Governor Wolf Vetoes Republican Stopgap, Calls on Republican Leaders to get Serious about Pennsylvania’s Future

first_img September 29, 2015 Governor Wolf Vetoes Republican Stopgap, Calls on Republican Leaders to get Serious about Pennsylvania’s Future Schools That Teach,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed the Republican stopgap budget and called on Republican leadership to get serious about negotiating a final budget that moves the commonwealth forward. Governor Wolf released the following statement:“Instead of seriously negotiating a final budget that funds education with a commonsense severance tax, fixes our deficit without gimmicks and provides property tax relief for middle-class families and seniors, Republican leaders passed a stopgap budget that once again sells out the people of Pennsylvania to oil and gas companies and Harrisburg special interests. Republican leaders are intent on Harrisburg politics as usual and embracing a failed status quo that is holding Pennsylvania back. Just like their sham budget in June, this stopgap budget makes it clear that Republican leaders not only want to do nothing to move the commonwealth forward, but they are intent on taking us backwards. If the Republican budget became law, our deficit would balloon to $3 billion, and instead of restoring education funding, even further cuts would become necessary, and our credit rating would become junk status – that’s unacceptable.“Throughout negotiations, I have tried hard to compromise, and recently, I offered historic reforms to the liquor and pension systems, two areas Republicans say are priorities, and in return, I have received nothing on education, a severance tax or fixing the deficit. Despite the political posturing and blatant obstruction by Republican leaders, I know there are rank and file Republican legislators who understand the importance of investing in education and there are rank and file Republican legislators who support a commonsense severance tax. Now is the time to come together to accomplish that goal – Pennsylvania cannot wait any longer.“At every turn, Republican leaders have prevented serious negotiations because they are unwilling to take on oil and gas companies and Harrisburg special interests to make the long-term investments in education and the changes needed to help Pennsylvania families.”For a copy of Governor Wolf’s veto message, click here.# # #center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Heads up when visiting SERF

first_imgIf you want your head knocked off, simply show up at 9 p.m. at the SERF, and the men’s water polo team will give its best effort to help you out.”You’re fine,” player Kevin Zakrzewski said after I ducked from a loose ball during our interview behind the goal. “If it goes over the high pipes and the [goalie] starts falling on his back, then move!”Thirty minutes later, I was moving. I ended up getting three balls thrown in my direction — mostly at my head.I loved it!I knew the night would be filled with entertainment as soon as the team’s best player, John Wickes, dove into the pool and head-butted a ball into the air.The whole experience reminded me of a sick and twisted dodgeball tournament.This all occurred last Tuesday, when I showed up at the SERF and watched these guys — and one girl — play. It was a blast. It was intense, exciting and very entertaining.Starting at 9 p.m., polo players descend upon the SERF and immediately begin treading water for two hours while roughly scrimmaging each other. Balls fly in all directions. It’s crazy.It’s a well-organized practice, but you never know what is going to happen next.”Here is what water polo is about,” says Zakrzewski. “It’s swimming, soccer, basketball on water with the goals, wrestling and football without the pads. All while trying not to be drowned.”Speaking of drowning, what does happen under the water?”Everything happens underwater that that you would expect,” water polo coach Mike Clay said. “But the majority of guys aren’t trying to go after your junk. … You can get kicked, beat, scratched, elbows thrown, everything. I’ve had eyes busted open, lips busted open, anything you could imagine, happens.””Just let your imagination ride,” Zakrzewski added. “Anything can be grabbed, scratched, kicked and pulled. Just use your imagination. Anything that you think could happen has happened to me.”So with this intense club sport, one would think you would need some experience to play.”You just need to be able to swim,” Clay said. “We will take care of the rest.”Added Zakrzewski: “Most of the guys on the team had little experience when they first joined. They have really come together and improved this year.”Practices run three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday), and most of the team usually swims an hour before workout begins. On the weekend, the team travels to tournaments. In the past, the team has traveled to Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and Auburn.Since water polo is only a club sport, the road trips are just about as fun as one could imagine. Twenty or so boys on the road — anything goes!”We party, we have a good time,” Clay said. “A lot of the schools we visit, the host team usually has a party for us after the tournament. We have a good time. If we didn’t, the guys wouldn’t come. It is all about the experience.””It is just a big group of friends going on a road trip,” Zakrzewski explained. “The bonus is that we get to play water polo.”Just last weekend the team hosted a tournament with an impressive turnout at the SERF.After battling Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, the polo team walked away with the crown.”It was a great tournament,” Clay said. “For our game against Minnesota, we had a lot of people turn out. We could have had more, but there wasn’t any room.”A hot and crowded atmosphere to watch these guys play is a small sacrifice compared to the sacrifices these club athletes make to win tournaments.Before the start of the fall semester, the SERF was closed and the team needed a place to play. With a shortage of deep pools in Madison, the team chose the next-best option — Lake Mendota.”It was miserable,” Clay joked. “All the people at the Terrace were staring at us, probably wondering, ‘What are those guys doing in Speedos on the pier?’ At least we got extra time to practice.”The team enjoys each practice. It is just another chance for the players to hang out with one another.”We are friends more than anything,” Clay said. “[Water polo] is great and it is fun. I wish more people would join us. … It’s a great sport and it gets you in shape.”Added player Chris Anderson: “We are just a bunch of highly competitive people that hate losing.”Comments can be e-mailed to Shannon at [email protected]last_img read more

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The return of Cristóbal strengthens the Azulona engine room

first_imgThe doubts in the center of the field are resolved with The return of Cristobal. He has started in 23 of the 27 days disputed, playing the ninety minutes in twenty-one of those 23 games. Curiously, el Fuenlabrada did not know the victory in the matches in which Christopher left from the bench or was not in the announcement. Mere’s extension on the grass, one of the players who more recover in the category and the faithful couple of Clavería in the engine room. Cristóbal’s sanction match corresponded to the meritorious draw in La Romareda, one of the most complicated squares of Second. Mere either could line up Pathé Ciss, a priori substitute for Cristóbal, one by one subluxation on the shoulder and had to give holder entry to Jose Rodriguez. This came in the last week of the market, without a competitive rhythm as it did not have a record in Málaga, its previous club, but signed a remarkable performance in the 68 ‘ That was on the field. His legs did not give for more. José Rodríguez or Ciss, substitutes for guaranteesAlthough the ownership of Cristóbal seems safe seeing its importance in the plans of the blue coach, the good image that José Rodríguez left in the Aragonese stadium could give the alternative to ‘eight’ In the center of the field. On the other hand, Pathé Ciss He did not train with the group yesterday and the idea is that he can join the sessions in the next few days.center_img Cristóbal is back after serving penalty for his unfortunate incident against Girona. Great news for the Azulona parish. The return of Madrid lightens the burden of worries from Mere Beautiful, blue coach, facing the confrontation against him Lugo, key party to meet again the victory.last_img read more

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Man United line up v Arsenal: Spain international to return? Plus Falcao’s latest setback

first_imgLouis Van Gaal delivered mixed news for Manchester United fans suggesting David De Gea and Michael Carrick could be fit to face to Arsenal tomorrow, but Radamel Falcao is facing two more weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury.Following the international break, the club reported up to 12 players who could be absent for the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Arsenal – live and exclusive on talkSPORT, Saturday, from 5pm.Daley Blind suffered a serious knee injury in the Netherlands’ 6-0 win over Latvia and is expected to be out until the new year, while defenders Marcos Rojo, Rafael, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are still on the treatment table. Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard are both long-term absentees.Van Gaal has question marks over Luke Shaw and Carrick, while De Gea returned to training yesterday and could return barring any ruccurence of a finger injury which ruled him out of international duty.Here’s an injured XI based on United’s injury woes from this week:Van Gaal also confirmed that Monaco loanee Falcao suffered a new injury in training, leading to questions over the Colombian’s long-term fitness.The 28-year-old has made just five appearances, scoring once for the Red Devils since his deadline day arrival and he has missed the last three league games with a knee problem.Falcao reassured fans the new injury was a calf problem sustained in training, but despite the former Atletico Madrid’s man reputation as one of the world’s deadliest strikers, some fans have dismissed the idea of making Falcao’s deal permanent for a reported £43m at the end of the season.See some of the reaction here…United fans, how worrying is the club’s injury list? Should Falcao be signed on permanent deal despite his injury concerns? Comment below… 1 Louis Van Gaal delivered mixed news for Manchester United fans suggesting David De Gea and Michael Carrick could be fit to face to Arsenal tomorrow, but Radamel Falcao is facing two more weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury. last_img read more

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