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Congratulations to Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro, Dwight Evans, and Steve Santarsiero

I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro, Dwight Evans, Steve Santarsiero, and state house and senate candidates on their victories today. Today’s election proved that Pennsylvania Democrats want to be represented by elected officials with integrity and decency.

I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro, Dwight Evans, Steve Santarsiero, and state house and senate candidates on their victories today. Today’s election proved that Pennsylvania Democrats want to be represented by elected officials with integrity and decency. The only way we can have a government that works is if we elect people who want government to work. The Democratic candidates elected tonight are people who want to see government work for all Pennsylvanians.

President Obama has put our country back on the right track, but we still have some work to be done. Secretary Clinton is the person we can count on to build on the president’s progress and tackle the hard issues. Hillary has dedicated her life to public service and has fought for progressive values and policies at home and abroad for more than twenty years. She will help American workers by tackling income inequality and creating incentives for businesses to share profits with their employees so every American can share in the results of economic prosperity — a practice I employed at my family business. Her lifetime of experience and passion undoubtedly prove her to be the most qualified candidate in recent history to be the President of the United States.

Hillary Clinton will have an excellent ally in the U.S. Senate with Katie McGinty. Katie has fought tirelessly for the environment and for middle class families in both her her capacity as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and as my chief of staff. As a senator, she will work with Hillary and other Senate Democrats to close the wage gap between men and women and to give all Americans a raise that is long overdue.

Dwight Evans and Steve Santarsiero have been excellent representatives in Harrisburg, and I know they will continue to fight for the people of Pennsylvania in Washington. Their commitment to the people – not special interests- prove that they are the leaders we need in Congress. Pennsylvania will be well-served with Katie McGinty, Dwight Evans, and Steve Santarsiero representing us in Washington.

Closer to home, all Pennsylvanians will be protected and defended by an Attorney General with integrity like Josh Shapiro. As a Montgomery County Commissioner, he has protected his constituents from fraud and abuse. As Attorney General, I know he will fight for fairness and justice for every one of our citizens.

When the Democrats come together in Philadelphia this July, we will be a party united in our goal of making the United States of America a better place. Pennsylvanians deserves people who stand for fairness and integrity — people who will fight for equality, economic opportunity, and the protection of the environment. Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro, Dwight Evans, Steve Santarsiero, and the Democratic candidates the people of Pennsylvania chose on Tuesday night are exactly those people. I hope all of you join me in voting for them in November.

Tom Wolf: I’m supporting Hillary Clinton for President

The American people deserve a real discussion about wage stagnation and income inequality in the presidential election. And Hillary Clinton will help tackle income inequality head on with an economic proposal that creates incentives for businesses to share profits with workers.

One of the fundamental challenges of our time is the decline in real wages of American workers.

Today, the actual buying power of the average worker is below where it stood forty years ago. And during the recovery from the Great Recession, the richest one percent in the United States captured 91 percent of income gains.

The dangerous and growing income gap has cost the average worker to not only have lower purchasing power, but also a decreased ability to save for a home, their child’s college, and even their own retirement — robbing workers of economic security and prosperity.

I believe the foundation for rebuilding America’s middle class is laid by making working men and women the keystone of any initiative to move our country forward.

That’s why I’m proud to support Hillary Clinton for President — and I hope you’ll go out in Pennsylvania’s primary election and vote for her on Tuesday.

Here’s why #ImWithHer:

When I ran for governor of Pennsylvania, I highlighted how profit sharing was a win for both workers and businesses. In addition to paying good wages, my former company shares 20 to 30 percent of its profits with the employees who help make the business successful.

In 2013, the 260 workers received a combined $1.26 million in profit sharing. For most employees who had worked at the company longer than one year, the average profit-sharing check was $5,000.

Profit sharing allowed employees to put more money away for college, for a home, for retirement, for a new motorcycle, or for a family vacation.

We did it because it was the right thing to do for workers. But profit sharing was also good for my company’s bottom line. Employees were basically co-owners of the company without the risk. As a result, our productivity was not only strong, but people enjoyed coming to work, were innovative in doing the work, and our turnover rate was low.

The American people deserve a real discussion about wage stagnation and income inequality in the presidential election. And Hillary Clinton will help tackle income inequality head on with an economic proposal that creates incentives for businesses to share profits with workers.

The American worker is the most skilled, productive worker in the world and they deserve to share in the prosperity of the richest, most powerful nation on earth. I know profit sharing works from my own business experience and I think it’s long past time we work together on the national level to encourage more companies do the same.

So, if we want a future of shared prosperity, where all families have a fair shot at the American dream, then we have to elect Hillary Clinton as our next President.

Thank you.

Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf: I won’t sign the Republican budget

I won’t sign the Republican budget because the math simply doesn’t add up.

According to their own arithmetic, the Republican budget creates a $1.6 billion deficit in 2016-17 that will prompt massive cuts to education, teacher layoffs, higher property taxes, and cuts to senior programs.

I won’t sign the Republican budget because the math simply doesn’t add up.

According to their own arithmetic, the Republican budget creates a $1.6 billion deficit in 2016-17 that will prompt massive cuts to education, teacher layoffs, higher property taxes, and cuts to senior programs.

They’ve fought for the failed status quo and they should be held accountable for their actions.

But it’s time to do the responsible thing and end the current impasse to get money to our schools and ensure seniors have the life-saving prescriptions they need.

While I cannot in good conscience attach my name to a budget that simply does not add up, I am going to let HB1801 become law.

It means that schools will stay open through the end of this year. Seniors will get the drugs they need at affordable prices this year. Counties and municipalities will have the state funds they need to operate this year.

But unless Harrisburg changes its ways, they won’t have adequate funds for next year.

Let’s not pretend anymore.

The Independent Fiscal Office isn’t pretending.

The rating agencies that have warned Harrisburg about another credit downgrade if they don’t help get our fiscal house in order aren’t pretending.

Pennsylvanians who want schools that teach, jobs that pay, and government that works aren’t pretending.

We need to get back to work on creating a real and balanced budget — and if you’re with me, I hope you’ll call your State Senator and State Representative:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator

Thank you.

Lolly Bentch Myers: My daughter needs medical cannabis

Anna has Mesial Temporal Sclerosis and intractable epilepsy. At her worst, Anna can experience more than 100 seizures every day.

Medical cannabis gives my family hope.

You don’t know me, but I hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about my daughter, Anna.

When Anna was born, she was a healthy 9 lbs, 10 oz. For the first two years of her life, she was like any other healthy toddler — full of laughter and curiosity about the world around her. She was really bright, had an incredible vocabulary, and loved to recite her ABCs.

But then on the day of Anna’s second birthday, something took our delightful little girl away.

Anna started behaving very strangely. She became angry and didn’t like being around people. She couldn’t remember her ABCs. She threw uncontrollable tantrums.

After countless visits to numerous doctors, she was initially diagnosed with Autism. Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with Mesial Temporal Sclerosis, which caused cognitive delays, intellectual deficit, sleep disorder, anxiety, and intractable epilepsy.

At her worst, Anna was experiencing more than 100 seizures every day.

Over the past several years, we’ve taken her to specialists at Hershey Medical Center, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pittsburgh. We’ve tried at least ten different pharmaceutical drugs and tried special diets — nothing has worked.

But there is one form of medicine that gives our family hope for Anna: Medical cannabis.

In Pennsylvania, that means my family has to make a choice between breaking the law or not getting our daughter the medicine she needs. No family should have to make that choice.

Thankfully, Governor Tom Wolf agrees and supports medical cannabis. Tom has always been in our corner and he has been fighting to give more than just hope to families like mine — he wants to make cannabis legal for the medical treatment of illnesses and diseases.

Next week, the Legislature will vote on medical cannabis and I hope you’ll join me in signing Governor Wolf’s petition to urge passage of Senate Bill 3.

Since Anna’s diagnosis, many people have asked why I don’t just move to one of the 23 states where medical cannabis is legal, such as: California, Colorado, or Washington. I love Pennsylvania and this is where Anna’s siblings, grandparents, her aunts, uncles, and friends live. These are more than just family and friends — they are our support system.

No family should ever have to move to get the medicine a loved one needs.

I love my daughter and I embrace the challenges facing our family, but I will never be okay knowing my only option to give her the treatment she needs are to break the law or move.

That’s why passing Senate Bill 3 and legalizing medical cannabis is so important. Please stand with Governor Wolf and families like mine before next week’s vote — sign the petition.

Thank you.