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: 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_imgTEMPERATURES across Co Donegal are touching 24C today – as the roads to our beaches are jammed with sun-worshippers.A huge influx of northern tourists on what is a bank holiday in the North is adding to some tailbacks.Gardai are appealing to motorists to be patient and drive with care. Claire Coll Gallagher’s pet pooch was certainly enjoying the weather – and the sand – in this picture taken at Marble Hill earlier.Huge crowds have also gathered at the North West Garden Show in Castlefin and in Donegal Town for the second day of the superb Donegal Live festival.And Relay for Life events get underway at 6pm.An easterly breeze is helping to cool temperatures but forecasters warn that the sun is just as strong – so use high factor sun cream to prevent burning. Enjoy the high temperatures while they last; as they will fall away during the coming week.Next week is going to stay pretty warm with maximum temperatures typically 17 to 21 degrees, says Met Eireann.Winds will be from a mainly southeasterly direction, fresh at times giving good drying.Sunshine amounts will be variable but all areas will get warm sunny intervals through the week.Cloud will build at times leading to local showers and possibly some heavy, thundery downpours but these will be the exception. Meanwhile Marie’s dog Ben was enjoying the garden (below).Though his owner says he does prefer the snow.With 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily.Send your stories and pictures to info@donegaldaily.comFollow us on us on Advertisement IT’S ANOTHER SCORCHER AS ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE BEACHES was last modified: May 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:IT’S ANOTHER SCORCHER AS ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE BEACHESlast_img read more