Our nurses care for us during the most difficult of circumstances. I want to ensure PA nurses are supported in their daily jobs and in their careers so that they can deliver the most appropriate levels of care to patients throughout the commonwealth. https://t.co/x7SpMTHDUI— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 29, 2018 Weekly Update: Resurfacing PA, Protecting Students, and Standing up for Public Education The Blog, Weekly Update Resurface PALast Thursday, Governor Wolf announced Resurface PA, which is a statewide initiative that will accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania. A significant of this program’s funding is through savings that have accumulated since the governor took office in 2015.Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.Gun SafetyIn the wake of the tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas, Governor Wolf reiterated his call for state lawmakers to pass gun safety measures to his desk last Monday. This includes Senate Bill 501 which would keep guns away from domestic abusers as well as taking action to close a loophole allowing high-powered long guns, including AR-15s, to be bought without a background check by Pennsylvania State Police.“It has been more than three months since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, yet state lawmakers have failed to pass any gun safety measures to my desk. Now, after another massacre has taken the lives of innocent kids, we must act.”Schools that TeachOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced his opposition to Senate Bill 2, which would take scarce resources that currently go to public schools and direct them to private schools.“I have fought to protect public education and restore the state funding cut from our public schools under the previous administration. Senate Bill 2 would take us backwards and could mean many millions of dollars being cut from public schools. We need to invest in Pennsylvania’s public schools and improve education for all students. Every child deserves a quality education, no matter where they live.”The Wolf administration also secured funding to recruit and help military veterans who are considering a career in teaching this week. Last Thursday, Governor Wolf announced that $1.6 million will be used as part of the Troops for Teachers program, which will enable veterans to bring their knowledge and skills to Pennsylvania’s classrooms.Lastly, Governor Wolf was pleased to issue a statement of support for the appointment of Dr. Daniel Greenstein as the Pennsylvania State System of High Education’s next chancellor last Monday.Governor Wolf’s Week, May 20, 2018 – May 26, 2018Monday, 5/21/18After Texas Shooting, Governor Wolf Urges Lawmakers to Stop Delay of Gun Safety MeasuresGovernor Wolf Statement on Selection of Dr. Daniel Greenstein as PA State System of Higher Education ChancellorTuesday, 5/22/18Wolf Administration Welcomes 20 Students with Disabilities for Summer Internship ProgramGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Family Farming Operations in Seven CountiesGovernor Wolf Announces New Funding for Nine Projects to Promote Energy Efficiency and Spur Economic DevelopmentGovernor Wolf Opposes Voucher Plan That Would Cut Public School FundingThursday, 5/24/18Governor Wolf Announces Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack Potholes, Effects of Long WinterGovernor Wolf Announces Approval of Grant to Provide Manufacturing and Employability Skills to Young Adults in Berks CountyGovernor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers ProgramGovernor Wolf Discusses Workforce Development and Safe Staffing with Pittsburgh-area NursesFriday, 5/25/18Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 AirportsHighlights from TwitterPA had a long, difficult winter this year that caused potholes and other pavement challenges across PA. Today I announced an additional $180 million through my #ResurfacePA initiative to take immediate action to fix potholes and make our roads safer. https://t.co/Tjn74DbFBS pic.twitter.com/QIABTi13Vy— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 24, 2018
Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, has vowed to put together concrete proposals for a new and sustainable pensions system within a year. Speaking at a trustee seminar organised by regulator DNB, she said she aimed to flesh out the current proposal on the contours of a new system within the current Cabinet period, which expires in September 2016.Klijnsma also said she planned to table her Bill, which will allow variable benefits following a defined contribution (DC) pension plan, before this Christmas.At present, participants in DC plans must buy fixed annuities at retirement, which leads to low benefits as a consequence of low interest rates. Helma Lodders, MP for the liberal party VVD, tabled initiative legislation with the same purpose in July.During the seminar, Klijnsma suggested the new ‘general’ pension fund (APF) would come into force on 1 January 2016 only if the Cabinet received a “cheerful” response from the Council of State (RvS) about changes to her Bill.The RvS is looking into an amendment – tabled by MPs and supported by the Lower House – that would allow industry-wide schemes merging via an APF to keep their assets ring-fenced. However, the Cabinet has advised against the proposed changes, as it fears they would undermine mandatory involvement in industry-wide schemes. Klijnsma said the abolition of average pension contribution and accrual – effective from 2020 – would commence with the phasing in of age-based accrual, adding that the average premium approach would remain in place for the time being. Speaking at the same event, Frank Elderson, DNB director for the supervision of pension funds, conceded that trust in the pensions sector had not yet been restored in the Netherlands.He said schemes’ boards could help turn the tide by making “sustainable” choices, taking action themselves and telling their participants the “full and honest story”.He also warned boards against testing their limits, using the whole of their financial buffers or informing participants “selectively”.
The Glorya Kaufman School of Dance announced Thursday that renowned dancer and choreographer Jodie Gates will serve as the school’s director.Director · The new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Director Jodie Gates was previously an associate professor of dance at UC Irvine. — Courtesy of Ralph Palumbo/USCGates is the former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Gates has also choreographed a number of works for classical ballet companies.Gates is an associate professor of dance at the University of California, Irvine.She has received numerous awards for her dedication in the field, including honors from the American Association of University Women and the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program. Gates has also created more than 40 works of her own.Robert A. Cutietta, the current dean of the Thornton School of Music who will serve as the future dean of the Kaufman School of Dance, said Gates has many unique qualities that will be assets to the school.“What really impresses me is that she has had a fabulous career as a dancer and went on to have a fabulous career as an educator,” Cutietta said. “She understands art, understands education and can put together something that has existed before, and that’s what we’re doing here.”Cutietta said Gates’ dance festival is an example of her creative traits. The Laguna Dance Festival, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 and run by Gates, gathers dance companies from across the nation to perform in various venues around Laguna Beach.The school, in addition to the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, is slated to open in the fall semester of 2015.In November 2012, philanthropist Glorya Kaufman provided the endowment to create the school. The dance school is the first school at the university to be established in the past 40 years. It is also the sixth endowed school dedicated to the arts, joining the schools of architecture, cinematic arts, dramatic arts, fine arts and music.Kaufman said she was pleased with Gates becoming the director.“Jodie Gates is the perfect person for the job,” Kaufman said in a statement. “She is keenly aware of the unique needs of a dancer and the importance of a first-rate curriculum.”University officials also expressed excitement not only about the school’s establishment but also about Gates’ appointment, noting her extensive experience.“Glorya Kaufman’s transformational gift has added the beauty of dance to USC’s expressive range,” Provost Elizabeth Garrett said in a statement. “With the addition of celebrated artist Jodie Gates to the Kaufman School’s leadership team, the pieces are in place to complete USC’s arts mosaic.”A committee of faculty members from various schools across the university selected Gates to serve as director.Gates will begin her position in August. According to the Los Angeles Times, her official title will be vice dean and director of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. She will also have the academic title of professor.