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

Angels manager Joe Maddon uses coronavirus shutdown to connect with people

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Maddon said he plans to do more of that, perhaps narrating as he walks around various landmarks of Angels history in Arizona.He also might do a little cooking instruction with his crock pot in the RV, he said.Besides that, he has plans for continued video meetings with his coaches and players, all in an effort to keep everyone engaged and motivated while baseball is in an indefinite hiatus.“If you permit yourself, you can fill your day up pretty easily,” Maddon said. “This is something I have never really gotten into before. Right now, I think social media is as important as it’s ever been.” Technology, however, allows him to still reach out to a variety of audiences, including a class of graduate students at George Washington University.About six years ago, Maddon began talking to students – from junior high to college – via video conference. He said it was his way to help use technology to connect baseball to the next generation. Maddon estimated he’s done about 40 to 50 such sessions since then, mostly from hotels while on the road.They are arranged by Rick Vaughn, the former Tampa Bay Rays public relations official who is now Executive Director of Respect 90, Maddon’s charitable organization.Vaughn worked for the Baltimore Orioles when he met former Orioles beat writer Mark Hyman, who is now a professor of management and tourism studies at GWU in Washington.Hyman was set to teach a class on the business of spring training. He had arranged for his class of 18 students to visit Arizona during the final week of spring training, but the coronavirus shutdown changed those plans. Hyman converted the class to one exploring the impact of COVID-19 on spring training, as told through the eyes of journalists, economists, political figures and – thanks to Vaughn – one manager. “I think it’s impressive that (Maddon) would take a half-hour out of his day to meet with college students who he doesn’t know and he doesn’t have any particular connection to,” Hyman said. “From the perspective of a college professor, there is no substitute for students meeting people in decision-making roles.”Thomas Simpson, who is pursuing his Master of Business Administration, was one of the two students to interview Maddon. They will share the interview with their classmates, who are meeting remotely, next week.“Joe was amazing,” Simpson said. “We were really happy he would take this time during a time of crisis to speak with two graduate students.”Maddon, who also plans to video conference with kids this summer through a program run by the Angels, said he also gains something from those kinds of chats with students.“It’s fascinating to me to be challenged by guys like that,” he said. “They make you think about exactly what I’m doing.”Simpson said he and his classmate, Thomas Luther, spoke to Maddon for about 20 minutes using Blackboard, an app for online teaching. Maddon talked to them about the logistics of what happened when spring training was shut down, and also about leadership in general.“He was very engaging and very positive,” Simpson said. “He said, ‘This is how I view myself as a leader, not only in the baseball community, but in a time of crisis.’”Maddon has said on multiple occasions since the sport shut down that he feels it’s important to spread positivity and create a distraction at a time when there is so much bad news.That’s why he strapped a video camera on to his helmet for a 30-minute bike ride around the RV park in Arizona earlier this week. Maddon essentially told stories about his minor-league baseball career during a stream of consciousness monologue, allowing viewers to listen as they watched the scenery go by.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros During this unexpected hiatus from what he is normally doing at this time of year, Joe Maddon has immersed himself in 21st century communication.In the past week, the Angels manager has created a video from the seat of his bike, held a video conference with all of his coaches and been interviewed by a pair of college students about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on baseball.“Anything to provide some content and make it interesting, if I can,” Maddon said. “I am trying to help everyone get through this, and promote Angels baseball. … Just trying to figure out a way to stay connected with everybody.”With much of the country quarantined to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Maddon has been mostly sequestered with his wife, Jaye, in their luxury recreational vehicle, which is still parked in Arizona. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more