in the system have a mental illness and about 9 percent of those are battling severe disorders. So to address the needs of this unique population the department launched a new program solely dedicated to helping those offenders return to the community after they have served their time.”Follow the Department of Corrections on Twitter @CorrectionsPA and on Facebook. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more


first_img 2016 In Review,  Round-Up,  The Blog,  Year in Review With the year coming to an end, Pennsylvania state agencies have released their 2016 accomplishments to highlight the progress made by each agency this year.Since taking office, Governor Wolf has focused on three priorities for his administration; creating Jobs That Pay, funding Schools That Teach, and providing a Government That Works for all Pennsylvanians. State agencies are essential in helping Governor Wolf implement and improve programs that move these three initiatives and Pennsylvania forward.Some highlighted accomplishments of 2016 include:Select an agency to see full list of 2016 accomplishments.Department of EducationHelping the governor implement a new fair-funding formula and to secure a historic $640 million increase in funding for Pennsylvania schools.Department of Labor & IndustryIncreasing access to workforce training and development through programs, such as the Pennsylvania’s Apprenticeship Initiative.Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentAnnouncing the completion of 58 projects through the Governor’s Action Team that will enhance job creation and investments across the Commonwealth.Department of HealthWorking to implement Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program and working collaboratively with other state agencies to tackle the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania.Department of Human ServicesEstablishing Centers of Excellence to treat individuals suffering from Substance Use Disorder and increasing the number of Pennsylvanian’s enrolled for healthcare benefits.Department of Drug and Alcohol ProgramsImplementing a “warm hand-off” policy to ensure that overdose survivors are directed into treatment and providing drug take-back boxes across the state so Pennsylvanian’s can properly dispose of unwanted prescriptions.Department of AgingHosting several community forums statewide to receive feedback from thousands of stakeholders on how to enhance the lives of older Pennsylvanians and working with the Department of Human Services to rollout Community HealthChoices to improve long-term care in Pennsylvania.Department of Military and Veterans AffairsCoordinating efforts to place more than 2,500 homeless veterans into permanent housing and working with Governor Wolf to enact several bills that support the military and veterans, such as increased pay for state active duty.Insurance DepartmentAnnouncing savings of $2.7 million by making changes in investment managers fees.Department of TransportationImproving customer service by reducing wait times at Driver License Centers and creating a new mobile app for Driver License examiners and construction inspectors.Department of Banking and SecuritiesAnnouncing a new program designed to identify and protect Pennsylvania seniors from financial abuse.Office of AdministrationPublishing the first annual report of accomplishments for the Governor’s Office of Transportation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency (GO-TIME), highlighting projects that helped save over $156 million for taxpayers.Department of StateAnnouncing that nearly 900,000 Pennsylvanians registered to vote by the October registration deadline by using Online Voter Registration.Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesIssuing its State Forest Management Plan that will help protect and sustain Pennsylvania’s forests.Department of Environmental ProtectionImplementing mine land reclamation projects to put coal miners back to work and continuing to improve investments in Pennsylvania’s energy economy YEAR IN REVIEW SHARE TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant December 18, 2016 Pennsylvania State Agencies Release 2016 Accomplishments (Round-Up)last_img read more


first_imgGovernor Wolf Awards $2 Million in 2016-17 Statewide Senior Community Center Grants Encore ExperiencesMontgomery$150,000 Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community CenterLackawanna$69,070 Cranberry PlaceVenango$6,670 February 22, 2017 Plum Senior Community CenterAllegheny$15,000 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Hyndman Senior Center, Inc.Bedford$82,420 Bullskin Township Senior Citizens Inc.Fayette$36,076 John F Kennedy Senior CenterErie$129,239 Pennridge Community CenterBucks$50,084 Snow Shoe Senior Resource CenterCentre$39,450 Bloomsburg Senior CenterColumbia$40,450 Neshaminy Activity CenterBucks$54,029 West Philadelphia Senior Community CenterPhiladelphia$19,053 Spanish American Civic Association – Luis Munoz Marin Senior CenterLancaster$23,500 Philadelphia Housing Authority – Wilson Park Senior Community CenterPhiladelphia$22,280 Hamlin CenterWayne$75,056 Oswayo Valley Senior CenterPotter$20,327 Berks EncoreBerks$150,000 Wellsboro Senior CenterTioga$5,610 Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh, Inc. – Stephen FosterAllegheny$70,000 Windy Hill Senior Center, Inc.York$18,669center_img Mountain Citizens Action Group Inc.Fayette$100,169 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf White Rose Senior CenterYork$8,565 On Lok Social Service Center for SeniorsPhiladelphia$5,000 Kittanning Senior Community CenterArmstrong$107,160 Meyersdale Senior Community CenterSomerset$75,351 Conemaugh Township Senior CenterSomerset$76,573 Somerset Senior Community CenterSomerset$35,940 Bethlehem Old York Road Senior CenterNorthampton$125,000 GECAC Erie West Senior CenterErie$15,960 Beaver Springs Senior CenterSnyder$40,451 Latrobe Center for Active AdultsWestmoreland$76,717 Lincoln Street Center for Healthy AgingLycoming$41,856 Jewish Community Center Senior Club of HarrisburgDauphin$57,387 Lewistown Senior CenterMifflin$34,652 Falls Active Adult CenterWyoming$48,692 Lutheran Settlement House Senior CenterPhiladelphia$46,945 Senior Community CenterCountyAmount Yorktown Senior CenterYork$14,975 Human Services,  Press Release,  Results,  Seniors Philadelphia, PA – Today at the Wilson Park Senior Center in Philadelphia, Governor Tom Wolf announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Senior Community Center Grants which total $2 million from the Pennsylvania Lottery and will be distributed to 38 centers throughout the commonwealth.“Senior community centers play a vital role in providing older Pennsylvanians with a safe place to gather, and they offer programs that enable them to stay healthy and remain engaged with their community,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These grants give senior centers the resources needed to revitalize and expand the services that enrich the lives of our senior population.”Senior community centers serve as a gateway for connecting older adults to vital community services. They have a wide variety of offerings that may include: nutritious meal programs; educational opportunities; transportation services; financial and insurance counseling; exercise programs; and social and recreational activities.There are over 500 senior community centers across the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, and these grants are designed to help centers increase participation and provide innovative programs that attract a new generation of older Pennsylvanians.“It is critically important for senior community centers to be accessible and available to older Pennsylvanians so they can live and age well,” Osborne said. “These grants ensure that our seniors will continue to benefit from programs and services that promote active community engagement and enjoyment of life.”“We thank Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for this generous grant. The funds assist senior centers to help them to stay active, in touch, and healthy in many ways,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. “A thoughtful investment in seniors such as this pays long term dividends to the community.”“The senior center grant provides a valuable resource to help centers maintain safe and accessible buildings,” said Holly Lange President and CEO of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. “It also provides opportunities for innovative and creative programming to attract and serve multiple generations of older adults. PCA appreciates Governor Wolf announcing that these grants will be continued in the proposed budget.For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.govBelow is the list of the Senior Community Center awardees and grant amounts: Chestnut Hills Social CenterIndiana$11,625last_img read more


first_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Statement,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement on Senators Bob Casey and Joe Manchin’s focus today on how the Republican approach to cutting health care would worsen the opioid and heroin crisis:“I want to thank Senators Casey and Manchin for raising awareness on the urgent need for the Washington Republicans to reverse their current course on health care cuts. Slashing Medicaid and rolling back consumer protections for pre-existing conditions would hinder people from seeking substance use treatment and may mean people losing access in the midst of their treatment. I have travelled Pennsylvania and spoken with people in recovery, parents, law enforcement and community advocates and they need more resources, not less. There is no doubt deep cuts to Medicaid and rolling back Medicaid expansion would mean less people in treatment, more overdoses and more pain for families and communities across Pennsylvania. I am proud of the work my administration has done to increase access to treatment and I will fight every day to keep hope alive for people in recovery and their families.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 20, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Statement on Opioids and Health Care Cutslast_img read more


first_img Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced that more than $6.5 million in training assistance funding was provided to 715 Pennsylvania companies in Fiscal Year 2019-20 by WEDnetPA, an alliance of educational providers serving the commonwealth’s business community. This year marks 21 years of funding assistance for qualified businesses in the commonwealth to provide training to existing staff members.“During these unprecedented times, it is crucial that companies across the commonwealth can continue to receive training assistance—whether they are reopening or already have, and especially for our essential businesses that never shut down,” said Gov. Wolf. “Employee training is pivotal in strengthening our state’s workforce, and ultimately, our economy.”In fiscal year 2019-2020, $6,500,964 was invested in trainings and provided 24,359 employees with access to education in Essential Skills and Advanced Technology. Essential Skills training can include guidance in communication and teamwork, health and safety, business and computer operations, manufacturing fundamentals, quality assurance and more. Advanced Technology training can include guidance in advanced manufacturing technology, advanced software implementation, computer programming, software engineering and more.“One of the biggest components of strengthening Pennsylvania’s workforce is ensuring that companies can continually train and upskill their current employees,” said Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin. “WEDnet training helps individuals secure and further their careers and is committed to continuing to serve Pennsylvania’s business community during this pandemic.”Since its beginning in 1999, WEDnetPA has grown to become the primary delivery system for Pennsylvania’s incumbent workforce training. Each year, WEDnetPA partners continue to reach out to significant numbers of companies and employees—strengthening our workforce and businesses and, in turn, strengthening Pennsylvania’s economy.“WEDnetPA is a lifeline to Pennsylvania companies as they try to navigate the impacts of the pandemic. With so much uncertainty, financial challenge, and need to reskill the workforce, WEDnetPA has been able to help companies, in a very positive way, survive the storm and prepare for the full recovery that will eventually follow,” said WEDnetPA State Director Thomas Venditti. “Now, more than ever, employee training is a necessary strategy for survival and companies in Pennsylvania are fortunate the commonwealth has made this a priority investment, but the circumstances of the day have added a layer of complexity unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. Fortunately, WEDnetPA is employer driven and provides for an array of training methods, including online, distance learning and in-house training, which accounted for more than 20 percent of all training completed last year.”Workforce training grants align with Governor Wolf’s $30 million PAsmart workforce development initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and business to create and expand innovative job training so workers get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy.View this year’s annual report online.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration: More Than 700 Pennsylvania Businesses Received Workforce Training Assistance in FY 2019-20center_img October 08, 2020last_img read more


first_imgThis home at Jillinda Pl, The Gap was the site of an alleged murder. Photo: realestate.com.auThe home is also the site of an alleged murder in October 2016 — a matter not disclosed in the online listing details.The marketing agents were contacted for comment, but declined to be interviewed. Stigmatised properties can leave potential buyers feeling cold, but are agents required to reveal a property’s dark past? Photo: Brian Cassey.You’ve found it, your dream home. Beautiful big bedrooms, views that go on forever and the price seems more than reasonable. The agent is also very keen to get you signed up, and there are surprisingly few locals competing to buy it.Now your ‘sixth sense’ is tingling and it’s because of something you’re unlikely to find on the sales brochure — a death in the home — and there’s no definitive requirement that the agent must disclose this.Antonia Mercorella, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), said the rules around stigmatised property, such as where someone has been murdered or committed suicide, are too muddy in Queensland.“There’s no checklist that tells agents what they must disclose, but as a general rule if something is likely to influence someone’s decision to buy a property — a ‘material fact’ — then it must be disclosed,” Ms Mercorella said.“The law does not specify what makes a material fact, but describes it as any fact that ‘may have a bearing on a reasonable person’s decision to proceed with a property transaction.’”According to the REIQ, common causes of stigma for properties include death, crime, unsavoury neighbours (such as sex offenders) and even the rumoured presence of ghosts.While property searches will reveal whether a home is subject to flooding or town planning restrictions, there’s no definitive public record that will confirm a home’s unsavoury past.“While having no physical impact on the property, stigmas can affect the way some people feel about the property psychologically. However, this is a very subjective issue and can be different from one person to the next. What one person finds a deal-breaker may not worry another person,” said Ms Mercorella.“For example, what if the previous owner died a peaceful death in their sleep after 40 happy years in the property? That is unlikely to influence many people’s buying decision. But for some cultures, if someone has died in the property, regardless of how the death occurred, it may be considered bad luck to live in that property. So, to them, it is a stigmatised property.”Ms Mercorella said changes to legislation would be welcome by her organisation.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“This is an area the REIQ feels that the Government should do more on and the REIQ is advocating for a specific disclosure regime,” she said.“It’s a difficult position for agents, vendors and buyers alike to navigate. More detail and greater specificity would help everyone.”Until such time, buyers must rely on their own research — which could include Googling news reports or asking neighbours about what has happened in a home.“In all instances, the REIQ strongly recommends that every buyer does their own research before buying a property. In real estate, the principle of caveat emptor (buyer beware) generally applies, which is why buyers do their own building and pest inspections, flood investigations, conveyancing checks and other due diligence.“Nothing is better than being well educated and well researched when you are looking at real estate to buy.”An example is a property in Jillinda Pl, The Gap — a two-storey, four bedroom home with pool and gardens in a quiet street currently seeking offers over $800,000. Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair last_img read more


first_imgMortgage Choice CEO, John Flavell, said investors are trending away from new-builds in favour of established homes for a variety of reasons.A recent study by mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice, has revealed investors prefer older properties over new builds.The company’s 2017 Investor Survey found 76.9 per cent of Australians intend to buy or have bought an existing dwelling, compared to 23.1 per cent who bought a new build.“Our data shows an increasing proportion of investors are choosing to purchase an established dwelling rather than a new build,” Mortgage Choice chief executive officer John Flavell said. This is a slight rise on last year’s result which showed 79.7 per cent of investors preferred old, while in 2015 the percentage was 75.8 per centMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“While only a small rise each year, this is a trend that I expect to see continue over the coming years,” Mr Flavell said.“I believe we will continue to see an increasing proportion of investors choosing established dwellings over new builds, and there are a couple of reasons for that,” he said.Mr Flavell said investor liked holdings where tenants could move in immediately.“Meanwhile, investors who purchase an off-the-plan property for example, may have to wait several years before they can access the property and, in turn, generate income from potential tenants,” he said.“Secondly, depending on the location and the condition of the home, existing properties can sometimes be more affordable and provide property investors with more room to negotiate on price.” Mr Flavell said the ability to renovate an existing home in order to raise the value had appeal as well.Other factors, such as the rising supply of new construction and the increased incidence of valuations coming in below contract prices, had scared off some buyers too, said Mr Flavell.last_img read more


first_imgThere’s plenty of space for a mini farm at 245 Ebenezer Road, Ebenezer.Crowne Real Estate — Ipswich selling agents Kirsty Dutney-Jones and Mike Jones said the owners were looking to downsize. 245 Ebenezer Road, Ebenezer.Mr Jones said a larger family had been living there but no longer needed both homes.One house is a seven-year-old Dixon-built home with 9 foot ceilings and a steel frame construction.The home has five bedrooms, two of which have built-in wardrobes and two with walk-in wardrobes. The master bedroom has en ensuite while the remaining bedrooms are serviced by two separate bathrooms and two laundries. 245 Ebenezer Road, Ebenezer.Mr Jones said if someone wanted to live in the main house and rent out the second, they were far enough apart for privacy.“You could definitely have a mini farm here without a doubt,” Mr Jones said.Mr Jones said the owners were motivated to sell.“This really is a quality home, the other is just thrown in,” he said.The property is less than 10 minutes from Yamanto Shopping Centre. 245 Ebenezer Road, Ebenezer.Two homes on acreage property are being sold for the price of one in this southeast Queensland suburb.The properties, at 245 Ebenezer Rd, Ebenezer, are on a 4.04ha block of land and are listed for sale with offers over $695,000.Ebenezer is 18km from Ipswich, and 56km from Brisbane. WHERE TO BUY A CASTLE HOME WITH $700K RENOS TRI-LEVEL HOME AND HAIR SALON FOR SALE center_img 245 Ebenezer Road, Ebenezer.The second solid highset brick home features separate access to the upper and lower levels to divide it into two independent dwellings. There is a kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms (four across both floors, all with built-in wardrobes) and living and dining spaces on each floor, making it ideal those who need to account for elderly parents or extended family. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019245 Ebenezer Road, Ebenezer.last_img read more


first_imgThe second chillout zone on the property. Picture: Realestate.com.au A supplied picture of Bernard Tomic inside Bond Bar in Melbourne. PLEASE CREDIT/MENTION BOND BARWHILE Aussie tennis star Bernard Tomic crashed and burned through the international circuit for the past 10 months, in his hometown his parents were looking to sell off two properties.Tomic, who has now dropped out of the world top 100 tennis rankings, was away when his father decided to sell the Southport properties. One of the properties has four bedrooms while the other has three. Picture: Realestate.com.au The Tomics had initially owned just one of the duplexes – bought in 2004, before picking up the second one in 2010 when it came on the market. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe family had tried to sell them five years ago and seven years ago as well when they had wanted $820,000 for one of the duplexes. Both have been on the rental market, asking between $500 to $620 a week over the past few years. Agent Rachel Scull of Lucy Cole Prestige Properties Broadbeach has been marketing the properties as having “great investment potential”. The duplexes are walking distance to light rail and the Broadwater Parklands and five minutes from Main Beach. The median price for units in Southport has surged 25.8 per cent in the past five years, with median asking rent at $370 a week. Bernard Tomic’s family put this set of duplexes on the market. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago With a personal fortune of about $14m, it’s not like Bernard Tomic needs the cash. Picture: Realestate.com.au The chillout zone has a pool and bar. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe Tomics put two of their townhouses on the market in mid-July, which was around the time that the tennis whiz lost a sponsor after Wimbledon officials fined him $20,000 for saying he was bored during his game.The Tomics were looking for a price of over $750,000 for each one. One of the duplexes was a three bedder with two bathrooms and a double garage, while the other was a four bedder with three bathrooms and a single lockup garage.last_img read more