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Tom Wolf: I’m supporting Hillary Clinton for President

The American people deserve a real discussion about wage stagnation and income inequality in the presidential election. And Hillary Clinton will help tackle income inequality head on with an economic proposal that creates incentives for businesses to share profits with workers.

One of the fundamental challenges of our time is the decline in real wages of American workers.

Today, the actual buying power of the average worker is below where it stood forty years ago. And during the recovery from the Great Recession, the richest one percent in the United States captured 91 percent of income gains.

The dangerous and growing income gap has cost the average worker to not only have lower purchasing power, but also a decreased ability to save for a home, their child’s college, and even their own retirement — robbing workers of economic security and prosperity.

I believe the foundation for rebuilding America’s middle class is laid by making working men and women the keystone of any initiative to move our country forward.

That’s why I’m proud to support Hillary Clinton for President — and I hope you’ll go out in Pennsylvania’s primary election and vote for her on Tuesday.

Here’s why #ImWithHer:

When I ran for governor of Pennsylvania, I highlighted how profit sharing was a win for both workers and businesses. In addition to paying good wages, my former company shares 20 to 30 percent of its profits with the employees who help make the business successful.

In 2013, the 260 workers received a combined $1.26 million in profit sharing. For most employees who had worked at the company longer than one year, the average profit-sharing check was $5,000.

Profit sharing allowed employees to put more money away for college, for a home, for retirement, for a new motorcycle, or for a family vacation.

We did it because it was the right thing to do for workers. But profit sharing was also good for my company’s bottom line. Employees were basically co-owners of the company without the risk. As a result, our productivity was not only strong, but people enjoyed coming to work, were innovative in doing the work, and our turnover rate was low.

The American people deserve a real discussion about wage stagnation and income inequality in the presidential election. And Hillary Clinton will help tackle income inequality head on with an economic proposal that creates incentives for businesses to share profits with workers.

The American worker is the most skilled, productive worker in the world and they deserve to share in the prosperity of the richest, most powerful nation on earth. I know profit sharing works from my own business experience and I think it’s long past time we work together on the national level to encourage more companies do the same.

So, if we want a future of shared prosperity, where all families have a fair shot at the American dream, then we have to elect Hillary Clinton as our next President.

Thank you.

Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf: I won’t sign the Republican budget

I won’t sign the Republican budget because the math simply doesn’t add up.

According to their own arithmetic, the Republican budget creates a $1.6 billion deficit in 2016-17 that will prompt massive cuts to education, teacher layoffs, higher property taxes, and cuts to senior programs.

I won’t sign the Republican budget because the math simply doesn’t add up.

According to their own arithmetic, the Republican budget creates a $1.6 billion deficit in 2016-17 that will prompt massive cuts to education, teacher layoffs, higher property taxes, and cuts to senior programs.

They’ve fought for the failed status quo and they should be held accountable for their actions.

But it’s time to do the responsible thing and end the current impasse to get money to our schools and ensure seniors have the life-saving prescriptions they need.

While I cannot in good conscience attach my name to a budget that simply does not add up, I am going to let HB1801 become law.

It means that schools will stay open through the end of this year. Seniors will get the drugs they need at affordable prices this year. Counties and municipalities will have the state funds they need to operate this year.

But unless Harrisburg changes its ways, they won’t have adequate funds for next year.

Let’s not pretend anymore.

The Independent Fiscal Office isn’t pretending.

The rating agencies that have warned Harrisburg about another credit downgrade if they don’t help get our fiscal house in order aren’t pretending.

Pennsylvanians who want schools that teach, jobs that pay, and government that works aren’t pretending.

We need to get back to work on creating a real and balanced budget — and if you’re with me, I hope you’ll call your State Senator and State Representative:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator

Thank you.

Lolly Bentch Myers: My daughter needs medical cannabis

Anna has Mesial Temporal Sclerosis and intractable epilepsy. At her worst, Anna can experience more than 100 seizures every day.

Medical cannabis gives my family hope.

You don’t know me, but I hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about my daughter, Anna.

When Anna was born, she was a healthy 9 lbs, 10 oz. For the first two years of her life, she was like any other healthy toddler — full of laughter and curiosity about the world around her. She was really bright, had an incredible vocabulary, and loved to recite her ABCs.

But then on the day of Anna’s second birthday, something took our delightful little girl away.

Anna started behaving very strangely. She became angry and didn’t like being around people. She couldn’t remember her ABCs. She threw uncontrollable tantrums.

After countless visits to numerous doctors, she was initially diagnosed with Autism. Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with Mesial Temporal Sclerosis, which caused cognitive delays, intellectual deficit, sleep disorder, anxiety, and intractable epilepsy.

At her worst, Anna was experiencing more than 100 seizures every day.

Over the past several years, we’ve taken her to specialists at Hershey Medical Center, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pittsburgh. We’ve tried at least ten different pharmaceutical drugs and tried special diets — nothing has worked.

But there is one form of medicine that gives our family hope for Anna: Medical cannabis.

In Pennsylvania, that means my family has to make a choice between breaking the law or not getting our daughter the medicine she needs. No family should have to make that choice.

Thankfully, Governor Tom Wolf agrees and supports medical cannabis. Tom has always been in our corner and he has been fighting to give more than just hope to families like mine — he wants to make cannabis legal for the medical treatment of illnesses and diseases.

Next week, the Legislature will vote on medical cannabis and I hope you’ll join me in signing Governor Wolf’s petition to urge passage of Senate Bill 3.

Since Anna’s diagnosis, many people have asked why I don’t just move to one of the 23 states where medical cannabis is legal, such as: California, Colorado, or Washington. I love Pennsylvania and this is where Anna’s siblings, grandparents, her aunts, uncles, and friends live. These are more than just family and friends — they are our support system.

No family should ever have to move to get the medicine a loved one needs.

I love my daughter and I embrace the challenges facing our family, but I will never be okay knowing my only option to give her the treatment she needs are to break the law or move.

That’s why passing Senate Bill 3 and legalizing medical cannabis is so important. Please stand with Governor Wolf and families like mine before next week’s vote — sign the petition.

Thank you.

Tom Wolf: It wasn’t luck that detected my treatable cancer

Frances and I recently learned I have prostate cancer that was thankfully detected early after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities.

I am very thankful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of Pennsylvania.

These treatments do not present any impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor.

Frances and I recently learned I have prostate cancer that was thankfully detected early after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities.

I am very thankful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of Pennsylvania.

These treatments do not present any impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor.

And while prostate cancer can be a serious disease, it has a nearly 100% survival rate if detected early, which is one of the reasons why I decided to make my diagnosis public.

It wasn’t luck that caught this at such an early stage — it was a regular checkup with my doctor.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The majority of cases are detected in men aged 65 or older. Depending on health history, all men aged between 45 and 50 should have a conversation with their doctor about beginning regular screenings.

I’m 67 years old — just above the average age for prostate cancer — and I’ve been getting screenings as part of my regular checkup for years.

I encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure they schedule checkups with their doctors and to learn more about screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.

Here’s a helpful article from the American Cancer Society on the regular screenings men and women should get:

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer
http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/cancerscreeningguidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer

As your governor, as a husband, and as a father of two wonderful daughters, I promise to keep fighting for increased access to healthcare for all Pennsylvanians and increased awareness on the importance of routine checkups and screenings.

Thank you.