Weekly Update: Fighting for a Severance Tax, Connecting Workers and Manufacturers, and Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform

first_img May 07, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update Severance taxLast Monday, Governor Wolf joined bipartisan legislators to announce the introduction of legislation that would create a commonsense severance tax in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state without a severance tax.“Since day one of my term as governor, I have fought to enact a reasonable severance tax that would give Pennsylvanians their fair share of the energy boom that is powered by resources that belong to all of us,” said Governor Wolf.The proposed severance tax would generate an estimated $248.7 million in the next fiscal year alone to address critical budget needs and would also keep the current impact fee in place, ensuring that this important revenue source for local municipalities stays intact.ManufacturingBuilding on his efforts to promote job training and connect students with career pathways, on Tuesday Governor Wolf announced a new fellowship program through his Manufacturing PA initiative. This program will partner undergraduate or graduate students at Pennsylvania colleges and universities with local manufacturers and fund student specific research projects that develop new products or processes for the company. On Friday, the governor also announced a $135,000 grant to the Manufacturers Resource Center to develop a new training program with Lehigh Carbon Community College, providing 20 trainees with certifications and college credits.Criminal justiceOn Thursday, Governor Wolf hosted a press conference alongside Congressman Dwight Evans, Senator Larry Farnese, Representative Donna Bullock, artist Robert “Meek Mill” Williams and Sixers Co-Owner and entrepreneur Michael Rubin.“I believe that we can improve the criminal justice system, so that we can protect victims while also ending a cycle of incarceration that has left so many people feeling trapped, helpless, and without an opportunity to return to society after they have been released,” Governor Wolf said.View a list of initiatives outlined by Governor Wolf.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 29, 2018 – May 5, 2018Monday, 4/30/18Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Williamsport for Cabinet in Your Community EventGovernor Wolf, Legislators Introduce New Bipartisan Severance Tax LegislationTuesday, 5/1/18Governor Wolf Again Asks House GOP Leaders to Advance Domestic Violence LegislationGovernor Wolf Launches New Fellowship Program to Connect Students and Manufacturers to Advance Innovation in PennsylvaniaFirst Lady Frances Wolf Joins Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs to Honor PennsylvaniansAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2018Wednesday, 5/2/18Governor Wolf Hosts First Opioid Command Center on the Road in Southwest PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Plans for Special Congressional ElectionsGovernor Wolf Announces New Small Business Loan Approvals for Eight Projects in Six Counties, Supporting Nearly 700 JobsThursday, 5/3/18Governor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice ReformPennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears from Students, Others in the Northeast RegionFriday, 5/4/18Governor Wolf Announces Grant for New Manufacturing Training Program in the Lehigh ValleyHighlights from TwitterI’m proud to join state legislators, @sixers co-owner @MichaelGRubin, and artist @MeekMill today to announce proposals for criminal #JusticeReform in Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/Bvp1Ny4mt2— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 3, 2018 Weekly Update: Fighting for a Severance Tax, Connecting Workers and Manufacturers, and Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform Since day one as governor, I have fought to enact a commonsense severance tax and today I’m joining bipartisan legislators to renew that call. It is well past time that we join all other major gas-producing states in getting a fair share of natural gas profits for our citizens. pic.twitter.com/vTML1Z5u2Q— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 30, 2018last_img read more

Tolands go 1-2 at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 12) – It may have been Mother’s Day weekend, but it was a father-son duo that made the noise at the Davenport Speedway on Friday night.Bobby Toland led 23 of 25 laps in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature but he would not see victory lane. Coming to the white flag, his father and defending national cham­pion Rob got under Bobby in turn four, taking the lead and the win.Bobby finished second with Luke Goedert third.Brandon Durbin led flag to flag for win in the Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified main. Durbin pro­tected the bottom groove throughout the race and earned the victory.Bryce Garnhart got to Durbin’s rear bumper at the white flag but was unable to make a bid for the lead. Garnhart took second ahead of Rick Hixson.Tony Olson continued his streak in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature. On his birthday, Olson picked up his third win in as many races this season.Olson battled Randy Farrell for two laps before establishing a lead he would not relinquish. Jake Morris ran a steady race to finish second. Rance Powell was third.On Friday, May 19, the IMCA Modified Madness 50 comes to the Davenport Speedway. A $2,000 prize and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth awaits the winner of the main event.Sanctioned Late Models and Northern SportMods will be competing for track points.last_img read more

Liverpool Host Man City in Title Decider

first_imgAnfield has not been a good hunting ground for the Citizens and indeed their manager-Pep Guardiola. His best since arriving England is last season goalless draw in which City lost a last minute penalty.Both managers have started the mind games with Guardiola first kicked off proceedings by labeling Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane as a ‘diver’ following the Reds last minute 2-1 win against Aston Villa last Saturday, in which the Senegalese attacker scored the final goal but was booked for simulation earlier on in the match.Jurgen Klopp, in turn, rejected the criticism of Mane and questioned how a manager would find time post-match to know about such details and the result of another game.The German then aimed his own dig at City by claiming he would “not mention tactical fouls” in his response to Guardiola’s comments during a pre-match press conference ahead of Genk.“I couldn’t really believe it to be honest and then I saw it,” the Liverpool manager said.“I am not sure if Pep spoke in that moment about Sadio or the team – both is not too nice to be honest. I am not too sure if I want to put oil on the fire. I am not interested in these kind of things. And I promise not to mention tactical fouls. That is maybe already too much.”Manchester City talisman Sergio Aguero would however not mind putting oil to the fire when he said the club still regard Manchester United as their biggest rivals in the Premier League compared to Liverpool.“It may be the clasico for television, but for us, the clasico, it’s the match against United,” the Argentina international told France Football.The defending champions have been plague by injury with Captain David Silva joining Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane on the sidelinesCity may have been handed a major injury boost on Tuesday morning ahead of their clash against Liverpool this weekend, with midfielder Rodri spotted at training, although the Spaniard did not partake in the full session.Rodri has missed the last three games with a hamstring problem, however it now appears as though the midfielder is set to make a return to Pep Guardiola’s side in the coming games. The midfielder did not take part in the full session, however did briefly appear for what was described as a ‘kick about‘ and a brief ‘stretch‘.Former Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger indeed attest to the fact that injury to key players may cost City on Sunday.Wenger believes the absence of Laporte could hand Liverpool a major advantage in their title clash with City on Sunday. Klopp’s side are currently leading the way as they are six points ahead of City and have not yet lost a game. Meanwhile, Guardiola’s men have suffered two defeats while they are without Laporte for several months after the centre-back required knee surgery in September and Wenger believes the vulnerability in Guardiola’s defence, caused by the absence of Laporte, could give the upper hand to Klopp’s men.‘Well we have seen in recent years that they are very tight games,’ Wenger told beIN Sports. ‘We know Man City will take the game to Liverpool, and that Liverpool will be very dangerous on the counter-attack. ‘I personally feel they could not afford to lose Laporte.‘If you look at their results, they still play great football but they are  fractionally a bit more vulnerable defensively. ‘And that could be a big handicap against Liverpool.’Klopp and Guardiola have been greatly influenced by one other.Guardiola’s short-passing football at Barcelona kick-started a global revolution towards pure possession, peaking with Spain’s 2010 World Cup win, before Klopp’s rock-and-roll gegenpressing at Dortmund shifted the culture back towards verticality.They are the two most influential coaches in modern football, symbiotically intertwined; Klopp’s Dortmund was a response to Guardiola’s Barcelona, his counter-press a way to catch out defenders locked in sideways passing.In their 2019 incarnations both are broadly similar, borrowing heavily from each other’s more dogmatic ideologies from earlier in their careers. Both press high and look to counter-attack in numbers; both dominate possession out of sheer necessity; both are willing to alter the length of their passes to stretch the pitch; and both coach extraordinarily detailed attacking patterns to etch flowing moves into muscle memory.The similarities end there. Guardiola remains a manager who generally builds carefully into the final third, maximising use of the half-spaces to get wingers in behind with late runs.Their playmakers are assisted by inverted full-backs who sit on the corner of the penalty area, creating a link between the wingers and attacking midfielders and helping pen the opposition deep in their own half.Guardiola’s football is metronomic, with triangles appearing all over the pitch; City want to pass the ball into an empty net, one-touch football grinding the opponent down. However, this season they have notably swung more crosses into the box, with De Bruyne playing wider to the right.Liverpool are more vertical and play with a far narrower shape than Guardiola’s team. Klopp’s 4-3-3 prioritises hard-pressing central midfielders who lack the creative guile of their opposite numbers at City, with greater focus on overlapping full-backs.The narrowness of the system opens up gaps on the outside for Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson, Liverpool’s most creative players, while Roberto Firmino drifts across the width to link with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.These differences are the reason why, in theory, Liverpool v Man City matches are end-to-end; City dominate through the centre and Liverpool exploit the flanks, while their respective 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 systems layer on top of each other with significant gaps.First, City’s inverted full-backs often vacate space for Liverpool’s flying full-backs, and second, Liverpool’s ultra-narrow front three overload City’s wobbly centre-backs – but also leave too much defensive work in the half-space pockets where De Bruyne and Silva are so dangerous.However, the tactical battle is unlikely to be so dramatic. The stakes are just too high for Guardiola to open up as he did in January, when City were chasing down a seven-point gap; the safety-first, defensive football of the 0-0 draw in October is more likely.Once again, City will hold their full-backs deep, Liverpool will pack the midfield, and the two best teams in the world will play out a tense, claustrophobic affair where avoiding mistakes is prioritised over creativity.It should be engrossing and high quality, but short on goalmouth action.This will be the second season in a row that the two clubs will be involved in a tight contest for the title, after Man City narrowly beat Klopp’s men to the league title by a single point last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City v Liverpool – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – January 3, 2019 Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling in action with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk REUTERS/Phil Noble EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. The Premier League may just be only 10 weeks old, but indications are already pointing to a two-horse race and the title may even be decided on Sunday when Liverpool welcome Manchester City to Anfield. Both teams needed a last minute gasp to win their last matches, with The Reds maintaining their six-point lead and a victory over The Citizens tomorrow may just see Anfield celebrate its first title since the Premier League era. However, it would be game-on in the event of a win or a draw for Pep Guardiola’s sideLiverpool and Manchester City can now turn attention to the Premier League after both teams were involved in the UEFA Champions League where they both top their groups and are in good stead to booking a place to the knockout stage.Liverpool top the table with 31 points and are closely trailed by Manchester City with 25 points, and will be hoping to reduce the gap to three points with a win, while the host would be looking to further widen the gap with a home victory.last_img read more