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Governor Wolf Announces $180 Million to Fix PA’s Roads

Last week, Governor Wolf announced that PennDOT will launch Resurface PA– an aggressive new initiative dedicated to repaving interstates and attacking potholes across the commonwealth.

Last week, Governor Wolf announced that PennDOT will launch Resurface PA– an aggressive new initiative dedicated to repaving interstates and attacking potholes across the commonwealth.

As reported by The Associated Press:

“Pennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter.”

After a harsh and drawn-out winter, Pennsylvania’s roads have been left in a state of much-needed repair. Through the Governor’s new investment, 17 interstate paving and preservation projects covering 255 miles of roadway will be completed two years ahead of schedule and will preserve pavement surfaces for at least five to six years.

Governor Wolf’s administration is dedicated to improving infrastructure throughout the commonwealth. “PennDOT has been at work on this problem for many months, but the severe temperature swings through the winter have created ideal conditions for continued pavement challenges,” he said. “We are further increasing our focus on pothole repairs and also accelerating work on our interstates.”

Governor Wolf Works to End Cycle of Mass Incarceration

Last week, Governor Wolf stood with artist “Meek Mill” Williams, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, as well as half a dozen legislators including Congressman Dwight Evans,

Last week, Governor Wolf stood with artist “Meek Mill” Williams, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, as well as half a dozen legislators including Congressman Dwight Evans, Senator Larry Farnese, and Representatives Jordan Harris, Joanna McClinton, Donna Bullock, and Morgan Cephas in a call-to-action for criminal justice reform.

As WHYY reported:

“The governor called on the state House to pass a trio of bills recently approved the state Senate that would release nonviolent offenders more quickly and help move more prisoners into substance abuse programs, while also pumping more dollars into probation and parole programs across the state.”

The governor’s plan is focused on rehabilitation and victim protection while providing consistency and uniformity in the criminal justice system. These reforms will work to end the cycle of mass incarceration.

“We need to do the work to make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to reform our system so that it leads to better outcomes and saves taxpayer dollars – while also leading to less crime and fewer victims. Let’s continue to work towards building the criminal justice system we all want to see in Pennsylvania.”

Meek Mill, who was recently released from prison after serving five months of a two- to four-year sentence for a probation violation on a decade-old conviction, expressed his support for Governor Wolf’s initiatives, saying, “I’m greatly encouraged by the Governor’s commitment to ensuring a fair sentencing process and ultimately ending the unjust cycle of incarceration in our state.”

Karen’s Story: “I made the heartbreaking choice to terminate my pregnancy” (Guest Blog)

By Karen Agatone In July of 2015, I found out I was pregnant for the first time. My husband and I were thrilled. Our dreams

By Karen Agatone

In July of 2015, I found out I was pregnant for the first time. My husband and I were thrilled. Our dreams of becoming a family were just starting and everything felt full of hope and promise.

While still in my first trimester, I opted for advanced genetic screening, which ruled out any major chromosomal abnormalities and confirmed the exciting news that we were having a girl. By the time we got to the 20-week ultrasound, we had named her Evelyn and even purchased a crib the weekend before.

Within 10 minutes of the scan, we knew something was wrong. Our sonogram technician became quiet and a high-risk doctor came into the room to confirm our worst fears: that something was very wrong. He sat us down and told us that Evelyn had what he believed to be a rare genetic disorder. Before we could even process what that meant for our family, the doctor explained that her chances of survival were non-existent and that she was incompatible with life.

Crushed, we went to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a second opinion. We saw a team of the best specialists in the country, who confirmed what the other doctor had told us: Evelyn would not survive. She had Thanatophoric Dysplasia, a very rare and spontaneous mutation that is not only lethal but would be incredibly painful for her as she developed.

Evelyn’s lungs would not be able to grow inside of her too small chest cavity, which meant she could die inside of me within days or weeks or she could go all the way to term, only to be left gasping for the air she would never breathe on her own. She might live for a few hours or at best, a few days, and would be suffering the entire time.

All of the hopes and dreams we had for Evelyn died that day, along with the dream of our new family. We mourned Evelyn and the family we thought we would be. As her mother, it was my job to plan for her to have the best possible quality of life. But I could not continue to plan for her to have no quality of life.

My husband and I made the heartbreaking choice to terminate my pregnancy and let Evelyn be at peace. It was the only decision we would have to make for her as parents. At 21 weeks of gestation, I had an abortion so my daughter would not have to suffer.

Less than three months later, I conceived again and today, we have a healthy toddler son and infant daughter who light up my life. If it were not for my ability to access safe and legal care to terminate my pregnancy, I would not have our children in my arms today.

Second trimester abortion is not a black or white issue – it’s much more complicated than that. It’s not something any mother wants to go through and it’s certainly not something that is easy to talk about, no matter how much time goes by. But I continue to tell my story because conservative legislators in Pennsylvania have repeatedly tried to pass laws to restrict a woman’s right to choose. They are forcing their beliefs on women they don’t know about circumstances they could never understand. These dangerous bills threaten the health, wellbeing and fertility of women.

Abortion isn’t just about the decision to become a parent. It’s often a parenting decision. And Governor Wolf has always allowed loving parents to be able to make the decisions they believe are best for their babies and families. He trusts women and that’s why he deserves your vote for re-election.

Governor Wolf Calls for Commonsense Gun Safety Reform

Today Governor Wolf stood alongside Acting State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick, legislators and stakeholders to call for legislation that will keep Pennsylvanians safer.

Today Governor Wolf stood alongside Acting State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick, legislators and stakeholders to call for legislation that will keep Pennsylvanians safer.

KDKA News Radio reported:

“As many Americans continue to call for gun reform, Governor Tom Wolf is urging state lawmakers to pass commonsense gun safety legislation, including universal background checks.”

Governor Wolf urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would require everyone who wants to purchase a firearm to go through the State Police background check. There are currently dangerous loopholes in Pennsylvania gun laws that do not require a background check for certain firearms transactions. Instituting a universal background check system would prevent guns from getting into the hands of dangerous individuals.

The governor also called for the House to quickly send him Senate Bill 501, so that he can sign it into law. This legislation prevents domestic abusers with protection from abuse orders from owning or possessing guns.

“All of Pennsylvania’s citizens have the right to live happy, healthy lives free from fear about their and their family’s personal safety,” Governor Wolf said. “Unfortunately, in the past decades we have seen that sense of security, that sense of safety, threatened. I am calling on the legislature to take up additional commonsense gun reform bills that will help us close dangerous loopholes and keep weapons out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to Pennsylvania’s citizens.