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VIDEO: Governor Wolf Buys John Fetterman a Tie

Governor Wolf and John Fetterman have been having many discussions about how they are going to work together to continue fighting to change Harrisburg. After

Governor Wolf and John Fetterman have been having many discussions about how they are going to work together to continue fighting to change Harrisburg. After hearty conversations about policy and substance, Governor Wolf finally broached a slightly uncomfortable topic – the fact that Mayor Fetterman will have to wear a tie when presiding over the Senate. Luckily, Mayor Fetterman was up for a shopping trip to Boscov’s with the Governor.

Watch “Governor Wolf Buys John Fetterman a Tie:” https://youtu.be/TouDW2I0S-w

Governor Wolf Takes Action on Equal Pay

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took matters into his own hands to combat the gender pay gap which is plaguing Pennsylvania’s women, families, and businesses.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took matters into his own hands to combat the gender pay gap which is plaguing Pennsylvania’s women, families, and businesses.

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports:

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order regarding applicants to state agencies and salary history in hopes of helping to close the gender pay gap.”

The executive order directs state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to no longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring process, to base salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skills, and to clearly explain the pay range on job postings.

Pennsylvania women make just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes– a gap of 21%. This gap costs women an average of $10,000 a year and makes it harder to for them to buy homes, pay for college, and provide for their families.

“The gender wage gap is wrong,” said Governor Wolf. “It’s wrong for women, wrong for families, wrong for business, and wrong for the economy of Pennsylvania. This executive order begins to end this discriminatory practice, so that women hired by the commonwealth are paid what they deserve, and the wage gap does not follow them to a state job.”

Governor Wolf also called on the General Assembly to pass similar protections for all working women in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf Celebrates Pride Month

June has arrived, and with it brings warm weather, vacations, and the beginning of summer. But June is more than just this– it is also Pride Month, a time for both celebration and reflection for the LGBTQ community. Governor Wolf recently proclaimed June 2018 Pride month in the commonwealth.

June has arrived, and with it brings warm weather, vacations, and the beginning of summer. But June is more than just this– it is also Pride Month, a time for both celebration and reflection for the LGBTQ community.

Governor Wolf recently proclaimed June 2018 Pride month in the commonwealth. “Pride Month is a time to take a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ individuals, to promote self-affirmation, dignity, and equality, and to build community and celebrate diversity,” he said.

Governor Wolf has a record of fighting to expand rights for the LGBTQ community. Since his first days in office, the governor has urged legislators to pass the PA Fairness Act, but Republicans have blocked these bills from reaching a vote in the General Assembly despite broad, bipartisan support.

In the face of this stalled legislation, Governor Wolf took matters into his own hands. He signed two executive orders that prohibit any agency under his jurisdiction or any entity that receives grants or contracts from the commonwealth from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression, and identity, among other areas.

Governor Wolf recognizes that the LGBTQ community deserves equal benefits and the same state services as everyone else and continues to fight for expansion of state health care benefits for LGBTQ employees.

The governor has also been lucky to work alongside several talented members of the LGBTQ community in his administration. In 2015, Governor Wolf chose Dr. Rachel Levine as his Physician General, and now she serves as the Secretary of Health working with the governor to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic. Dr. Levine is currently one of the highest ranking transgender women in the nation.

There is still much to be done in Pennsylvania for the advancement of the LGBTQ community. Despite the hurdles, Governor Wolf is committed to continuing to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community and will stand with them as they fight to protect and expand their rights in today’s political climate.

Wolf Campaign Statement On Wagner’s Last Day As A Senator

Today, the Wolf campaign released the following statement on Wagner’s last day as a Senator after announcing that he would resign in order to pursue his own political ambition rather than participate in the upcoming budget process.

PENNSYLVANIA – Today, the Wolf campaign released the following statement on Wagner’s last day as a Senator after announcing that he would resign in order to pursue his own political ambition rather than participate in the upcoming budget process.

“Scott Wagner’s resignation is proof that he is only interested in furthering himself politically, but his decision does not erase his long record in the Senate of putting special interests before children, seniors, and hard-working Pennsylvanians,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf Campaign. “Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg which is apparent by the time he spent in the Senate trying to slash public education funding, roll back peoples’ health care coverage, and throw seniors out of their nursing homes.”

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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