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Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Can Address Vital Infrastructure Needs in Carnegie Borough

Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Can Address Vital Infrastructure Needs in Carnegie Borough

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Carnegie, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf toured the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall to see the unfinished Library Park project, its completion stymied by mudslide damage. Following the tour, he outlined the components of the most aggressive infrastructure plan in generations, Restore Pennsylvania.“Heavy rains throughout 2018 demonstrated vividly and tragically that our flood mitigation planning and infrastructure have not kept up, leaving communities and individuals throughout the state with massive cleanup costs, and few options to turn to for assistance,” Gov. Wolf said.“The library and music hall should not have had to use money slated for a green space to repair mudslide damage. But they did what they had to do to make the area safe and secure for residents and visitors.”The governor’s plan will help communities like Carnegie mitigate the effects of flooding and extreme weather, address blight, and expand broadband access and green infrastructure, restoring communities that simply do not have the funding for these projects.To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced an ambitious 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 community 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.The governor was joined on the tour and press conference by Senator Wayne Fontana and Representative Anita Kulik.“This region is no stranger to natural disasters and infrastructure problems,” Sen. Fontana said. “And as the impact of climate change unleashes more weather emergencies more often, we need to do all we can to prevent or minimize flooding, landslides, lead poisoning and so many other tragedies. We cannot continue putting band-aids on gaping wounds and continue kicking the can down the road when it comes to our aging infrastructure.”“All the municipalities that make up the 45th District have in some way or another been affected by the heavy rains and flooding that continue to hit our Commonwealth,” Rep. Kulik said. “Homes, businesses, municipal properties have all been destroyed at great cost to our constituents. We are very happy to welcome the Governor to Carnegie to hear about the his Restore PA plan — it it helps open the conversation about how to help our citizens.”Flooding Prevention and RecoveryRestore 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. Restore Pennsylvania will also 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.BlightRestore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.BroadbandRestore 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 here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 06, 2019center_img Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Can Address Vital Infrastructure Needs in Carnegie Boroughlast_img read more

Law students under pressure from hefty fees to study in T&T

Law students under pressure from hefty fees to study in T&T

first_img– GYD$10M in costs to gain legal certificate, students meet with AGBy Jarryl BryanGuyanese law students have welcomed the move to provide scholarships for them to be able to study at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago, given the fact that students are buckling under the costs charged by the institution as well as the sheer cost of living.Attorney General Basil Williams (centre) takes a photo with the aggrieved law studentsA delegation met with Attorney General Basil Williams on Tuesday, where Vice President of the Guyanese Jurisdiction Committee, Olivia Bess, laid out the conditions under which aspiring lawyers have to study in Trinidad.According to Bess, these students still have to find money for food— costs she estimates to be close to $100,000 in Guyana currency. In addition, there are also the costs of living accommodation.“We requested a meeting with the Attorney General because we as Guyanese students in Trinidad suffer a lot of financial difficulties in relation to our tuition fees, living expenses, food, etc. For example, the tuition fee has increased for the first years. It is no longer TT$98,366. It is now TT$101,066. When you exchange that to Guyana dollars, that would be GYD$3 Million”.“That’s just the first-year tuition fee. Added to that, you also have living expenses. The average Guyana student in Trinidad would pay around TT$3000. When you convert that, that would be around GYD$90,000 a month. And you still have to send it through the bank or Western Union and these places will add on their own rates”.In terms of food, Bess noted that the average student will spend between TT$1500 to TT$2000 on a monthly basis. She explained that this translates to them spending between $45,000 to $60,000.“So, when you total all the expenses for one year, it is nothing less than $5 Million. That is just per year. It is two years so you have $10 Million. So, it’s not easy for the Guyanese students in Trinidad to function properly or study properly, even though we do perform well. But it’s not an easy task”.“We have to think about our parents, our guardians, how are they going to find that money? I know countless students who cried because they could not find that money to pay for Hugh Wooding law school. It’s not an easy task”.ScholarshipsBess was accompanied by students holding their Bachelors in Law from the University of Guyana, as well as students already enrolled at the Hugh Wooding Law School. The Legal Affairs Ministry had announced that full scholarships to study law for the 2019/2020 year at Hugh Wooding were available.This came after reports that the Ministry’s finance secretary failed to cover expenses for students. Attorney General Basil Williams criticised the staff who was responsible for sending money for the students in Trinidad but didn’t.Williams noted that once that money was approved by Cabinet, it ought to have been disbursed. He thus distanced himself from the decision to withhold the funds, noting that when budgeted sums are passed in Parliament then they are meant to be spent.He noted that while the staff should have been sent on administrative leave pending a hearing, she’s still on the job. Moving forward, the AG hinted that Government could go ahead with building its own law school, while acquiring Council of Legal Education approval afterwards.Stiff competitionCurrently, law students at the University of Guyana complete the Bachelor of Law (LLB) programme after which the top 25 graduates are granted entry annually into the Hugh Wooding Law School to get their LEC.However, in recent years, Guyanese students in Trinidad have been complaining bitterly about the system, particularly the limited intake when the law classes at UG are packed with close to 100 students.Additionally, they also complained about the high cost of obtaining the LEC, which is pegged at more than $3 million, and this excludes education materials, accommodation and daily expenses such as food and transportation.The requirements for eligibility for the limited scholarships being offered by the Department of Public Service include: being the holder of the Bachelor of Laws Degree, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3, obtained within the last five years.Applicants must be 35 years old or under, and must have an offer of acceptance from the Hugh Wooding Law School for the 2019-2020 academic year. Present students at the Hugh Wooding Law School must have passes for the first year of studies with at least three courses passes with Grade A.Over the years, the need for a local law school has been excessively highlighted and as such, Government has undertaken to step up such an institution here in a joint venture with Jamaican partners.last_img read more