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Why Governor Wolf is Investing in the Port of Philadelphia

Governor Wolf is dedicated to creating good, sustainable jobs for Pennsylvanians, and in November 2016, Governor Wolf announced an investment in the Port of Philadelphia’s

Governor Wolf is dedicated to creating good, sustainable jobs for Pennsylvanians, and in November 2016, Governor Wolf announced an investment in the Port of Philadelphia’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment.

This investment is predicted to result in the creation of 2,000 direct new jobs and 7,000 indirect jobs and make improvements that will result in doubling container capacity at the Port. As Governor Wolf said at the time of the announcement, “This capital investment program will give the Port of Philadelphia the tools it needs to improve its competitive position and create thousands of family-sustaining, middle class jobs while increasing state revenues.”

Check out this new video to learn more about the Port of Philadelphia and the important role it plays in the lives of Pennsylvanians!

Business leaders have praised Governor Wolf’s investment in the Port. As Mike Holt of Holt Logistics Corporation said, “It gives us an immense sense of pride, and for us it’s a good feeling to know that we have state leadership who will help us invest.”

Robert Paliama, President of Delaware River Stevedores, similarly commented, “That investment took a lot of leadership and, you know, we have to credit Governor Wolf for understanding the importance of the port and for providing the opportunities.”

Governor Wolf emphasizes that the Port of Philadelphia is just one step in his broader investment strategy. He wants to make investments across the state– including the Ports of Johnstown, Erie, and Pittsburgh. The governor is dedicated to expanding job opportunities and stimulating economic growth in Pennsylvania, and he will continue to support Pennsylvania’s ports to achieve that goal.

Supreme Court rules Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered maps unconstitutional

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania struck down the Republican-drawn congressional maps as unconstitutional and ordered that they be redrawn to fairly represent

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania struck down the Republican-drawn congressional maps as unconstitutional and ordered that they be redrawn to fairly represent Pennsylvanians.

Now the state legislature has until February 9th to draw a replacement map, and Governor Wolf has until February 15th to review that map and decide if it’s fair.

Read Governor Wolf’s op-ed on Daily Kos to hear more about his thoughts on redistricting →

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Ready to Provide Relief for Patients

Thanks to families that told their stories and advocated for long-awaited medical relief, Governor Wolf signed off on a bipartisan bill to legalize medical marijuana

Thanks to families that told their stories and advocated for long-awaited medical relief, Governor Wolf signed off on a bipartisan bill to legalize medical marijuana legalization on April 17, 2016.

Today this bipartisan legislative achievement is becoming a reality. A Bethlehem medical marijuana dispensary is the first in the state to earn final approval to begin serving patients. Lehigh Valley Live reports:

“Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that Keystone Canna Remedies will be able to sell medical marijuana to Pennsylvanians with medical marijuana identification cards once grower/processors begin distribution, sometime in the next four months.”

In announcing the approval of the dispensary, Governor Wolf remarked on how the opening of these dispensaries will benefit patients and improve their quality of life. “This is tremendous news for patients and the people who care for them,” he said. “We are one step closer to providing medical marijuana to patients with serious medical conditions who desperately need this medication.”

The success of the Medical Marijuana Program thus far demonstrates that what began as a bipartisan legislative achievement has won support from the medical community and general public for the relief and improved quality of life it will have for patients who so badly need it. Despite assaults from Washington on state’s rights to legalize marijuana, Governor Wolf remains steadfast in his commitment to protecting this access to health care for Pennsylvanians and standing up to the Trump administration.

Why Pennsylvania Needs a Severance Tax

Pennsylvania is the only natural gas producing state that does not impose a severance tax on oil and gas. As it stands, Pennsylvania gas is

Pennsylvania is the only natural gas producing state that does not impose a severance tax on oil and gas. As it stands, Pennsylvania gas is being used by citizens in other states tax free while Pennsylvanians have to pay taxes on gas from other states.

Beginning with his campaign for governor in 2014, Governor Wolf has repeatedly called for the legislature to pass this common sense tax that has been adopted in states such as Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. As The Morning Call describes:

“Every year since being in office, Wolf has proposed a severance tax on natural gas drillers who already pay an impact fee on wells.”

Republican opposition in Harrisburg is rooted in politics, not in the best interest of the state. Earlier this year, the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that legislators have received over $60 million dollars from natural gas lobbyists.

Harrisburg Republicans have repeatedly thwarted the governor’s attempts of imposing a shale tax because they want to score political points. But Governor Wolf will not allow them to play games with the economic wellbeing of Pennsylvanians. This tax is common sense and would benefit Pennsylvanians while taxing big oil. In fact, the Independent Fiscal Office has said that 80% of the revenue raised by a severance tax would be paid by customers outside of Pennsylvania.

Unlike the Republicans, Governor Wolf would rather see Pennsylvania succeed than his opponents fail. A severance tax is the most reliable, common-sense means for balancing the state’s budget and putting more money into education. The Governor is devoted to continuing his fight for passing a severance tax.