It’s good to be the governor, especially when considering the timing of this year’s budget debate. First, he’s first. On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz filled a large state Capitol room with reporters, commissioners, staff and those with a keen interest in that budget and laid out how he would spend the state’s current revenues and proposed revenues. For the rest of the 2019 Legislative session, all budget conversations start there. “This is a strategic budget that allows us to maintain what we have while investing in the future,” Walz said of his plan for how to spend $49.5 billion over two years. “This budget is about building One Minnesota, the foundation of which is education, health care and community prosperity.” This year, presenting his priorities first has another advantage for Walz. He gets to use the most recent forecast of state revenue collections over the two-year budget period, which revealed a $1.5 billion surplus based on … [Read more...] about Walz’s big budget: OMG or DOA?
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is facing a budget shortfall of around 25 billion euros (22 billion pounds) by 2023 as an economic slowdown means tax revenues will come in below previous estimates, a Finance Ministry document obtained by Reuters showed. The government last month cut its growth forecast for this year to 1.0 percent from 1.8 percent previously. The ministry document pointed to further risks for the budget, including costs related to exiting coal power. (Reporting by Markus Wacket; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Michelle Martin) … [Read more...] about Germany facing big budget hole as economy slows
Marc Levy, Associated Press Published 10:35 am PST, Monday, January 14, 2019 FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Wolf will be sworn-in to a second term Tuesday, giving the Democrat another four years after a first term sharing power with the Republican-controlled Legislature. less FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Wolf will be sworn-in to a second term Tuesday, giving the Democrat ... more Photo: Matt Rourke, AP Photo: Matt Rourke, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the … [Read more...] about Wolf’s first term: wins, losses and big budget fights
JEREMY Clarkson has promised The Grand Tour will continue with explosive road trip specials - but the studio show is coming to an end. The Sun revealed today how the Top Gear legend has called time on 17 years of studio car shows with pals James May and Richard Hammond. The trio will instead embark on big-budget road trip specials on The Grand Tour after being given the green light by Amazon. Clarkson wrote on Twitter today: "Can we just be clear on this. The Grand Tour goes on. Amazon has commissioned another series of nothing but road trip specials." The Sun told how tearful Clarkson choked up while filming the latest series of The Grand Tour as he told an audience: “It’s the end of an era.” He later told The Sun: “It’s a really sad day. I will miss the banter with each other and with the audience. Clarkson, Hammond and May return in the first trailer for The Grand Tour Series 3 “But we’ve been doing that show for effectively 17 … [Read more...] about Jeremy Clarkson promises The Grand Tour will go on with string of big-budget road trip specials – despite calling time on studio shows
Halloween is merely two weeks away. This being Philadelphia, one would hope – nay, expect – a lot of folks, both young and old, to dress up like Gritty at their upcoming costume parties. This is the natural course of trend-setting events. With Gritty’s late arrival on the world stage, however, pre-made options aren't readily available for the masses who want to celebrate – and behave like – the Flyers new mascot. We got your back, folks. Sure, Northeast Philly seamstress named Pattirriccia Ryan received quite a bit of attention for creating a costume for her young son, but we’re going to expand beyond just celebrating her accomplishment. We at PhillyVoice decided the time was right to compile and share a Do-It-Yourself Guide to create a Gritty costume of your very own. We reached out to costume designers, yarn experts, furries and even former mascots to get all you’ll need to know to make your Halloween grit-astic. With no further ado, … [Read more...] about How to make your own ‘Gritty’ Halloween costume on a tight (or big) budget