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_imgROXAS CITY, Capiz – Three Capiz townswere among this year’s national awardees of the Department of the Interior andLocal Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).      The towns of Dao, Dumarao and Jamindanwere recently conferred 2019 SGLG winners during the awarding ceremony in MetroManila early this month. Marecor Diaz, chief of the localgovernment monitoring and evaluation section of the DILG-Capiz, said four townshere were assessed for the national level – of which, three municipalitiespassed.  Año said the 380 LGUs “proved thatthere is good work executed at the local level for the benefit of the Filipinopeople.”      The criteria include financialadministration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order,business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental protection, tourism,culture and the arts.center_img DILG secretary Eduardo Año, meanwhile,congratulated the 380 winning local government units (LGUs) – composed of 17provinces, 57 cities and 306 municipalities. She said the SGLG is a challenge forlocal governments to continue good governance practices while providing betterpublic services.  The SGLG, which originated from theSeal of Good Housekeeping, is DILG’s response to the clamor of the people forintegrity and performance in public service.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more


first_imgBassey Nelson dominated from start to finish to claim N200,000 at The Lagos City Criterium 2017. Nelson who races for the Sharks Racing Club from Port Harcourt ahead of Sadiq Ajibade and Precious Godwin of United Pro Team and Cyclotron team respectively.“I’ve been working hard for this and as Nigerian champion I came into this knowing there’s a chance I was going to win this,” said a confident Nelson to pressmen.Nelson continued:“I’ve still got two competitions to compete in before the end of the year and I’m going to keep working hard to finish the season very strong.”In the women’s professional race, Ese Ukpeseraye of the Cyclotron team finished first with Tombrakpa Grikpa and Joan Okoro finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.The juniors who raced earlier in the year were also rewarded by the organisers, Sustainable Cycling Foundation (SCF) for their efforts with Odebiyi Azeez and Awuri Oveh taking top honours for the boys and girl’s categories respectively.SCF chairman Faiz Imam was impressed with the level of the competition and said: “Our plans are to make sure these kids are exposed to more events. We are proud of their efforts here and will keep encouraging them to attain their dreams.”Over N1.5m was awarded in prize money monies and plans are already underway to move the Criterium to other parts of Nigeria soon.The Lagos City Criterium was supported by Access bank, 9mobile, Cocoon Homes, Craneburg Construction & Castrol/Eterna.RelatedThe Lagos City Criterium 2017November 10, 2017In “Nigeria”HANDBALL: HFN President Commends Athletes For Record-Breaking Performance As National U18 and U21 Championships Closes (AUDIO)March 25, 2019In “Sports”Nigeria’s Long Distance King Aims To Dismantle East Africa’s Dominance in 2019 (AUDIO)December 24, 2018In “Athletics”last_img read more