Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets Ed Woodward deadline to complete Man Utd summer transfer business Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 May 2019 6:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link48Shares Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly decided to sell Anthony Martial this summer (Picture: Getty) Comment Ed Woodward has held several meetings with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Man Utd’s summer transfer business (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Ed Woodward to complete Manchester United’s summer transfer business before the club’s pre-season tour of Australasia.The Norwegian masterminded a record-breaking run of form upon succeeding Jose Mourinho in December, but United’s results have tailed of disastrously in recent weeks.Sunday’s 1-1 draw at already relegated Huddersfield finally put paid to hopes of a top four finish and Solskajer’s side could face the ignominy of beginning a Europa League campaign on July 25 should they fail to overtake Arsenal following the final game of the domestic season on Sunday.Solskjaer has already publicly admitted that several members of his current squad lack the mentality to represent the club and will be discarded in the summer, regardless of their standing.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Jadon Sancho is likely to remain at Borussia Dortmund this summer (Picture: Getty)The 46-year-old was reportedly furious with Anthony Martial he appeared to be day dreaming during the warm-up ahead of a crucial match with Chelsea last month, while Paul Pogba’s future remains a matter of intense speculation with Real Madrid ready to make a move during the close season.Solskjaer has reportedly outlined his intention to build his side around academy graduate Scott McTominay, who has grown in stature and influence in recent weeks, but is still expected to oversee a significant rebuild once the transfer re-opens.United begin their pre-season campaign on July 8 and are due to play their first friendly against Perth Glory five days later by which time the MEN reports that Solskjaer hopes to have welcomed several new faces to the fold.Solskjaer is not necessarily after star names, and is unlikely to be able to broker a deal for England teenage sensation Jadon Sancho, but wants to add to his forward line and strengthen at full-back.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors
Astronautical adverts are having a moment: Pepsi has one starring Paul Rudd and Michael Peña, now Kronenbourg is sending its own star into space – Eric Cantona. Cantona is shown giving a press conference (at ‘ALSASA’) in which he explains that since everyone in Alsace knows Kronenbourg is the ‘taste supreme in the world’, it’s time to up the game and prove it on a universal level. It’s not clear how this will work – which may be the reason for Cantona’s gallic shrug to camera. The ad plays to his deadpan strengths, finding space for a gnomic classic: ‘today’s laurels are tomorrow’s compost’.A series of funny follow-ups show Cantona in training, giving more time to the badly-dressed misfits apparently running the mission. But how will Kronenbourg conclude the campaign?
Here to Help is a campaign from the Food Standards Agency which provides easy online access to practical information and resources to support food businesses. It features tailored guidance, case studies, industry insight and webinars to help food businesses get back and stay on their feet following the challenges of Covid-19. Support will continue across the summer and will react to the changing needs of food businesses. Are you a food business that had to adapt to stay afloat during Covid-19? You are not alone. Many food businesses have continued to thrive through the pandemic by diversifying their type of business, such as pivoting to home delivery and selling food online. While you can’t predict what the future brings (especially these days), making sure you do things correctly to keep everyone safe and your business compliant is a big win.So in the latest of our Guide for SMEs series, we asked the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for some tips on how you can adapt and trade safely in the new normal.“For many food businesses, coronavirus has marked a profound and lasting shift in how they operate. Since lockdown, food heroes across the country have worked hard to adapt to the changing situation and respond to the often unprecedented challenges arising from this pandemic,” says the Food Standards Agency’s head of regulatory compliance, Michael Jackson.“We are proud that the food industry has risen to the challenge, finding innovative ways to connect with their customers, while maintaining good social distancing, food hygiene and food safety measures.”If you have changed or adapted your business model, reading our guidance and acting accordingly will help you address the potential risks introduced by the ‘new normal’. We want to ultimately support you to protect your customers and build their confidence in your business.”I am considering changing how I operate my food business due to the pandemic. What are the things I need to do to trade safely?The first thing you need to do is let your local authority or council know that you have changed your business model, so they are aware.Will I need to redo my paperwork?Sometimes changing your business model can introduce additional food safety risks into your operations. You will need to review and, where necessary, update your HACCP-based Food Safety Management System (such as Safer food, better business). Also consider the impact of the changes. You should check that the changes you have made have not introduced any additional hazards and consider the impact of these changes to your usual hygiene and food safety practices.How will this affect my staff?You should make all staff aware of changes to your Food Safety Management Systems, and how this will affect them. Do make sure they receive the necessary training to enable them to manage the changed processes.I’m planning on selling food online. What do I need to consider when it comes to providing allergen information?If you are selling food online, don’t forget you must provide allergen information at the point of sale (for example on your website) and at the point of delivery (for example on the food container). This is a legal requirement and important to ensure your customers can make safe food choices.I’ve changed my model to delivery and takeaway. What should I consider?All food must be delivered to consumers safely, so it does not become unsafe or unfit to eat. Food that needs refrigerating must be kept cool while being transported. This may need to be packed in an insulated box with a coolant gel pack or in a cool bag. Equally, food that needs to be kept hot should be packed in an insulated bag.Can I use my car to transport food? If you use a domestic vehicle (or a non-food industry business vehicle) to transport your food orders, look on our website for the hygiene requirements and vehicle specifications that should be met.I’m packing food up for delivery – any tips? Select appropriate food-grade packaging that is designed, for example, for the transport of hot food, to make sure the transported food is safe and its quality is maintained. Think about how to prevent leaks, or to stop grease soaking through, so that contaminants or germs won’t transfer onto the food. Well-fitting lids or closures will also minimise any hygiene or spillage risks.My usual supplier is having problems. What should I be looking for when sourcing a new supplier and products?It’s so important to only purchase food from reputable suppliers. We are aware that the disruptive effect of Covid-19 has introduced risks of misrepresentation and illicit supply practices to meet demand. Be vigilant when faced with a deal that’s too good to be true. It usually is.Also, if sourcing a substitute product to replace one you usually use, do not assume the ingredients are the same and make sure you check for any allergens you would need to take account of. You can report suspected food crime to the National Food Crime Unit. You can also report a business behaving unfairly, or profiteering, during Covid-19 to the Competition & Markets Authority.For more on the practical steps on how to start a food business from home, visit the FSA’s Here to Help guidance.
January 09, 2018 Governor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol for Crucial Assistance During Winter Storm Press Release, Public Safety, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today thanked the more than 50 volunteers from the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who responded to a short-notice weather emergency in Erie during the Christmas holiday. Nearly five feet of lake-effect snow severely hampered normal movement around the city and multiple state agencies, including the Pennsylvania National Guard, responded to provide relief to residents.“I am always proud of our emergency management teams and our first responders, and no more so than today as we recognize the work of the Civil Air Patrol,” Governor Wolf said. “These volunteers give new meaning to the definition of first responders with their incredible dedication and quick action to help in emergency situations such as the one in Erie.”“Civil Air Patrol Coordination Officers provided vital information during the weather emergency planning process,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “Their input and quick response time allowed us to get this critical capability into Erie sooner ensuring the safety and health of more than 200 citizens during that difficult time.”Members of the CAP provided aid to vulnerable residents, such as the elderly and those with medical conditions or disabilities.The Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol has units based throughout the commonwealth and are closely nested with the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) during emergency response situations.“In a time of crisis, we know we can count on the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol,” Governor Wolf said. “They bring tremendous capability to our communities and provide great opportunities to teach our youth about service, integrity and respect.”“This operation went very well considering the extreme working conditions,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Regan, deputy adjutant general for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. “It showed just how vital it is for us to have a great partnership with the CAP and to be able to efficiently coordinate our efforts.”The PNG has a long-standing partnership with the CAP, which are both headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County. As unpaid volunteers, members of the CAP offer an amplification of rescue skills to the commonwealth during natural disasters. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Veteran-Owned Homeland Manufacturing Services in Centre County, Creation of New Jobs
Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Homeland Manufacturing Services, Inc. (Homeland), a veteran-owned electronics manufacturer, will expand and establish a new facility in Benner Township, Centre County, supporting the creation and retention of 30 jobs in the area.“Any time we can support Pennsylvania veterans in their business enterprises, it’s great news – but especially so when it means the business is creating good, reliable jobs in the manufacturing sector,” Governor Wolf said. “Homeland has been growing in Centre County since 2011, and I applaud its decision to continue its growth right here in Pennsylvania.”Homeland requires more production capacity to grow, and will establish a new facility in Benner Township with an initial 12,500 square feet of space. The company will invest at least $1.96 million into the project, which is expected to create 10 new full-time jobs and retain a further 20 jobs over the next three years.“As one of the fastest-growing veteran-owned private manufacturers in the U.S., we’re proud to expand right here in Centre County where we’ve been since the start,” said John Bonislawski, president and CEO of Homeland. “We appreciate the support of the Governor’s Action Team in making this expansion a reality.”Homeland received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $13,500 grant through the WEDnet program to assist with job training costs, and was also approved for a $2.65 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) earlier this month. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership (MVEDP).“Back in September, the MVEDP was very pleased when the PIDA board approved our organization to administer the PIDA loan program throughout all of Centre County, and in less than one month, we were involved with John Bonislawski to assist him with a PIDA loan for his expansion project,” said Stan LaFuria, executive director of the MVEDP. “We are pleased and proud to partner with the state to support this expansion project that will create jobs here in the region.”Homeland is a veteran-owned full-service electronics manufacturing services provider created in 2011. The company is driven by the principles of lean manufacturing and certified with a 9001:2008 quality management standard from the International Organization for Standardization, which denotes the company consistently meets customer satisfaction standards and regulatory requirements. Homeland has extensive experience in electronics manufacturing process development and control, supply chain management, program management, quality systems, and design for manufacturability.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. October 23, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Veteran-Owned Homeland Manufacturing Services in Centre County, Creation of New Jobs
February 05, 2019 Budget News, Economy, Education, Remarks Governor Tom Wolf2019 Budget AddressTRANSCRIPT:Lieutenant Governor Fetterman, Speaker Turzai, President Scarnati. . .Leader Corman, Leader Costa, Leader Cutler, Leader Dermody. . .Members of the General Assembly, invited guests, friends and family, especially my wife Frances… and my fellow Pennsylvanians,This is my fifth budget address, and for the last four years sitting to my left was Karen Coates: a trusted advisor to Speaker Turzai, a friend, mother, sister, daughter, and respected member of our community.And for the same four years, I would look out into the chamber and see Flo Fabrizio, Mike O’Brien, and Sid Kavulich. This year, they are not with us. Let us all remember their lasting impact, commitment to service, and carry forward in their memory.Three weeks ago, I had the honor of taking the oath of office for another term as Governor.I spoke of a Commonwealth on a comeback – a Pennsylvania on a path to a more functional government, a more prosperous economy, and a brighter future for our children.The people of our Commonwealth have proven that, despite the challenges we face, Pennsylvania remains a place worthy of its history – a place where people can find good work, strong communities, and opportunity for their kids.And, here in Harrisburg, we’ve proven that despite our differences, we remain capable of doing what Washington just cannot seem able to do: tackle big challenges, put aside petty partisanship, and serve the public interest.We must never forget that embedded in Pennsylvania’s history is the fact that not one, but two noble experiments were launched here.First, there was William Penn’s “Holy Experiment”.Second, the Founders launched their own experiment in self-government.Both of these are perpetual experiments.When we reaffirm our commitment to these experiments we honor both our history and those Founders.And we show our constituents that, whether they voted for us or not, those experiments are in good hands and their government is worthy of their trust.Now, we have a chance to show that good faith once again.In proposing and debating this budget, we get to the heart of our perpetual experiment in self-government.We show the Founders that we can govern ourselves.Today, I put forth my budget proposal.And let me cut to the chase.This proposal asks for no new taxes. Not one dollar. Not one dime. Not one penny.At the same time, this budget proposes to do a number of things aimed at improving the lives of our fellow citizens. The people of Pennsylvania have made substantial sacrifices in recent years to help our state get up off the mat – and despite a budget that asks for no new taxes, we now have a chance to continue making some important new investments on their behalf.Investments in our schools. Investments to make sure more Pennsylvanians of all ages have real choices when it comes to their health care decisions. Continued investments to reinforce our commitment to the battle against the opioid epidemic that has claimed the lives of so many of our neighbors. Investments to support our farmers and agricultural producers so they can continue to sustain our rural communities for generations to come.In the coming weeks, we’ll have the chance to discuss, debate, and negotiate the details.And I will ask for your partnership in ensuring that this important work continues and that we maintain our commitment to advancing this experiment in self-government.My administration has worked hard to make these investments possible – striving to run our government not just more ethically, but more efficiently, so that it is worthy of the public trust and capable of advancing the public interest.We’ve saved billions of taxpayer dollars and reduced the number of state employees – without furloughs, all while improving customer service.We’ve gotten rid of facilities and leases that we don’t use or need while consolidating commonwealth operations within the capitol complex.We’ve made the procurement process smarter and more efficient.And we will continue to look for ways to streamline government so we can invest in the things that matter to Pennsylvanians while at the same time serving them better.Today, however, I want to focus on the most significant element of this budget proposal – a comprehensive plan for preparing Pennsylvanians to compete, and win, in our rapidly changing economy.A plan to create a new generation of prosperity in our commonwealth by building the strongest workforce in the nation.The credit for our economic success has always belonged to the people of Pennsylvania,the innovators who turned new ideas into new industries, the business leaders who built great companies large and small, and the working women and men who toiled in fields and mines and factories – not to mention research labs and classrooms and cubicles.There’s a reason Pennsylvanians know names like Carnegie, Hershey, Westinghouse – and a reason why we believe so strongly in the power of our work ethic and the importance of individual responsibility.That’s who we are.But, in the background, government has been there working on our behalf: building canals and highways so manufacturers could get their goods to market, protecting the integrity of the marketplace to ensure fair competition, and helping to unlock the potential offered by our abundant resources.In the end, however, our most important economic resource has always been our people.It’s always been workers that have propelled our prosperity.That’s why we’ve always made sure to invest in public schools, universities, and training centers.The path to prosperity begins with an educated workforce.That’s as true today as it’s always been.But while that principle remains intact, a lot about our economy has changed.New businesses. New industries. New technology. New competition.And with all that, we have a need for new skills.Over the last four years, Pennsylvania has created more than 12,000 new businesses, and more than 239,000 new jobs.We’ve begun to match and advance beyond our neighbors.Now it’s time for us to really pull ahead.Today, I present a comprehensive plan to help grow our economy by continuing to invest in our workforce.This plan calls on contributions from the business community, labor unions, educators, research institutions, students, parents, and adult workers.And it increases opportunity for every Pennsylvanian at every stage of life – from birth to retirement.I’m proposing a package of policies and investments called the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program.It’s the next step we can take together to build on all of the work we’ve done over the past four years.Consider just how far we’ve already come.We’ve made Pennsylvania a leader in computer science education by establishing a workforce development initiative that invests in computer science and STEM education programs for K-12 students.We’ve increased the number of career and technical education students earning industry-recognized credentials by 34 percent and increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in career and technical education programs by 27 percent.We’ve provided high school students options to demonstrate graduation readiness as alternatives to high-stakes standardized testing.We’ve increased participation to nearly 800 registered apprenticeship programs and almost 17,000 active apprenticeships.And we’ve assisted nearly 3,000 companies in training more than 145,000 incumbent workers across the commonwealth to help employees develop new skills to thrive in their jobs.But we know there is more to do.When Amazon made its decision not to locate its second headquarters in Pennsylvania, it cited workforce concerns as a main reason. And in western Pennsylvania, we’ve struggled to find Pennsylvanians to fill the jobs as welders and pipefitters at the Shell Cracker Plant.Across the commonwealth, we have workers aging out of our workforce, and too often the next generation of worker is not there or doesn’t have the skills to replace them.If we can’t strengthen our workforce, we will fall behind.And we cannot let our government’s response to this problem be handcuffed by stale habit.We need to continue to break down silos.We need to inject our efforts with common purpose.And we need to make sure that, as leaders, we are providing direction and giving teeth to our workforce efforts.That’s why we are going to do something a little different.Starting immediately, we are going to put together a Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center.Agency secretaries are going to meet each week with plans in hand and sit together to make sure no workforce effort walks alone or falls through some crack in the state government.If the Department of Community and Economic Development knows a company that needs 20 welders and the Department of Labor and Industry has a welding program, we’re going to connect them.Those connections within state government are valuable and necessary.But we also need to hear from businesses and labor. Not just when they’re upset, and not just when we tour a facility in a hard hat. We need to hear from them constantly.We need to know when there is a problem right away so we can fix it.If a labor union is having trouble establishing a training program because of antiquated procedures, then we need to fix it.We need to get those workers trained and into the workforce.If a business can’t hire a worker because of an out-of-date or unnecessary rule or regulation, we need to know about it so we can take action.If medical professionals are concerned about a licensing backlog, they need receptive ears in state government.We’re also not going to try to solve every workforce problem on our own.The command center will have a first-of-its-kind Employer Fund, a public-private partnership that empowers businesses to address the skills gap from their end and encourages them to share their best ideas and best practices so that we can scale them up and learn from their success.After all, government doesn’t have a monopoly on good ideas for addressing these challenges – but it can serve as an incubator for the best ones, and a partner for putting them into action.The Command Center is going to be led by the secretaries of the departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry, and State, three agencies that have the largest impact on Pennsylvania’s workforce and business development.We are also going to bring outside voices in.My friends Gene Barr and Rick Bloomingdale will also be co-chairs. They co-chaired my Middle Class Task Force which helped launch many of the workforce development ideas we implemented last year and that I’m proposing to build on in this plan.And they’ll be joined by Tony Bartolomeo of Team PA and Auditor General DePasquale who has worked on these issues and will have important recommendations.But we need to do more.We need policies that start at the very beginning, and end with every Pennsylvanian receiving an excellent education and the opportunity to land a good job.Last year, I convened a Ready To Start Task Force, charging it with finding ways to improve the lives of children under three and their families.I know that no new parent looks at their baby and sees a spreadsheet, but the fact is that preparing our kids for success starts long before they ever enter a classroom or even take their first steps. And providing services for children helps to get parents into the workforce and fight poverty.That’s why this new program includes funding for home visits to support vulnerable pregnant women, new mothers, and at-risk infants and toddlers.Home visiting programs promote healthy relationships and safe and stable home environments.They’re proven to work in preventing adverse childhood experiences, giving children and their parents the skills they need to reach their full potential and lift families out of poverty and into good jobs.You know: we already have programs like this working in Pennsylvania.Misericordia University is home to one of only eight programs in the country that helps single mothers who are struggling economically to complete a college degree.The program provides counseling, housing, and other services to help mothers get into the workforce.We plan to replicate this innovative job training program all across the commonwealth.And this program leverages federal funds to improve our child care system, so we can get more kids off of waiting lists and into high-quality support systems – and help more parents make their way into the workforce.Pennsylvania’s children deserve every opportunity to succeed when they enter our public school system.And they deserve to enter a public school system that isn’t just adequate, but world-class.Restoring $1 billion in funding to our schools was an important first step. But now we need to go further.We must continue to increase funding for education – starting with pre-K and culminating at the end of a student’s journey.But that’s not all.It’s time to lower the age of compulsory attendance to age 6, bringing our commonwealth in line with the vast majority of other states.And we should consider going even further – with a careful study of the costs and benefits of moving to universal free full-day kindergarten for every 5-year-old in Pennsylvania.Meanwhile, we should increase the minimum dropout age to 18, and partner with school districts to keep our graduation rate rising.Of course, no Governor or legislator can do more for a child than a teacher can. And my program empowers teachers to do even more through a program called TeacherWORKS that provides them with workplace experience in Pennsylvania businesses so they can better understand the needs of employers.We ask a lot of our teachers. And if we’re going to prepare the next generation of Pennsylvanians for the jobs of the future, we’re going to be asking even more of those teachers – including more training, and more accountability.Teachers, on the other hand? They just want safe schools to work in; support from administrative staff; a fair wage for the important work they do. That’s not asking a lot.But the law governing teacher pay hasn’t been updated since the 1980s. And so our classroom teachers have been too often getting the short end of the stick.I don’t think anyone here in Harrisburg would say that we shouldn’t value the contributions our educators have made over the last 30 years – and I don’t think anyone would disagree that they have a critical role to play in securing our prosperity over the next 30.And yet, our government has failed to address this injustice.That ends now.My plan increases the pay floor for teachers to $45,000 a year. This is a real investment in our future.It’s an investment the state – not local school districts – will make – and it’s included in this budget.This is a fully funded mandate.We are going to start competing to recruit and retain the very best education professionals, not just in well-funded suburban school districts, but in every community – every zip code in our Commonwealth.This could be a game-changer for our schools – especially for our communities that are struggling to attract and retain the next generation of educators.In fact, most districts that cannot afford to pay their teachers more are located in the heart of rural Pennsylvania, and it is time to make sure we are investing in educators in those areas today to prepare our kids for the competitive world of tomorrow.We’re also going to do more to recruit students – ambitious, brilliant, creative young women and men who are looking for the next step in their education.Our commonwealth is blessed with a terrific system of colleges and universities – including community colleges.We all know that our post-secondary institutions are laboratories for innovation.But they are also launchpads for job creators and the skilled workers that will fill those jobs.That’s why my plan creates a new grant program for students who graduate from a Pennsylvania community college with an associate’s degree or other industry-recognized credential – and then stay in Pennsylvania to start their careers. If you’re willing to put your newly-acquired skills to work here in our Commonwealth, the least we can do is help you avoid carrying around a crushing burden of student debt.And if you’re a parent who wants to trade up from a job that pays the bills to a job that can sustain your family, my plan includes a Parent Pathway initiative designed to help you get the education you need to get ahead even while you prepare your own kids for success.Indeed, my workforce program isn’t just about the jobs of tomorrow.It’s about the jobs of today.Last year, we launched PAsmart, a comprehensive, new initiative focusing on STEM skills, apprenticeships, career counseling, and public-private partnerships.No matter how old you are, now is a great time to acquire new skills – and we want to make that opportunity available to every Pennsylvanian.As part of the PAsmart initiative, we just launched a new website – PA SMART DOT GOV – that consolidates workforce resources and information for Pennsylvanians who want to get training and education to enter the workforce or expand their skills.It’s similar to the Business One-Stop Shop we built last year, and that we’re still improving upon.We need comprehensive digital portals for both businesses and workers that gets them all the information they need in one place, and breaks down agency barriers.This year, I’m proposing $10 million in new funding for PAsmart so we can fill more advanced manufacturing positions, help more non-traditional students obtain the training they need to compete in the job market, and create more jobs at better wages for more Pennsylvania workers.This program also includes funding to help returning veterans get the training they need to continue their contributions to our commonwealth as members of our workforce – and, even better, that funding is transferable, meaning that veterans can use it to help their kids get a college degree or career credential, as well.It’s a GI Bill for Pennsylvania.One more thing.We cannot comprehensively address our workforce development system without fixing our criminal justice system.Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians are shut out of our workforce or underemployed because of mistakes they’ve made in their past.Families are being denied providers. Employers are being denied skilled workers.We’ve already passed clean slate legislation, making us the first state in the country to do so.But we need to go further and make our criminal justice system more equitable and fair while helping people who have made amends enter the workforce.Indeed, even as we work on this budget, we also have to improve reentry programs and make it easier for those who have done their time to succeed in the workforce and their daily lives.Our challenge demands an all-hands on deck approach.And this budget proposal itself asks Pennsylvanians to come together – business leaders, educators, students, parents, workers – to address the challenge of renewing our prosperity for another generation.In my inaugural address, I asked us to do our best – right here in Harrisburg – to do two things.First to ensure that the interests of all Pennsylvanians are reflected in the policies we pursue.And, second, to show the world that Pennsylvanians know how to make representative democracy work.This budget is the embodiment of that noble effort.It asks for no new taxes – no new burdens on our citizens – while at the same time increasing dramatically our investments in the public goods that will make life better for all Pennsylvanians.This budget recognizes that government should not try to do everything; we have a long-held faith in our tradition of limited government and individual responsibility.But it also recognizes that government should not do nothing either.The public goods government invests in should make the lives of our fellow citizens better; public goods that give Pennsylvanians the skills they need to thrive in our 21st century economy; public goods that promote their safety and health; public goods that connect them more seamlessly with each other; public goods that keep our air and water clean.That’s what this budget aims to do.It makes investments in workforce readiness: our early childhood system, our schools, our universities, our community colleges, our apprenticeship training programs.It makes investments in ensuring that Pennsylvanians of all ages have real choices when it comes to their health care decisions.And, it continues to prioritize the fight against the opioid epidemic that has destroyed the livesof so many of our friends and neighbors.But above all else, this budget proclaims to the world that right here in Pennsylvania we do not indulge in the sterile politics of anger and insult; that here we know how to engage in the respectful and honest give and take that must stand at the heart of a functional democracy.While the rest of this country – and indeed the rest of the world – descends into divisive, nasty, and unproductive bouts of shouting, we are showing everyone else how democracy is supposed to work.So this is our challenge.It’s not just about yet another budget, it’s about our democracy.Let us show the world – along with the rest of our country – that right here in Pennsylvania we are making this experiment work; that we are re-dedicating ourselves to this noble experiment in democratic self-governanceLet’s show that in the way we tackle the challenge of preparing our Commonwealth for a brighter future – starting with this budget.This – and no less than this – is our task.This is also our privilege.May God bless us in this task.And may God bless the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.Thank you. Remarks by Governor Wolf at 2019 Budget Address SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Bridgeville Families, Businesses Hurt by Flooding February 28, 2019 Infrastructure, Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania Bridgeville, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Bridgeville leadership, and local businesses, to discuss the need for funding to assist Pennsylvania’s communities with storm preparedness and disaster recovery.“Last year was the wettest year on record in Pennsylvania, and communities across the state were impacted by record-breaking rainfall and flooding,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities deal with storm water mandates, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance to help protect our communities. Restore Pennsylvania will help homeowners put their lives back together after severe storms by establishing a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that the federal government will not fund.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold, infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four-years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Bridgeville, the governor outlined how Restore Pennsylvania will help the borough and Allegheny County by with flood prevention and disaster recovery. The National Weather Service reported that more rain fell over the area in June 2018 than had fallen in any other June in the past decade. An estimated 126 homes and 48 businesses were affected in some way by flooding on June 20.“I am encouraged and excited about the potential opportunities of Restore Pennsylvania,” said Lori Collins, Bridgeville Borough Manager. This proposal would assist a small municipality such as Bridgeville Borough with large hazard mitigation project needs assistance that has not been available to us in the past; allowing us the opportunity to invest in our community to provide a safe, prospering region for residents and business owners, and the foresight to plan for future economic development within our community.”Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here.
Executive Order – 2019-07- Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change through Electric Sector Emissions Reductions
October 03, 2019 Executive Order – 2019-07- Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change through Electric Sector Emissions Reductions Interaction with Regional Transmission Organization. The DEP, working with the Public Utility Commission, shall engage with PJM Interconnection to promote the integration of this program in a manner that preserves orderly and competitive economic dispatch within PJM and minimizes emissions leakage.Effective Date. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded by the Governor. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Environment Subject: Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change through Electric Sector Emissions ReductionsNumber: 2019-07By Direction of: Tom Wolf, GovernorDate: October 3, 2019WHEREAS, the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandate that we protect the Commonwealth’s air resources for the protection of public health, safety and well-being of our citizens; prevent injury to plant and animal life and to property; protect the comfort and convenience of the public and Commonwealth recreational resources; and develop, attract and expand industry, commerce and agriculture; and,WHEREAS, globally, there is a scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and there is wide agreement amongst scientific organizations that the cause is increased concentrations of greenhouse gasses (GHG) from anthropogenic activities; andWHEREAS, in 2015, the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment Update found that Pennsylvania has undergone a long-term warming of more than 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the prior 110 years, and that current warming trends are expected to increase at an accelerated rate with average temperatures projected to increase an additional 5.4 degrees by 2050; andWHEREAS, average annual precipitation has increased by approximately 10 percent over the past 100 years and, by 2050, is expected to increase by an additional 8 percent; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania is experiencing the numerous negative effects of these trends. 2018 was the wettest year on record in the Commonwealth. The increased rainfall resulted in extreme weather events and flooding throughout the state costing residents an estimated $144 million in reported damages, and costing the Commonwealth at least $125 million in damages to state-maintained infrastructure; andWHEREAS, heat-related illness and death are significant public health problems in the Northeastern United States. Projected temperature increases are expected to increase air pollution and diminish water quality, leading to more premature deaths, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits from heat stress such as exacerbated asthma and increased water-borne illnesses; andWHEREAS, Executive Order 2019-01, Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance, committed the Commonwealth to strive to reduce net GHG emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels, and to further reduce net GHG emissions by 80 percent by 2050; andWHEREAS on April 29, 2019, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan that identifies GHG emission trends and baselines in the Commonwealth, recommends cost-effective strategies for reducing or offsetting GHG emissions, quantifies costs and benefits of these strategies, and recommends limiting carbon emissions through an electricity sector cap and trade program; andWHEREAS, based upon data contained in Pennsylvania’s GHG Inventory, 30 percent of Pennsylvania’s total GHG emissions are produced by Pennsylvania’s electricity generation sector; andWHEREAS, cap and trade programs have an established track record as economically efficient, market-driven mechanisms for reducing pollution in a variety of contexts; andWHEREAS, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort of Nine East Coast states to reduce GHG emissions from the power sector. The RGGI participating states have collectively reduced power sector carbon dioxide pollution by over 45 percent since 2005, while experiencing per capita Gross Domestic Product growth and reducing energy costs for businesses; andWHEREAS, given the urgency of the climate crisis facing Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth must take concrete, economically sound and immediate steps to reduce GHG emissions.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do order and direct the DEP as follows:Rulemaking. By no later than July 31, 2020, develop and present to the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board a proposed rulemaking package to abate, control, or limit carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel-fired electric power generators, which rulemaking package shall be authorized by the Act of January 8, 1960 (1959 P.L. 2119, No. 787), known as the Air Pollution Control Act. The proposed rulemaking shall:Include a robust public outreach effort working with the business community, energy producers, energy suppliers, organized labor, environmental groups, and others to ensure that the development and implementation of this program results in reduced emissions, economic gains, and consumer savings;Establish a carbon dioxide budget consistent in stringency to that established in the RGGI participating states;Provide for the annual or more frequent auction of carbon dioxide emissions allowances through a market-based mechanism; andBe sufficiently consistent with the RGGI Model Rule such that allowances may be traded with holders of allowances from other states.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Clean Up and Renew Three Former Industrial Sites July 31, 2020 Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced three new projects funded by the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up former industrial sites in Berks, Bucks, and Montgomery counties to prepare them for use as residential properties, open space for park systems, and manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, call centers, and for small business space in general.“Investing in bringing new life to old and unutilized properties creates clean and safe spaces for surrounding communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will result in new opportunities like housing options, space for future outdoor recreational activities, and new jobs for these three counties.”The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.The three approved projectsBerks CountyThe Redevelopment Authority of the City of Reading was granted $878,612 for environmental remediation of the former Buttonwood Gateway site in Reading. The authority is partnering with the Delaware Valley Development Company (DVDC) to revitalize a long-blighted property by constructing 28 interlocking townhomes with integral parking garages, 12 walk-up apartments, and six three-bedroom townhomes, all with individual entrances and on-site parking. ISRP funds will be used to excavate the soil to an off-site disposal facility; place a cap to eliminate direct contact with soil; install monitory wells and three separate phase liquid recovery wells; conduct quarterly groundwater sampling, soil sampling, and separate phase liquid sampling; liquid waste characterization and disposal; drum disposal; soil vapor reporting; inspections; well abandonment; and reporting.Bucks CountyThe Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks (RDA) was granted $87,600 for an assessment at the former Bensalem Drum Dump Site. The site includes six blighted acres. A Phase I Assessment was completed in 2017 and revealed concentrations of several heavy metals including lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), perchloroethylene (PCE), and trichloroethylene (TCE). A Phase II Assessment was recently completed through a Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) grant. The RDA will continue assessing the site which is intended to be preserved as open space and incorporated into Bensalem Township’s municipal park system. ISRP funds will be used for soil investigation, groundwater sampling and analysis activities, groundwater monitoring wells, groundwater monitoring well survey activities, sub-slab soil gas sampling and analysis activities, aquifer testing, fate and transport modeling, Act 2 remedial investigation reports, and Act 2 procedural requirements.Montgomery CountyThe Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery was granted $76,582 for an assessment of the former Pottstown Plating Works property. The site is 3.89 acres and contains a two-story, 46,500-square-foot vacant building. The assessment will include soil samples, ground water samples, vapor intrusion evaluation, and reporting. The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery is working with 215 South Washington Street, LLC, to assess and remediate the site for use for light manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, call center, and general small business. The project is anticipated to create between 20 and 75 new jobs.For more information about the Industrial Site Reuse program or DCED, visit the DCED Website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
September 15, 2020 Español, Press Release, Voting & Elections Permitir el procesamiento anticipado de los votos por correo antes del día de las eleccionesSe alienta a los votantes a inscribirse ahora para emitir el voto por correo y que lo devuelvan mucho antes de las elecciones del 3 de noviembreLa votación en persona sigue siendo seguraA solo siete semanas de las elecciones del 3 de noviembre, el Gobernador Tom Wolf insta a que se tomen medidas legislativas inmediata con el fin de garantizar que los votantes puedan emitir su voto por correo anticipadamente y dar a los condados más tiempo para procesar y contar las boletas antes del día de las elecciones. El Gobernador también aseguró a los residentes de Pennsylvania que votar en persona es seguro y que se contarán todos los votos elegibles.“Votar durante una pandemia será diferente para todos nosotros, pero confío en que independientemente de cómo vote, los sistemas electorales de nuestro estado son seguros”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Es posible que el recuento de un número récord de votos no esté completo en la noche de las elecciones, pero lo más importante es que se cuenten todos los votos y los resultados sean exactos, incluso si lleva más tiempo de lo habitual.“Hemos logrado grandes mejoras en nuestras elecciones con los votos por correo, más seguridad y nuevos sistemas de votación con un rastro de papel. Pero esta será una elección histórica y la nación está observando. Por lo tanto, la legislatura debe tomar medidas inmediatas para mejorarla. Las modificaciones inteligentes que he descrito fortalecerán nuestras elecciones, ayudarán a las personas a votar de manera segura desde sus hogares y permitirán a los condados procesar de manera más eficaz la gran cantidad de boletas para que los resultados estén disponibles más rápidamente”.Las mejoras electorales que recomienda el Gobernador Wolf incluyen:Permitir a los condados comenzar el escrutinio previo 21 días antes del día de las elecciones para obtener resultados exactos más rápidamente. La ley actual no permite que los condados comiencen este proceso hasta las 7 a.m. del día de las elecciones. El procedimiento, que requiere mucho tiempo, implica escanear y verificar el sobre de la boleta, verificar la elegibilidad del votante, abrir el correo y los sobres confidenciales, y sacar y escanear la boleta. Los condados no tabularían ni reportarían los totales de los votos hasta que las urnas se cierren a las 8 p.m. el día de las elecciones.Permitir que los condados cuenten las boletas elegibles con matasellos del día de la elección y recibidas hasta el viernes siguiente al día de la elección para garantizar que se cuenten todas las boletas enviadas por correo antes de la fecha límite.Exigir que los condados comiencen a enviar boletas para emitir el voto por correo al menos 28 días antes de la elección en lugar de 14 días como se exige actualmente. Muchos condados envían las boletas por correo a los votantes anticipadamente, pero este cambio garantiza que los votantes que soliciten emitir el voto por correo anticipadamente tengan al menos cuatro semanas para recibir y devolver su boleta.Permitir que los condados designen trabajadores electorales para los puestos vacantes con anterioridad a los cinco días previos a una elección. Todavía se necesitan más trabajadores electorales, y el Departamento de Estado está alentando a las empresas, universidades y organizaciones a comunicarse con la oficina electoral de su condado y solicitar voluntarios en sus recintos locales.“Hace un año, hicimos la mayor mejora a nuestras leyes electorales en 80 años, que incluye la opción de votar por correo”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Ese acuerdo histórico está haciendo que la votación sea más conveniente y más segura para millones de residentes de Pennsylvania. Este es el momento de realizar otro acuerdo histórico. Lo hicimos antes y podemos volver a hacerlo”.En la conferencia de prensa del Gobernador en la York Grace Brethren Church, un lugar de votación del condado de York, estuvieron la Secretaria de Estado Kathy Boockvar, el Comisionado del condado de York Doug Hoke, la Comisionada del condado de Montgomery la Dra. Valerie A. Arkoosh, el Representante Kevin Boyle, Presidente demócrata del Comité de Gobierno del Estado de la Cámara de Representantes y la Representante Carol Hill-Evans.“Los habitantes de Pennsylvania tienen opciones de votación más seguras, accesibles y convenientes que nunca para las elecciones de 2020”, dijo la Secretaria de Estado Kathy Boockvar. “Pueden emitir su voto por correo. En unas pocas semanas, pueden votar anticipadamente en persona en las oficinas electorales de su condado. O pueden votar en su lugar de votación local el día de las elecciones. Las reformas adicionales que perseguimos mejorarán estas opciones, brindarán salvaguardas adicionales para que todos los votos elegibles puedan ser contados y garantizarán que podamos brindar los resultados electorales oportunamente”.Los votantes abrazaron abrumadoramente la votación por correo en las primarias de junio, la primera vez que fue una opción según la Ley 77 de 2019, que el Gobernador Wolf firmó el año pasado. Se emitieron casi 1.5 millones de votos por correo, más de los que se votaron en persona en los lugares de votación.“Como legisladores, tenemos la responsabilidad de garantizar elecciones libres y justas”, dijo el Senador Anthony Williams, presidente demócrata del Comité de Gobierno Estatal del Senado. “Ahora es momento de realizar cambios vitales en el código electoral que respaldarán la capacidad de los condados para contar las boletas y colocar personal en los lugares de votación, no poner barreras en el camino para que los residentes de Pennsylvania ejerzan su derecho al voto”.El Departamento de Estado y los condados, que administran las elecciones de Pennsylvania, continúan realizando mejoras. Muchos condados usarán escáneres de alta velocidad y otras tecnologías para procesar rápidamente millones de votos emitidos por correo en las elecciones del 3 de noviembre.El Departamento de Estado está proporcionando a los condados máscaras y protectores faciales para los trabajadores electorales, junto con desinfectante de manos, cinta para marcar el piso para mantener el distanciamiento social, “protectores contra estornudos” de plástico y otros suministros para que los residentes de Pennsylvania puedan ejercer su derecho al voto de manera segura durante la emergencia sanitaria por la COVID-19.El Departamento de Estado también está presentando una campaña de concienciación pública que explica cómo solicitar emitir el voto por correo y se asociará con los Philadelphia 76ers, Pittsburgh Penguins y los condados de Allegheny y Philadelphia sobre las iniciativas de votación.Los residentes de Pennsylvania elegibles pueden registrarse para votar de aquí al el 19 de octubre y solicitar su boleta por correo o en ausencia hasta el 27 de octubre en Internet en votespa.com, en persona en sus oficinas electorales del condado, o mediante el envío de formularios impresos por correo. La solicitud en Internet para emitir el voto por correo y en ausencia también está disponible en español. Pennsylvania no envía automáticamente boletas a los votantes.Luego de verificar la elegibilidad del votante, los condados enviarán al votante una boleta con franqueo de devolución pagado por el Departamento de Estado, por lo que emitir el voto es gratis para los votantes. Los votantes pueden devolver la boleta de su voto por correo, en persona en la oficina electoral de su condado o en los sitios de entrega autorizados, que muchos condados esperan proporcionar.Para los votantes que prefieran votar en persona, los lugares de votación estarán disponibles en todos los condados el día de las elecciones, el 3 de noviembre, de 7 a.m. a 8 p.m.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gobernador Wolf: Aprobar legislación para mejorar la seguridad y la eficiencia de las elecciones