Action Plan for Pennsylvania

Whether as a business owner or governor, Tom Wolf is a leader consistently taking on the status quo and trying to help middle class families. And he is acting on his plan to change Harrisburg and moving Pennsylvania forward.

Since taking office, Tom has been focused on three simple goals: jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works.

Tom refuses the perks. He donates his salary to charity, he does not take a pension, and he signed an executive order preventing anyone in his administration from accepting gifts from lobbyists.

Tom has traveled across the commonwealth to talk with Pennsylvanians about creating jobs, improving the workforce, helping kids get a good education, fighting the opioid epidemic, and many other important issues.

Here’s Tom’s plan for Pennsylvania.


Reform Government and Cut Bureaucracy

As Governor, Tom he has fought for a change to state government. Tom donates his entire salary to charity, refuses a state pension and signed an executive order prohibiting administration employees from accepting gifts from lobbyists.

Tom has eliminated more than $2 billion in government waste from the state budget and consolidated agencies.

Tom has made wholesale reforms to state government including pension reform that will save billions and the first liquor reform since prohibition.

We need a government that restores faith in the fundamental notion that our democracy still works while efficiently providing services to Pennsylvanians. Our government should be transparent and fully accountable, and taxpayers deserve to know how every penny is spent.

Tom is committed to government reforms that increase efficiency, reduce waste, and eliminate cronyism and corruption, and since his first days as governor, he has been praised statewide for his moves towards transparent government that works in Pennsylvania.

Tom is fighting for a full gift ban for all Pennsylvania officials along fairer campaign finance laws and stricter lobbying laws so that all elected officials are accountable to Pennsylvanians, not special interests.

Here’s what he’s done:

Refuses a pension and donates his salary to charity.
Banned administration officials and state employees from accepting gifts.
Signed comprehensive pension reform which reduced risk to Pennsylvania taxpayers, continues to pay down our debt, and slashes Wall Street fees while still offering state employees fair benefits and easing the financial burden on our school districts in the long term.
Modernized Pennsylvania’s archaic liquor system by allowing gas stations to sell beer and grocery stores to sell wine, as well as increasing hours at state stores and legalizing shipments of wine to people’s homes.
Requires cabinet secretaries to post their expenses online each month. View the expenses dashboard.
Fought for a fairer congressional map that aligns with the Pennsylvania Constitution and advocated for a fair redistricting process.


Invest In Our Kids and Schools

Tom has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fully restoring  education funding cuts made in the previous administration, providing unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and ensuring students are college and career ready. He has fought for more education funding since day one and he has made investment in our schools and our children his top priority.

Tom is going to keep investing in our schools so students have the training to get jobs in Pennsylvania. He is working to increase classes in math, technology, science, and information technology. Tom knows that not every student is going to go to a four-year college, that’s why he is proposing more investments in training and apprenticeships so all students can get a job in Pennsylvania.

Here’s what he’s done:

Established standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools, joining fewer than a dozen states to endorse such standards.
Fully restored the one billion dollar education cut made in the previous administration that that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts.
Enacted a fair funding formula that provides equitable, fair funding for all school districts.
Increased the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by 48 percent.
Increased high school graduation rate to 86.1 percent, placing Pennsylvania above the national average.
Increased the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials by 32.2 percent and increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 28.4 percent.
Advanced Pennsylvania to third in the nation in the number of nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems and made the commonwealth the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates .
Expanded enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.
Reduced the length of PSSA tests by 20 percent, condensed the exam timeframe from three weeks to two weeks and shifted it to later in the school year for students in grades three through eight.


Grow Jobs and Support Workers

Since day one, Tom has made “Jobs that Pay” a priority in Pennsylvania. Tom has travelled the commonwealth, hearing from business owners, industry leaders, and hardworking Pennsylvanians statewide about what the Wolf administration can do to help them thrive.

To rebuild the middle class, we need new ideas to create jobs that pay and policies that support our manufacturing and new growth industries. Coming from the private sector, Tom knows we must make new investments in 21st century manufacturing and refocus our economic development dollars and strategies. The commonwealth can help set the table for robust private sector growth to create and retain good jobs while strengthening the middle class.

He is going to keep fighting for commonsense policies that enable Pennsylvania businesses to succeed and workers to earn a fair wage. He has already taken steps to modernize Pennsylvania’s overtime rules, and is fighting to increase the minimum wage.

Tom also continues bolster Pennsylvania’s attractive economic climate for both small and large businesses, including Amazon which announced it is considering Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for its second headquarters. As more companies call Pennsylvania their home, Tom is creating a one-stop shop for businesses to get started in the commonwealth, and he is working to build a workforce that can help companies thrive in a competitive economy.

Here’s what he’s done:

Overhauling Pennsylvania’s overtime rules to increase the wages of nearly 500,000 middle-class and working-class salaried workers.
Eliminated burdensome taxes on businesses like the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.
Launched Manufacturing PA to support manufacturing and link job training to career pathways to ensure that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement.
Will create an additional 15,000 jobs with the creation of a Shell Cracker Plant in Western Pennsylvania and investment in the Port of Philadelphia.
Cutting red tape for small businesses by creating a one stop shop for state resources.
Created the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office to expand registered apprenticeships and increase participation of non-traditional businesses and under-represented Pennsylvanians.
Increased participation from 725 registered apprenticeship programs and 13,282 registered apprentices to 750 programs and 15,208 apprentices.


Improve Health Care Access and Options

Tom took immediate actions to provide health insurance to more than 720,000 Pennsylvanians by expanding Medicaid, and has reduced the commonwealth’s uninsured rate to 5.6%, the lowest it has ever been.

Tom is fighting efforts in Washington to roll back the progress we have made. He is going to keep working to make sure Pennsylvanians have affordable health care options.

Here’s what he’s done:

Expanded Medicaid, giving an additional 720,000 Pennsylvanians access to health care.
Increased enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program by 22.2 percent. The program now serves more than 180,000 Pennsylvania children.
Legalized medical marijuana, providing long-overdue medical relief to patients with serious medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s Disease.


Protect Older Pennsylvanians

Tom understands that we must provide our seniors with the services they have earned. That’s why he is implementing Community HealthChoices, coordinated health care coverage that will serve more than 400,000 seniors in their homes and communities.

Soon there will be even more opportunities for seniors to stay in their homes because of Tom’s plan. He’s going to keep fighting for Pennsylvania’s seniors and make sure they have the resources they need.

Here’s what he’s done:

Gave 50,000 additional seniors, a 41% increase, the opportunity to age in their homes.
Created the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force to enhance the quality of care for seniors in long-term living facilities.
Modernizing senior centers throughout Pennsylvania to improve security, technology, and enhance programming.
Saved more than 180,000 seniors from losing their Medicare Advantage health plans.
Fighting Republican efforts to institute a health care age tax and roll back prescription drug coverage for seniors.


Improve Transportation and Infrastructure

Pennsylvania is at the center of the largest market in the world, and Tom has worked to make sure Pennsylvania’s infrastructure can move goods and products to market so Pennsylvania businesses can compete globally.

Tom is going to keep investing in new infrastructure and fixing our roads and bridges because as the keystone state, we need to make sure our infrastructure is second to none.

Here’s what he’s done:

Put out 684 bridge contracts and roughly 1,400 contracts for roadway and other improvement projects worth approximately $7.5 billion since January 2015. View transportation construction projects.
Improved travel for people and businesses by restoring 1,600 bridges and improving more than 19,000 miles of roadways.
Announced a $2.1 billion investment in the Road Maintenance and Preservation (Road MaP) initiative which will especially improve Interstates and lower-traffic roadways.


Fight the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Tom has made fighting the opioid crisis a top priority of the administration and is continuing to work across the aisle to address this looming public health issue. Tom has provided funding to implement 45 centers of excellence (COE) throughout the commonwealth that will treat nearly 11,000 people with substance use disorder. Pennsylvania also launched a prescription drug monitoring program that will allow prescribers and dispensers to query and report information regarding the number of opioids prescribed, and to whom and announced new prescribing guidelines for the safe and effective use of opioids.

Recently, Tom signed a Statewide Disaster Declaration to bolster the fight against heroin and opioid epidemic, creating a command center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to track progress and enhance coordination of health and public safety agencies.

Tom is going to keep fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic by focusing more funding on treatment and making sure those who sell drugs in our communities are held accountable.

Here’s what he’s done:

Signed Pennsylvania’s first-of-its-kind Statewide Disaster Declaration for the heroin and opioid epidemic to enhance state response, increase access to treatment, and save lives.
Implemented more than 45 treatment centers that will treat more than 11,000 individuals with substance use disorder.
Expanded Medicaid to more Pennsylvanians, which now covers substance use disorder care for over 125,000 Pennsylvanians.
Secured a $26.5 million federal grant to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services to battle the opioid epidemic.
Equipped law enforcement, first responders, and schools with the overdose-reversing antidote naloxone, reversing nearly 5,000 heroin and opioid overdoses since 2014.
Issued a standing order — a prescription written for the general public, rather than specifically for an individual — for overdose-reversing antidote naloxone.
Strengthened the use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) , which enables health care providers to safely prescribe controlled substances to their patients. 90,000 physicians have conducted more than 1 million searches since the program became operational in 2016.
Launched a 24/7 helpline, 1-800-662-HELP, for those who need immediate assistance with drug and alcohol problems. More than 18,000 Pennsylvanians have contacted the statewide helpline for assistance.


Energy and Environment

Tom has worked to protect Pennsylvania’s air, water, and land through smarter energy policy and conservation. One of Tom’s first actions in office was to reinstate the moratorium on new drilling leases in state forests and parks. He also is working to expand the use of alternative energy like solar and wind.

Tom has also continued to fight for a commonsense severance tax. A majority of Pennsylvanians support a severance tax and Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state in the country without one. Pennsylvanians deserve to share in this prosperity. The special interests that are blocking this commonsense measure are a quintessential example of what’s wrong with Harrisburg.

Here’s what he’s done:

Reinstated the moratorium on new leases for drilling in state parks and forests.
Modernized and strengthened environmental protections at drilling gas sites in Pennsylvania.
Increased oil and gas drilling inspections after switch to electronic process in 2017.
Revived a program to fund new solar projects and the manufacture or assembly of solar equipment in the commonwealth.
Strengthened Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act by requiring that solar renewable energy credits used in Pennsylvania must be generated in Pennsylvania.
Worked to reduce energy consumption and increase renewable energy use in commonwealth buildings, and replace state vehicles with more efficient models.