Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Kicks Off First Regional Roundtable

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force, a panel of business, labor, education and workforce development experts, today held the first of six regional roundtables to hear from Pennsylvanians about how to improve the lives of hard-working, middle class families.“This task force is bringing together a special combination of representatives for employers, workers, educators and students to listen to people across the commonwealth about how we can support and grow Pennsylvania’s middle class,” said Governor Wolf. “Our state is making progress by increasing education funding and expanding economic incentives and workforce training, but middle class families know we must do more.“It is important this task force hears from people on all sides so we can develop education, training and economic development opportunities to ensure middle class families can live and complete in the 21st century economy.”The governor appointed four chairmen to lead the task force: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Assistant Vice Chancellor Dr. Sue Mukherjee, and Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Chairperson Susie Snelick. Additional leaders from these constituencies will be invited to join these discussions as well.“With our prime location, diverse industry base and strong work ethic, Pennsylvania is uniquely poised for a host of economic opportunities,” said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. “But despite these benefits, there are people without jobs, and there are good paying jobs without people to fill them. I’m excited to listen and meet with residents from across the commonwealth to discuss the challenges currently facing our state – including a growing jobs skills gap –  and to work with my fellow task force members towards solutions that will help the middle class and Pennsylvania’s economy to thrive.”“This is an exciting opportunity for worker advocates, businesses, legislators and community organizations to come together to hear the concerns of working people,” said Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. “It is imperative for the future of Pennsylvania that we look ahead with the fullest understanding of the current realities working families face across our commonwealth. At a time when economic inequality is at the forefront of so many conversations, the Governor’s Middle-Class Task Force is a step toward understanding and growing opportunities for working people in the 21st century.”Over the next few weeks the task force will hold five additional regional discussions to listen to businesses leaders, workers, educators, students and others for suggestions on ways the commonwealth can better support working families to get and keep jobs, as well as to invest in education and training to make businesses in Pennsylvania more competitive.“By forming the task force, Governor Wolf is again helping us focus, individually and collectively, on a problem that matters,” said Dr. Sue Mukherjee, assistant vice chancellor with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. “At the State System, we believe that education is at the core of socio-economic mobility. We also know that our state continues to struggle with a mismatch among jobs, workers, and students. We need to learn more.“Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Taskforce will provide our education community the opportunity to learn directly from the families and regional businesses we serve so we can better catalyze pathways to economic security for all.”As the task force works to find common ground, Pennsylvania’s middle class and economy are changing, creating challenges for workers and businesses. Near full employment has caused a tight labor market and a shortage of workers in some industries along with the need to train workers to close the skills gap for the available in-demand jobs.“Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force is an ideal forum for workers and employers statewide to collaborate on policy recommendations that support the governor’s ‘Jobs that Pay’ priority,” said Susie Snelick, chairperson of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association. “I look forward to hearing from middle class workers and employers across the commonwealth about ways we can all help everyone succeed and sharing those suggestions with the governor.”Representing the Wolf administration on the task force are Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Acting Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.The task force will present recommendations to the governor later this year. 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Trojans find their rhythm in dominant win over Cal

first_imgBERKELEY, Calif. — USC students made their way back from Northern California fully satisfied as the No. 7 Trojans breezed past No. 24 Cal 30-3 Saturday at Memorial Stadium.USC made it look easy in a game that was supposed to be its most difficult test of the season. The Trojans dominated every aspect and put together their best all-around performance of the season in front of a crowd of 71,799.Special play · Receiver Damian Williams scores his first career touchdown on a punt return, sparking the Trojans in the second quarter. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAfter a rocky three-week stretch that saw the Trojans squeak past Ohio State, get upset by Washington and then underperform against Washington State, everything seemed to come together for USC on offense, defense and special teams.“I am really fired up about a lot of good things that are happening,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “This is a win we take a lot of pride in. We are just going to keep on pushing.”Cal looked like it would put up a fight when it marched down the field with ease on its first possession to the Trojans’ 6-yard line. But all the Golden Bears’ momentum vanished when quarterback Kevin Riley rolled out to the right side and threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by senior safety Taylor Mays in the end zone.“We looked a little shaky [on the first drive] but the defense has always come through,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Chris Galippo said. “And we’ve been awesome with our backs against the wall this year.”Mays’ pick silenced Cal’s early statement and the USC offense took over from there. The Trojans moved the ball 80 yards in six plays, capped by a highlight reel-worthy 38-yard touchdown run by running back Joe McKnight where the junior dove past two defenders and stretched out just enough to get the ball across the plane for a score.“It was a big tone-setter for everybody on the offense and plus for the whole team,” McKnight said.Carroll said the immediate response by the USC offense carried even more weight than Mays’ interception.“Even better than [the interception] was the drive after that, 80 yards down for the touchdown,” Carroll said.After McKnight’s touchdown, the Trojans scored 13 more unanswered points to finish what was perhaps their best half of football this season. McKnight scored again in the fourth quarter to lead the Trojans with 121 yards on 20 carries.USC’s first-half dominance was highlighted by receiver Damian Williams’ 66-yard punt return for a touchdown. Williams found a seam up the middle then tiptoed along the sideline before diving toward the pile-on for the score.The redshirt junior, who took over full-time punt returning duties this season, was pleased after his first career punt return for a touchdown.“I caught the ball and all 10 guys in front of me made great blocks,” Williams said. “It started with Garrett Green. He made pretty much the springing block in front of me and I only had to beat one person, and that was the punter.”Although he did not throw a touchdown, freshman quarterback Matt Barkley had his most consistent performance of his career, going 20-of-35 for 283 yards with one interception. The offensive playbook seemed to fully open up for the first time this season, allowing Barkley to take shots down the field.“I think they’ve had that faith [in me] this whole time, we just decided to it open up now,” Barkley said. “I’m confident that the coaches believe in me and they do.”While the Trojans were racking up points, Cal’s offense failed to get going after Riley’s interception. The USC defense limited Cal running back Jahvid Best to 49 yards on 14 carries.“We felt like we had control at some points in the game, but it just wasn’t happening for us,” Best said.With the Heisman hopeful unable to get into a rhythm, Cal became one-dimensional, and the onus was on Riley to beat the Trojans with his arm. But the pass defense held as well, holding Riley to 14-of-40 passing with 199 yards and one interception.“We were zero-dimensional today, because we couldn’t run it and we couldn’t throw it,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said.Cal avoided the shutout when kicker Vince D’Amato’s 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave Cal its only points of the game.“The consistency of our defense is just great,” Carroll said of the squad that held Cal to 285 yards in total offense. “We love the guys [on defense] that left [to the NFL], but the guys that are here are playing really good football.”last_img read more

Cheese vs. barbecue: what’s really at stake in tonight’s game

first_img“Duke is a formidable opponent, but this is Wisconsin’s year to bring home the victory. Make ‘em believe!”And believe Wisconsin will.The Badgers tipoff against the Blue Devils tonight at 8:18 p.m. As the Badgers prepare to take on Duke’s Blue Devils in what could be their first NCAA championship win in more than 70 years, representatives from Wisconsin and North Carolina have decided to make this game about much more than a national title.For Wisconsin, that means a shit ton of cheese.Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Durham, North Carolina, Mayor Bill Bell have made their own wagers on the the game. Soglin is wagering 25 pounds of Wisconsin’s finest cheese while Bell is offering up North Carolina barbecue.According to a statement from the mayor’s office, Soglin is confident in the Badgers’ abilities.“I made a wager on behalf of the Badgers. By the end of the week, I expect to be dining on Durham barbecue and our own Colby jack,” Soglin said.Go bucky. #badgers unflappable as student athletes.— Paul Soglin (@Paulsoglin) April 5, 2015The mayors aren’t the only ones betting on the game.Congressman Mark Pocan, D-Wis., also wagered Wisconsin cheese on the game against Congressman G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., who also offered North Carolina barbecue, in addition to coleslaw and iced tea.Both congressmen know there is a lot at stake, however their confidence in their respective teams is unwavering.“I don’t have to remind my good friends, Rep. Pocan, that Duke basketball is led by the incomparable Coach K., the winningest coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history,” Butterfield said in a statement.Pocan countered by saying the Badgers have proven themselves as a team to be reckoned with.“After a long season, I know Coach Bo Ryan and his team are ready to bring the championship trophy home to Madison. Go Bucky!” Finally, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wagered in on tonight’s game against North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.In a statement, Walker offered up an assortment Wisconsin’s finest cheese, sausage and root beer. McCrory offered, you guessed it, North Carolina barbecue.Walker said this is Wisconsin’s year for victory.last_img read more

Mark Zero Electric Sports Car Revealed Ahead Of Geneva

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 25, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Piëch Automotive developed its EV reportedly having only 200 employees, in partnership with Swiss industrial designer Rea Stark Rajcic.The weight of the car to be just 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs).Piëch Automotive Mark Zero First Leaked Images Of Peugeot e208 Electric Car Slip Out Piëch Automotive Mark ZeroSource: wardsauto.com Source: Electric Vehicle News Great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche starts an EV businessSwiss-based start-up Piëch Automotive announced the unveiling of a new electric two-door coupe concept – Mark Zero – at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The project is lead by Anton Piëch, who is the son of Ferdinand Piëch (former chairman of the Volkswagen Group) and great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche.This new all-electric model is promised to have 500 km (310 miles) of range under the WLTP test cycle. The batteries are to be installed along the center line, as well as within the rear axle for a lower center of gravity compared to a standard skateboard-type pack. Cells come from an undisclosed Sino-German joint venture, previously not engaged in automotive projects.More concepts scheduled for Geneva CUPRA Reveals Formentor Plug-In Hybrid SUV Ahead Of Geneva Audi Announces 4 New Plug-In Hybrids: Q5, A6, A7 & A8 Piëch Automotive Mark Zerolast_img read more