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_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias met with state legislators and government officials in Sacramento last week in his first trip to the state Capitol as president. Nikias traveled with a delegation of university administrators and trustees to discuss issues ranging from the Coliseum to funding for higher education.A trip to the state Capitol is organized each spring by the USC Office of State Government Relations to allow the university to help shape state policy, particularly issues concerning higher education.Nikias had not been to Sacramento since 2008, when he was provost, said Adele Wilson, administrative assistant in USC’s Office of State Government Relations.“He wanted to reconnect with the Sacramento stakeholders and the legislators,” Wilson said.During the day, Nikias met with Gov. Jerry Brown, Secretary of the State Anna Caballero and Los Angeles legislators, including Assembly member Gil Cedillo. Edward P. Roski Jr., Board of Trustees chairman; Thomas S. Sayles, USC senior vice president for University Relations; and Trustee David Dornsife also held meetings with officials in the capital.Wilson said the lease agreement between USC and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission was a primary issue on the trip’s agenda.This transaction will give USC complete control over use of the stadium and the Los Angeles Sports Arena for 20 years and commit the school to paying at least $70 million in stadium renovations.Brown expressed his support of the lease approval during a meeting, according to a press release.Wilson said the visit ended with a reception in the evening. About 150 people were in attendance, Wilson said, including several legislators and the secretary of foreign affairs.Another issue on the trip’s agenda was higher education and funding. According to a press release, Nikias urged Brown to reconsider cutting Cal Grants, which provide financial aid for low-income students. Cal Grants are currently slated for a 44 percent cut in the upcoming budget.Nikias also discussed The Village at USC project with California legislators and the Keck Hospital of USC.Chester A. Newland, an emeritus professor of public administration, said in an email that the trip was successful in displaying USC’s leadership.“Max Nikias’s visit to Sacramento demonstrated USC’s exemplary, broadly inclusive and shared Trojan leadership culture,” Newland said. “[The meeting worked] to promote understanding of the university’s sustained commitment to [the] vital interests of California and to advanced-knowledge civilization, locally to globally.”last_img read more


first_img“No, we lost,” he said. “It still goes in the loss column. We learned a few things. We know we can get a lot better.”Then again, sixth-man Jamal Crawford could not deny there was some good that came out of the team’s first setback of the season.“The fact that we fought back is encouraging,” said Crawford, whose team plays host to Houston on Saturday night at Staples Center. “To get down 17 in this environment against the champs and still have resolve and still have the lead in the fourth quarter shows a lot of character on this team.” Even Jordan had to go along with that.“Yeah, I think we can compete with not just them, but anyone,” he said. “Like I said before, they are a great team with a lot of great guys who have been together for a while and so have we. They have probably one of the best crowds in the league and I’m proud of the way we came in. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Considering they were down by 17 points in the second quarter to the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, where just two nights earlier the Warriors demolished Memphis by 50 points, one would think the L.A. Clippers might look at their eventual 112-108 loss as a moral victory of sorts.Not necessarily.“It would have been encouraging if we won,” shooting guard J.J. Redick said. “We are not the ‘Bad News Bears.’ We are a team that has championship aspirations and for us to do that, we have to win.”Center DeAndre Jordan was asked if he was encouraged by the showing by the Clipper (4-1). He shot that down.center_img “We have a lot of work to do, but we will be all right.”The Clippers went up by 10 points at 97-87 on a basket by Crawford with 7:56 to play. The Warriors (5-0) outscored them 25-11 down the stretch.The rivalryGolden State’s Klay Thompson scored 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting Wednesday. Afterward, he talked about this budding rivalry and how he expects their games to be hotly contested.“It’s going to be like that every time we play these guys,” Thompson said. “There are a lot of improved guys on their team, so it was good. Whoever it is, who’s out there, we don’t like to lose on our home court, so it would have been a tough loss.”Paul injuredPoint guard Chris Paul left Wednesday’s game with 13.3 seconds left because of a groin issue.“I don’t know, I’ll find out,” coach Doc Rivers said, when asked to assess the extent of the injury. “I don’t think it’s severe.”Scouting the RocketsSaturday will be the first time the Clippers see the Rockets since Houston beat the Clippers in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals. Houston’s Game 7 victory in Houston came after the Clippers blew Game 6 at Staples Center.The Rockets started 0-3 this season but have since beat Oklahoma City and Orlando. Houston, which plays Friday at Sacramento, is being led in scoring by James Harden. He’s averaging 23.8 points, but he’s shooting just 29.4 percent — 16.4 percent from 3-point range.Harden has shot 55 3-pointers, making only nine.last_img read more


first_imgThe World Council of Credit Union Incorporated (WOCCU) in collaboration with the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) has disclosed plan to train staff of the newly established credit union bank in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County.The training, according to WOCCU Chief of Party (COP), Patrick Muriuki, will enhance the productivity of staff as well as provide better services to their customers.Mr. Muriuki’s comment was contained in a speech he delivered recently at a dedicatory ceremony of the Trust Savings Credit Union Bank in Ganta, Nimba County.“As per our commitment to the revitalization process, for the next three years, WOCCU and LCUNA will continue to train staff of the bank to better serve the members as well as the customers.”According to him, executives of the bank will eventually organize members of the credit union as well as other members of the association to inform them about their products and services where they would in return provide feedback from them.“We will organize members’ education days to inform our people about the credit union products and services; and to get feedback from Nimba, Bong and Lofa counties, because these are areas we need to improve our services better,” he said.Mr. Muriuki noted that the credit union is a not-for-profit making cooperative, but able to offer lower loan rates to their members, who want to venture into business.The credit unions, Mr. Muriuki said, are democratic, member-owned cooperatives, which ensure that members have power to direct credit union policy, but not-for-profits.  “Our organization is there to help raise Liberians out of poverty, by empowering them through business establishments,” said Muriuki.He said that surveys have shown that members are more satisfied with the services they received from their respective credit union organizations than customers of banks.However, the WOCCU COP added that the union is poised for positive, economic and social change that is currently providing significant value to both developed and emerging nations.At the same time, the WOCCU boss used the occasion to inform members of the union that, if majority of the members are dissatisfied with the directors because of bad policies, they have the right to replace them.Credit union elections are based on a one-member, one-vote structure, this structure is in contrast to for-profit, public companies where stockholders vote according to the number of shares they own, he added.He concluded by presenting the Ganta Trust Savings Credit Union Bank to members of the entire region three, comprising Nimba, Bong and Lofa Counties. The bank is to be used as headquarters to benefit and serve all members equally in the region.Meanwhile, The Trust Savings Credit Union is one of the four credit unions bank formed under the micro-lead program funded by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and implemented by the World Council of Credit Union, Inc. (WOCCU).The program started in April 2013 for the purpose of revitalization of Credit Unions in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more