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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.

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. 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 $2.2 billion in government waste from the state budget and consolidated agencies.

Tom turned a $2.5 billion deficit into a surplus and made the first Rainy Day Fund deposit in nearly a decade.

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.

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 made first-of-its-kind investment in workforce training and apprenticeship programs through his PAsmart initiative to improve opportunities for all students in Pennsylvania.

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 created 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.

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 percent, 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.

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.

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.

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 to date have provided a level-of-care assessment for substance use disorder tomore than 11,000 individuals, providing treatment to 71 percent of individuals in the first year of implementation.

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 renewed his 90-day opioid disaster declaration to continue to bolster the fight against heroin and opioid epidemic without interrupting ongoing initiatives that were introduced since the initial declaration in January 2018.

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.

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.

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