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

TENNIS : Orange’s increased intensity pays off with current winning streak

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ After Syracuse was blown out in its first two matches, Luke Jensen saw the inexperience of his players hold them back. The Orange struggled to execute on the court and mismanaged finer points in the losses.So the Syracuse coach put an extra emphasis on cleaning up the mistakes and fine-tuning his players’ games.‘You don’t want to lose their confidence and lose their ear, but you just got to point out that the little details and the little specifics are the determining factors sometimes in just winning and losing matches,’ Jensen said.Rustiness and inexperience plagued the Orange (2-2, 1-1 Big East) against South Florida and Texas Christian, but for a team with only two upperclassmen, the problems are somewhat expected. Rookie mistakes, though, did produce some teachable moments for the coaching staff. The season-opening losses caused an increase in intensity in practice, eventually bringing the Orange two blowout wins of its own. Through the process, players have pushed one another, and Jensen feels his team has responded to his coaching.After opening its season with a pair of deflating losses, Syracuse has stormed through two dominating performances of its own. The Orange earned two 7-0 wins over St. John’s and Buffalo. With his team winless, Jensen said Syracuse became hungrier for success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘This is the first time we’ve ever blanked out those two teams,’ Jensen said. ‘… You get their attention. They don’t like losing. It’s a bad taste in their mouth.’Earlier in the season, the team’s lack of experience was evident in the players’ little mistakes off the court. One player forgot her shoes while others have been slightly late for practice and the team van. Yet Jensen sees these mistakes as a chance to emphasize the team’s need to control the simple things.Though the coaching staff strictly emphasizes discipline, managing a young team is a balancing act.Senior Emily Harman chalked the opening losses up to underperforming but thinks the team’s early struggles have helped it move forward. Though Harman noted little change in the structure of practices, the defeats still affected the team.‘We push ourselves even more than we did before because obviously that wasn’t good enough,’ Harman said.Intensity has always been a part of the Orange’s mantra under Jensen, but for the underclassmen, the early losses showed that high expectation for the program.Freshman Amanda Rodgers said Syracuse worked harder after the losses, but they also brought a wake-up call to the rigors of college tennis.‘Now that the five freshmen have two really hard matches under their belt, we can kind of be ready for the next ones coming up,’ Rodgers said.The Orange takes on No. 55 Ohio State on Saturday before visiting Big East opponent Cincinnati on Sunday.Though many factors determine the success of a tennis team, for sophomore Aleah Marrow, the solution was simple. Syracuse fell back into a rhythm after the South Florida and TCU losses. The wins inevitably helped the team’s confidence, too.‘We got off to a slow start in the season, but we won the last two games, and we streamrolled the last two teams,’ Marrow said. ‘… I think we’re just back up to speed with the way we should be playing.’Ultimately, the players have put the two losses behind them and gotten back to work. An unspoken drive to improve has taken over the team, Harman said.Jensen has noticed his players’ new commitment to getting better since the losses.‘They’ve probably been the most intense since I’ve been here in six years,’ Jensen said.Despite the rough start to the season, the team still has its sights set on postseason play. Beating the superior teams on the way to Syracuse’s goal will require a consistent effort.The message came from Jensen, but it extends through the team. And Jensen and his players know bringing that effort will be key to making a run nationally this season.‘That’s always going to be the goal,’ Rodgers said.jmklinge@syr.edu center_img Commentslast_img read more

A half-century of TDs and a trio of passing records — MVP Patrick Mahomes in Opta numbers

first_imgThe Chiefs had been successful before he took the reins under center, but had not won a home playoff game since 1993 before Mahomes ended that tortuous wait by leading Kansas City to a defeat of the Colts in this season’s Divisional Round.With his ability to throw with venom from every arm angle and his abilities on the run, Mahomes has transformed the Chiefs offense into a juggernaut and appears to bring the best out of head coach Andy Reid as a play-caller.After ending an infamous postseason drought in his first year as a starter, is he man to bring to their 50-year wait for a second Super Bowl title to a close next season? His rapid rise and astounding numbers suggest the answer is yes. NFL Honors 2019: Patrick Mahomes wins MVP Award The NFL has a new Most Valuable Player, with Tom Brady dethroned by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who received the league’s highest individual honor on Saturday.Though he was unable to get past Brady and the Patriots in the playoffs as the Chiefs lost in the AFC Championship game, Mahomes became the clear frontrunner after a scarcely believable first season as Kansas City’s starting QB. Recently-named NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes had to convince HS coaches he was their best QBcenter_img Here, with the help of Opta, we examine just how impressive the NFL’s newest superstar has been at the helm of one of the league’s best offenses.A trio of passing recordsThrough his first 17 games, Mahomes has completed 405 passes for 5,381 yards and 50 touchdowns. All three of those numbers are NFL records among quarterbacks in their first 17 games, and were achieved with a completion percentage of 65.9.His completion percentage for his 16 regular-season games in 2018 was 66, only good enough for 16th in the NFL, so even better numbers could be on the horizon if he can even slightly improve on that figure.Mahomes Magic: CBS #ChiefsKingdom @PatrickMahomes5 pic.twitter.com/mJRWTYzPnl— NFL (@NFL) December 9, 2018Exalted company in the 50-touchdown clubAll of Mahomes’ 50 career passing TDs came in the 2018 season. Only two other quarterbacks have thrown for 50 touchdowns in a season — Brady in 2007 and Peyton Manning in 2013, with the latter’s 55 an NFL record. Despite the aerial dominance enjoyed by this trio, none of the teams they played for won the Super Bowl. Mahomes was undone by the Patriots, who infamously went 16-0 in 2007 only to stunningly lose to the New York Giants in Super Bowl 42.Manning’s Broncos were crushed 43-8 by the Seahawks In Super Bowl 48.The Magnificent SevenMahomes is one of only seven quarterbacks to throw for at least 5,000 yards in a season. He joins Brady, Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Marino and Matthew Stafford.Of that group, only Marino and Stafford have failed to win the Super Bowl in their careers, with Lions starter Stafford yet to win a playoff game, an achievement Mahomes has already fulfilled.Yards Scrambled: 45Ball Speed: 61.2 MPHMahomes to Conley #TouchdownTuesday pic.twitter.com/HzMQ7otoQY— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 26, 2018The man to end Chiefs’ championship droughtOf the 17 games he has played, Mahomes has won 13, with that number tied for fourth all time in that span. Mahomes ended 2018 near the top of almost every statistical category, having transformed the Chiefs offense, and looks set to serve as one of the faces of the NFL for years to come.With his stunning effort this year coming after a Week 17 one-off appearance as a rookie last term, Mahomes has now played 17 NFL regular-season games, with his performances in that timeframe ranking as one of the strongest starts to a career in league history. Related Newslast_img read more