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Governor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47

first_imgGovernor 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, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Head coach credits Desbiens’ stellar goaltending in exceptional season

first_imgJunior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens put together a historic season in front of the net for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Her performance was so impressive that head coach Mark Johnson attributed much of the team’s success this season to her efforts.“[Desbiens] has been consistent,” Johnson said. “She’s gotten better over the course of the season … I think she made another step after our Christmas break … as I looked at [the numbers] Saturday night, they’re a little mind boggling because as a coach you don’t think about individual players, a goaltender doing that.”This past weekend, Desbiens continued her dominance as Wisconsin swept Minnesota State in the first round of the 2016 WCHA playoffs and the Badgers advanced to the Final Face-Off. The goaltender shut out the Mavericks during both games, 4-0 Friday and 6-0 Saturday.Women’s hockey: Badgers rebound in postseason debut, advance to WCHA semifinalsThere was an aura of both great pride and confidence Saturday evening as the Grateful Red locked shoulders with one Read…“We’ve played 36 games and over half of them have been shutouts,” Johnson said. “That’s probably an unrealistic number if you’re sitting here in September looking at what you might want to do over the course of the season.”Desbiens allowed just 26 goals over the course of the 34-game regular season and allowed on average less than a goal per game.From Oct. 10 to Nov. 13 the Badgers rode her nine-game shutout streak to equally as many wins, while the team outscored its opponents 42-0 during the same span.Minnesota-Duluth, who Wisconsin will face in the second round of the tournament, snapped that shutout streak on Nov. 14. The two programs will meet for the fifth time this season Saturday, with the chance to advance to the championship game on the line.Johnson believes Duluth will be confident offensively after the team’s 5-1 stomping Friday and a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday over Bemidji State.“From their standpoint they have to be confident coming out of this past weekend, and their top line is probably as good as any line in the league,” Johnson said. “Offensively they can create some problems. They can score some goals. It makes their power play effective, so our standpoint is preparing similar to what we did against Mankato.”But with Desbiens in the net, Johnson is optimistic about the team’s chances.“In our business, a goaltender can win you a game,” Johnson said.last_img read more

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Dodgers to cut employees salaries starting June 1

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The Dodgers will institute pay cuts for their employees making over $75,000 a year starting on June 1, which will allow the organization to avoid any furloughs or layoffs, a source confirmed.ESPN reported that employees were told of the plan during a Zoom call on Tuesday afternoon.The tiered pay cuts would reportedly be the greatest for those employees with the highest salaries, as much as 35 percent.The Dodgers’ decision comes a week after that the Angels were furloughing many in their baseball operations department, including many of their amateur scouts just before the draft.center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

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Marcial eyes Olympic gold before going pro

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments “I’m really happy that I got awarded again, this is just a little one but I’m hoping I can get the big one,” said Marcial. “I won’t stop until I get that Athlete of the Year award.”Marcial added he’s preparing for the 2018 Asian Games that will be held in Jakarta, and part of his preparation is competing in the World Series of Boxing where he’s part of the British Lionhearts team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano John Marvin and Felix Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEumir Marcial is undoubtedly one of the most illustrious amateur Filipino boxers of his generation, winning two gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games and one in the International Boxing Association Youth World Boxing Championships.Despite his daunting resume in the amateurs, the 22-year-old middleweight doesn’t see himself fighting in the professional ranks in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “As of now, I don’t see myself going pro, because my goal really is the Olympics and I’m really dreaming of getting the gold,” said Marcial in Filipino during the PSA Awards Tuesday at Manila Hotel.“First I must win the Olympics, then I’ll go pro.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMarcial and SEA Games teammate John Nobel Tupas Marvin were given special awards for their gold medals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.The award Marcial received on Wednesday was his fourth overall from the PSA, and he plans to add the biggest trophy the Philippines’ sports writers give out yearly—the Athlete of the Year. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Westbrook hits 30 in OT clincher as Thunder top Mavs LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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ARRANMORE ISLANDERS’ OUTRAGE OVER EIRCOM ‘SNUB’ ON BROADBAND

first_imgCommunications provider Eircom has been criticised by Arranmore Island Community Council for what has been suggested is a deliberate snub to the island community.Arranmore Island.The comments come following the news that many telephone exchanges across Donegal are to be upgraded to eFiber broadband providing many areas with high speed internet access.The telephone exchange on Arranmore Island however is not to be included in these upgrades which are to take place from April through to June 2015. Arranmore Island Community Council was set up under the guidance of Muintir Na Tire and consists of fifteen elected councillors which were voted in by the islands community in June 2014, an election which seen an unprecedented 85% turnout.The council now represent the people of Arranmore and work to bring improved services, development and jobs to the community.Arranmore Island is currently served with wireless broadband set up under the rural broadband scheme which has now been wound up and islanders say their broadband service is at best extremely intermittent and very slow when it is working. This they say makes it all but impossible to use as a reliable service especially with regards to business users.Spokesman for the island council Mr Jerry Early has said Eircom and the government have questions to answer with regards to their commitment on job creation. “Despite Eircoms claims that they are committed to ensuring everyone has access to superfast broadband their plans certainly don’t seem to mirror those claims” Mr Early said. “Indeed the government continue to make claims that they are for growth and job creation and yet their lack of commitment, and that of Eircom, to the Arranmore community of improving internet connection equal to that promised to most other communities in Donegal is stifling job creation.“We already know of one successful businessman who is ready to relocate his business from London to Arranmore Island, as well as a number of others who have also expressed an interest in relocating their businesses to the island from other countries, and the only thing preventing them is a lack of high-speed broadband.“Eircom and the government might well try to suggest that there is some logistical difficulties in providing such a service but the simple fact of the matter is that such provision is completely doable, the only thing lacking is will on their part. So a question needs to be asked of just how committed the government and those they work with such as Eircom are to creating jobs. For every month our connection to high-speed broadband moves further away so too do sustainable locally based jobs.”Speaking of the governments National Digital Strategy the spokesman for the Arranmore Island Community Council said the government are certainly not living up to their promises and would like the government to reaffirm the commitments made during a visit by Minister Pat Rabbitte TD to the island in June 2014.“Mr Rabbitte was on the island last year as part of the rollout of the National Digital Strategy and Action for Jobs last year which commits to seeing 2000 businesses trading online by the end of 2015. We think it is quite ironic that the very place he came to to make such claims is being put to the very back of the queue when it comes to a rollout of high-speed broadband. “It would seem the government see island communities such as Arranmore and Tory and indeed many other islands around the Irish coast as second class when they will use them as a PR stunt and then renege on their promises for job creation. Yet we have firm commitment of job creation here on Arranmore Island simply waiting to be acted upon on delivery of a service most other communities will be receiving this year whether there will be jobs for them or not.“As it stands we have been told that it could be the end of the decade before Arranmore Island receives the upgrade it needs under the current plan which is totally unacceptable. So we call upon the government and indeed Eircom to live up to their claims of digital infrastructure improvement and job creation and revisit theirs plans for Arranmore immediately, or we will be losing jobs, not creating them.”ARRANMORE ISLANDERS’ OUTRAGE OVER EIRCOM ‘SNUB’ ON BROADBAND was last modified: January 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Arranmore IslanddonegaleFibreEircomlast_img read more

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