Governor Wolf to Participate in PBS NewsHour Livestream Roundtable Conversation
January 28, 2019
Governor Tom Wolf will participate this evening with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on a PBS “NewsHour” livestream roundtable conversation titled, “Divided Nation, United States: Navigating Today’s Partisan Waters.” PBS’s Judy Woodruff will moderate the conversation at Baltimore’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre.
“I’m looking forward to this conversation with my fellow governors,” Gov. Wolf said. “I espouse bipartisanship because that’s what gets things done to help Pennsylvanians. It doesn’t really matter which side you’re on if you’re working to do the right thing. And we’ve been able to ignore party lines to accomplish a lot in the commonwealth.”
Gov. Wolf’s bipartisan accomplishments include:
- Working across party lines on a pension reform compromise bill that contains long-term changes and adds stability to the system, lowering costs and saving the commonwealth up to $20 billion over 30 years.
- Demonstrating his commitment to education by fully restoring $1 billion in education funding cuts made in the previous administration, providing unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and creating PAsmart with a first-of-its kind investment in workforce training and apprenticeship programs.
- Leading a fight against the heroin and opioid crisis, including support for grandparents raising grandchildren due to the opioid crisis and implementing 45 Centers of Excellence treatment centers across the state.
- Focusing on criminal justice reform, including signing:
- The country’s first and only Clean Slate law, allowing for individuals to petition the courts for their records to be sealed if a person has been free from conviction for 10 years for an offense that resulted in a year or more in prison and has paid all court-ordered financial debts.
- A law that extends the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under the previous law.
- A sentencing reform law to eliminate drivers license suspensions for non-driving infractions.
- Taking guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, prohibiting abusers from possessing firearms and requiring them to turn in their guns after a final protection from abuse order is in effect.
- Drafting a state budget that allowed for the first deposit into the Rainy Day fund in more than a decade and bolstered the state’s economy and focused on the workforce through education and skills training.
- A historic liquor reform bill to enhance the customer experience by providing greater convenience and satisfaction, including removing Sunday restrictions and state-mandated holidays, providing options for flexible pricing, and allowing restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores to sell limited quantities of alcohol.
Also, Gov. Wolf has joined a group of bipartisan governors in support of protecting pre-existing conditions in health care and laying out a blueprint to improve our nation’s health care system, among other initiatives.
Watch the livestream here at 7:00 p.m. today.