Transportation Fund By Major Element (In Millions) YTDYTD%FebruaryFebruary%Tax ComponentFY 2007FY 2008Change Montpelier, VT – Secretary ofAdministration Michael K. Smith Announces that General Fund, Transportation Fundand Education Fund Revenues Exceeded Target for February. Transportation FundSecretary Smith also released the revenueresults for the Transportation Fund. TheTransportation Fund revenue results for February exceeded target by +$1.42million or +9.71%, said Smith. Gasoline Tax, Motor Vehicle Purchase and UseTax and Other Fees all exceeded the recently revised revenue targets for themonth (Gas, +$0.73 million or +16.0&; Motor Vehicle P&U, +$0.30 millionor +10.3%; and Other Fees, +$0.64 million or +48.17%). Diesel Tax was -$0.20 million or -18.23%below target, while Motor Vehicle Fees slipped below target by only -$0.05million or -0.99%. Cumulatively, theTransportation Fund revenues of $143.44 million exceeded the target for theyear by +$1.37 million or +0.97%. General FundSecretary of Administration Michael K. Smithtoday released General Fund revenue results for the month of February, the eighthmonth of fiscal year 2008. General Fundrevenues totaled $64.16 million, +$5.32 million or +9.04% more than the $58.84million consensus revenue target for the month. The resulting fiscal year-to-date General Fundrevenue total of $767.19 million is +$6.65 million or 0.87% above the recentlyrevised consensus forecast of $760.54 million. We are pleased to have exceeded our General Fund forecast. However, it should be noted that some of theabove target revenue is due to the timing of certain insurance tax receiptswhich were targeted for March. Excludingthe timing items, General Fund revenue for the month still exceeded target by$1.3 – $1.8 million, despite the continuing economic challenges, said Smith. The monthly consensus cash flow targets reflectthe most recent fiscal year 2008 Consensus Revenue Forecast that was agreed toby the Emergency Board on January 16, 2008. TheStates Consensus Revenue Forecast is updated two times per year, in Januaryand July. Monthly Personal Income Tax receipts are thelargest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal IncomeTax refunds. Although the PersonalIncome Tax for February of $2.82 million was below target by -$2.72 million,the fiscal year-to-date Personal Income Tax remains above target by +$1.23million or +0.33%, and +$33.43 million or +9.8% ahead of the prior year-to-date. Offsetting the under-target performance inPersonal Income Tax, Corporate Income Tax exceeded target by +$1.45 million forthe month of February, due to lower than expected refunds, and by +$2.14million or +5.96% year-to-date, Smith said. The Rooms & Meals Tax fell below target by -$0.17million or -1.70%. Sales and Use Taxresults were above target by +$0.57 or +0.35%. TheOther General Fund category includes Insurance Tax, Estate Tax, BankFranchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Property Transfer Tax, Fees, and OtherTaxes. As previously stated, InsuranceTax exceeded target by +$7.90 million, due mostly to timing, while Estate Tax fellbelow target by -$1.2 million or -78.77% below target for the month, saidSmith. Year-to-date, through February, EstateTax, which is always difficult to predict, was -$3.05 million or -25.06% below the year-to-date target. Year-to-date, the remaining Other GeneralFund revenue categories, exclusive of Insurance and Estate Tax, were belowtarget by -$1.53 million or -2.65%. SecretarySmith concluded by saying, We are pleased that the General Fund has exceeded ourforecast for February after taking the timing issues into consideration. However, the national economy continues to beof great concern and we must remain cautious about our revenue predictions for the remainderof fiscal year 2008.General Fund By Major Element (In Millions) Tax ComponentFY07 YTDFY08 YTD% ChangeFeb-07Feb-08% ChangePersonal Income$341.97 $375.39 9.77%$3.53 $2.82 15.16%Sales & Use$153.74 $158.29 2.96%$14.97 $16.33 3.86%Corporate$29.62 $38.00 28.29%$1.13 $1.33 83.24%Meals & Room$78.92 $84.24 6.74%$8.66 $9.83 3.11%Insurance Premium$40.60 $45.93 13.13%$23.42 $28.83 -50.00%Inheritance & Estate$13.24 $9.13 -31.04%$0.73 $0.33 -93.42%Real Property Transfer$8.84 $7.90 -10.63%$0.73 $0.56 -36.80%Other$49.55 $48.31 -2.50%$3.76 $4.13 -9.52%Total$716.48 $767.19 7.08%$56.93 $64.16 8.04%
Human Services, Press Release, PSA, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and his administration’s Opioid Command Center, including the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Pennsylvania State Police, encourages all Pennsylvanians to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative tomorrow, October 27, 2018.During the event, individuals may drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at any of the hundreds of secure locations throughout the state. The service is free and anonymous.“Part of our all-hands-on-deck approach to the opioid crisis is encouraging Pennsylvanians to drop off unwanted and unused prescription drugs at one of the hundreds of secure drop-off locations in the state,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Keeping prescription medications out of the hands of those they were not intended for is one more way to prevent the spread of substance use disorder.”Since the inception of Pennsylvania’s drug take-back program in 2016, there have been more than 440,000 pounds of prescription medication destroyed, with more than 800 take-back boxes established in all 67 counties throughout the commonwealth. Last year, the Pennsylvania State Police installed prescription drug take-back boxes at 65 stations that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.“The department encourages all Pennsylvanians to clean out their medicine cabinets and participate in this critically important day in combatting the opioid crisis,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “By safely eliminating these prescription drugs from our homes, we are each doing our part to keep our communities and loved ones safe. If you are unable to participate tomorrow, remember there are drug take-back boxes in our communities throughout the commonwealth that can be used at any time.”The DEA has offered National Prescription Drug Take Back Day since 2010 with the goal of fighting prescription drug abuse by creating convenient ways to dispose of medication that would otherwise be at risk of misuse in home medicine cabinets. All medication collected will be destroyed by the DEA at EPA-approved incinerators.During its 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April 2018, the DEA and more than 4,600 law enforcement agencies participated, with more than 5,800 sites collecting 949,000 pounds of unused medication.“Take-back boxes inside Pennsylvania State Police station lobbies are another resource in the commonwealth’s fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Acting State Police Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick. “Education and prevention are important parts of the public safety function of the department, and providing a safe, secure way to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription pills keeps these addictive drugs out of the hands of people who would misuse them.”Individuals seeking recovery resources for themselves or a loved one can call the toll-free PA Get Help Now helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). A live chat option is also available online or via text message at 717-216-0905 for those seeking help who may not be comfortable speaking to a helpline operator.For more information on the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day visit www.dea.gov.To find one of Pennsylvania’s drug take-back locations, click here.Find more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid crisis here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 26, 2018 Wolf Administration Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
NZ Herald 23 June 2019Family First Comment: The doctors said they were “committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort”, including effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care. And they uphold the right of patients to decline treatment.One thousand doctors have signed a letter saying they “want no part in assisted suicide”.They have urged politicians and policy-makers to let them focus on saving lives and care for the dying, rather than taking lives, which they deemed unethical – whether legal or not.The letter comes as Parliament is due to start the second reading debate on Act MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill on Wednesday.The doctors said they were “committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort”, including effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care. And they uphold the right of patients to decline treatment.But the 1000-strong group said it believed “physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were made legal”.“We believe that crossing the line to intentionally assist a person to die would fundamentally weaken the doctor-patient relationship which is based on trust and respect,” the letter reads.“We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden.”Finishing, they said: “Doctors are not necessary in the regulation or practice of assisted suicide. They are included only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.“Leave doctors to focus on saving lives and providing real care to the dying.”The letter – along with 1000 names of the doctors who support it – has been published as a full-page advertisement in today’s Herald on Sunday.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12242957&ref=twitter (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.