Budget News, The Blog As we approach the 2016-2017 budget deadline, Governor Wolf has affirmed three priorities that are critical to providing smarter, long term investments in schools, social programs and public safety.Our commonwealth faces a massive deficit and the possibility of compounding future fiscal gaps if we don’t move Pennsylvania in the right direction by balancing our budget with sustainable revenue.Let’s take a closer look at the governor’s three priorities.Education FundingFunding our schools has always been, and continues to be, a top priority for Governor Wolf and his entire administration.As we approach the 2016-17 budget deadline, Gov. Wolf is fighting for a $250 million increase to basic education funding, as well as $30 million for early childhood education, and $30 million for special education.Addiction Treatment FundingGovernor Wolf has spent much of his past three months at roundtables across the commonwealth discussing local and statewide efforts to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania.Governor Wolf proposed $34 million in the 2016-17 budget. This funding would allow the state to draw down approximately $18 million in matching federal funds to implement 50 Centers of Excellence that will treat more than 11,000 people that currently are not able to access treatment.Deficit ReductionIt is a widely-acknowledged fact that a reliance on one-time fixes and delayed payments has led Pennsylvania into a dire financial crisis: a massive deficit that threatens our investment in schools, social programs and public safety.Governor Wolf is working with Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly and he’s engaged them for their ideas to accomplish this task responsibly. By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf June 24, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Three 2016-17 Budget Priorities SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Max Scherzer has some choice words about how MLB’s win-loss cycle affects the game.The Nationals pitcher said the free agency market is a mass contributor to this, which has been slow-moving this offseason with many elite players still unsigned. Warriors coach Steve Kerr encourages Bryce Harper to sign with Giants “When there’s too many teams that are not trying to win, that poisons the game, poisons the fan experience, and it creates bandwagon fans,” Scherzer said Thursday, via ESPN. “If you’re constantly just trying to go in this win-loss cycle that MLB is pushing, you are creating bandwagon fans, and that’s not the type of fans you want to create. You want to create the fans that are following the team year in, year out. It’s put on the fans, honestly, to demand that from the league.”Among the unsigned free agents is Bryce Harper, who still hasn’t worked out a contract to his taste, despite many teams meeting with him. Washington, which has been Harper’s home for the past seven seasons, reportedly offered him a 10-year, $300 million deal, but he turned that down. Related News MLB hot stove: Manny Machado might not have gotten $250M White Sox offer, report says “One thing I think that is going in, that’s pervasive, is the amount of commentary from club officials and everybody that make their knowledge public of what they’re trying to do in the offseason. It just feels like teams are negotiating through the media. To me, that’s one of the key driving forces in why we’re seeing a slower market than usual. We know every intention of every single team. It’s something that other leagues consider tampering, and they don’t tolerate that.”Scherzer got his big payday in January 2015, when he signed a seven-year deal worth $210 million. Manny Machado is another slugger who still is looking for a team, as well, along with pitcher Dallas Keuchel.”It’s not just Bryce, but there’s other free agents as well, and now this is consecutive offseasons,” Scherzer said. “Now you’ve got to start searching for what the answers are and why is this continuing to happen — because it should not be happening. No other sport has this in their free agency. Why is this exclusive to baseball? You’ve got to start looking at different reasons of why is this happening.