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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Consumer Financial Protection Initiative November 12, 2015center_img Economy,  Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Results,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, at the opening of the Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center, Governor Wolf announced a consumer financial protection initiative.“Today, I am announcing the administration’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative in order to educate the public about financial protection and best practices in a concise, efficient way,” said Governor Wolf.Secretary Robin Wiessmann began consolidating roles and breaking down institutional silos within the Department of Banking and Securities, looked at new ways to get things done, and developed new and more effective ways to meet consumer needs for financial education.During this process, Brian LaForme who is the director of the Department of Banking and Securities outreach program, took office and staff from within the department, consolidated and integrated their work into a new “Financial Services for Consumers and Business” division.The initiative, which is part of Governor Wolf’s “Government that Works” tour, has four goals.The first goal is to help protect consumers from illegal, “easy money” types of lending from out-of-state companies. These predatory loans, which are heavily advertised on the Internet, might seem appealing during the cash crunch of the holidays, but they can create huge financial hangovers for the borrower in the new year.Working cooperatively with PennDOT, the Department of Banking and Securities will shortly begin sharing information from trusted sources with consumers who are at risk of losing their cars to companies offering “easy money” loans using car titles as collateral.Secondly, this initiative will help health care and legal professionals identify signs of elder financial abuse and prevent this crime. As our commonwealth population grows older, more of our senior citizens are at risk of having their hard-earned retirement savings stolen.Working with the Investor Protection Trust and the Department of Aging, the Department of Banking and Securities will be stepping up efforts to reach the professional communities our seniors most depend upon with information and resources to help them better cope with this threat to our community of senior citizens.The third goal is working to find new ways to help working adults save for their retirements. Not enough people in this country currently facing retirement have saved enough money to have the kind of retirement they want.The Department of Banking and Securities is working on creating awareness of existing tools that working adults can use to create the kind of nest eggs they need. The department is also looking for and studying new approaches for consumers to ensure their financial futures in retirement.Finally, this initiative works to establish a state government interagency financial education exchange for consumers. More than a dozen Pennsylvania state agencies offer some form of financial education and consumer outreach. Until now, these agencies have not shared information with each other about what services they offer consumers or even what information they share with consumers.This exchange will help ensure that state agencies work in a coordinated fashion. For instance, if you call the Banking Department on an issue actually related to, say, insurance or unemployment compensation or taxes, you will actually get referred to the right agency that can answer your question. This exchange will help ensure that state agencies will not distribute potentially conflicting information with consumers.This exchange is working to create a portal of information from trusted sources — a “one-stop shop” for help on financial services and products.Earlier this year on the “Government that Works” tour, Governor Wolf gave remarks at the opening of Hulton Bridge, signed an executive order designed to correct the course of the Commonwealth with respect to state contracting opportunities for small diverse businesses, announced a plan to enhance the health insurance coverage available to all Pennsylvania children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and instituted online voter registration.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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first_imgFinance Minister Audley Shaw on Thursday tabled a budget of J$773 billion for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Jamaican House of Representatives on Thursday.Details of the budget were outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure. The budget reveals J$560 billion allocated for recurrent expenses and J$213.6 billion for capital projects.Largest sum to MFPSThe Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has been allocated the largest sum, with $240 billion for recurrent expenses and $155 billion for capital expenditure.A large portion of the sum will go towards meeting the country’s debt obligations, while large sums have also been allocated to several other ministries.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information gets the second-largest amount with $103 billion for recurrent expenses and $1.6 billion for capital spending.The Ministry of Health has been allocated $64 billion for recurrent expenses and $2.16 billion for capital projects, while the Ministry of National Security has received $66 billion for recurrent expenditure and $12.4 billion for capital projects.For the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, $12.7 billion has been allocated for recurrent and $21 billion for capital; Ministry of Justice, $7.7 billion for recurrent and $1.8 billion for capital; and Office of the Prime Minister, $5.89 billion, recurrent and $5.5 billion, capital.Less than 2017/18 budgetThe budget for 2018/2019, is actually four-percent less than last year’s J$805 billion.Six years of budget infoMeanwhile, the Estimates of expenditure now contains six years of budget information, instead of the usual three. The information encompasses provisional and audited actual expenditure for 2016-17, the approved and revised estimates for the current fiscal year 2017-18, estimates for the upcoming fiscal year 2018-19, as well as projected estimates for 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 fiscal years. “The inclusion of the additional three years of projected spending in the estimates of expenditure will now become a permanent feature in the estimates and will shortly be extended to the revenue estimates. This is an effort to provide more information to the public about the government’s future spending intentions and this is in keeping with the administration’s commitment to greater fiscal transparency and accountability,” the Finance Minister said. The Standing Finance Committee of Parliament is now scheduled to meet over three days from February 27 to March 1 to peruse the estimates.The Finance Minister will open the Budget Debate on March 8.last_img read more

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first_imgAbidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |Flying Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha looks set to make his Ivory Coast debut after he was named in their final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.The 24-year-old is among several Premier League stars included by coach Michel Dussuyer for the January 14-February 5 tournament in Gabon, where the Ivory Coast are defending champions and among the favourites to retain their crown.Dussuyer last week named a 24-man provisional squad and it is forward Nicolas Pepe, who plays in France for Angers, who misses out.England manager Gareth Southgate had urged Zaha, who was born in Abidjan but appeared in two friendlies for England under former boss Roy Hodgson, to stick with the country where he grew up.But the former Manchester United man ignored that and now looks set to play a major part in Gabon after pledging his allegiance to the Ivory Coast in November.Missing for the Ivory Coast is captain Gervinho, who is out injured, but Dussuyer can still call upon an array of European-based players, among them defender Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Serge Aurier (PSG), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin) and Wilfried Bony (on loan at Stoke City from Manchester City). Ivory Coast are playing Sweden in a friendly on Sunday and Uganda three days later.At the Nations Cup, Ivory Coast play Togo on January 16 in their opening match followed by Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco.Ivory Coast squad:Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (Mazembe/DRC), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR), Ali Badra Sangare (Tanda/CIV)Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United/ENG), Serge Aurier (Paris SG/FRA), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Ousmane Viera (Adanaspor/TUR), Wilfried Kanon (The Hague/NED), Lamine Kone (Sunderland/ENG), Adama Traore (Basel/SUI), Bagayoko Mamadou (St-Truiden/BEL)Midfielders: Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel/SUI), Victorien Angban (Granada/ESP), Cheick Doukoure (Metz/FRA), Franck Kessie (Atalanta/ITA), Serge N’Guessan (Nancy/FRA), Jean-Michael Seri (Nice/FRA)Attackers: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City/ENG), Max Gradel (Bournemouth/ENG), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa/ENG), Giovanni Sio (Rennes/FRA), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace/ENG)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 23, 2013, file photo, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier plays against Indiana during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Shazier was selected in the first round, 15th overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL draft on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)• Truth is the . . . your Pittsburgh Steelers have a multitude of needs, so the first pick in the first round is just the start of what we hope are many good things to come.  That being said, Ryan Shazier, the linebacker out of Ohio State is a good start.  6’1″, 240 lbs., and 4.3/4.4 speed certainly addresses one of the many problems an 8 and 8 team for the last two years has.  The – Truth – Hurts – Huh!!!• Your Pittsburgh Penguins go up 3-1 on the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs.  There, I’ve kept my promise to the sports gods to keep you informed.• Is it me or is there still a plane missing with over 300 people on board?  I’m just asking!• You don’t know it and you certainly don’t see it because they’re bringing it in under the radar, but the Spurs are re-loading for the rematch with The Heat.  They’ve waited a year to take back the championship that was stolen from them with seconds on the clock.  Made possible due to poor coaching by “The Great Pop” down the stretch.Bill Neal• Look L.A. Clippers owner Dan Sterling wants the world to know he’s not a racist.  He was only upset that his girl “V” was with Black men because he loves her so very much and was jealous.  Two things Dan . . . my man . . . shut up! and secondly “V” . . . get paid girl.  Don’t hate the player, hate the game!• Don’t miss the Chris Moore Show on KDKA 1020 on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.  Local former NBA players B.B. Flenory (one of the greatest players in Duquesne University basketball history, drafted by the Boston Celtics), Myron Brown (Slippery Rock University All-American and Hall of Famer, drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves) Chuck Cooper III (the son of Chuck Cooper, the first African-American to play Pro-Basketball, the CEO of the Chuck Cooper Foundation and a former outstanding high school and college player) along with yours truly (CEO of Champion Enterprises and the founder of the nationally and internationally recognized Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League) as we sit in with world class talk show host, Chris Moore to discuss the ongoing saga of Dan Sterling, L.A. Clippers ousted owner and the cast of characters involved in the recent racist scandal.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

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first_imgIn honor of our region’s brewing tradition, on Saturday, August 18, the first annual Olympia Brew Fest will be taking place at the Port Plaza.The celebration will feature 60 different beers from 30+ hand-picked breweries, food vendors and live music to complete the day.  Admission includes six tastes and a souvenir cup.Brew Fest takes place from noon to 10pm.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, designated drivers only $5 at the door.   All attendees must be 21 years or older.  www.olybrewfest.comProceeds support small business development efforts through the Thurston County Small Business Incubator. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img

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