Governor Wolf Highlights Restore Pennsylvania Plan to Help Columbia County with Flood Protection March 07, 2019 Infrastructure, Restore Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined state Representative David Millard and other Columbia County officials today to highlight the need for additional funding to improve flood protection and disaster recovery in Bloomsburg and throughout the region.“We’ve seen the damage that flood waters can do here in Bloomsburg and in communities across Pennsylvania. Each time the waters rise there is enormous costs to repair homes, businesses and lives,” said Governor Wolf. “Each disaster is a painful reminder that our old infrastructure must be updated to handle changing weather and new development. Communities like Bloomsburg are struggling to fund the high cost of flood control projects to keep people safe.“My Restore Pennsylvania plan will provide funding to help towns and cities upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and take other steps to combat flooding. Restore Pennsylvania will also help homeowners put their lives back together after severe storms by establishing a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that FEMA will not fund.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. 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.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Bloomsburg, the governor joined Rep. Millard for a tour of flood prone areas in the community, then meet with local leaders at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds. The governor highlighted how Restore Pennsylvania could help the community’s efforts to protect more homes and businesses from the risk of flooding.“Restore Pennsylvania represents the most comprehensive approach to flood control and stream restoration in years for Columbia County,” said Rep. David Millard. “This is a tremendous opportunity to invest more state funding into projects that prevent flooding so we can protect more of our homes and businesses and potentially save lives.”Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
July 09, 2017 File photo of International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra. – PTI SHARE × 0 Published on The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed India’s withdrawal from its ambitious Pro League, one of FIH’s flagship tournaments offering Olympic qualifying berths to the top four teams in both men’s and women’s events.The FIH said it has “received confirmation from Hockey India” that the country has pulled out of the tournament that is due to launch in January 2019 with matches between the world’s best sides being conducted over the weekends for six months every year.“Whilst we regret Hockey India’s decision not to be involved in this exciting new global League, we have replacement teams available following an application process which was oversubscribed,” the FIH, headed by former Hockey India boss Narendra Batra, said in a statement.HI’s decision can have an impact on the Olympic qualifying hopes of the men’s and women’s teams as the Pro League is one of FIH’s main qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo Games. The top nine men’s and women’s international teams will play each other on a home-and-away basis every weekend for six months from January to June. The top four teams at the end of the league will be awarded Olympics berth.As per media reports, India has cited the inferior ranking of the women’s team as the reason to withdraw and since there was no option to pull out just one team, India was left with no option but to withdraw from the men’s event as well.HI believes India have better chances of qualifying for the Olympics via the Hockey World League. It is also being speculated in certain circles that the pull out was to do with India captain Sardar Singh being called for questioning by the police in connection with a year-old sexual assault case, during the Hockey World League semi final in London.It may also be noted that last week Hockey India had written to the FIH, raising concerns of match-fixing attempts during the recently held tournament in London.Meanwhile, on the Pro League, the FIH further said, “Our Event Portfolio Implementation Panel will convene a meeting to discuss the practical implications of a team withdrawal including formally inviting replacement teams to participate in the men’s and women’s League. “The first Hockey Pro League workshop with all participating nations invited is being held in Lausanne, Switzerland later this month.” File photo of International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra. – PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL hockey International Hockey Federation said it has “received confirmation from Hockey India” that the country has pulled out of the tournament. COMMENT COMMENTS
Obama Administration Touts Slower Health Care Cost Increases According to USA Today, personal health care costs rose at the slowest rate in the last 50 years, based on statistics for the past year ending in May. USA Today: White House Touts Slow Increase In Health Care CostsPersonal health care costs rose in the 12 months ending in May at the slowest rate in the last 50 years, as spending on hospital and nursing home services declined, the White House announced Monday (Kennedy, 7/29).Meanwhile, the White House also is pointing to the latest economic statistics to dismiss opponents’ health law criticisms –Reuters: White House Takes Aim At Obamacare Opposition’s Economic ClaimsThe White House on Monday shot back at critics who claim Obamacare is leading to higher health care costs, slower job growth and rising numbers of part-time workers, saying the latest economic statistics show none of those effects. Nearly one-third of the sharp rise in part-time workers seen in employment numbers for June was due to federal employee furloughs caused by automated spending cuts, rather than employers shifting to part-time workers due to concern about President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a senior administration official said (7/29).CQ HealthBeat: White House Says Health Law Helping, Not Impeding Economic GrowthThe White House released its own set of statistics Monday to make the case that the health care law is setting the stage for a strong economy, not dragging it down, an attempt by the Obama administration to counter a swelling chorus of Republican complaints about the impact of the overhaul on economic growth and jobs. A senior administration official said at a background briefing with reporters that the health law is not fueling an increase in part-time work at the expense of full-time employment, something that critics of the overhaul are increasingly contending (Reichard, 7/29).Also in the news – CBS News: HHS: Obamacare Reduces Medicare Drug CostsOver six million people with Medicare have saved $7 billion under the Affordable Care Act, the Health and Human Services Department announced Monday. Reducing individual prescription drug costs by $1,061, Obamacare has begun to reduce the existing gap in this coverage for seniors. With a $250 check to those in the “donut hole” — those without full prescription coverage — the Affordable Care Act began to reduce this discrepancy, which is set to close by 2020 (Haven, 7/29).The Hill: HHS: Seniors Have Saved $7 Billion On Drugs Thanks To ObamacarePresident Obama’s signature health care law has saved seniors more than $7 billion on prescription drugs, the Health and Human Services Department said Monday. The department highlighted the savings ahead on Medicare’s 48th anniversary. HHS touted new benefits the law made available to seniors, as well as savings on prescription drugs (Baker, 7/29). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.