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

Deputy Head of Japan’s Olympic committee tests positive to covid-19

first_img Loading… The deputy head of Japan’s Olympic committee, Kozo Tashima, tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, even as top government officials have reiterated that the Games would go ahead as scheduled and will not be held behind closed doors. The Japan Football Association (JFA), where Tashima, 62, doubles as the chairman, said he had travelled to Britain, the Netherlands and the United States from late February to early March, and was confirmed as positive for the virus on Tuesday afternoon. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Group of Seven leaders had agreed to support a “complete” Olympics, but dodged questions about whether any of the leaders had brought up the possibility of postponement. 2020 Olympics: postponement gradually becoming imminent as organisers insist it will holdAdvertisement There is growing concern about whether the Olympics can proceed as planned now that the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic has brought business and social activity in countries across the world to a standstill and panic to financial markets. “I had a small fever and after I’ve got checked it also looks like I have symptoms of pneumonia, but I’m doing fine,” Tashima said through the JFA. He said he would continue treatment at a local health facility. Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto said the Games would be held on time and with spectators present, but the organizers  said the torch relay kick off, slated for Fukushima on March 26, will be held without spectators. Read AlsoTokyo 1940: The Games that became the ‘Missing Olympics’ The JFA said it would disinfect its headquarters and investigate where those present at its board meetings have travelled. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more