SHARE TWEET September 27, 2016 By: Governor Tom Wolf Substance Use Disorder, The Blog, Videos Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Watch the Joint Session Tomorrow on Facebook Live Tomorrow, I will address the House and the Senate in a joint session about taking quick action to combat the opioid and heroin crisis.With 10 people a day dying from drug overdoses in our commonwealth, we cannot afford to stall.Through legislation, we should require prescribers to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Database every time they prescribe opioids and limit the opioid quantities that emergency rooms patients can be prescribed at one time.We also need laws that require medical professionals to receive updated education about opioids and pain management and should require public school students to be taught about opioid misuse.Legislation is needed to require insurance carriers to make abuse deterrent opioids more affordable and to establish a voluntary directive for patients who don’t want to be prescribed opioids.After consultation with legislative leaders, I believe we can make a profound impact by working together this fall to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in our commonwealth.I hope you can watch my address to the House and Senate tomorrow at 11:30 AM on Facebook Live for more information. Thank you. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The new lump-sum pension type introduced by the Danish government in 2012, which requires tax to be paid on contributions rather than payouts, has only had a low level of take-up among Danes so far, according to an analysis from statutory pensions institution ATP.The new old-age pension – or alderspension – effectively replaced the lump-sum pension (kapitalpension) when the government made kapitalpension contributions non-tax deductible.Savers could instead open an alderspension for the first time in 2013, on which they pay a lower rate of tax, but in advance on contributions rather than on the later lump sum paid out when the plan matures.In its analysis, ATP said: “The new old-age pension did not take over in any way from the place where the kapitalpension finished.” The new savings option could hardly be described as a fiasco, it said, but added that a potential breakthrough was slow in coming.Contributions to the new alderspension totalled DKK1.7bn (€228m) in 2013 compared with the DKK17.5bn that had been saved in kapitalpension products the year before, ATP said.Taking account of the tax differences between the two products, the total contributions to the alderspension last year corresponded to a DKK2.7bn inflow to kapitalpension products.“So alderspension savings have only replaced savings in kapitalpension products to a very limited extent,” ATP said.However, it said this did not mean overall pension contributions in the year had fallen, as contributions had instead been directed into fixed-term pensions (ratepensioner) and life-long pensions (livsvarige pensioner).“One of the aims of introducing old-age pensions and phasing out lump-sum pensions was to shift part of pensions taxation forward, so the tax is collected here and now rather than at the payout stage,” ATP said.“It can now be confirmed that, up to now, this has only happened to a limited degree.”ATP said the advance taxation was probably part of the reason why old-age pensions had failed to make a real impression with people so far.Ole Beier Sørensen, chief analyst at ATP, said old-age pensions could be relevant to people outside the low and mid-income groups because they did not affect the basic state pension (folkepension), unlike other pension products.“But for some people, being taxed here and now presumably seems a bigger burden than a tax in 20 or 30 years’ time,” he said.However, ATP also suggested the take-up of the new old-age pension products might simply be delayed.In its analysis, it cited the example of Pensam, which only began offering old-age pensions to its members in mid-2014.Separately, pensions industry association Forsikring & Pension (F&P) renewed its criticism of the government’s decision to make the move to advance taxation on pensions with the introduction of the old-age pension.F&P described the move as a “trick” and said it had saved Denmark from a reprimand from the EU on the size of its budget deficit.The government would have been close to a reprimand from the EU “because of an excessive deficit in government finances, had it not been for the government’s latest tax scam on pensions”, the association said.The “trick” had given the government at least DKK60bn extra in 2013 and 2014, and in effect saved it from an EU reprimand, it said.Per Bremer Rasmussen, managing director at F&P, added: “It is fine that people want to save state finances from an EU reprimand, but that is happening at the expense of future generations’ welfare.”The government should rather focus on creating real growth and save state finances in that way, he said.
Dutch trade unions for government staff have urged social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees to seek a solution against deteriorating prospects for pensions accrual at the civil service scheme ABP.The unions said the annual pensions accrual could decrease by 12% – from the tax-facilitated level of 1.875% to 1.647% – while premiums could rise significantly in 2021.Bert de Haas, trustee at union FNV, attributed the accrual cut to a decrease of the discount rate for future returns.As a consequence of reduced parameters for the various asset classes, the discount rate is to drop from 2.8% to 2.4% next year. In the opinion of the unions, the reduced accrual rate is unacceptable, as civil servants and teachters would no longer be able to accrue a pension of 80% of their average salary within 42 years.The unions also warned the minister against ABP’s intention to increase the scheme’s contribution to a costs-covering level.They argued that the current premium of 24.9% would have to rise to approximately 40% as a consequence.“We want to show that it is all about very far-reaching adjustments, leading to either very high costs or unacceptable target reductions,” said De Haas.ABP said it would publish next year’s contribution level later this month. A spokeswoman said it was too early to provide clarity about the contribution for 2021, as the scheme’s board still had to discuss the matter.During the past three years, ABP’s contribution has gradually risen from 18.8% of the pensionable salary in 2016 to 24.9% in 2018.The increase was largely caused by an earlier reduction of the discount rate for future returns from 3.6% to 2.8%.
Maurice Bostic Wolford passed away peacefully at Morning Breeze on April 4, 2020. Born February 18, 1927 to Walter and Bonnie Florine (Bostic) Wolford in Decatur County, and they preceded him in death.Maurice attended New Point School, joining the Navy before his senior year and serving during World War II with his brothers, Donald and Merrill Wolford. In 2002, he received an Honorary High School Diploma from the Indiana State Board of Education in recognition of his military service during World War II. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the New Point Stone Co. and then Contractors United retiring in 1990.He was an active member of the New Point Christian Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon and Elder. Maurice loved his church and his church family.He also belonged to the New Point Masonic Lodge and was a Past Master. For years he served as a Boy Scout Leader and coached many little league baseball teams.After his retirement, you could find Maurice in his woodshop creating toy chests, rocking horses, step stools and other pieces of fine furniture that he generously bestowed on lucky family members and friends. He also enjoyed playing golf with his family, especially his son, Danny.On March 24, 1949 he married Dorothy Louise Lawrence and she preceded him in death on December 27, 2016. Maurice and Dorothy had four children: Sandy (Bill) Pratt, Danny (Barbara) Wolford, Tim Wolford and Ron (Kim) Wolford. Maurice and Dorothy were blessed with several grandchildren: Scott (Delana) Pratt, Christy Pratt Beaver, Anisha (John) Tischer, Josh (Jaime) Wolford, Carrie (Bryce) Chapman, Heidi Wolford, Luke Wolford and Emma Wolford. Also survived by great grandchildren: Kevin, Jude and Maurice (Reece) Beaver, Timothy (Ty) and Kameron Pratt, Ella, Josie and Liza Tischer, Myles, Blake and Skye Wolford and Ruby, Neve and Bostic Chapman. After his God, his family was his priority.Maurice was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Tim and Ron; brothers, Donald and Merrill; and brother-in-law Jim Lawrence. He is survived by brothers-in-law, Gerald (Dot) Lawrence, Paul (Janet) Lawrence, and Mervin (Agatha) Lawrence; and sister-in-law Patty Lawrence. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.A private graveside service was held for the immediate family on Wednesday, April 8 at Rossburg Cemetery.A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:30 am at the New Point Christian Church with Rev. Mark Vice officiating. Friends and family are invited to attend the Celebration of Life observing CDC guidelines and precautions.Memorial contributions can be made to the New Point Christian Church.
Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was extremely honest about potentially being part of the upcoming NHL All-Star festivities on Jan. 24-25. After being nominated for “Last Men In” — a process giving fans the ability to select one more player from each division to be voted into All-Star Weekend — Larkin asked fans to avoid his name on the ballot.”Please don’t vote [for me]. I like the days off more,” Larkin said Tuesday, per the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James. The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade TeamLarkin is having a down season with just nine goals and 24 points through 40 games, putting him on pace to finish with 18 goals and 49 points, which would be his lowest scoring output since 2016-17. Last season, he had 32 goals and 73 points in 76 games.The 2019-20 campaign has been less than ideal for the Red Wings, who currently sit last in the NHL with a 9-28-3 record, making them the only team in the league that has yet to win at least 10 games this season.Over the course of the season, the 23-year-old winger has also been straightforward when it comes to the team’s overall performance. “It’s frustrating. Call it what you want it, it’s frustrating right now. It’s tough to try and find an answer when it’s night after night and we try different things,” Larkin said after the team dropped a 6-1 decision to the New York Rangers on Nov. 6, just two days after suffering another 6-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.”It seems like it’s a different story every night. We can’t really seem to generate a full 60 minutes, a full complete game.”Dylan Larkin gives Detroit the lead in the first!#LGRW pic.twitter.com/QowF6qIDg2— Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) December 29, 2019Forward Tyler Bertuzzi was the only Detroit player to make the All-Star roster as part of the Metropolitan Division team. He leads the Red Wings with 30 points in 40 games.