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Governor Wolf and Legislature Complete Commonsense, Bipartisan Budget

Last week, Governor Wolf and the legislature completed a commonsense, bipartisan budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Last week, Governor Wolf and the legislature completed a commonsense, bipartisan budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. This budget builds upon Governor Wolf’s commitment to investing in education, school safety, and workforce development, among other areas, and represents a major step towards restoring the state’s fiscal health.

Cost Cutting Measures

Because of Governor Wolf’s tireless efforts to streamline government and invest in programs that have positive economic impacts on Pennsylvania families, he has turned what was once a $2.4 billion deficit into a surplus, making the first deposit in Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day fund since 2006. Here are some of the actions Governor Wolf has taken to reduce costs:

  • Reduced commonwealth staff complement by over 1,700 positions to the lowest level in more than 40 years
  • Identified more than 300 projects generating nearly $400 million in cumulative budget savings
  • Expanded Medicaid to provide health care to 720,000 people, while saving more than $700 million annually
  • Reduced corrections population by near 2,600 individuals
  • Fully funded contributions for SERS and PSERS
  • Undertook agency consolidations

Education

After restoring the Republicans’ $1 billion cut to education, increasing pre-k and kindergarten enrollment, bolstering graduation rates, and increasing career and technical education programs, Governor Wolf is continuing to invest in our schools to drive our economy forward. This budget provides increased funding for:

  • Pre-K and Head Start
  • Basic Education
  • Career & Technical Education
  • Higher Education
  • Special Education
  • Ready to Learn Block Grant
  • Early Intervention

School Safety

Governor Wolf knows that our children deserve to go to schools that are safe, and parents should have confidence that their kids will be protected when they go to class each morning. That’s why he created a School Safety Task Force to ensure we are doing everything we can to make sure that our schools are safe places for our children to learn. This budget builds on the governor’s commitment to making our schools safer by increasing funding for:

  • School Safety Measures
  • Community Safety Measures
  • Safe Schools Initiative
  • It’s on US PA

Workforce Development

Governor Wolf knows that not every student will go to college, but every Pennsylvanian deserves the opportunity to succeed. That’s why he has made significant investments in workforce development to ensure that more Pennsylvanians have access to high-wage, family sustaining jobs. This budget provides additional funding for Governor Wolf’s PAsmart Initiative, which includes:

  • Computer Science and STEM education programs
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Industry Partnerships

 

This budget has been heralded as a bipartisan, responsible step forward for Pennsylvania. Check out some of the coverage from around the commonwealth:

AP: Early budget deal maybe a milestone for deficits, school aid

Altoona Mirror: State’s fiscal picture shows ray of sunshine

Butler Eagle: Legislators happy with new budget

CNHI: Senators cheer spending plan as bipartisan compromise

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. approves $60 million for school safety

 

Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Governors Take Stand to Protect Health Care

On Monday, Governor Wolf joined a bipartisan group of governors in taking a stand against the Trump administration’s latest efforts to undermine Americans’ access to health care by trying to strip care away from the 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions.

On Monday, Governor Wolf joined a bipartisan group of governors in taking a stand against the Trump administration’s latest efforts to undermine Americans’ access to health care by trying to strip care away from the 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions.

According to The Hill:

“A bipartisan group of governors on Monday called on the Trump administration to reverse its decision to argue in court that ObamaCare’s pre-existing condition protections should be overturned.”

Governor Wolf united forces with eight other governors, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I), Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D).

“The administration’s disappointing decision to no longer defend this provision of federal law threatens health care coverage for many in our states with pre-existing conditions and adds uncertainty and higher costs for Americans who purchase their own health insurance,” the governors said. They urged the administration to reverse their decision and instead work with Congress and Governors on bipartisan solutions to protect coverage and lower health care costs for all Americans.

Governor Wolf is dedicated to protecting all Pennsylvanians’ access to quality and affordable health care. “I am proud to continue working across the aisle with other governors to present a path forward for our health care system that protects consumers, creates more choice and lowers the cost of insurance and care,” he said. “It is beyond time for Washington to stop trying to strip health care access and protections from vulnerable Americans and get to work on the bipartisan solutions laid out by governors and other health care advocates to stabilize the market and help consumers, hospitals and health professionals.”

John Fetterman Denounces Wagner for Campaigning with Pence While Trump Administration Works to Strip Health Care from 5.3 Million Pennsylvanians

Today, Lieutenant Governor nominee John Fetterman denounced Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner for campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence while the Trump administration is actively working to strip health care away from 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions so they can give handouts to big insurance companies and special interests.

PENNSYLVANIAToday, Lieutenant Governor nominee John Fetterman denounced Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner for campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence while the Trump administration is actively working to strip health care away from 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions so they can give handouts to big insurance companies and special interests.

“Scott Wagner’s campaign event with Mike Pence shows that he would rather see big insurance companies and special interests be given handouts rather than protect Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, or diabetes,” said Mayor Fetterman. “If Scott Wagner, Mike Pence, and Republicans get their way, tens of millions of Americans could lose their health coverage, including more than 5.3 million Pennsylvanians.”

Supporting this type of policy is unsurprising for Scott Wagner. He has supported Donald Trump and his crusade to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which would raise health care costs for millions of hardworking Pennsylvanians, charge an age tax on older citizens, kick seniors out of their nursing homes, and strip access to care from women, people suffering from a substance use disorder, and those with pre-existing conditions. He has even said that he wants to roll back Medicaid expansion, which has provided health care to over 720,000 Pennsylvanians, including over 215,000 Pennsylvanians who are struggling with a substance use disorder.

The Governor of Pennsylvania makes serious decisions about the state of health care in the commonwealth, and Scott Wagner would be an absolute disaster for Pennsylvania.

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Human Rights Campaign Endorses Governor Wolf

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign announced its endorsement of Governor Tom Wolf for reelection.

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign announced its endorsement of Governor Tom Wolf for reelection. Governor Wolf formally accepted the endorsement at a press conference alongside HRC President Chad Griffin, State Representative Brian Sims, State House Candidate Malcolm Kenyatta, Equality Pennsylvania Board Member Kira Kinsman, and LGBTQ advocate Gina Cline.

“Throughout his career, Governor Wolf has stood shoulder to shoulder with LGBTQ Pennsylvanians — fighting for fairness and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “HRC is proud to endorse Governor Wolf’s bid for reelection, and we look forward to continuing to fight side by side for equality across the commonwealth.”

Governor Wolf is a dedicated champion for equality in Pennsylvania. He is a strong advocate of the PA Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that extends non-discrimination provisions in state law to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Governor Wolf has signed executive orders to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination within state government and among its contractors and grantees. He has fought for the expansion of state health care benefits for LGBTQ employees and has appointed several members of the LGBTQ community to key positions within his administration.

“I am truly honored to accept the Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement,” said Governor Wolf. “Throughout the last three years, they have been an important partner as we’ve fought to protect the rights of our LGBTQ community and ensure that Pennsylvania is inclusive, welcoming, and open for business for everyone. We have made progress, but I know that there is still more work to be done to ensure the rights of the LGBTQ community are protected. I am committed to continuing to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community and will keep fighting for a statewide anti-discrimination bill.”