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Action Plan for Pennsylvania

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. Here’s Tom’s plan for Pennsylvania.

Reform Government and Cut Bureaucracy

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

Tom refuses the perks and he’s 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.

Tom's top accomplishments:

Invest In Our Kids and Schools

Our children are Tom’s top priority. Tom has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fully restoring education funding cuts made in the previous administration and providing unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs.

Tom also knows that not every student is going to go to a four-year college. That’s why he made first-of-its-kind investment in workforce training and apprenticeship programs through his PAsmart initiative to improve opportunities for all students in Pennsylvania.

Tom's top accomplishments:

Grow Jobs and Support Workers

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.

Tom continues to push 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's top accomplishments:

Improve Health Care Access and Options

Immediately after taking office, Tom took action to provide health insurance to more than 720,000 Pennsylvanians by expanding Medicaid. The commonwealth’s uninsured rate has since fallen to 5.5 percent, the lowest it has ever been.

Now, 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.

In fact, Tom signed legislation to create a state-based health insurance exchange, increasing access to Pennsylvanians and lowering premiums. The exchange is expected to be operational in 2021.

Tom's top accomplishments:

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 420,000 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.

Tom's top accomplishments:

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.

Tom's top accomplishments:

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 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.

Tom's top accomplishments:

Support Veterans, Active Members, and Military Families

Tom has worked to ensure Pennsylvania provides high-quality services for veterans, while also fighting to ensure the federal government continues its programs and funding to aid veterans and their families. Working with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Tom has worked to bolster its programs, improve services provided to veterans and military families, and fought cuts that would have hurt programs at the department.

Tom is incredibly proud of Pennsylvania’s more than 800,000 veterans and the thousands of active duty men and women putting themselves in harms way and will keep fighting to ensure programs for veterans and military families are protected and improved.

Tom's top accomplishments:

Protect the Environment and Expand Alternative Energy

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.

Tom's top accomplishments:

Grow the Agriculture Industry

Since his days in the Peace Corps, Tom has understood the power of agriculture to change lives. As governor, Tom has focused strategic investments in building the infrastructure we need to expand trade opportunities and meet rapidly growing demand for quality Pennsylvania products at home and abroad.

Tom has also expanded opportunities at every educational level to build the skilled workforce the industry needs to succeed, pointing students toward science, technology, engineering and math careers in agriculture that will be waiting when they finish school.

Tom's top accomplishments:

Fight Inequality

Pennsylvania was founded as a place of tolerance and freedom. But there is still work to be done to make sure all Pennsylvanians have the same opportunities and protections.

Tom is going to keep fighting for equality so that all Pennsylvanians have opportunities to build lives in our commonwealth.

Tom's top accomplishments:

Strengthen Public Safety and Fight Crime

Strengthening public safety is a priority for Tom. His fight against crime has lead to a decrease in Pennsylvania’s crime rate across major categories. In addition, he has signed legislation to protect victims of crimes and made it more difficult for abusers to get guns.

Tom is going to keep working to make Pennsylvania more safe for everyone.

Tom's top accomplishments:

Reform Criminal Justice

Over the last few years, Tom has fought to reform our criminal justice system and has signed legislation to make it easier for Pennsylvanians to transition from incarceration. His work has lead to a decrease in prison populations while reducing Pennsylvania’s crime rate.

Tom is going to keep working to make the justice system more fair and effective.

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