Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order to Ensure Full, Accurate 2020 Census

first_imgTerms of Membership.All members shall be appointed for terms commensurate with the life of the Commission. All members appointed by the Governor shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.Should a vacancy occur on the Commission, the Governor will appoint a successor, who shall serve the duration of the unexpired term.The Term of the Commission shall commence on the Effective Date of this Executive Order and shall expire on March 31, 2021, the Termination Date of this Executive Order. September 14, 2018 Compensation. Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their service, except that such members may be reimbursed for actual travel and related expenses in accordance with the Commonwealth’s travel and subsistence policies.Reports. The Commission shall provide a report to the Governor at least twice; once, prior to April 1, 2020, on the status of the Commonwealth’s activities leading up to the Census 2020; and once, prior to its expiration, on the Commission’s activity, including recommendations for improving the census process, for utilization in advance of the 2030 Census.Meetings and Communications. The Commission shall meet as necessary to carry out the functions of the Commission and, at least quarterly between the Effective Date of this Executive Order and June 30, 2020.Pennsylvania Census 2020 Interagency Workgroup. All agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction and represented on the Commission shall cooperate and provide assistance as needed to the Commission in performing its functions. The Commission will receive administrative services and assistance from the Center for Local Government Services in the Department of Community and Economic Development.Effective Date. This Executive Order shall be effective immediately.Termination Date. This Executive Order shall terminate on March 31, 2021. Press Release,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, which will make recommendations for the most accurate count of Pennsylvanians in the upcoming census.“The census data impacts all of us, from the number of seats Pennsylvania has in Congress to the amount of federal funds we revive, to the decisions government, businesses and non-profits make,” said Governor Wolf. “This commission will help our state to have a full and accurate count of our population. We need all people to be counted, from our biggest cities to our small and rural communities. “The commission will coordinate Pennsylvania’s involvement with the census, which occurs every 10 years. The commission will help the U.S. Census Bureau to recruit Pennsylvanians to be census workers, educate the public about the importance of the census, develop partnerships with public and private sectors to achieve an accurate count, and create a strategy to reach hard-to-count populations.The governor will appoint up to 45 members to the commission from businesses, academia, community and nonprofit organizations, religious and health care communities, elected and appointed officials, employees from all levels of government, and the Pennsylvania State Data Center.There are far-reaching implications if Pennsylvania’s population is undercounted in 2020. If the data snapshot does not include all residents, the commonwealth could lose seats in Congress, receive billions of dollars less in federal funds for a variety of services and programs, and the data used by the public and private sector could be impacted.Census Day is April 1, 2020.The full text of the Executive Order 2018-05 is below.WHEREAS, every 10 years beginning in 1790, as mandated by the United States Constitution, the Census of Population and Housing has been taken by the U.S. Government to count all persons and housing units in the United States to reapportion the membership of the U.S. House of Representatives among the States and for other purposes; andWHEREAS, the next decennial census will be conducted on April 1, 2020; andWHEREAS, the 2020 Census will be used for Congressional reapportionment, redistricting, and for legislative redistricting, such that having a complete and accurate count of Pennsylvania’s population is essential for the fair representation of the citizenry in the U.S. Congress, the General Assembly of this Commonwealth, and the legislative bodies of local government; andWHEREAS, individuals, businesses, local governments, and nonprofit organizations will rely on census data for planning and decision-making; andWHEREAS, it is well established that certain households, special populations, and hard-to-enumerate areas are at risk of being under-counted and under-represented; andWHEREAS, the populations that have traditionally been under-counted have a significant presence throughout this Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, the state and federal governments will use information gained through the census, including population counts, housing and other data, to distribute billions of dollars in funding to essential programs, including health care and human services programs that are intended to help low-income children and their families; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth and its local jurisdictions utilize census data to provide descriptions of the social and economic characteristics of geographic areas and population groups to determine those areas and groups’ funding needs for infrastructure projects, economic development programs, job training, schools, and other activities; andWHEREAS, it is important to the Commonwealth that a complete and accurate census count be obtained; andWHEREAS, to achieve a complete and accurate census count, the Commonwealth must support efforts to share address and other geographic information with the U.S. Census Bureau and other census partners, work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the recruitment of Pennsylvania Census workers, and implement communication strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas; andWHEREAS, to achieve a complete and accurate census count, it is important to involve representatives of the private and public sectors, Pennsylvania’s local governments, state agencies, and other important stakeholders.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of this Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the laws of the Commonwealth, do hereby establish the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, (hereinafter referred to as “Commission”) as hereinafter set forth:Mission. The Commission shall recommend methods and policies to facilitate the most complete and accurate census count in the year 2020, including implementing strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas.Functions. The Commission shall coordinate the Commonwealth’s involvement in preparing for the decennial census and recommend actions necessary to complete the following:Coordinate the Commonwealth’s involvement in the U.S. Census Bureau’s recruitment of Pennsylvanians to assist in a variety of census-related activities.Promote and educate Pennsylvanians regarding the importance of the census.Develop partnerships between the public and private sectors to maximize resources used to achieve a complete and accurate count.Implement cooperative arrangements among local governments, non-profit organizations, and other public and private entities to share addresses and other geographic information.Develop and implement strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas. Composition.The Commission shall consist of up to 45 individual members appointed by the Governor, including representation from business, academia, community and nonprofit organizations, religious communities, health care communities, elected and appointed officials and employees from all levels of government, and the Pennsylvania State Data Center, as necessary. The Governor will designate a chairperson or chairpersons who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.The following individuals shall serve as ex-officio members:(1) A representative from the Office of the Governor(2) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African-American Affairs(3) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs(4) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs(5) Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women(6) Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs(7) Secretary of Aging(8) Secretary of Agriculture(9) Secretary of Banking and Securities(10) Secretary of the Commonwealth(11) Secretary of Community and Economic Development(12) Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources(13) Secretary of Corrections(14) Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs(15) Secretary of Education(16) Secretary of Environmental Protection(17) Secretary of General Services(18) Secretary of Health(19) Secretary of Human Services(20) Secretary of Labor and Industry(21) Adjutant General(22) Secretary of Revenue(23) Secretary of Transportation(24) Director of Emergency Management(25) Insurance Commissioner(26) Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner(27) A legislator appointed from each of the four legislative caucuses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Each member may designate a person to represent them on the Commission. 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Gerald Asamoah, backs Ghana to succeed in Brazil

first_imgGhanaian Born former German International, Gerald Asamoah has backed the Black Stars of Ghana to put up a sterling performance when the mundial starts in Brazil later this year.Asamoah enjoyed his playing time with the German national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosted by Japan and Korea.The burly striker had romance with German giants, Hannover 96, FC St.Pauli, Schalke 04 and second tie side Greuther Furth.Asamoah however admits that Ghana finds itself in a tough group but remains hopeful the Stars will sail through with the right mental attitude and preparation.“Ghana finds itself in a tough group but I believe with the right mental attitude, the Black Stars will do well”. Asamoah said.“We have beaten the USA twice and they will not want to be beaten again and Germany and Portugal are in good shape so its a strong group but Ghana will do well with right preparation”. He added Ghana is in Group G alongside old foes, the USA, Germany and high flying Portugal for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.last_img read more

Griffin, Clippers jam to win over Boston

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s really about our execution.”It came at a critical time in the game. The Clippers had lost their lead and were trying to cling to a new two-point lead. But that play was part of a 12-4 run that enabled them to regain control.“Especially late in games, you use anything to get you going,” Griffin said. “Sometimes guys use a technical foul or a coach gets a tech or something to get a team going. “I hope it works, but we can’t rely on a big play like that to get us going.”For all the improvement in his all-around game this season, Griffin still found a way to break back into his top hits in dunks. Or throw-downs, since technically, Griffin never made contact with the rim. Blake Griffin didn’t want the Clippers to be known simply as Lob City, but there’s a time and a place for a return to that comfort zone.Locked in a duel with Boston, having already blown a 16-point lead, the Clippers got the jolt they were looking for when Griffin took a bounce pass from Jamal Crawford and hit the runway, taking off and dunking over Kris Humphries.Griffin hit the free throw after the foul by Humphries and the Clippers were back on their way to score a 111-105 win over the Celtics at Staples Center on Wednesday night.“I’ve told people 1,000 times I don’t really rank my dunks, to be honest,” Griffin said. “It was a good read by Jamal and good timing. Every time something like that happens, it’s always the situation that creates the type of play like that.center_img All he did otherwise was score 29 points and add six rebounds and eight assists. He made 9 of 14 shots from the field and 11 of 17 at the free-throw line.By the end of the first quarter, the Clippers had 18 fastbreak points and a nine-point lead. But they couldn’t make it a runaway, even after going up by 16 points in the first half. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Clippers held an 88-82 lead.Boston finally caught and passed the Clippers midway through the third period, when Avery Bradley’s basket gave the Celtics a 70-69 lead.“It just felt like every time we had a 12-point lead, we kind of relaxed, give it up, did it again,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We had a chance early to get a knockout and we didn’t.”The Clippers regained their composure and the lead with a 3-pointer from Darren Collison, then Griffin took off in the lane and the Clippers rode him the rest of the way.Right away on the other end, Griffin took a charge from Jordan Crawford, erasing a basket. When Jared Dudley’s jumper gave the Clippers a 79-72 lead, Boston called a timeout.That gave the fans some time to catch their breath after Griffin’s dunk, which was reminiscent of his early-career efforts. The Clippers’ other dunkmaster, DeAndre Jordan, put both of his hands on his head and quickly glanced at the video board awaiting the replay.Still, the Clippers struggled when their starters left. It’s bound to happen on some nights, since Collison and Crawford are forced to start with the injuries to Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. That takes a big chunk of firepower away from the bench.“There’s some things we have to clean up,” Rivers said. “I need to do a better job of figuring out the second unit. I’ve got to keep a couple of starters on with both groups.“I thought we didn’t have enough scoring in that one stretch in the second quarter and that hurt us.”Crawford added 26 points for the Clippers and Dudley made 7 of 11 shots and had 18 points with four 3-pointers, and it’s not lost on the Clippers that they’re undefeated when Dudley hits two or more 3-pointers in a game.Collison finished with 15 points plus six assists and five rebounds. Jordan had 11 points and 13 rebounds.Jordan Crawford (24 points) and Bradley (22) fueled the Celtics’ comeback.Beside his all-around excellence on offense, Griffin has even been standing in at center at certain portions of games, taking over when Jordan needs a breather.“You really don’t want both of them off the floor with what they’ve been doing,” Rivers said. “Blake is the guy. I didn’t know he could what he’s done at the 5. And he’s been really good at that position. Obviously you don’t want him there a lot.“I don’t like him there when there’s a heavier bigger center because of the energy that takes away from him. He can create fouls but he can get in foul trouble so I’m really careful when he’s at that spot.”last_img read more