Governor Wolf Recognized as 1 of 10 Governors Shaping the Future of Politics

Governor Wolf is one of ten governors shaping the future of politics for his steadfast commitment to protecting fair elections and strengthening citizen power in

Governor Wolf is one of ten governors shaping the future of politics for his steadfast commitment to protecting fair elections and strengthening citizen power in Pennsylvania. In recognition of his leadership, The Hill recently wrote:

“The state Supreme Court last month ordered Republicans to draw new congressional district lines. When the GOP delivered its new proposal to Wolf’s office, he declined to sign off — throwing the maps back to the court, where Democrats believe they will secure a better deal.”

Governor Wolf has traveled the state speaking to Pennsylvanians about redistricting. “Over the last month, I have personally heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians and they are sick and tired of gerrymandering, which perpetuates gridlock, alienates citizens and stifles reform,” he said. He stood up for fairness and the will of the people of Pennsylvania by rejecting an equally gerrymandered map presented to him by Republican lawmakers.

As a result of Governor Wolf’s leadership, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a remedial congressional map that will ensure fair and equal elections for all Pennsylvanians.

Former Attorney General and head of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee Eric Holder also praised the governor’s action. “Governor Wolf’s rejection of a map last week that would have continued Republican gerrymandering highlights how important it is that we elect more Democrats who will fight for fairness,” he said. “Republicans all over the country should be on notice — their days of partisan map-rigging are numbered.”

Now Governor Wolf’s attention is on working with the Department of State to support counties and candidates in the election process and ensuring that the 2018 Congressional elections run smoothly and fairly.

Governor Wolf Remains Committed to Investing in Our Kids’ Future

One of the hallmark commitments from Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 proposal was his call for increased funding for public education at all levels. Since Governor Wolf

One of the hallmark commitments from Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 proposal was his call for increased funding for public education at all levels. Since Governor Wolf took office, he has fully restored the $1 billion cuts to public education made in the previous administration that led to larger class sizes, teacher layoffs, and cuts to important programs like pre-k.

The Times Leader outlines the Governor’s record of investing in education:

“Wolf, a Democrat, campaigned in 2014 with promises to not only restore education cuts made under Gov. Tom Corbett, but to increase state money for public schools. Through it all, Wolf has managed to increase education spending, from about $12.8 billion in 2016-17 to $13.24 billion this fiscal year…”

The governor has also increased the number of children enrolled in pre-kindergarten by nearly 50 percent and enacted a fair funding formula to take the politics out of education funding.

Now Governor Wolf is ready to continue building on the progress from the past few years. He’s calling for an additional increase in education funding for basic education, early childhood development programs like Pre-K Counts and Head Start, Special Education, the State System of Higher Education, and Career and Technical Education.

For years Harrisburg politicians made education the first casualty of the budget. Governor Wolf has made it our first priority. “I have made it my mission to restore the cuts made to public education before I became governor and now we can further support our kids and our economy by making continued progress,” he said. “By driving more funding through our fair funding formula, we also further address the inequities in our local school funding system.”

Governor Wolf Continues Commitment to Government Transparency

Earlier this week, Governor Wolf continued his commitment to increasing government transparency and efficiency by signing House Bill 1175 into law. The Beaver County Times

Earlier this week, Governor Wolf continued his commitment to increasing government transparency and efficiency by signing House Bill 1175 into law. The Beaver County Times describes:

“Instead of giving candy to lobbyists on Valentine’s Day, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bipartisan bill streamlining lobbying disclosure report filings and increasing penalties for not timely filing them.”

The legislation will strengthen restrictions on lobbyists and special interests and will improve efficiency in the lobbying disclosure filing process. The bill received bipartisan support and passed the House and Senate unanimously, reflecting that reform is long overdue.

The new law will strengthen lobbying reporting rules in four key ways:

  1. It requires lobbyists, lobbying firms, or principals to file lobbying disclosure reports electronically.
  2. It increases the daily maximum penalty for not filing a report by the quarterly deadline
  3. It doubles the maximum penalty for not filing a lobbying disclosure reports by the quarterly deadline
  4. It requires the Department of State to post all lobbying disclosure reports online within seven days of receiving the filing

This is just the latest step taken by Governor Wolf towards reforming Harrisburg and creating a government that works for everyone. He said, “By cracking down on special interests, this bill will help to create a more open, honest and transparent government in Harrisburg that is accountable to the people of Pennsylvania.”

Since assuming office, Governor Wolf has also eliminated more than $2 billion in government waste, instituted a gift ban for members of his administration, required cabinet secretaries to post their expenses online, and passed comprehensive pension reform. He also donates his salary to charity and does not live in the governor’s mansion.

Governor Wolf Invests in a 21st Century Workforce

Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal invests in workforce development and ensuring that students are able to compete in the 21st century job market. As the

Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal invests in workforce development and ensuring that students are able to compete in the 21st century job market. As the Tribune-Review reports:

“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.”

The governor announced the launch of PAsmart– a program dedicated to realigning workforce development from K-12 education through career programs so that students and workers can gain the 21st Century skills necessary to get good jobs that employers demand.

This includes investing in STEM and computer science education at all levels, increasing the number of apprenticeships available, and developing public-private Industry Partnerships to provide job training.

The initiative also includes the launch of a new website to help people access information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania. Check it out here!

Governor Wolf knows that investing in workforce development has wide sweeping positive effects for Pennsylvania’s economy and families. “Developing a workforce that can compete and win in the 21st-century economy is the single best way to help Pennsylvania businesses grow – and attract new businesses to our commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s also the single best thing we can do to help more of our people find better jobs – not just tomorrow, but today.”

Governor Wolf believes that all Pennsylvanians who put in an honest day’s work deserve a shot to make a good living. This most recent investment in workforce development gives workers the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to make that a reality.

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