Compromise Budget: Government That Works

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf December 09, 2015 By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Compromise Budget: Government That Workscenter_img Government That Works,  The Blog In bipartisan fashion, the Pennsylvania Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise budget based on the agreed-to framework established weeks ago by the Governor and legislative leaders. In addition to historic investments in our schools and the first step toward the restoration of the cuts made to human services programs, this budget enhances the governor’s mission to create a government that works for all Pennsylvanians.This compromise budget invests in important programs aimed at solving some of Pennsylvania’s biggest crises and expanding some of the commonwealth’s most successful programs: increasing funding to combat the heroin epidemic, investing in workforce development programs, funding four new cadet classes for the Pennsylvanian State Police, increasing access to food security for needy families, and protecting Pennsylvanians’ air and water.Attacking the Heroin EpidemicThe compromise budget includes an additional $9 million in funding toward efforts to combat the heroin epidemic spread across three agencies. Since his inauguration, Governor Wolf has worked with his administration to provide real solutions not only to save lives but also to help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives.Such actions taken by the Wolf Administration include the development of the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program which can finally be implemented upon passage of the budget, the creation of the interagency Heroin Task Force, the support for the use of naloxone at schools across the commonwealth, and stocking all Pennsylvania State Police cars and Capitol Police officers with the naloxone drug. Since equipping State Police cars with naloxone, over 300 lives have been saved with this drug. Further, at the Governor’s request, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed a standing-order allowing any Pennsylvanian to obtain this life-saving drug.Investing in WorkersThe budget increases funding for Department of Labor and Industry programs totaling nearly $11 million, including $4 million for increased training initiatives; $5 million to leverage an additional $18.5 million in federal funds for vocational rehabilitation and assistance; and $400,000 to expand services at centers for independent living. This infusion of state dollars will help Pennsylvania significantly strengthen and expand these vital programs and partnerships with higher education and the private sector.Making Pennsylvania SaferThe compromise budget increases funding for the Pennsylvania State Police by nearly $25 million to fund four new cadet classes and increase complement to the highest level in commonwealth history. This will increase the strength of Pennsylvania’s primary law enforcement and public safety agency despite expected retirements and turnover.Strengthening Food SecurityThe budget includes an increase in the State Food Purchase Program of $3.4 million, providing additional funding for local food banks, to ensure the most vulnerable of Pennsylvania’s families can find food security in their time of need.Protecting Air and WaterThis compromise increases funding for Department of Environmental Protection program appropriations by more than $8 million, including a nearly $5 million increase to protect Pennsylvanians’ air and water quality. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Lucille E. Dittmer

first_imgLucille E. Dittmer, 93, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born June 7, 1924 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, daughter of the late Leroy Stevens and Mary M. Stevens.She worked at Dearborn County Hospital, retiring after over 30 years of service.Lucille was passionate about her faith, church and family. She was a long time member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, was a children’s Sunday School teacher for many years and was with the Ladies Missionary Circle. Lucille was a DAR member and also helped with retired R Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com SVP. She enjoyed cooking, being in the flower garden, going to church and being with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Surviving are children, David (Mary) Dittmer of Aurora, IN, Debbie (Jim) McKinney of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, James David Dittmer, Gregory William Dittmer, Derrick Erwin Dittmer, James Dylan McKinney; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Madison & William Marshall.She was preceded in death by her husband, Gayle W. Dittmer and several brothers and sisters.Friends will be received Saturday, March 3, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tom Fehrman officiating.last_img read more

Jordan, Pollard fail to save Strikers from defeat

first_imgPERTH, Australia, Dec 23, CMC – Chris Jordan and Kieron Pollard shared three wickets, but failed with the bat, as they saw Perth Scorchers beat Adelaide Strikers by 49 runs in the Big Bash League on Friday.Jordan, the Barbados-born, England all-rounder, captured two wickets for 48 runs from his allotted four overs and Pollard added one for 10 from one over, as the Scorchers posted 197 for seven from their allocation of 20 overs.Jordan’s former England teammate Ian Bell hit six fours and two sixes in the top score of 61 from 42 balls for the Scorchers, after they were put in to bat in the fifth match of the competition played at the WACA.Pollard was dismissed for four off former Australia left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and Jordan was trapped lbw to discarded Aussie spinner Ashton Agar, as the Strikers restricted to 149 for nine in their 20 overs, sinking to their second straight defeat.The Strikers have eight days off before they face Sydney Sixers on Old Year’s Day on home soil at the Adelaide Ovallast_img read more