Governor Wolf’s Week, July 10 – July 16, 2016

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

July 15, 2016

This week, the governor signed legislation to finalize the 2016-17 budget that invests in our schools, dedicates funding to fight the opioid epidemic, and reduces the deficit. In less than two years, Governor Wolf has made significant progress to move Pennsylvania forward.

In this compromise, bi-partisan budget, Governor Wolf was able to secure an additional $200 million in basic education funding, as well as a $30 million increase for early childhood education, a $20 million increase for special education, and a $10 million increase for early intervention, and a nearly $40 million increase for higher education. Working with the legislature, Governor Wolf has secured historic increases in less than two years.

Governor Wolf was able to work with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the budget to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis and expand treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. This critical funding will enable the Department of Human Services, during phase one, to implement 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence that will treat approximately 4,500 people that currently are not able to access treatment.

When Governor Wolf took office, Pennsylvania was facing a deficit of more than $2 billion, and while we have more work to do, today, the commonwealth’s deficit has been significantly reduced.

Over the past 18 months, Governor Wolf has achieved significant progress to move Pennsylvania forward. Working with a Republican dominated legislature, Governor Wolf has secured over half a billion dollars in new money for schools along with a fair funding formula that will help school districts that need it the most. He has also won reforms that have languished for decades like modernizing the sale of beer and wine, the legalization of Medical Marijuana, and the phase out of the capital stock and franchise tax. In just under two years, and with a sometime adversarial legislative body, it is clear that Governor Wolf has secured significant victories and is making progress to move Pennsylvania forward.

When Governor Wolf took office, he inherited a commonwealth moving backwards as a result of bad policies, misguided decision-making and budgets built gimmicks and smoke and mirrors.

  • Schools were suffering from devastating cuts that resulted in larger class sizes, mass layoffs of educators, and cuts to important programs.
  • The commonwealth was 1 of 3 states that did not have a fair funding formula.
  • Medicaid expansion was an unbridled maze of bureaucratic red tape.
  • Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis had grown to represent our biggest public health crisis in our lifetime.
  • Liquor reform had languished for decades.
  • Medical marijuana had been debated for years with no action; and
  • Citizen’s legitimate environmental concerns had been neglected.
  • Our deficit had grown to more than $2 billion.

Governor Wolf has fought hard to turn things around and worked with the legislature to move the commonwealth forward, and in less than two years, he has made significant progress.

Governor Wolf’s Week, July 10 – July 16, 2016

Sunday, 7/10/16
Monday, 7/11/16
Tuesday, 7/12/16
Wednesday, 7/13/16
Thursday, 7/14/16
Friday, 7/15/16

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