Budget News, Efficiency, Government That Works, The Blog Governor Wolf remains committed to improving efficiencies, streamlining government operations, and reducing costs. He continues to change the way business is conducted to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, redundancies are eliminated, and customer interactions at all levels are improved.Just last week, Governor Wolf gave an update on these improvements, announcing produced savings for both the current and future state budgets. The Wolf Administration is on track to save $150 million in the current fiscal year. To date, GO-TIME has identified nearly 250 initiatives by state agencies to modernize government operations by increasing efficiency, improving technology, and identifying opportunities for agencies to collaborate and share resources. These initiatives will provide benefits including savings, reduced processing times, increased convenience, better customer service, and maximizing existing resources.Last year, Governor Wolf’s administration also implemented many reforms that generated substantial taxpayer savings and increased service effectiveness, including: eliminating the SNAP asset test, reducing the food stamp error rate, helping more TANF families find employment, reducing insurance rates by more than $80 million, and the largest reduction in prison population in 40 years.The 2016-17 Budget will again focus on creating a government that works effectively through innovation and increased efficiencies to ensure that taxpayer dollars are wisely spent.This budget includes the merger of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole (PDF) and the relocation of the eHealth Partnership Authority to within the Department of Human Services.The 2016-2017 Budget increases the use of Pay for Success performance contracts, which provide an innovative strategy to finance proven programs through public-private partnerships on a straightforward proposition. The Wolf Administration will work with private sector partners to address the employment needs of individuals with criminal convictions to make them less likely to return to the corrections system and more likely to build a foundation for a stable, productive life.Taxpayers will only pay for services that get results and save money in the long run. Payments are tied to the achievement of specific, pre-established performance goals that are set forth in the contract, and only occur after rigorous evaluation.Governor Wolf’s 2016-2017 Budget includes key government consolidations along with targeted investments that build upon the bipartisan budget agreement. It faces up to reality and does the difficult things we need to do to bring it into balance. This budget is the path we must choose to ensure that Pennsylvania has a bright future. BLOG: Governor Wolf Will Keep Making Government More Efficient February 11, 2016 You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary
KWAKWANI Secondary will battle President’s College (PC) in the final of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG)-organised National School Basketball Festival U-18 Boys competition, this Saturday evening at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).The Berbice River school has also booked places in the Boys’ U-14 finals and the Girls’ Developmental final. Those championship clashes are also billed for this Saturday from 17:30hrs.In their semi-final clashes, last Sunday evening at CASH, Kwakwani Secondary and President’s College surged to emphatic victories over Berbice school teams – New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) and Berbice High School (BHS) respectively.Led by a double-double from small forward Richard Semple, PC registered a 46-31 point victory over BHS.Semple, who pulled down 10 rebounds, scored 10 of his 12 points in the opening period to lead the winners to a 22-13 half-time lead.Rakin McDonald also played well for PC to finish with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Gabriel Lim added eight points and seven rebounds and Jushaun Bayley seven points.PC used their quick hands to undermine their opponents, since they were able to tally 12 steals compared to a single steal by BHS.PC also out-rebounded their opponents 33-20, although Charles Williams finished with a game-high 11 rebounds and six points for the defeated side.Rickford Blair led the BHS attack with 12 points, while Kezron Cort added nine points.ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCEKwakwani surged to a 16-point victory (60-44) in their clash against NATI, due to their quick hands, passing and team scoring. Nine of the 11 Kwakwani players scored, while six of the NATI players got buckets.Leading the winners was Rawle Sampson, who once again showed his range from deep, as he knocked down three shots from deep in a top score of 13 points. Elijah David added 12 points, Royon Shortt 11 points, nine boards and David Conway 10 points.Berbice Regional winners NATI had a number of second shot opportunities as their players out-rebounded their opponents 51-35, and although Jermain King finished with a game-high 16 points (12 of which were scored in the opening period) and 10 rebounds. NATI were outgunned.The only other NATI player in double digits was Gevon Schultz with 11 points and six rebounds. M. Durant added five points 13 rebounds and Jamal Chishom six points nine rebounds.The Festival is sponsored by Edward B. Beharry and Company Ltd, National Sports Commission, Banks DIH, ExxonMobil and Bounty Ltd.
Cadet basketball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the next season will perform in the A-Division of European basketball, among 16 best European teams.Their greatest success of B&H Cadets was achieved by winning the second place at the European Championship in B Division which ended in Sarajevo. At the finals, B&H National Team was defeated by Denmark with the result 72:69, and that was the only defeat in the competition.“There’s no reason for dissatisfaction. We were hoping the first place, but that is how the sport is like, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. We have achieved our goal, and it’s placement in the A division. It was nice to play in a hall filled with our fans”, said the captain of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nedim Đedović.By joining the A division cadet team was congratulated and thanked by the senior national team coach Aleksandar Petrović, and satisfaction for this success could not hide even the cadets’ selector Emir Halimić.“We worked very hard in order to enter among the top 16 teams of Europe. I’m sorry that we did not win the first place, but we showed character in the game in which at one point we lost 15 points difference. We brought the match at a better result, but for the ultimate success we missed some luck. I am happy because we prepared grounds for future generations of young players“, concluded Halimić.The Secretary General of the Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Harun Mahmutović stressed that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for the fourth consecutive year is more than satisfied with the organization of the championships for young basketball players in Sarajevo, but B&H can not get to host the organization of upcoming competition, because for the European Championship of Division A, hall must be air-conditioned , which is not the case in B&H.(Source: Fena)