Governor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47 Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the city of Pittsburgh’s status as a distressed municipality under Act 47 is terminated. Pittsburgh is the second city and 14th municipality to exit the program.“This turnaround wasn’t easy – it took a lot of hard work, a lot of collaboration, and yes, some constructive arguments about where the city was headed, but in the face of it all, Pittsburgh stood united – desperately working to improve its stability and its financial health,” said Governor Wolf. “Pittsburgh’s recovery has captured the attention of the nation, and, frankly, the world. We’ve transformed a rust belt city that was a symbol of economic decline into one of the most dynamic examples of innovation for the new economy in the world. My administration has been proud to support your efforts and will continue to do so in the years ahead.”In a ceremony at the City-County Building, Governor Wolf joined Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, city officials, local legislators, economic development officials, and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Davin, who issued a formal determination letter finding that termination of the city’s distressed status was appropriate under Section 255.1 of Act 47. Secretary Davin made the decision after a thorough review of the city’s audits, financial data, and the record from a public hearing held on December 20, 2017.“I want to thank Governor Wolf and DCED for this announcement, and especially city residents and workers for all their patience and sacrifices the past 14 years,” Mayor Peduto said. “Act 47 was the tool we needed to bring our financial house in order and pave the way for Pittsburgh’s economic resurgence. Now our challenge is to continue building upon the fiscal discipline it taught us.”Pittsburgh has operated under Act 47 status for 14 years, entering on December 29, 2003. In the last few weeks, Secretary Davin reviewed documentation and evidence that was presented during the December 20 public hearing. The findings indicated that, bolstered by careful budget governance and a recent surge in the city’s technology and medical sectors, the city has stabilized its finances, and now operates with healthy surpluses that are projected to continue. It also reported the city’s debt service is reasonable and manageable when compared with the overall budget, and that city administrators have developed a strategy for fiscal management that pays for the necessary city services such public safety and public works, funds employee pensions plans, invests in capital improvements, and controls costs.“When Governor Wolf appointed me to this position, he set forth several priorities for my agency, one of which was to make sure Pittsburgh had the necessary support from Harrisburg to exit Act 47,” Secretary Davin said. “I’m extremely proud of our team and everyone here in the city who worked with energy, focus, and determination to get us to this point today.”Since 2015, five municipalities, including Pittsburgh, have recovered from distressed status. Others include Altoona, Blair County, Plymouth, Luzerne County; Nanticoke, Luzerne County; and Clairton, Allegheny County.The Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, Act 47 of 1987, was enacted to provide a broad-based program of fiscal management oversight, technical assistance, planning and financial aid to municipalities experiencing severe fiscal distress.For more information on Act 47, visit the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services at the Department of Community and Economic Development. February 12, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Newcastle have completed the signing of forward Siem de Jong from Eredivisie champions Ajax. De Jong joins Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez and Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback in joining the Magpies this summer as boss Alan Pardew looks to win over the fans following what was seen by many as a disappointing campaign last term. “We are absolutely overjoyed to bring Siem to the club because he will give us intelligence in the final third and create goalscoring situations, which we lacked towards the end of last season,” Pardew said. “It is a big signing for this club. Siem brings massive experience from Ajax. I think our fans are going to enjoy the way he plays and I cannot wait to start working with him.” De Jong played almost 250 times for Ajax, scoring 78 goals, and has netted twice in six appearances for his country. Press Association “Newcastle United have completed the signing of Ajax captain Siem de Jong,” read a statement from the club. “The 25-year-old Dutch international attacking midfielder has moved to Tyneside for an undisclosed fee, signing a six-year deal at St James’ Park.” De Jong’s younger brother Luuk struggled to make an impact for Newcastle after signing on loan in January, but De Jong senior is relishing the challenge of the Premier League. “It is great to have signed for Newcastle,” he said. “It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here. “I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country. “Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down. “I am looking forward to starting training and meeting my new team-mates and hopefully we can have a successful season.” The 25-year-old Holland international moves to Tyneside for an undisclosed fee and has penned a six-year deal at St James’ Park. De Jong came through the Amsterdammers’ fabled youth system and has won four Dutch titles since making his debut in 2007, assuming the captaincy in 2012.
Unitedâ€™s expected wholesale changes will put severe pressure on Arsene Wenger who would probably prefer to be playing United’s first team. It’s 40 years since Arsenal and Man Utd playedArsenal’s 3-0 victory over United at the Emirates last season is their only win in 11 Premier League games against them (D4 L6). United haven’t lost consecutive away Premier League games against Arsenal since November 2001.Alexis Sanchez is two goals away from scoring his 50th Premier League goal for Arsenal, becoming the 8th player to do this for the Gunners.Sanchez needs just one goal to register his best-ever return from a single campaign in Europe’s big five leagues (currently on 19, tied with 2013/14 for Barcelona). However, just six of his league goals have come at home this season in the Premier League (32%) despite playing at the Emirates on 16 occasions in 2016-17.Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11).This will be Arsene Wenger’s 58th match as Arsenal manager against United in all competitions. It’s the side the Frenchman has faced most often with the Gunners, but also the side he’s got the lowest win rate against (29% – minimum of 15 games).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United will be aiming for a 26th consecutive unbeaten Premier League game when they travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal on Super Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side have set a new club record for the highest number of games without a loss in the top flight in a single season, and another this weekend would match that of Nottingham Forest in the 1977-78 season.The signs look favourable for United as Arsene Wenger has only beaten old foe Mourinho once in his career – winning the Community Shield in 2015 – and has never done so in the Premier League (W0 D7 L5).However, United are expected to field a second string team as Mourinho prioritises the Europa League title over pushing for a top four place In the Premier League. United could win their next four Premier League games and still finish fifth in the league. On the other hand, they only have to win two Europa League games to qualify for the Champions League.
Coming off a strong showing at the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball heads to the Kansas State Invitational, looking to maintain their undefeated record.With senior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis and sophomore outside hitter Molly Haggerty still recovering from injuries, the sixth-ranked Badgers (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will likely continue to rely on their middle blockers for offense, after strong performances by freshman Dana Rettke and junior Tionna Williams. The pair combined for 49 kills between the team’s first two matches.Freshman setter Sidney Hilley also looks to continue a strong start, with speculation about how she would fare replacing Lauren Carlini, who is now a member of the U.S. National Team and is currently playing abroad in Italy. Hilley, however, showed excellent composure against the University of Louisville and the University of North Carolina, averaging 13.17 assists/set.Female athlete of the semester: Lauren Carlini is ‘the best Badger we’ve ever had’University of Wisconsin senior Lauren Carlini played her final match at the UW Field House Saturday in front of a Read…The freshmen have been doing well for Wisconsin this season, helping the team to remain undefeated thus far. The Badgers defeated No. 16 North Carolina team in three sets, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-19.The young Badgers have no time to rest on their laurels. They open the K-State Invitational Friday morning against a solid Syracuse team. While they finished 6-14 in ACC conference play last year, they are led by preseason all-ACC middle blocker Santita Ebangwese, who hit at an impressive .286 clip last season.Later on Friday, the Badgers will square off against an University of Arkansas team that beat them two years ago, in the prime of the Carlini era. The Razorbacks are lead by sophomore setter Rachel Rippee, who was named the SEC Setter of the Week after a strong performance at the season-opening Arkansas Classic.Carlini brings home UW’s first Sullivan AwardIt’s official: University of Wisconsin volleyball’s graduating senior Lauren Carlini won the AAU James E. Sullivan Award Tuesday night in Read…The Badgers will round out the tournament against host school Kansas State. The Wildcats are 2-2 after a tough opening tournament, falling to seventh-ranked Creighton and Oregon State. Led by junior outside hitter Kylee Zumach, the fiercely offensive Wildcats average 14 kills/set.The tournament begins Friday at10 a.m, with the Badgers taking on Syracuse that morning. The tournament concludes Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Fans can catch the game on WRCO 100.9 FM.