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_imgKershaw mixed his pitches well and kept the Angels off balance and off base. He gave up more than one run for the first time since he gave up four runs, but didn’t earn a decision in the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss Aug. 7 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Calhoun also singled in the third, but was stranded when Mike Trout struck out to end the inning. David Freese singled to start the fifth, but Kershaw got Shane Victorino to hit into a force play and then got Chris Iannetta to hit into an inning-ending double play.Kershaw was never in anything resembling jeopardy until the seventh, when he loaded the bases not once but twice and the Angels managed to score only once to cut the Dodgers’ lead to 6-2. Two errors by shortstop Corey Seager opened the possibility for a bigger inning.Kershaw balked home one run, but yielded no more. He struck out Calhoun with the bases loaded to end the seventh. Third base umpire Tripp Gibson rang up Calhoun on a check-swing appeal, appearing to get it wrong as indicated by TV replays available to reporters.Angels manager Mike Scioscia gave Gibson an earful from the dugout, from the field and everywhere in between, and earned an early exit for his protests. Calhoun was out, the Angels were retired and the Dodgers held a 6-2 lead entering the eighth.“I looked at the replay and it was pretty obvious,” Scioscia later said when asked his view of the play. “The ump had a different opinion and that was it.”For a while, it seemed as if Tuesday’s game might turn into a pitchers’ duel between Kershaw and Angels right-hander Andrew Heaney (6-3). Heaney gave up a leadoff homer to Justin Ruggiano and a go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the third that made it 2-1.Heaney was nowhere near as efficient as Kershaw, but the Dodgers couldn’t extend a 2-1 lead until breaking through with a four-run sixth. Heaney gave up a walk, a single and a run-scoring ground-rule double to Seager before Scioscia turned the game over to the bullpen.After a run-scoring ground out, a run-scoring force play and a run-scoring sacrifice fly, the Dodgers held a commanding 6-1 lead. And with Kershaw at the top of his game, it seemed the Angels were done for the night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Their starting rotation lacks depth. Their bullpen is a nightly adventure. Their lineup is a patchwork.And yet the Dodgers can’t seem to lose.The sizzling Dodgers defeated the faltering Angels 6-4 on Tuesday, backed by superb pitching from left-hander Clayton Kershaw and bolstered by a four-run sixth inning that turned a potentially nerve-jangling game into a runaway in front of 41,086 at Angel Stadium. The victory was the National League West-leading Dodgers’ fifth consecutive and their eighth in a row over the Angels in what’s become a one-sided Freeway Series. Kershaw improved to 13-6 overall and 8-0 in his last 12 starts since his last defeat June 27 against the Miami Marlins.center_img • WHICKER: Corey Seager gives Dodgers a boost“It seemed like this was the best pure baseball game we’ve played, just as far as doing the little things, moving guys over, sac flies, situational hitting and things like that,” Kershaw said. “It seemed like it was so easy to score runs tonight, and not just with big hits. That was awesome to see.“We’re playing great. It’s fun to see. We’re not making too many errors, especially on the mental side. Make the errors on the physical side. You’re seeing a lot more of that. You’re starting to see more stolen bases, things like that, that good teams do. Just got to keep the foot on the gas.“Just keep going.”As has become his custom during his unbeaten streak of starts, Kershaw took the game and made it his after giving up a leadoff homer to Kole Calhoun that tied the score 1-all. He worked seven innings and gave up only two runs (one earned) and four hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.last_img read more