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Governor Wolf Works to Make Schools Safer

Yesterday, Governor Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came together to announce the creation of a School Safety Task Force.

Yesterday, Governor Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came together to announce the creation of a School Safety Task Force.

According to Philadelphia Magazine:

“Wolf and DePasquale gathered at Penn Wynne Elementary School to detail plans for the task force, which comes amid calls for tougher school security (and gun laws) roughly one month after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.”

The Task Force will be comprised of government officials, statewide education organizations, law enforcement, community members, school officials, teachers, and parents who will come together with the shared goal of improving school safety and security.

“Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvanians, especially our children, is my top priority as governor,” said Governor Wolf. “I am creating a school safety task force to ensure we are doing everything we can to make sure that our schools are a safe place for our children to learn. By working together and listening to those on the front lines, we can find solutions that will improve school safety, security, and preparedness.”

Governor Wolf will specifically be focusing on funding needs for school safety and security, the effectiveness of student support and physical and mental health programs, strengthening state requirements for active shooter trainings and other security protocols, expanding information sharing among local schools, law enforcement, health care providers, and human services programs, and examining tools for reporting suspicious activity.

The governor especially wants to hear from Pennsylvanians of all walks of life– school officials, teachers, parents, students, law enforcement, health professionals, community partners, etc.– about their thoughts on school safety and security. He has opened up an online feedback form for the public to submit any suggestions.

Governor Wolf knows that it’s unacceptable for any child to fear going to school and for any parent to send their children to school fearing that they might not come home. He’s asking for your help to work with him and the School Safety Task Force to ensure that our schools provide a safe learning environment for all children.

Governor Wolf Expands “It’s On Us PA” to Make College Campuses Safer

Yesterday Governor Wolf built on his commitment to combating sexual assault on college campuses.

The #MeToo movement is a reminder of the pervasiveness of sexual assault. Yesterday Governor Wolf built on his commitment to combatting sexual assault on college campuses. As CBS Philly reports:

“On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 39 postsecondary institutions across the state will receive more than $950,000 through the state’s continued commitment to combatting sexual assault on college and university campuses.”

Governor Wolf announced the grants as part of his It’s On Us PA initiative. The funding can be used to establish programs such as campus-wide training, campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process, and resources for survivors of sexual violence.

Governor Wolf launched the It’s On Us PA campaign in 2016, building on the national success of President Obama’s It’s On Us movement. The initiative calls on everyone to take the It’s On Us PA Pledge, vowing to play a role in ending sexual assault. In 2017, the Wolf Administration also granted nearly $1 million to dozens of Pennsylvania institutions and introduced legislation to combat sexual violence in K-12 schools and on college and university campuses.

Governor Wolf has been committed to preventing sexual assault and leading the charge in establishing campus cultures that have zero tolerance for sexual assault and harassment. “The pervasiveness of sexual assault has never been more clear, and combating sexual assault requires action,” he said. “The It’s On Us PA campaign is continuing to help make our campuses across the state safer.”

The grant recipients include public and private, 2-year and 4-year institutions from across the commonwealth. The 39 schools selected for grants are:

  • Seton Hill University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Cabrini University
  • Thiel College
  • Immaculata University
  • Millersville University
  • Albright College
  • University of the Sciences
  • California University
  • University of Scranton
  • Penn College of Technology
  • Holy Family University
  • Lock Haven University
  • Juniata College
  • West Chester University
  • Bloomsburg University
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Saint Vincent College
  • LaSalle University
  • Gannon University
  • Lackawanna College
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Rosemont College
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Point Park University
  • Kutztown University
  • Cheyney University
  • Temple University
  • Lehigh University
  • Keystone College
  • Misericordia University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Dickinson College


Governor Wolf Works to Strengthen Public Trust in Government

Yesterday Governor Wolf continued his fight to change Harrisburg by proposing his “Citizens First” ethics reform package.

Yesterday Governor Wolf continued his fight to change Harrisburg by proposing his “Citizens First” ethics reform package. As the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader described:

“Following his own lead, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday introduced his ‘Citizens First’ ethics reform plan that includes a gift ban for public officials, ‘no budget, no pay’ legislation, public official expense reform and steps to curb the influence of special interests in Harrisburg.”

From his first day in office, Governor Wolf has led by example with his dedication to creating a government that is transparent, honest, and works for all Pennsylvanians. His ethics reform plan is his latest step in this mission.

Governor Wolf also donates his salary to charity and doesn’t take a pension. He instituted a gift ban for members of the executive branch, ended pay-to-play contracting, publishes his schedule for the public each day, and requires his cabinet secretaries to post their expenses online each week.

“Since day one of my administration, I have done things differently and worked to rebuild public trust in the executive branch,” the governor said when announcing his new plan. “This proposal enforces strict standards for how Harrisburg operates and it will rebuild trust in government. My plan will make sure that our citizens are the ones calling the shots – not entrenched special interests.”

Governor Wolf is committed to restoring people’s faith in government and creating a government that works for all Pennsylvanians. He will continue challenging the Harrisburg status quo and making strides towards ensuring that government is open, transparent, and honest.

Adrianne’s Story

Adrianne was one of the more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians who finally received health care when Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid in 2015.

When Adrianne Gunter graduated college, she developed Multiple Sclerosis. She applied for health insurance four times over a two year period in an attempt to get the tests and treatment she so badly needed, but she was denied each time.

Adrianne was one of the more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians who finally received health care when Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid in 2015. She was able to get the MRI she needed to diagnose her M.S. and see a neurologist who prescribed medicine that treats it, preventing her from being paralyzed.

“I’m very concerned about health care, and when I first got to Harrisburg I did what I could do and took advantage of what was in place with the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid.” says Governor Wolf. “That was important, I thought, to really address the needs of the uninsured and the underinsured.”

Adrianne’s story is why Governor Wolf has fought tirelessly to provide affordable, straightforward, accessible healthcare to all Pennsylvanians. “When Governor Wolf says that signing the Medicaid expansion gave insurance to 700,000 Pennsylvanians– those are real lives, just like mine,” says Adrianne. “That’s amazing and beautiful and it shows what a civil servant can do when they put people first.”