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Governor Wolf Commemorates Labor Day with Hardworking Pennsylvanians

Governor Wolf spent Labor Day with the hardworking people of Pennsylvania. He visited the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and then attended picnics with AFT Pennsylvania, IBEW 5, Steamfitters, Bricklayers, and SEIU in Pittsburgh.

Governor Wolf spent Labor Day with the hardworking people of Pennsylvania. He visited the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and then attended picnics with AFT Pennsylvania, IBEW 5, Steamfitters, Bricklayers, and SEIU in Pittsburgh.

In light of recent attacks on unions and workers’ rights from Republicans in Washington and Harrisburg, Governor Wolf took the opportunity to assure workers that he will not waver in his commitment to protecting their rights. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME was the latest effort to deny workers the dignity and respect they deserve and is a major step backward for working families and the middle class. Immediately following the Janus ruling, the Wolf Administration took steps to reinforce the commonwealth’s policy that allows employees the right to:

  • Organize through their chosen representative unions
  • Bargain with the commonwealth
  • Enter into collective bargaining agreements
  • Organize freely and without fear of reprisal

Governor Wolf reiterated his promise yesterday to do everything in his power to stand up against any attacks on unions and efforts to roll back their rights. By re-electing Governor Wolf, Pennsylvanians will have a leader who will continue to:

  • Fight against so-called right to work legislation
  • Stand in the way of attempts to weaken prevailing wage laws
  • Stop efforts to destroy project labor agreements
  • Oppose Harrisburg politicians who want to undermine local efforts to provide commonsense benefits like paid sick leave
  • Protect worker’s ability to fight for higher wages, good benefits, and worker protections
  • Veto paycheck deception and other efforts to weaken unions

Unions in our country have fought for and won protections that we all enjoy, including the 40-hour work week, weekends, paid time off, and improved conditions for those who are trying to make ends meet. Unions don’t just improve the lives of our workers– they improve the lives of everyone in our society. Governor Wolf will continue to stand for the working men and women of Pennsylvania and will be our last line of defense against anti-worker policies.

Governor Wolf Releases Full School Safety Task Force Report

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released the full report from the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released the full report from the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer:

A Pennsylvania task force commissioned by Gov. Wolf in the aftermath of February’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school calls on school officials and students – and, when necessary, police – to better communicate with each other about potential threats, and urges schools to step up mental health services, including more psychologists and nurses.

The task force conducted several regional roundtable events where they received input from students, parents, school officials, school nurses and other health care professionals, law enforcement, education organizations and community members about how to improve safety and security. Feedback was also collected from hundreds of people via an online survey.

Ideas in the report for how to improve school safety include:

  • Improving communication and information sharing
  • Enhancing social and emotional learning
  • Increasing access to mental health services, including more health professionals in schools
  • Building community connections
  • Effectively integrating law enforcement and school resource officers
  • Providing guidance on establishing priorities for schools
  • Providing schools with more resources

The report includes detailed recommendations on how everyone involved can work together to prevent school-based violence from occurring.

“After reading the full report, I am impressed by the frank and honest discussions that the task force had with students, teachers, administrators and law enforcement and I commend them for the important and comprehensive recommendations to protect our students and schools,” said Governor Wolf. “It’s abundantly clear that by working together, schools, communities and the state can take a holistic approach to make our classrooms a safe place for students to learn.”

This report is part of Governor Wolf’s commitment to school safety. His 2018-19 budget includes an additional $60 million to help school districts address their individual needs for school safety.

What’s At Stake: Education

Governor Wolf has been a consistent advocate for high quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. Since taking office, he has worked tirelessly to undo the damage done by the Harrisburg Republicans’ one billion dollar cut to education.

Governor Wolf has been a consistent advocate for high quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. Since taking office, he has worked tirelessly to undo the damage done by the Harrisburg Republicans’ one billion dollar cut to education. He has spent his term fighting to ensure that all children, no matter their zip code, receive the high quality education that they deserve. While in office, Governor Wolf has:

  • Fully restored the one billion dollar cut to education made by Harrisburg Republicans that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts.
  • Enacted a fair funding formula to take the politics out of education funding once and for all.
  • Increased the number of children attending pre-kindergarten by 64%.
  • Increased the high school graduation rate to 86%, making Pennsylvania a national leader.
  • Increased the number of students enrolled in full-day kindergarten to 93,800.
  • Increased the number of credentials earned by students in career and technical education programs by 32%.
  • Established PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million workforce development initiative that invests $20 million in computer science and STEM education programs for k-12 students and $10 million to expand apprenticeships and industry partnerships.
  • Established standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools, joining fewer than a dozen states to endorse such standards.
  • Made Pennsylvania third in the nation in STEM education.
  • Expanded enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.
  • Reduced the length of PSSA tests by 20 percent, condensed the exam timeframe from three weeks to two weeks, and shifted it to later in the school year for students in grades three through eight.
  • Created a task force to bring together officials, educators, parents, and students to talk to about ways to improve school safety and security.
  • Increased funding for school safety and security improvements by $60 million.

Scott Wagner is an anti-education candidate who would put our children’s future at risk. Wagner as governor would:

  • Take us back to the days when Harrisburg Republicans’ cut one billion dollars from education, which led to cuts to important programs like pre-k, larger class sizes, and teacher layoffs.
  • Lay off 10% of teachers in Pennsylvania.
  • Sign school choice legislation that would strip billions from public education.
  • Refuse to devote more money to public schools because he thinks schools do not need more funding.
  • Put our children’s safety at risk by refusing to support stronger background checks and more school safety funding.

Governor Wolf Announces Plans to Strengthen Pennsylvania Agriculture

Earlier this week, at the annual Ag Progress Days event held by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Governor Tom Wolf made a major announcement regarding the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania.

Earlier this week, at the annual Ag Progress Days event held by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Governor Tom Wolf made a major announcement regarding the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania.

As WJAC reports:

“Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a six-point plan at AG Progress Days in Centre County County Wednesday to tackle issues facing the state’s agricultural challenges.”

His plan calls for an increased focus on:

  • Rebuilding and expanding the state’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges, ports and broadband;
  • Strengthening Pennsylvania’s workforce to ensure the next generation is prepared to lead;
  • Removing unnecessary regulatory burdens and strengthening the state’s business climate;
  • Establishing business ownership succession plans on the farm and throughout the food system
  • Creating more processing capabilities to accommodate a growing animal agriculture and protein sector

Building on these five points, Governor Wolf also added a sixth point– his plan to make Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state. U.S. organic food sales increased by $47 billion in 2017, and Governor Wolf believes that the commonwealth must take advantage of this burgeoning market. To achieve this, he will focus on raising awareness amongst producers, improving infrastructure and training, and facilitating the marketing aspects of organic produce.

These steps are all part of Governor Wolf’s commitment to strengthening Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and cultivating the next generation of Pennsylvania farming. “My vision for the future of agriculture takes advantage of what’s special about Pennsylvania’s farms and food processors to set us apart on a global stage,” he said. “We see tremendous opportunities for Pennsylvania, including the opportunity to diversify our business and capitalize on marketing opportunities. And even though there is no shortage of challenges, I believe we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on our many existing strengths and chart a path toward a dynamic and prosperous farming economy in Pennsylvania.”