MEMO: Taxpayer Caucus report error-filled

first_img May 24, 2016 MEMO: Taxpayer Caucus report error-filled Memo To: Interested PartiesFrom: Jeff Sheridan, Press SecretarySubject: Taxpayer Caucus report error-filledDate: May 24, 2016Governor Wolf looks forward to continuing his discussions with the legislature in an effort to reach agreement on a 2016-17 budget that is truly balanced, fixes the deficit and makes targeted investments in areas like education and combating Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis.But what we cannot do is continue to rely on gimmicks and smoke and mirrors, which is what the Taxpayers’ Caucus report calls for.We encourage Senator Wagner and Representative Grove to work with us to come up with real solutions to our budget problems, just like many of their colleagues are doing, but today’s report is error-filled and presents savings that are either accounted for in the governor’s budget, have been proposed in the past, but have never received support, or are impossible to achieve:• Savings totaling $500 million from Governor Wolf’s Medicaid expansion is included in the governor’s 2016-17 budget proposal.• Savings from the governor’s GO-TIME initiative totaling $158 million is included in the governor’s 2016-17 budget proposal.• There are not $400 million in prior-year lapses available. We continue to work with the legislature to identify $200 million in lapses assumed to balance the 2015-16 budget.• There is no current or past pension reform proposal that provides immediate savings in 2016-17. We remain committed to working with the legislature to pass real, meaningful pension reform.• Tax amnesty could cost the commonwealth money by rewarding delinquent taxpayers that will otherwise pay the full amount owed due to the Department of Revenue’s collection efforts.• They claim there are $100 million in IT savings through CHIP, but that is incorrect.o The governor’s budget includes nearly $8 million in savings through CHIP, a program that provides health coverage for children.This proposal amounts to a nearly $1 billion cut in DHS that will result in reduced or eliminated services for seniors, children, and the disabled.Governor Wolf has also proposed several other measures that need legislative authorization designed to save money that he hopes Senator Wagner and Representative Grove will work with him to accomplish, including:• The merger of the Board of Probation and Parole with the Department of Corrections, which will generate an immediate $10 million in savings.• Moving the eHealth Partnership Authority to the Department of Human Services, which will generate an immediate $1 million in savings.• The reduction of management fees our pension systems pay to Wall Street firms, which will result in hundreds of millions in savings; however, not the $600 million that the report claims.Additionally, the governor proposed cutting the corporate net income tax in half, but Senator Wagner and Representative Grove were silent.As negotiations continue, the governor is committed to finding cost-savings, and he hopes to continue working with the legislature to reach final agreement on the 2016-17 budget, but these savings have to be real and achievable.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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AG Curtis Hill leads 18-state effort to resist public-nuisance lawsuits based on global climate change

first_imgIndianapolis, In. —Attorney General Curtis Hill argued in a brief filed this month that the cities of San Francisco and Oakland should not be able to use the common law of “public nuisance” to force five fossil fuel companies to pay for the harms the cities say the companies created by contributing to global climate change.“The issues surrounding climate change and its effects — and the proper balance of regulatory and commercial activity — present political questions that cannot be resolved by judicial decree,” Attorney General Hill said. “Indeed, were the court to intervene here it would trample Congress’s carefully calibrated process of cooperative federalism, in which states work in tandem with the EPA to administer the federal Clean Air Act.”Leading an 18-state coalition, Indiana filed its amicus brief on May 17. In the brief, Attorney General Hill urged the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the State of California on behalf of the two cities against the five named companies.“States have an especially strong interest in this case because the list of potential defendants is limitless,” Attorney General Hill said. “As utility owners, power plant operators, and significant users of fossil fuels, states and their political subdivisions themselves may be future defendants in similar actions. Our amicus brief should send a loud message that the rest of the nation will not stand idle while California tries to become its own regulatory empire.”last_img read more

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What channel is the PGA Championship on today? TV coverage, live streams for Sunday’s Round 4

first_img3-9 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVLIVE: Follow SN’s PGA Championship leaderboard for updatesHow to live stream the PGA ChampionshipESPN+ will have a large presence streaming through all four days of the 2020 PGA Championship, including early live streams, featured groups and featured holes. Those with active cable subscriptions can watch TV simulcasts on either WatchESPN or CBS All Access, depending on which station is broadcasting at the time. Another option is fuboTV, which streams live sports and is offering a seven-day free trial.Live stream: ESPN+, WatchESPN, CBS All Access, fuboTV (7-day free trial)DateTimeLive streamThursday, Aug. 610 a.m. to 4 p.m. (early live stream)ESPN+ 4-10 p.m. (featured hole)ESPN+ 4-10 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVSunday, Aug. 9noon-3 p.m. ETESPN, fuboTV 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (featured groups)ESPN+ 4-10 p.m. (TV simulcast)WatchESPN, fuboTVFriday, Aug. 710 a.m. to 4 p.m. (early live stream)ESPN+ noon-3 p.m. (TV simulcast)WatchESPN, fuboTV PGA Championship TV coverage 2020ESPN will handle broadcasts of the 2020 PGA Championship through the first two rounds. Starting with Round 3 on Saturday, ESPN will split coverage with CBS — the former broadcasting the action from 1-4 p.m. ET and the latter taking over from 4-10. ESPN and CBS will split coverage for the final round of action on Sunday from noon-3 p.m. ET and 3-9 p.m. ET, respectively.DateTimeTV channelThursday, Aug. 64-10 p.m. ETESPN, fuboTVFriday, Aug. 74-10 p.m. ETESPN, fuboTVSaturday, Aug. 81-4 p.m. ETESPN, fuboTV 3-9 p.m. (TV simulcast)CBS All Access, fuboTV The 2020 PGA Championship has no shortage of options to tune in, either on TV or via live stream.For the first time in 30 years, ESPN has been granted a share of broadcast rights, broadcasting the action on Thursday and Friday. Starting with Round 3, it will split the event with CBS. 3-9 p.m. (featured hole)ESPN+ 1-4 p.m. (TV simulcast)ESPN, fuboTV 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (featured groups)ESPN+ 4-10 p.m. (TV simulcast)CBS All Access, fuboTVSunday, Aug. 910 a.m. to noon (online broadcast)ESPN+ With that, here is the full breakdown of TV and live streaming schedules for every round of the PGA Championship.MORE: Watch the PGA Championship live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)What channel is the PGA Championship on today?TV channels: ESPN, CBSRound 4 coverage times: Noon-3 p.m. ET (ESPN), 3-9 p.m. ET (CBS)ESPN will broadcast early-round coverage of Sunday’s Round 4 from noon-3 p.m. ET; CBS will then take over and provide coverage from 3-9 p.m. ET. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (featured groups)ESPN+ 4-10 p.m. (TV simulcast)WatchESPN, fuboTVSaturday, Aug. 811 a.m. to 1 p.m. (online broadcast)ESPN+ 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (featured groups)ESPN+last_img read more

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