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Governor Wolf and Republican Legislative leaders sat down in Harrisburg today to discuss issues related to a $30 billion dollar state budget that Republican controlled legislature passed last week, but which the Governor vetoed. The impasse is over taxes which Governor Wolf wants to raise and include a drilling tax on gas companies in the state. Republicans are in agreement that taxes do not have to be raised. As of right now the state is in a new fiscal year without a budget though no services have been affected as of yet.
Team USA avenged their loss to Japan in 2011 by defeating them last night 5–2, in the Women’s World Cup Final in Vancouver. It was the highest-scoring Final in Women’s World Cup history.
Nearly eight inches of rain fell last month, making it the fifth wettest June in Lycoming County since the National Weather Service began keeping records in the late 1800s, according to the weather service at State College. The region received 7.81 inches of rain, more than double the 3.46 inches the area received in June of last year. You have to go back to June 1982 when the region received more rain, and that was 9.23 inches. The wettest June on record of course was 1972 when 16.8 pounded the region, 12 inches falling in five days during Tropical Storm Agnes.
Governor Wolf continued exercising his veto powers in Harrisburg yesterday. The governor who just a day before vetoed the entire state budget, yesterday vetoed three more bills. One of those bills is to privatize the Pa State Liquor system with Wolf saying that the state can support and bolster consumer convenience without selling the system and risking higher prices and fewer selections for consumers. Wolf also vetoed a public schools bill which contains a new formula to distribute state aid to districts and one that guides how money from the budget is spent. He has not decided yet what to do with legislation which would change the state’s pension system.
The State Department says it is withholding some of Hillary Clinton’s emails because they’re now considered classified. State Department spokesman John Kirby said parts of 25 emails from the batch released Tuesday night were redacted because it was later determined they contained sensitive information. Clinton has said when she was Secretary of State she never sent classified emails while using a personal email address and her own email server.
Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders have agreed to sit down starting Monday to discuss bridging a gap in the state budget impasse. The governor refused to sign a Republican budget plan which did not contain a tax increase, but was passed in both the republican controlled house and senate. The Governor wants to substantially increase education funding and raise taxes including levying a tax on gas drillers. The Republican plan does not contain a tax increase. Wolf said yesterday that though there are obvious disagreements, he plans on coming up with a budget that moves Pennsylvania forward.
After threatening to do so, Northumberland County officials say they will stick up their first two billboards today of the worst of the worst. The billboards will depict 4 persons who have continually not paid on their fines and court costs in the county and owe thousands of dollars. The billboards will go up in the Shamokin and Mt. Carmel areas and officials say they will keep them up until the four persons are brought to justice. They say billboards with other offenders could go up in the future there in Northumberland County as well.
Donald Trump is following through on his threat to sue Univision. The Trump organization has filed a 500 million-dollar lawsuit against the Spanish-language TV network over its decision not to broadcast the Miss USA pageant. Univision said last week it would drop the pageant broadcast over comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants who are crossing the border. Meanwhile, Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after his controversial remarks created a public uproar. In a statement out this morning, Macy’s said the company “stands for diversity” and that it had no tolerance for discrimination.
It’s a tax hike for property owners in the Jersey Shore School District. The School Board voted 7–0 last night to approve a budget of a little over $39 million dollars for the upcoming school year, and despite the fact that the district will save money by eliminating two teacher positions, as well as cutting into some benefits, the district’s technology equipment budget and basic education funding, a tax increase of a little over 2.6% will occur. Property owners in Lycoming County who are part of the district will see their tax rates go up about $1.64 for every $100 of assessed value of property.
Its four years of probation as well as paying back restitution for a former manager at a Sunbury Auto Dealership accused of stealing from his employer. An investigation got underway back in January against Steven Kremer of Northumberland who worked at Sunbury Motors Lincoln/Hyundai dealership and who is accused of keeping deposits for vehicles and vehicle sale funds over at least a three year period there. It’s believed that Kremer stole around $28,000 dollars over that time. While serving probation he has also been ordered to make $500 monthly payments to the company in order to pay back the money he stole.
NBC ended its relationship with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump Monday, because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants when he announced his campaign. Mexican media giant Televisa also says it will no longer broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant or engage in any other projects with Trump. Nearly 700,000 people have signed a petition calling on Macy’s to fire Donald Trump.