BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, June 5 – June 11, 2016

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 10, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog,  Videos,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf took the most significant step the commonwealth has taken to reform our liquor system in 80 years by signing a bipartisan, compromise liquor modernization bill. Governor Wolf’s goal has always been to modernize the sale of liquor and beer in Pennsylvania and this reform package will finally bring Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits system into the 21st century. This bill will allow grocery stores that currently sell beer to sell up to four bottles of wine, will permit restaurants and hotels to sell up to four bottles of wine for take-out, and removes Sunday restrictions and state-mandated holidays.Additionally, a new jobs announcement brought welcome news to the commonwealth. Over the past four years, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has worked with Royal Dutch Shell to finalize plans to construct an ethane cracker plant in Western Pennsylvania, and this Monday, Governor Wolf was notified that Shell has taken the final step to move ahead with this game-changing plant and create thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania.In Bethlehem and Scranton, the governor also continued to hold bipartisan roundtables to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for the Wolf Administration and these roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.Governor Wolf also continued to discuss the fair funding formula he signed into law last week. Prior to the signing of this bill, Pennsylvania was one of only three states in the nation without a fair funding formula. Having a formula in place will assure school districts that new funding will be distributed equitably and investments in education will no longer be determined by the influence of one legislator over another.Governor Wolf’s Week, June 5 – June 11, 2016Tuesday, 5/7/16Governor Wolf Announces Shell Cracker Plant Coming to PennsylvaniaGovernor Tom Wolf Statement on Passage of Liquor Reform BillGovernor Wolf Statement Supporting Continuing Medical Education For PrescribersGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite the Public to Arts in the Garden at the Governor’s ResidenceWednesday 5/8/16Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Prevent Further Spread of Substance AbuseGovernor Wolf and Villanova Coach Jay Wright Urge Pennsylvanians to Stop Sexual Assault, Sign “It’s On Us” PledgeGovernor Wolf Signs Historic Liquor Reform BillThursday, 6/9/16BLOG: Governor Wolf and Villanova Coach Jay Wright Urge Pennsylvanians to Stop Sexual Assault (VIDEO)Governor Wolf Nominates Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli to be Pennsylvania’s Adjutant GeneralFriday, 6/10/16In Bethlehem and Scranton, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtables to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid EpidemicHighlights from The Blog:BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues Fight Against Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic (Round-up)BLOG: How Is Gov. Wolf Fighting Back Against the Heroin Crisis in the next Budget?BLOG: Basic Education Fair Funding Formula Signed into Law (Round-up)BLOG: Shell Cracker Plant a “Game-Changer” for Pennsylvania’s EconomyBLOG: Governor Wolf Announces Finalized Plan for Royal Dutch Shell Plant in Western PA (Round-up)BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Historic Liquor Reform Bill (Round-Up)BLOG: Fighting Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic (VIDEO)BLOG: Governor Wolf joined by Villanova Coach Jay Wright to Spread Awareness of “It’s On Us” Campaign Against Sexual Assault (Round-up)center_img BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, June 5 – June 11, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Pension Reform Bill Saves and Protects Taxpayers, Reduces Wall Street Fees

first_img June 08, 2017 Governor Wolf: Pension Reform Bill Saves and Protects Taxpayers, Reduces Wall Street Fees Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Pension Reform,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the bipartisan support and final passage of Senate Bill 1, the pension reform compromise bill, which now heads to his desk for his signature:“The passage of Senate Bill 1 is an example of how Harrisburg can come together to make progress on issues that matter to the people of Pennsylvania. The collaborative and cooperative process that led to consensus is a byproduct of both Republicans and Democrats working with my administration to achieve significant reform.“This pension compromise achieves my foremost goals: continuing to pay down our debt, reducing Wall Street fees, shifting risk away from taxpayers, and providing workers with a fair retirement benefit, while providing long-term relief to school districts.“I look forward to joining members of the House and Senate, from both sides of the aisle, to sign this important bill into law.”The pensions reform compromise bill makes important progress including:It achieves the Governor’s foremost goals: continuing to pay down our debt, reducing Wall Street fees, and shifting risk away from taxpayers, all while providing workers with a fair retirement benefit.The new plan achieves these priorities by preserving a Defined Benefit pension, while also introducing a full Defined Contribution – 401(k) style plan option for new employees.It will save billions of dollars on the unfunded liability and will charge both retirement systems to reduce their Wall Street management fees by a combined $3 billion dollars.Achieving this compromise will also provide long-term relief to school districts, ensuring more future state dollars go directly into the classroom.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Signs Stronger Lobbying Restrictions Bill into Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Government Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 1175 into law, now Act 2 of 2018, renewing his commitment to change the culture of Harrisburg and make state government more efficient and transparent.The legislation, introduced by Rep. Bryan Cutler with bipartisan support by former Rep. Brandon Neuman, passed unanimously in the House and Senate. It strengthens restrictions for lobbyists and special interests and improves efficiency by requiring lobbying disclosure reports to be filed electronically with the Department of State.“I am proud to sign this bill, which is long overdue,” said Governor Wolf. “By cracking down on special interests, this bill will help to create a more open, honest and transparent government in Harrisburg that is accountable to the people of Pennsylvania.“When I arrived in Harrisburg, I found that special interests had an outsized influence on how things get done in the state Capitol. With these stronger requirements on special interests, we are working to rebuild trust in state government.”The new law strengthens lobbying reporting rules, including:Requiring lobbyists, lobbying firms, or principals to file lobbying disclosure reports electronically to quicken Department of State processing and provide more time for compliance efforts. Approximately 20 percent of lobbying disclosure reports are filed by paper;Increasing the daily maximum penalty for not filing a report by the quarterly deadline from $50 per day to: $50 per day for the first 10 late days; $100 per day from late day 11 to 20; and $200 per late day after 20 days; andDoubling the maximum penalty for not filing a lobbying disclosure reports by the quarterly deadline from $2,000 to $4,000;Requiring the Department of State to post all lobbying disclosure reports online within seven days of receiving the filing. The department typically posts electronically filed reports within minutes of submission.“I applaud the Governor for signing this important government transparency bill into law today. Legislation like this is an important step in restoring the public’s faith in the government,” said Cutler. “I’d also like to thank former House member Brandon Neuman for his help with this bill, his efforts and the bipartisan support were instrumental in getting this bill passed and signed into law.”The new penalties take effect immediately and the electronic filing requirement takes effect in 60 days.Governor Wolf has made government reform a top priority, and under this leadership Pennsylvania has seen the following results:The governor donates his salary to charity.Gift ban for all employees under the governor’s jurisdiction.Cabinet secretaries must post their expenses online each month.Eliminated more than $2 billion in government waste from the state budget and consolidated agencies.Comprehensive pension reform reduced risk to taxpayers as Pennsylvania continues to pay down the debt and slash Wall Street fees.Liquor system modernization to allow gas stations to sell beer and grocery stores to sell wine, as well as increasing hours at state stores and legalizing shipments of wine to people’s homes. February 14, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Signs Stronger Lobbying Restrictions Bill into Lawlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf, Mayor Kenney Joint Statement on Hahnemann University Hospital

first_img July 11, 2019 Governor Wolf, Mayor Kenney Joint Statement on Hahnemann University Hospital Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor Jim Kenney released a joint statement regarding Hahnemann University Hospital:“The situation at Hahnemann University Hospital, caused by CEO Joel Freedman and his team of venture capitalists, is an absolute disgrace and shows a greed-driven lack of care for the community. The hospital has $300 million in debt that is growing daily. Now the owners want a bankruptcy proceeding to protect the profits they extracted from the hospital and community. This mounting debt means a short-term solution is simply not viable.“We continue to stand in solidarity with the workers, patients and community. For months, the commonwealth and city have been working aggressively to protect patient care at Hahnemann and find solutions to maintain current medical services at the hospital. We want to thank the doctors, nurses and staff, along with the temporary management, that have ensured continued high-quality care despite their owner’s abdication of responsibility.“While it is clear that the hospital’s current operation is no longer financially viable, we are both committed to working with potential investors to find support for the restructuring of Hahnemann and for protecting St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Maintaining a level of medical services at Hahnemann and ensuring St. Christopher’s never faces a similar fate is critically important to saving jobs and lives, as well as meeting the needs of Philadelphians.“We urge any willing or interested parties to contact either of our offices to discuss how we can help mitigate the damage done by Joel Freedman and his firm.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf: State Continues Phased Reopening with 16 More Counties Set to Go Green on June 5

first_imgGov. Wolf: State Continues Phased Reopening with 16 More Counties Set to Go Green on June 5 May 29, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health With more than 80 percent of the state in some phase of reopening, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 16 additional counties will take another step forward and move to green effective 12:01 a.m., June 5. Counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.The first 18 counties moved to green today, including Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.Eight counties moved to yellow today, including Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill.Counties that remain in red and are expected to move to yellow by June 5 include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.With more than half the state poised to be in the green phase on June 5, the governor this week provided an updated order for counties moving to green to give businesses and residents a clearer picture of what is permitted in that phase of reopening. The order includes these highlights:• Large gatherings of more than 250 prohibited.• Restaurants and bars open at 50% occupancy.• Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only.• Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged.• All entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy.• Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocols.• Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, personal care home and long-term care facilities, visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.Business frequently asked questions were also updated and are available here.Gov. Wolf also provided more options for counties in the yellow phase by allowing outdoor dining beginning June 5 and providing Summer Camp Guidance for providers, parents and caregivers.The Summer Camp Guidance includes information on what types of programs for children are permitted during the phased reopening, status of public playgrounds and the operation of community pools, and the status of organized team sports.The state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University, combined with contact tracing and testing capability and a sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations, to make decisions on county moves. The 50 new cases per 100,000 population continues to be a consideration, but not a sole deciding factor.As more counties and residents enjoy loosened restrictions, the governor stressed the need to balance resuming activities with keeping case counts low and taking personal responsibility by wearing a mask or choosing to stay away from crowds to reduce the likelihood of coming into contact with someone carrying COVID-19.“If we take the simple steps of wearing a mask, staying home when sick, and implementing social distancing tactics, we can help eliminate the spread of COVID-19 and make a huge contribution to getting our commonwealth back on track,” Gov. Wolf said.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

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Dashboard Data Shows Weekly COVID Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives

first_img July 31, 2020 Dashboard Data Shows Weekly COVID Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 24 – July 30 to the previous seven days, July 17 – July 23.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19.“The mitigation efforts we took on July 15 were a proactive step to get in front of the rise of cases that we continue to see,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our percent positivity decreased this week, which is a positive sign, but in order to continue to see numbers decrease, we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.“Going out without a mask and congregating at a bar or in a crowded backyard party where social distancing isn’t being practiced continues to lead to spikes in cases. We need to recommit to these simple measures to stop the spread and go back to more freedoms.”As of Thursday, July 30, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 6,228, the previous seven-day increase was 6,010, alerting that cases are continuing to rise throughout the state.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 4.6% from 4.7% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Lawrence (7.4%), Franklin (7.2%), Indiana (7.2%), Fayette (7.1%), Armstrong (7.0%), Beaver (6.5%), Delaware (6.5%), Allegheny (6.4%), Lancaster (5.8%), Berks (5.6%), Philadelphia (5.4%) and Chester (5.3%). Each of these counties bear watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to remove Wyoming from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A significant number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the status of their county. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Home renovated over time perfect for large families looking for space

first_img5 Strathburn St, Oxley.Mrs Hammonds said the property, at 5 Strathburn St, would be perfect for a family who wanted close access to the motorway. She said those who enjoyed the outdoors would appreciate the location.“There’s parks and bike tracks nearby,” she said. “We are in a quiet cul-de-sac where there is very little traffic.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“Corinda is literally around the corner.” The 3D Diakrit floor plan of 5 Strathburn St, Oxley.The property offers future possibilities of development to add value.Nanette Lilley – Graceville selling agents Doug May and James Manning said the property encapsulated the best of city living with beautiful leafy rural views. 5 Strathburn St, Oxley.She said the home was very spacious and had a lot of light.The property, on a 1222sq m block of land (two lots), is perched high on the Oxley/Corinda border.A large open-plan lounge and dining area with hardwood timber floors opens up to a large deck.A second tiled rumpus/family room opens up to a private patio and pool. 5 Strathburn St, Oxley.Ann Hammonds has owned her five-bedroom, two-bathroom property at Oxley for the past five years and hopes a new family can enjoy everything the suburb has to offer.Personal reasons have forced Mrs Hammonds to sell the property, which she has renovated over time.“A new kitchen has been put in and the carport is new,” she said.“The property was renovated prior to purchase.“The bathrooms are modern and the main bedroom is massive. Every room has built-in wardrobes.” 5 Strathburn St, Oxley.Mrs Hammonds said the attraction of the property was its proximity to the railway, city and local shops.“The backdrop is bush,” she said.last_img read more

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This inner-city Ascot apartment has hit the market

first_img1/60 Dobson St, Ascot.Located in a complex of five close to Racecourse Rd, this ground-floor apartment features a 26sq m wraparound courtyard with side access.Living and dining areas boast terracotta-coloured floor tiles and sliding glass doors opening to a covered patio and the courtyard.Back inside, the kitchen has ample white cabinetry, stone benchtops and a dishwasher. The main bedroom boasts an ensuite, split-system airconditioning and direct access to the courtyard.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019There are also security screens, intercom access and a double garage, and the residence is rented at $400 per week until October. DETAILS 1/60 Dobson St, Ascottwo bed, two bath, two carFor sale: $540,000AGENT: Kate Collingwood, Ray White Ascotlast_img read more

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Multi-level unit to be sold under the hammer

first_img4/7 Alexandra St, North Ward.Spread over two floors, the apartment is bigger than some houses and has three outdoor areas including two levels of balcony and a courtyard that is cut into the side of Castle Hill.Smith and Elliott selling agent Debra Ohlin said the unique qualities of the unit made it difficult to value, which was why it was going to auction. 4/7 Alexandra St, North Ward.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s a bit unique with the two levels and it’s big like a small home but there is only four units in the complex,” she said.“It’s very hard to put a price on something when it’s so unique so I think it’s a good idea to put it to auction and see what the buyers think. In my 16 years of selling real estate I don’t think I’ve seen a unit with a layout like this.”It’s the first time the unit has been offered since it was built nine years ago.Properties in Alexandra St have become popular due to the prime location being in walking distance to The Strand, Townsville Grammar School and also being close to the CBD.It’s filled with character homes with many Queenslanders being purchased and superbly renovated, while many Townsville medical professionals call the street home.The modern unit has no maintenance and low body corporate fees. 4/7 Alexandra St, North Ward.A TWO-LEVEL unit in one of Townsville’s most popular streets will be sold under the hammer.The property, at 4/7 Alexandra St, North Ward, will go to auction on site on February 24 at 11am.The large unit has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and three car spaces.center_img 4/7 Alexandra St, North Ward.The upper level contains a parents’ retreat with an ensuite, walk in robe and balcony.As well as three-car accommodation there is also lockable storage and the apartment has an intercom and lift access.It’s fully airconditioned and there is a 5KW solar system installed.Ms Ohlin said the unit was attracting plenty of interest from a range of buyers, with 21 groups coming through the first open home.“There has been families with children going to Townsville Grammar School, I’ve had retirees and I’ve also had executive couples that want space but don’t want a house because of the maintenance,” she said.“I don’t think it will be one for first home buyers because it will be out of their range.”The home will be open for inspection today and tomorrow from 11am to 11.30am.For more information call Ms Ohlin on 0402 917 226.last_img read more

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Luxury Burleigh development a winner with locals

first_imgNorth Residences, Burleigh Heads. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNorth Residences, Burleigh Heads.“Solid local interest means we have met the demands of owner-occupiers craving the barefoot Burleigh lifestyle within a boutique, residential-only building of exceptional standards,” said David Calvisi of Synergy Property Partners.“These spacious apartments epitomise the luxuries of a contemporary home, with the security and low-maintenance aspects of apartment living.“I have focused on every detail to create seven residences that are truly extraordinary.”Each apartment has three bedrooms, a beachfront balcony, open-plan living and dining area, and a multipurpose space for a media room, additional bedroom or study. North Residences, Burleigh Heads. North Residences, Burleigh Heads.Interiors feature subtle tones and textures through quality finishes in timber, stone, limestone, glass and mirror. Selling agent, Jamie-Lee Edwards of Kollosche Prestige Agents: New Projects, said North Residences was one of the Gold Coast’s premier high-end developments.“From its trademark glass and concrete facade, wet-edge pool and breathtaking ocean views to premier finishes and liveable spaces, North Residences portrays the very essence of penthouse living to each and every apartment, on each and every level,” Mr Edwards said.“The 472sq m penthouse is exceptionally unique and features its own entertainment deck, glass edge pool, wine cellar and cold room.“It ticks all the boxes for affluent buyers looking for quality, new beachfront product on the southern Gold Coast.” North Residences, Burleigh Heads.GOLD Coast buyers have snapped up all but one apartment in Burleigh Heads project North Residences, ahead of its completion this month.North Residences, at 296 The Esplanade, features seven beachfront apartments in a residential-only boutique building.It is the latest project from Brisbane-based developer Synergy Property Partners.last_img read more

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