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SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Sam Robinson, Senior Policy Analyst February 12, 2016 Budget News, Severance Tax, The Blog Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state in the country without a severance tax. States like Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma and West Virginia all have one.Have those and every other state with a severance tax also driven the industry into bankruptcy?No.To the contrary, drillers have made billions of dollars in revenue in those states – as well as Pennsylvania.Prices are low now, but almost no one believes they won’t go up. Natural gas drillers have been telling the same story – that a severance tax in Pennsylvania will hurt their operations – even when prices were higher.Gas drillers say no to taxes. Market is down, wrong time; just like they said when the market was high.— Steve Esack (@sesack) February 9, 2016This highlights how ridiculous the argument is on the impact of natural gas companies paying the same, fair share they pay in other states on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania. Why don’t Pennsylvanians deserve the same benefits of extraction that other states get?Plenty of Republicans also support a severance tax, even as their leaders oppose the Governor on the severance tax at every turn. On Monday, two Republican severance tax proposals were highlighted in the House.The Governor’s proposal maintains the impact fee, with producers able to take a credit against the severance tax amount. Meaning they will not pay the impact fee plus a 6.5 percent severance tax. The total revenue generated by the 6.5 percent severance tax is estimated at $350.9 million in 2016-17, with a projected $133.1 million credited for the impact fee providing a net new revenue of $217.8 million for 2016-17.Energy companies are even telling their shareholders that they are “uniquely positioned” to succeed in spite of temporary low prices.While active drilling rigs are down, each rig that continues to work is much more productive than even a few years ago. Each rig drills more wells per year and at a much lower cost. Right now, gas production is stable in Pennsylvania.Some new pipeline capacity has also come on line already, and more will come online in 2016, and major improvement on pipeline capacity will take place in 2017. The new capacity has already shrunk the 2014-15 price differential between Henry Hub and PA production. That price differential will continue to shrink in 2016 and 2017. Lastly, prices are likely to move back above $3 in 2016-17.Pennsylvania residents deserve the same benefits as other states. It is time for Republican leaders and the industry to stop the games. BLOG: Why is a Severance Tax Fair in Every State Except Pennsylvania? Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Florida’s unemployment system has been widely criticized for its difficulty in filing claims and also for delays in getting payments. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that 221,905 new jobless claims were filed in Florida last week, up a quarter from the 174,860 claims filed the previous week. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website, almost 2 million Floridians who have filed for unemployment benefits since the unofficial start of the coronavirus crisis March 15. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Wednesday that it had 1.9 million claims for state or federal relief, and confirmed about 1.4 million of those as unique, not duplicate applications. The latest report, covering efforts through Tuesday and posted Wednesday, shows Florida still is rejecting just over 30% of all processed claims. Nationally, just under 3 million more new unemployment claims were tallied last week. That’s a decrease of almost 200,000 compared to new claims reported the previous week. Florida has paid some form of unemployment compensation to nearly half of the claimants confirmed, according to the most recent state unemployment claims reports. Since mid-March, 36.4 million Americans have filed new claims, according to the Department of Labor’s reports. Another 221,000 Floridians filed for unemployment benefits last week, even as restaurants and retail shops started reopening with limitations for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced the shuttering of businesses around the state. Over the past few weeks, the Department of Labor had logged 174,860 new Florida claims during week ending May 2, 433,103 for week ending April 25, and 506,670 for week ending April 17.
Canada’s Georges St-Pierre announces his retirement from mixed martial arts during a press conference in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL, Canada—Georges St-Pierre retired Thursday after a career in which he put mixed martial arts on the map in Canada and helped fuel the UFC’s worldwide expansion.The 37-year-old Canadian made the announcement at the Bell Centre. St-Pierre, a two-division champion, leaves with a record of 26-2-0 and a 13-fight winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me,” he said. “I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”St-Pierre debuted on the big stage with a unanimous decision over Karo Parisyan in 2004. He won his first welterweight championship by knockout over Matt Hughes in 2006. After losing the title to Matt Serra, he recaptured the belt by TKO in their rematch in Montreal.“Georges has cemented his legacy as one of the pound-for-pound greatest fighters ever,” UFC President Dana White said. “He beat all the top guys during his welterweight title reign and even went up a weight class to win the middleweight championship. He spent years as one of the biggest names in MMA and remains one of the best ambassadors for the sport.”In 2011, St-Pierre set the largest UFC gate outside the U.S. at more than $12 million when he headlined UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The crowd of 55,724 was the second-largest attendance in UFC history.ADVERTISEMENT Overcoming hurdles LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion,” he said in a statement. “It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life. But I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health.”He has fought just once since stepping away from the sport in late 2013 after nine straight welterweight title defenses. But in November 2017 he dethroned middleweight champion Michael “The Count” Bisping in his comeback bout at UFC 217.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSt-Pierre gave up the 185-pound crown a month later, citing concerns with ulcerative colitis. Despite limited activity, he is eighth in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. He was nominated for best fighter at the ESPY Awards in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2018.He thanked family, fans and coaches as well as trainers, training partners, sponsors and agents. He also made it a point to laud his opponents. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief
We showed this earlier in the year and we received such a wonderful reaction we thought we would share it again.AirineRatings obtained this spectacular video from Qantas A330 captain Michael Glynn.It takes you into the cockpit for a variety of flights around Australia showing off the vast country.You will also see planes flying by, weather, take-offs and landings from the best seat in the house.Also look carefully at the cokpit instruments and you will se the weather being displayed on the primary flight control display.For more videos from Mike see here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TWCobra/videos
Once I was speaking at a conference when the CEO of the company leaned over and whispered in my ear. He said, “I am giving the same speech I’ve given the last two years. The stories are different. The examples are different, too. But it’s the same message.”The CEO wondered whether he was wrong in doing so, and asked me what I thought. I told him, “Your message was right three years ago. It was right last year. And it’s right this year. As soon as you change your message, your people are going to be confused about who they are and where they are going. You aren’t delivering change. You’re doubling down.”Great leaders relentlessly communicate their message.Mission: Great leaders relentlessly communicate their company’s mission. Those who never speak of “mission,” never capture the hearts and minds of the people they have the honor to lead. Great leaders aren’t afraid to communicate about the difference their organization is making, and they remind their teams of that mission with a steady stream of examples.Vision: Great leaders also take every opportunity to remind the people they lead where they are going, how they are going to get there, and who they are going to become. They communicate this vision, knowing that they win converts slowly and over time.Values: A leader leads through her values. What is important to her is important to her organization. What she ignores, they will also ignore. Great leaders draw a line in the sand separating “who we are” from “who we will never be.” I know one leader who refuses to make money from his vendors, money his competitors take. I know another who never stops talking about caring. Their companies live those values.Who We Are: Effective leaders talk about their competition. They explain to the people they lead how they are different from their competitors, why they do things different, and why it matters. By talking about these things, they help the people they lead understand their place in the world.As a leader, it is impossible to over-communicate in any of these areas. It is possible to cause people to lose their enthusiasm if you don’t bring these ideas to life with stories, anecdotes, and examples of people getting things right.
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FILE PHOTO – Eduard Folayang during the 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang, the two-time ONE world lightweight champion, leads five Filipino MMA stars set to be honored during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night on Tuesday at Manila Hotel.ONE heavyweight king Brandon Vera, bantamweight titleholder Kevin Belingon and former world champions Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio are the other awardees joining Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine football chief MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments LATEST STORIES “It’s an honor definitely,” Folayang said.“It’s always a blessing to be in this position and be recognized for what we do. We hope that through this, we will continue to inspire others.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 35-year-old Folayang regained the lightweight belt after beating Amir Khan unanimous decision three months ago in ONE: Conquest of Champions while Vera successfully defended the heavyweight crown after knocking out Mauro Cerilli in the first round on the same card.Belingon, meanwhile, evened things out with Brazilian legend Bibiano Fernandes in their rematch to win the bantamweight strap also three months ago. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap lead Nuggets past Clippers ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Pacio and Eustaquio also became world champions last year before yielding their titles last month.Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Lois Kaye Go, who all won gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games will be awarded with the coveted Athlete of the Year trophies.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming more frequently recognized and may be occurring more often. It may result from repetitive motion or the use of devices like computer keyboards. It affects the median nerve, the nerve that supplies feeling and movement to the thumb and “thumb-side” of the hand.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.