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_imgCYCLE coach Hassan Mohamed will tomorrow be conducting an 11-race cycle programme around the inner circuit of the National Park beginning at 09:00hrs.The activity is being sponsored by beverage giant Banks DIH Limited under its Malta Supreme brand and the company’s Outdoor manager Mortimer Stewart, along with Malta Supreme brand manager Clayton McKenzie and Errol Nelson, are expected to present the winners of the respective categories with their prizes.The feature event will see schoolboys, novices and invitational riders battle over 35 laps and the top six finishers will be rewarded for their efforts.The defending champion is Team Evolution’s Michael Anthony who won the event last year in a time of one hour 19 minutes 25.27 seconds.The winners of the other categories last year were: Romello Crawford who had won the juveniles 10-lap race, Junior Niles the veterans Under-45 years five-lap race who will be seeking to make a successful defence of that title, Sean Bourne the mountain bikers’ five-lap race and Whitney Poyer who is the defending champion of the boys-and-girls’ three-lap race.However, Crawford is currently in the United States and so a new champion will be crowned.Other races on the card will be open to veterans Over-45 years (five laps), BMX boys nine to 12 years over three laps and BMX boys six to nine years over two laps.Riders will be in action tomorrow (July 1) at the inner circuit of the National Park, the venue for the seventh annual Malta Supreme 11-race programme. Set to start at 09:00hrs, the day’s activities will cater for all categories of riders.Organised by national cycling coach Hassan Mohamed, the event will be witnessed by top officials of sponsor Banks DIH Limited, Mortimer Stewart, Clayton McKenzie and Errol Nelson.Michael Anthony is set to defend his title in the feature 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational, while the other category winners from last year were Romello Crawford (10-lap juveniles), Junior Niles (5-lap veterans Under-50), Sean Bourne (5-lap mountain bikes) and Whitney Poyer (3-lap 12-14 boys and girls).Anthony’s winning time in 2016 was recorded as one hour 19 minutes 25.27 seconds. Mohamed is urging riders to come out and be part of the race, as he continues to provide an avenue for them to test their competitiveness.last_img read more