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25 Jun 19
WTAJ
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed the main bill in a just-unveiled $34 billion compromise budget plan on Tuesday, despite hard criticism by rank-and-file Democrats that included a floor fight over whether they could criticize the package for lacking a minimum wage increase. Democrats also bitterly protested the bill’s defunding of a Depression-era cash assistance program for the poor, a Republican demand that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf also opposes in a budget package that he otherwise supports. Still, Democratic leaders voted for the bill, even as they said they would continue to fight for an increase in the minimum wage and to keep the cash assistance program, called “general assistance.” “At a time when the stock market has never been higher, corporate profits are soaring, and yet we’re cutting general assistance,” said Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery. “How do we make that point? How do we explain that to people?” After four hours of debate, the bill passed, 140-62, with a handful of Republicans joining most Democrats in opposing it. Senate approval of the bill is still required as the fiscal year ticks down and the new 2019-20 fiscal year starts Monday. The Republican-controlled Legislature was in the midst of a flurry of votes on bills this week as they rush to approve hundreds of pages of budget-related legislation and depart Harrisburg for the summer. The budget package capitalizes on strong tax collections to boost aid to public schools and universities and stuff cash into reserve. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York, said the package does not rely on any increases in fees or taxes and represents the “largest investment in education” in decades. Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Fulton, told colleagues during floor debate the bill meets the state’s needs “in an exceptional way.” “We are working on behalf of those hard-working families that continue to send checks to this commonwealth,” Topper said during floor debate. “When we talk about revenue, we understand we’re not holding a hoagie sale on the Capitol steps.” In the first hour of the debate, Democrats repeatedly criticized Republican resistance to increase in the minimum wage, something Wolf has advocated for all five years he has been in office. House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, repeatedly warned Democrats about bringing it up, at one point saying, “I’m going to strike any other reference to minimum wage” from the official transcript of the floor proceedings. The $34 billion compromise package is similar to the $34.1 billion plan Wolf floated in February. All told, the package authorizes almost $2 billion in additional spending through the state’s main operations account or 6% more than the spending lawmakers authorized last year, counting cost overruns in the current fiscal year. Much of the extra spending covers new discretionary aid for public schools, plus extra amounts to meet rising costs for prisons, debt, pension obligations, and health care for the poor. Still, budget makers are using various cash maneuvers to veil the true cost of government operations, moving hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to outside accounts. Budget makers also have a recent history of low-balling spending estimates for health care services on the front end of the fiscal year, costs they must make up at the end of the fiscal year. Eliminating general assistance saves an estimated $50 million. The program temporarily provides $200 a month to people deemed unable to work because they are disabled or in addiction treatment. Wolf’s office has not said what the governor might do, if anything, to try to save it.
25 Jun 19
Daily Democrat
The rainbow flag will fly on county property in Woodland Friday recognizing the 50-year anniversary of New York’s Stonewall Riots. Supervisor Don Saylor made the announcement Tuesday after the board passed an honorary resolution which declared June 2019 LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Yolo County. “Our nation was founded on the principle of equal rights for everyone,” Saylor said. “The historically the deferred fulfillment of this promise for so many groups has been one of the major stories over the evolution of our history. “Fifty years ago this week, the Stonewall Riots really called to attention what many had experienced for so long, and that’s the denial of rights and the denial of human interactions and opportunities for those who are LGBTQ. So 50 years ago on Friday, we will acknowledge that travesty.” Co-founder of the Davis Phoenix Coalition, Gloria Partida, was present at the meeting to speak on the resolution’s importance: “I want to really give my gratitude and thanks to the county for acknowledging this really important symbol,” Partida began. “As an ally, I have two children who are part of the LGBT community and I have a son who was the victim of a very violent hate crime. “We have a long way to go to bringing acceptance for this community, but I know that it is just really heartening when we see symbols and when we see our community and leaders acknowledge the fact that it’s important to stand up and recognize that everyone belongs in our community and everyone should be safe, respected and free from violence.” Davis-based attorney Linda Deos also shared part of her story: “When I came out in the early 80s, the result of that was being beaten up, the result of that was being harassed, the result of that was I lost my job,” Deos said. “I had applied for the State Department as a foreign service officer and they asked ‘do you have any homosexual tendencies?’ And I said well as a matter a fact I do and I’m out to everybody. They said ‘We’re sorry, but there’s the door.'” A disappointed Deos went on to attend law school where the harassment continued. Now, the attorney is an advocate. In more recent years, Deos pointed out that the attitude toward LGBTQ+ people has generally shifted from derision to tolerance to celebration. “To look at where we are at today, having allies like Gloria and the organization and all of you here gives me goosebumps. You have no idea what it means to us that my wife and I can walk through the streets of Davis, or anywhere pretty much here in Yolo County and elsewhere, and feel safe and know this is a good place to be.”
25 Jun 19
D. Mass. IP Litigation Blog

Judge Saylor denied Abiomed’s motion for a protective order prohibiting discovery of foreign sales of products whose components were exported from the United States and assembled abroad. Abiomed had sought to preclude this information because Maquet had not specifically pled 35 U.S.C. § 271(f) as a basis for infringement. Noting that the limits on discovery […]

25 Jun 19

EEE!!! I did this post last Summer and I love it so freaking much!!  I can’t even explain to yall how much I love to read.  It’s the weirdest thing to me because I don’t have a lot of other people in my life that are as obsessed with reading as I am.  Jared for […]

25 Jun 19
Metro
[metro-video id=”1945078″ video=”https://videos.metro.co.uk/video/met/2019/06/13/1209982874756401115/1024x576_MP4_1209982874756401115.mp4” image=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/06/13/06/14727354-0-image-a-5_1560403227784.jpg“] The Hills: New Beginnings has brought back some famous faces for a long overdue catch-up. However, while most of the OG team have decided to come back (and Mischa Barton and Brandon Lee are thrown into the mix too), there are definitely some essential faces that are no longer about. So why did they turn the show down and what are they up to now? Here’s the tea behind the drama of their non-return, and what some of the cast think about them turning down the reappearance. Lauren’s time on Laguna Beach paved the way for The Hills (Picture: WENN) Lauren Conrad Let’s be honest here – without Lauren Conrad, there would be no Hills. Using her to spin-off from series Laguna Beach, it was Conrad’s life that brought the show together, with housemate Heidi Montag (not Pratt) and pals Whitney Port and Audrina Patridge. However, she left mid-season five, leaving Kristin Cavallari to take over the central role. After appearing as a guest star in the show’s final episode, she decided not to return after long-held feuds with Heidi meant they struggled to film together. Pretty safe to say there’s no love lost here between Lauren and her former castmates. In fact, her former friend-turned-foe Heidi Pratt told Good Morning America she was glad she had no part in the reboot and said: ‘I actually was kind of excited Lauren wasn’t on it because I felt like it was more freeing and fair, like, for me.’ ‘She was always the one – she’s the leader, the one that would tell you what to do, what not to do,’ Audrina Patridge added. ‘So now it’s kinda like we all get … you kinda get to make your own choices and be your own self.’ Lauren announced in April that she is expecting her second child. She currently has a boy called Liam James Tell, born in 2017, with husband William Tell. Justin Bobby says Kristin’s not going to be missed on the show (Picture: Getty) Kristin Cavallari Kristen Cavallari had a central rivalry with Lauren Conrad during their time on Laguna Beach, so it made complete sense for her to take over when Lauren moved away from the Hills. Her time on the show only lasted a season and a half, however, with the series ending at the end of the sixth season in 2010. Since then, she appeared on Dancing With the Stars, becoming third to be eliminated, and tried to have an acting career. However, most of her films were straight to DVD – including Amy Poehler’s Spring Breakdown, and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year. Kristen confirmed she had no intention of returning to the show, instead focusing on being a mum to her three children Camden, Jaxon and Saylor. She told HollywoodLife: ‘I would’ve loved to have made a cameo but I don’t think I could’ve gone back to that whole lifestyle. ‘As a mom and as a wife — If it was just me and I just had myself to look after, but mentally and emotionally, I could not have gone back to that same place. There’s just no way.’ ‘Would it have been fun to make a little cameo? Absolutely. I’m kind of glad to just be a viewer in that sense,’ she added. Speaking ahead of New Beginnings, when asked about if the show’s going to notice her absence, Justin Bobby declared: ‘Not by me. Is she on TV still? I don’t know.’ Sooo no love lost there either then. Lo was asked but she turned the opportunity down (Picture: Getty) Lo Bosworth Lo Bosworth was literally credited as ‘Lauren/Audrina’s friend’ at the beginning of her time on The Hills – but by season six she was considered a main cast member. First appearing on the show in 2007 (after healing a two year rift with Lauren Conrad), Lo became a housemate with Lauren and Audrina. By the end, she was seen struggling her work/life balance after moving in with her boyfriend Scott. Since the series, she launched her own lifestyle business, The Lo Down, which also dealt with party planning and hosting. Speaking on Conversations with Maria Menounos, she explained that she had lost relationships with the cast mates and despite being asked, she had no interest in returning. She said: ‘For me, I’m just really not that interested in going down that rabbit hole…reality TV was an interesting experience. ‘I’m acutely aware of the platform it has provided for me, and I feel extremely fortunate to have the experience because I have this life now because of it. ‘I don’t know these people who are on the show—I know them, but I don’t have a relationship with any of them.’ Kelly Cutrone appeared on the spin-offs but is done with the franchise (Picture: Michael Stewart/WireImage) Kelly Cutrone Kelly Cutrone has appeared on three TV shows, including The Hills, and another spin-off from the franchise The City – as a confidante and business consultant for Whitney Port. Hiring some of the cast members as part of her team at People’s Revolution made her a frequent visitor on the show, and she even landed her own spin-off show, Kell On Earth, which documented its day-to-day work. Her book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2010. Speaking to Refinery29 last year, she simply said: ‘I’m not a part of that. I have no idea what it is.’ ‘I don’t think my interpretation of that experience means anything for people who weren’t there,’ she added. ‘The fashion world is very elite, so my whole thing was How do we let people in to see and experience that? The show was fake, but it wasn’t scripted. ‘The producers would be like, They’re going to come into People’s Revolution on a Wednesday, and maybe Lauren [Conrad], Audrina [Patridge], Stephanie [Pratt], or Whitney [Port] would be there, and you guys just do your thing.’ It’s unknown if she’s been invited back in any capacity or has changed her mind for a cameo. 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25 Jun 19
LevittownNow.com

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square Pennsylvania’s state budget took its first step this week toward what’s expected to be a relatively smooth passage when it was introduced and advanced by the House Appropriations Committee – but not without some harsh words from Democratic members upset by the omission of some of their priorities. Still, […]

25 Jun 19
Paranormal Angel

📚Book 175 The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big-hearted,sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl—and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer. Emma […]

25 Jun 19

Finally trying one of these hosted book memes! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl – definitely check out her awesome website. So Top Ten Books On My Summer 2019 TBR list? I have SO MANY guys and girls! So I shall pick the ones I’m most excited to read… Book Blurb: […]

24 Jun 19
The Right Road

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

24 Jun 19
The Right Road

Life-altering diagnoses can mean serious medical expenses, along with income loss. Meanwhile, regular life expenses continue, and new ones–like travel and pet care–accrue. You don’t have to face this alone. A medical fundraiser can be key to some radically important life goals: Keeping your home/paying your mortgage Paying for your basic needs: food, shelter, transportation, […]

24 Jun 19
wickedcoolflight

Anthony Being responsible hasn’t gotten me anywhere in life. My girlfriend left me for another guy. My career is over. I feel like I’ve lost everything. Then I meet Sway Swenson. She’s sexy, fun, spontaneous, has zero inhibitions, and thinks relationships are a waste of time. Just like me. She’s perfect for getting me back […]

24 Jun 19
The Frenchie Journal

Who doesn’t love puppies! We all love them but finding well bred French bulldogs can be a lot more challenging then it looks. When I started searching for my pup I was so excited but very quickly became overwhelmed. Finding a puppy is supposed to be fun but it is also a lot to think […]

24 Jun 19
J. Wheeler Private Client Group, LLC

For many people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), chronic pain is one of the most predominant symptoms. But if a friend or loved one with EDS tells you they’re having a “bad pain day,” what exactly does that mean? EDS is a rare connective tissue disease that can be broken down into 13 defined types, each […]

24 Jun 19
WTAJ
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers said Monday they have struck a compromise spending plan that uses surplus dollars to spread around modest spending increases, hold the line on taxes and make a substantial deposit into a relatively bare budgetary reserve. Votes in the Republican-controlled Legislature were expected later this week, as the fiscal year winds down and legislative aides scramble to prepare hundreds of pages of budget-related legislation before lawmakers leave Harrisburg for the summer. The bill emerged from the House Appropriations Committee on a 27-9 vote, with every Republican in favor and Democrats split. Democrats who voted against it issued various criticisms, including its failure to include a minimum wage increase and the elimination of a Depression-era cash assistance program that temporarily provided $200 a month to people deemed unable to work. Pennsylvania is in its strongest stretch of tax collections since the recession a decade ago, bringing a reprieve from a string of tight budget years and deficits. “What we’re facing right now with our increased revenues, we don’t know if it’s an anomaly or if it’s a trend, and if it’s an anomaly, we have to still be careful in our spending,” said Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland. “Although the wish list is great and we would like to do a whole lot more, we have accomplished a great deal in this budget.” The $34 billion plan is similar to the $34.1 billion plan Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf floated in February. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York, said the package does not rely on any increases in fees or taxes. All told, the package authorizes almost $2 billion in additional spending through the state’s main operations account or 6% more than the spending lawmakers authorized last year, counting cost overruns in the current fiscal year. Much of the extra spending covers new discretionary aid for public schools, plus extra amounts to meet rising costs for prisons, debt, pension obligations and health care for the poor. Public schools will receive $160 million more for general operations and instruction, a bump of almost 3%, although school advocates had pressed for more, saying districts are struggling to keep up with rising costs. Community colleges and state-subsidized universities, including Penn State and Temple, will each get another 2% in aid, an increase from what Wolf had proposed. The Legislature will renew a $60 million school and community security grant program it began after last year’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In addition, almost $300 million is slated for a deposit into the budgetary reserve, hitting on a key criticism of credit rating agencies that Pennsylvania lacks reserve cash. Still, budget makers are using various cash maneuvers to veil the true cost of government operations, moving hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to outside accounts. Budget makers also have a recent history of low-balling spending estimates for health care services on the front end of the fiscal year, costs they must make up at the end of the fiscal year. Lawmakers on Monday were continuing closed-door discussions to resolve a variety of budget-related disagreements. One is Wolf’s request for $15 million to help counties cover the cost of new voting machines. Republicans have protested Wolf’s stated intent to decertify voting machines in use last year, while some lawmakers have asked for more cash, sooner, to help counties foot the bill. Legislation with a package of changes to election laws was expected to be tied to cash for voting machines, but House Democrats last week protested a provision to eliminate the ballot option for voters to simply select a straight-party ticket in elections.
24 Jun 19
Indian River Guardian

REMINDER ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT!  LIST YOUR EVENTS FOR THE GUIDE BY JULY 1 To list events, simply add them to the online calendar at http://calendarwiz.com/culturalcouncil and follow up by e-mailing your event list to calendar@cultural-council.org. Advertising: 770-4857.   This service is FREE!  You do not have to be a member to list your events for our Cultural Guide.  Events run from October […]

24 Jun 19
Josie Schub

Now that the big day is behind me, I wanted to share my experience using Inheritor Cell Technology (ICT) for cord blood and tissue banking. When I was first researching cord blood banking options with my husband, we looked at all of the well known companies first. There didn’t seem to be much distinguishing them […]