Governor Wolf Statement on State Budget Progress SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News, Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement regarding progress in ongoing budget negotiations between his administration, and both the House and the Senate:“Over the weekend, I spoke with House and Senate leaders to try to finalize a budget that protects investments in critical programs important to the people of Pennsylvania. We made progress, and with more work, I believe we can reach a compromise in the coming days.“It will take all sides, including both chambers and my administration, working together and considering all ideas to get this done. And if a compromise is reached, there is a commitment from all involved to put up a vote before October 1st.“It is urgent that we finish our bipartisan work on a consensus, responsible budget immediately or we will face a credit downgrade and further disruption in important programs and payments.“I continue to be eager to resolve this process in a responsible way and hope we can bridge whatever differences that remain in the coming days.” September 18, 2017
Fear has gripped the Kenyan athletics fraternity following reports that Kenya could be investigated for doping, following a similar probe in Russia. Olympic bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang says Kenyan athletes are a worried lot.In Kenya’s lush Rift Valley region, famous for churning out champion runners from high-altitude training camps, fears of a Kenyan doping probe , similar to Russia’s that led to their ban from athletics, appear more real than imagined before.In the last few years, 33 Kenyan runners have failed drugs tests, with 15 athletes currently serving IAAF sanctions for doping. The trend is disturbing to the fraternity and the man who first blew the whistle on doping in kenya says that more needs to be done.As Kenya lives in fear of a Russia style- doping probe, the federation’s own vice president David Okeyo has been placed under investigations by the IAAF ethics commission for allegedly stealing over $700,000 sponsorship money from one of the federation’s sponsors, Nike, funds meant for athletics programs in the country.
Just over a year after appointing non-lawyers to two key committees within the Judicial Branch of government, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor has acknowledged that those serving on both the Judicial Inquiry Commission and the Grievance and Ethics Committee have done exceptional work to restore faith, public trust and confidence in the justice system.“In order to further ensure judicial transparency and accountability thereby increasing public confidence in the disposition of justice, we determined that it was necessary to include civil society’s representation on the two committees,” the Chief Justice said.Based upon that, Chief Justice Korkpor said he appointed prominent Liberians from diverse backgrounds, who graciously accepted to serve and are now serving with credit in the Liberian Judiciary.The Chief Justice made the disclosure last Monday when he delivered his message at the opening of the March 2015 Term of the Supreme Court.“Doing that required the amendment of the Rules of Court which ,” he said, “limited the membership of the two judicial bodies to only judges and lawyers.”Accordingly, he recounted, “On November 2013, the Supreme Court issued another Judicial Order #6 authorizing the Chief Justice, in consultation with other members of the Court, to increase the composition of the Judicial Inquiry Commission and the Grievance and Ethics Committee to a number not in excess of nine for each body, and appoint people from the civil society, who are not lawyers.”The non-lawyers appointed on the Grievance and Ethic Committee were Attorney Oscar Bloh of the Search for Common Ground, Imam Ali Krayee, acting chief imam of Liberia, Mr. Francis A. Dennis, president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Rev. Keturah York Cooper of the African Methodist Church and A.M.E. University, former Information Minister, Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, Liberian Educator, Sis. Mary Laurene Browne and Kenneth Y. Best, publisher and managing director of the Daily Observer newspaper,.In his swift intervention, Cllr. Theophilus Gould, president of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), admitted that the Bar had initially opposed the decision to allow non-lawyers to probe lawyers and judges, especially those on the Judicial Inquiry Commission which, he said, circumvented the amendment of the Rules of Court.“Your Honor, we agree with you that the appointment of non-lawyers was a step in the right direction, because we have worked with them directly and the non-legal guardians are helpful in the dispensation of justice,” he confirmed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)