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2016-2017 budget secures $250 million for public education

The budget will help ensure student success, and improve access to a high-quality education — regardless of zip code. It provides an additional $250 million for public schools, including increases for Pre-K and special education, and it provides a nearly $40 million increase for higher education.

Yesterday, Republicans and Democrats came together to complete the budget. Together, we’ve made a historic investment in education that will bring us closer to restoring the cuts of the past and we’ve made fighting the opioid crisis that has struck our commonwealth a priority.

The budget will help ensure student success, and improve access to a high-quality education — regardless of zip code. It provides an additional $250 million for public schools, including increases for Pre-K and special education, and it provides a nearly $40 million increase for higher education.

In addition to making a historic investment in education, the budget secures critical funding to improve treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with substance abuse disorder and will help more than 4,500 people gain access to treatment.

Since taking office, I’ve made combating the opioid epidemic a priority. Expanding Medicaid has helped more than 62,000 people receive treatment for addiction and equipping police with Naloxone has saved more than 1,000 lives.

Our fight against this epidemic is not finished, and now that this year’s budget is complete it is imperative that we all continue to work together to focus on this public health crisis. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we must do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue, and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.

I have fought hard to turn things around and move the Commonwealth forward. In addition to the historic funding for education in this budget and efforts to fight the opioid crisis, I have worked together with Republicans and Democrats to achieve major progress on issues including the legalization of medical marijuana, historic liquor reform, and a fair funding formula for our schools.

Together, we can make government work for the people, and while we still have more work to do, I’m proud of the work we’ve done together.

Thank you.

 

We will always fight to protect a woman’s right to choose

Frances and I are proud to stand with women and their families for access to reproductive healthcare — and we’ll always fight to protect a woman’s constitutional right to choose. We’ve volunteered together at Planned Parenthood, and we’ve seen the difficult decisions many women have to make in consultation with their doctor.

Frances and I are proud to stand with women and their families for access to reproductive healthcare — and we’ll always fight to protect a woman’s constitutional right to choose.

We’ve volunteered together at Planned Parenthood, and we’ve seen the difficult decisions many women have to make in consultation with their doctor. In April, we invited several families from across Pennsylvania to Harrisburg to share their stories about those very decisions:

“It was our 20-week ultrasound and my husband and I were excited. We expected to get cute ultrasound photos to share with our families and go home to tell our three-year-old son that he’d be getting a little brother or sister. Instead, our ultrasound revealed devastating news — news that I wish no parent should ever have to hear.” – Kelsey Williams

“We were told that our son’s condition was not only incredibly rare but also beyond repair. In a situation I never could have predicted — where I’d never had a choice for the spontaneous development of my son’s syndrome — I was at least allowed the decision to spare him an existence of prolonged pain, or worse.” – Erica Goldblatt Hayatt

“My husband squeezed my hand and I tried not to panic. Then the Doctor told us our baby had a form of dwarfism so severe that her chance of survival was incredibly low, actually non-existent, incompatible with life. I want people to know that abortion is not about the unwanted, the unvalued, and the unknown babies of the world. Abortion is my story and what happened to my family. The decision we made for Evelyn was made because her life mattered to us.” – Karen Agatone

Unfortunately, the General Assembly chose not to listen to families, doctors, or constitutional experts and passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

HB1948 would force women to carry a pregnancy to term with no chance of survival — and it prohibits a woman’s right to have an abortion, even in the case of rape or incest.

This legislation is wrong and I will veto it if HB1948 reaches my desk — say you’re with me and call on the state Senate to reject this attack on women’s rights.

Additionally, this bill is unconstitutional because it changes from 24 weeks to 20 weeks the time for an abortion. The Supreme Court has held that a state cannot regulate abortions before 24 weeks.

This legislation would be a step backward for women and for Pennsylvania. I urge the Senate to reject it. If this reaches my desk, I will veto it. This is a bad bill for Pennsylvania and we cannot afford to allow it to go forward.

Say you’re with me and stand with women, families, and doctors across Pennsylvania — sign the petition.

Thank you.

More than 625,000 Pennsylvanians have affordable health care

One year after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf switched the state over to a traditional Medicaid expansion, some 625,000 residents have enrolled. It marks a dramatic reduction in the state’s uninsured population, cutting the percentage nearly in half.

%%FIRSTNAME(Hey)%%, more than 625,000 Pennsylvanians have affordable health care thanks to Governor Wolf — and Medicaid expansion has saved Pennsylvania over half a billion dollars.

 

625,000 Pennsylvanians have affordable health care
and we've saved more than $500 million
while cutting the uninsured in half.
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Congratulations to Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro, Dwight Evans, and Steve Santarsiero

I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro, Dwight Evans, Steve Santarsiero, and state house and senate candidates on their victories today. Today’s election proved that Pennsylvania Democrats want to be represented by elected officials with integrity and decency.

I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro, Dwight Evans, Steve Santarsiero, and state house and senate candidates on their victories today. Today’s election proved that Pennsylvania Democrats want to be represented by elected officials with integrity and decency. The only way we can have a government that works is if we elect people who want government to work. The Democratic candidates elected tonight are people who want to see government work for all Pennsylvanians.

President Obama has put our country back on the right track, but we still have some work to be done. Secretary Clinton is the person we can count on to build on the president’s progress and tackle the hard issues. Hillary has dedicated her life to public service and has fought for progressive values and policies at home and abroad for more than twenty years. She will help American workers by tackling income inequality and creating incentives for businesses to share profits with their employees so every American can share in the results of economic prosperity — a practice I employed at my family business. Her lifetime of experience and passion undoubtedly prove her to be the most qualified candidate in recent history to be the President of the United States.

Hillary Clinton will have an excellent ally in the U.S. Senate with Katie McGinty. Katie has fought tirelessly for the environment and for middle class families in both her her capacity as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and as my chief of staff. As a senator, she will work with Hillary and other Senate Democrats to close the wage gap between men and women and to give all Americans a raise that is long overdue.

Dwight Evans and Steve Santarsiero have been excellent representatives in Harrisburg, and I know they will continue to fight for the people of Pennsylvania in Washington. Their commitment to the people – not special interests- prove that they are the leaders we need in Congress. Pennsylvania will be well-served with Katie McGinty, Dwight Evans, and Steve Santarsiero representing us in Washington.

Closer to home, all Pennsylvanians will be protected and defended by an Attorney General with integrity like Josh Shapiro. As a Montgomery County Commissioner, he has protected his constituents from fraud and abuse. As Attorney General, I know he will fight for fairness and justice for every one of our citizens.

When the Democrats come together in Philadelphia this July, we will be a party united in our goal of making the United States of America a better place. Pennsylvanians deserves people who stand for fairness and integrity — people who will fight for equality, economic opportunity, and the protection of the environment. Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro, Dwight Evans, Steve Santarsiero, and the Democratic candidates the people of Pennsylvania chose on Tuesday night are exactly those people. I hope all of you join me in voting for them in November.