The Blog House and Senate Republican leaders yesterday abandoned the bi-partisan budget agreement they made with Governor Wolf that makes historic investments in education – including an additional $485 million for pre-K through 12 education – and is also balanced, paid for and begins to fix our deficit.After Tuesday, when Republican rank-and-file members joined Democrats to buck their leaders, the House was one vote of the chamber away on Wednesday from passing a bi-partisan, compromise budget. Instead Speaker Turzai sent everyone home for the holidays with no action and the Senate Republicans, who caved to Speaker Turzai and tea party extremists, passed Speaker Turzai’s budget that cuts $95 million from Pennsylvania schools.Abandoning all pretenses of compromise, Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg went back to the future… Wednesday had opened with hope of a House vote on the Senate’s compromise $30.8 billion budget. With increased funding for education, Wolf had agreed to sign that compromise bill, but when Democrats claimed they had the votes to pass it and send it to the governor, House Republican leaders would not allow a vote. [KDKA, 12/23/15]We always knew it would be difficult to change the Harrisburg status quo, especially with entrenched Republican insiders beholden to special interests and right-wing extremists, but we never imagined Republican leaders would once again turn their backs on Pennsylvania’s schools and our children. By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary BLOG: Speaker Turzai’s Extremist Budget Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf December 24, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Governor Wolf Continues Push for Statewide Broadband in Centre County April 24, 2019 Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania State College, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf continued his push to expand broadband access to all Pennsylvanians by joining the PA Priorities Summit to highlight how Restore Pennsylvania would help address the rural broadband crisis.“Broadband is as essential in today’s society as electricity and water. Not having broadband limits your ability to do business, find a job, access information, and so much more,” said Governor Wolf. “Our lack of broadband access keeps children from accessing online assignments, prevents businesses from marketing themselves, and health care facilities can’t share information. We can and should be doing more to tackle this issue and Restore Pennsylvania is the answer.”Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure. The massive rebuilding plan funded through a commonsense severance tax will help commonwealth communities address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure.Later today, the governor will visit Penns Valley School District to hear from students and faculty about how the lack of reliable, high-speed internet is impacting their education and everyday lives. At least 8 percent of students in Penns Valley School District have only dial-up internet access at home.“Lack of quality internet access means our children miss out on learning opportunities and their parents lack easy access to important school information,” Governor Wolf said. “Our students, parents, and our teachers deserve better, and we can provide that through Restore Pennsylvania.”“If we intend to have our rural students be prepared to learn online, collaborate, and create in a truly personalized way, then they need the tools to do so,” said Dr. Brian Griffith, Superintendent, Penns Valley School District. “Access to affordable and reliable broadband internet service is imperative to equity across the commonwealth and nation.”Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Greece is one of the most significant tourist destination of Europe and also accounts for a significant amount of revenues generated from tourist expenditure and arrivals in Europe. The vast and varied history of Greece is popular amongst the travellers and the archaic architecture appeals the tourists to come in large numbers.Last year, the German and British tourists accounted for a third of arrivals from abroad and 30%of tourist spending.The German travellers spent most of their money in the regions of Greek territory and the British visitors were Crete, the Southern Aegean (including the Cyclades and the Dodecanese) and the Ionian Islands. In these three regions spending per tourist exceeded 600 euros, against a national average of 449 euros.The highest flow of incoming tourism was the Southern Aegean, Crete, Central Macedonia (including Thessaloniki and Halkidiki), Attica and the Ionian Islands.The local breakdown found German and British visitors had a high presence in all regions last year, particularly in terms of overnight stays and spending.The differences are compared to the rest of the country was in Attica, whose top three markets were Britain, the United States and Cyprus.There are top five tourist markets- Germany, Britain, France, US and Italy, which accounted for 39.4%of visits, 47.8% of overnight stays and 50.3% of spending.