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Governor Wolf continues to Take On Status Quo

Yesterday Governor Wolf rolled out his 2018-2019 budget plan. After donning an Eagles hat and congratulating the team on their historic Super Bowl win, the

Yesterday Governor Wolf rolled out his 2018-2019 budget plan. After donning an Eagles hat and congratulating the team on their historic Super Bowl win, the governor announced that he is continuing his fight to change Harrisburg by investing in issues important to Pennsylvania families. Some of these include:

 

Education: Governor Wolf is making an additional investment in public education. This funding will go towards early childhood education programs such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start, Special Education, and Career and Technical Education.

Workforce Development: The governor announced a first-of-its-kind strategic investment in job training. This investment includes PAsmart– an initiative dedicated to making sure students and workers gain the 21st century skills necessary to get good jobs that employers demand.

Severance Tax: Pennsylvania is the only major gas producing state that does not impose a severance tax on oil and gas. Governor Wolf reaffirmed his call for the legislature to pass a modest, commonsense severance tax to make oil and gas drillers pay their fair share.

 

The governor also called for increased efficiency in state agencies,  the reduction of waiting lists for child care assistance and services for those with autism and intellectual disabilities, bolstering home and community-based care for seniors, and a continued commitment to the fight against the opioid crisis.

Governor Wolf’s budget proposal builds on his accomplishments from the past few years and moves forward on his top priorities of education, workforce development, health care, and government efficiency.

Check out the articles below to read what people are saying about the Governor’s budget proposal!

 

“His budget proposal would prioritize education funding and workforce development initiatives while once again calling for a natural gas severance tax….”

City and State Pennsylvania

 

“In his fourth and last budget presentation of his first term, Wolf told a joint session of the legislature that he believes “we have finally begun to tame the fiscal beast that haunts Harrisburg,” predicting that that will smooth the way to a swifter budget resolution this year.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“Job training and college readiness were highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address Tuesday as he proposed a $40 million investment in a new program intended to bolster career and technical education programs across the state.”

-Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Governor Wolf Excited to Win Super Bowl Wager

The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII this weekend. Confident after winning a five pound Pearson’s nut roll

The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII this weekend. Confident after winning a five pound Pearson’s nut roll from his NFC Championship bet with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton last week, Governor Wolf decided to try to extend his winning streak.

As PennLive reports:

“In keeping with the proud American tradition of placing a bet on the outcome of the Super Bowl, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker have made their friendly wager.”

When the Eagles win, Governor Baker has promised to hand over the following classic New England items:

  • Clam Chowder from Legal Sea Foods in Boston
  • Craisins from Ocean Spray in Middleborough
  • Apple Cider Donuts from Smolak Farms in North Andover
  • Apple Pie, Chicken Pot Pie and Maple Syrup from Hollis Hills Farms in Fitchburg
  • Grillo’s Pickles from Needham
  • Boston Crème Pie Cupcakes and Lemon Squares from Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield

Governor Wolf in turn has offered an assortment of classic Philadelphia treats if the Patriots win. Luckily, the governor knows that the odds of him having to turn over these goods are very slim. The items he offered are:

  • Soup from Rooster Soup Co., a luncheonette that gives 100% of its profits to support vulnerable Philadelphians through Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative;
  • Scrapple from the Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia’s iconic breakfast offering from its legendary food marketplace, which celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018;
  • Coffee from La Colombe, one of the world’s premier coffee roasters and boutique cafes based in Philadelphia;
  • Donuts from Federal Donuts, a destination for donuts and fried chicken, which this week unveiled an Eagles-themed donut benefiting the Philadelphia schools.
  • Donated pizza slices at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, a pay-it-forward pizzeria that provides hundreds of meals per week to homeless Philadelphians.

The governors have promised to donate the winnings to a local food pantry.

Governor Wolf couldn’t help but throw in a little trash talk along with his offer. “Over the last year, the Eagles have battled adversity and inspired millions of fans, both on and off the field,” he said. “I am putting some of my Philly favorites and Philly’s finest and most iconic food items on the line but look forward to Governor Baker sending some Massachusetts foods to Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf has also announced that he will attend the game on his own dime and that the State Capitol will be lit green all week to show support for the Eagles. Like the rest of the state, he is excited to celebrate an Eagles win this weekend!

Governor Wolf Seeks Input from Pennsylvanians on Redistricting

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the commonwealth’s GOP-drawn congressional maps are unconstitutional. The Court tasked the legislature and Governor Wolf with redrawing

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the commonwealth’s GOP-drawn congressional maps are unconstitutional. The Court tasked the legislature and Governor Wolf with redrawing the maps in a way that will not give one party an unfair, undeserved advantage over the other. Governor Wolf is committed to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians, regardless of party identification, have a say in the redistricting reform.

The governor is holding a series of listening sessions on gerrymandering in Pennsylvania in multiple communities across the commonwealth. His first session took place Tuesday night in State College and was followed up with a second session at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Daily Collegian reported on Tuesday night’s session in State College:

“The panel’s overall consensus was that gerrymandering should not to be taken lightly, and that open discussions about how to improve Pennsylvania’s current political map is vital to promoting change.”

The governor is holding these listening sessions because he believes that it’s the voices of the voters that matter the most when reshaping the districts. “It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” he said. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”

Governor Wolf adamantly believes that the people of Pennsylvania deserve fair congressional maps. He has been dedicated to this cause for so long, he even wrote a dissertation on gerrymandering 36 years ago! The governor has pledged to reject any unfair map, and he will continue his work until the people of Pennsylvania get the representation they deserve.

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.