After Balanced Budget with Sustainable Revenues, Moody’s Revises Commonwealth Outlook to Stable

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 09, 2016 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Moody’s Investor Service has revised Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative. This follows the final enactment of the commonwealth’s 2016-17 budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue.“The 2016-17 budget was an important step forward, and Moody’s revision of Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative reflects that fact,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with Republicans and Democrats in the legislature, we completed a budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue. When I came into office, following years of unbalanced budgets, the commonwealth faced a structural deficit of more than $2 billion. Now, we have made significant progress in reducing the deficit, but we still have more to do and I look forward to continuing to work with the legislature to fix the commonwealth’s deficit.”Moody’s said the following:“Moody’s Investors Service has revised the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative… Still, the 2017 budget fight represents some improvement: the legislature and governor agreed on a budget, and a government that had been unable to pass new revenues in 2016 was able to do so in 2017.”For the entire report from Moody’s, see below: After Balanced Budget with Sustainable Revenues, Moody’s Revises Commonwealth Outlook to Stablelast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Support for 17 Municipal Stormwater Projects in Pennsylvania Counties in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

first_img June 29, 2017 Environment,  Press Release York, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding to support 17 municipal stormwater projects in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.“The convenience we all enjoy with pavement comes with a tangible cost: increased runoff pollution in our local waters,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m pleased to support the municipalities—towns, cities, and other large land owners—striving to meet the stormwater challenge in Pennsylvania.”DEP is ramping up its work on implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit program, which incorporates more stringent stormwater management requirements. About 1,000 municipalities around the state must meet new requirements; approximately 340 are in the 43 Pennsylvania counties in the Bay watershed.“To make the greatest, most timely impact with our resources,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This funding targets projects in our Bay watershed counties with the highest pollutant loads. Collectively, the projects will remove 396 pounds of phosphorous, 2,800 pounds of nitrogen, and almost 800,000 pounds of sediment from local waters.”Projects are funded through the EPA Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants Program, a vital part of Pennsylvania’s progress in cleaning up its local waters and thereby benefiting the Bay.Earlier today, Secretary McDonnell acknowledged the projects in-person at an event at the York County Prison to showcase the county’s model approach to stormwater management.The prison project—converting stormwater basins to bioretention basins—was one of 19 projects chosen last year for EPA grant funding. Led by the York County Planning Commission, it reflects the county’s outstanding teamwork approach to municipal stormwater management.“The County of York and 43 municipalities are working together to clean up impaired streams through their MS4 [stormwater] permits,” said Felicia Dell, director of the York County Planning Commission. “Together we’ve developed a regional plan that identifies best management practices and collectively funds and constructs them. The municipalities should be lauded for their vision and spirit of cooperation.”The complete list of projects approved includes:Altoona City: St. Therese of the Child Jesus rain garden phase 2 ($55,349)Blair Township: Edgewood Drive stormwater basin retrofit ($100,000)Carlisle Borough: Urban stormwater park native wetland plantings ($200,000)Denver Borough: Denver Memorial Park rain gardens and streambank restoration ($38,220)Duncansville Borough: Duncansville Memorial Park bioretention, rain gardens, and permeable pavement ($200,000)East Lampeter Township: Mill Bridge Campground riparian buffer stream restoration ($199,610)Goldsboro Borough: Stream restoration between South York and Water Streets ($86,290)Mechanicsburg: Northside stormwater basin retrofit ($164,381)Mount Joy Borough: Rotary Park vegetation swale ($64,633) and Pink Alley stormwater basin retrofit ($40,422)Lancaster Township: Kensington Club stormwater basin retrofit ($200,000)Lemoyne Borough: Streambank restoration at Harrisburg Academy ($176,700)Paradise Township: BMC Paradise Truss Plant retrofit ($142,082)Paxtang Borough: Paxtang Parkway rain garden ($72,000)Rapho Township: Lefever Road stormwater basin retrofit ($161,360)Spring Grove Borough: Campus Avenue stream restoration phase 1 ($185,000)York: Memorial Park Poorhouse Run streambank restoration ($200,00) SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Support for 17 Municipal Stormwater Projects in Pennsylvania Counties in Chesapeake Bay Watershedlast_img read more

24 injured after Delta plane skids off runway in NY

first_img Share 162 Views   no discussions InternationalLifestylePrintTravel 24 injured after Delta plane skids off runway in NY by: Associated Free Press – March 5, 2015 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Heavy snow was falling as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta slid off the runway, up an embankment and into a fenceNEW YORK, United States(AFP) —An airliner skidded off a runway at New York’s La Guardia airport Thursday as a major winter storm battered the United States from Texas to the US east coast.Heavy snow was falling as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta slid off the runway, up an embankment and into a fence after landing at around 11:00 am.A spokesman for New York Fire Department reported some minor injuries. Video of the scene showed passengers climbing out of the plane through an exit over a wing and trudging through thick snow.It was the most dramatic incident on a day in which a huge winter storm forced thousands of flight cancellations, and disrupted life across a broad swath of the United States.In Washington DC, government workers were ordered to stay home, schools were closed, and museums shuttered for the day as icy rain turned to heavy snow.Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York were expected to get as much as eight inches of snow, with wind chill temperatures dipping well below average in much of the region.Forecasters had warned of low visibility in New York, and some 40 percent of flights had been canceled at La Guardia before the accident there, according to flightaware.com.“We just crash landed at LGA. I’m terrified. Please,” passenger Jaime Primak tweeted from @jaimeprimak.“We have all been evacuated. Everyone is safe. Thank you for your prayers. God is good.”Delta said the 125 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane had disembarked via aircraft slides and were moved to the terminal on buses. Share Tweetlast_img read more