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_imgAbout 20 or so years ago, sportscasters started to use terms like double double, triple double, and quadruple double in basketball.  A double double refers to the situation where a player has double-figure results in scoring, rebounding and/or assists and/or blocked shots and/or steals.  The triple double moniker puts three of these possibilities together.  The quadruple double has four. As  you can guess, the frequency goes down dramatically after the double double.I can’t remember what the figure would have been had this terminology been around when Oscar Robertson played.  I think that for most of his career (if not every game) he had a triple double.  His came in scoring, rebounding, and assists.  Obviously, the possibilities go up as the length of the game increases.  The pros turn in most of these because they play 48 minutes.  In high school, the double double tops the list.  In college a few triple doubles sneak in, and players like Lance Stephenson of Indiana are making it a habit to have triple doubles.  Hope this clears up these sports terms.last_img read more


first_img— other baseballBishop Garrigan 5, North Butler 3Osage 4, Nashua-Plainfield 2 MARSHALLTOWN — The Mason City High baseball team split their doubleheader at Marshalltown last night. The Mohawks took the opener with Dylan Miller throwing a shutout in a 5-0 victory. Marshalltown took the nightcap 7-6 in 13 innings. Harrison Nagel struck out 13 while Dawson Wedeking hit a go-ahead homer in the 8th, but the Mohawks could not hold the lead. Mason City is 10-6 on the season and will host Fort Dodge on Wednesday. AMES — Former Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker is traveling the country hoping to improve his NBA Draft stock. Horton-Tucker has been working out for several teams with the latest being the Orlando Magic. The Chicago native averaged nearly 12 points and shot 31 percent from the field in his only season with the Cyclones.Horton-Tucker says he has enjoyed the process of getting ready for the draft.Horton-Tucker has been working on becoming a complete player on offense. GREEN BAY — Former Iowa standout Bryan Bulaga likes the progress the Green Bay offense made during minicamp under new coach Matt LaFleur. The Packers’ right tackle is getting ready for his 10th season in the National Football League.Bulaga says the offense has come a long way.Bulaga says they have learned a new approach on offense.Bulaga has also been impressed with the Packer defense.center_img MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched seven strong innings for Boston to outduel Minnesota ace Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games with a 2-0 victory over the Twins. Porcello allowed only four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, just his third start out of 15 this season with seven or more innings completed. Berrios struck out 10 batters in a season-most eight innings, with five hits and no walks allowed. — high school softball last nightMason City 12, Marshalltown 5 (8); Marshalltown 8, Mason City 3Osage 19, Nashua-Plainfield 3last_img read more