Weekly Update: Combatting the Opioid Crisis, Creating Jobs, and Promoting Skills Training

April 30, 2018

Gun Safety

Last Monday, Governor Wolf joined Acting State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick to urge passage of commonsense gun safety legislation, including background checks on all gun purchases in Pennsylvania.

“I am calling on the legislature to take up additional commonsense gun reform bills that will help us close dangerous loopholes and keep weapons out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to Pennsylvania’s citizens,” said Governor Wolf.

In addition to universal background checks by State Police, the governor urged the House to pass Senate Bill 501, which would prevent domestic abusers with protection from abuse orders against them from owning or possessing guns.

Jobs that Pay

On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced that IRIS USA will create 95 new jobs in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. He also announced on Tuesday that USSC Group will create more than 240 new jobs in Chester County. Announcing these jobs builds on the governor’s Jobs that Pay initiative, which has made significant investments in 21st century manufacturing and strengthening the middle class.

Opioid Crisis

On Thursday, Governor Wolf announced new executive action to continue addressing the opioid crisis and the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription opioids within the Workers’ Compensation system. For a full list of these actions, click here. Earlier that day he announced that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Protection’s PA Get Help Now helpline fielded 1,700 more calls in the first quarter of 2018 than the final quarter of 2017. This increase in calls resulted in 846 more people in the first quarter of 2018 getting directly connected to treatment that can lead toward recovery.

Governor Wolf was also able to announce on Wednesday that Pennsylvania received $26.5 million in federal funding to continue our fight against the opioid crisis.

“The opioid and heroin crisis has hit Pennsylvania hard and this crisis doesn’t discriminate – it hits every age group, every creed, color, and income level,” Governor Wolf said. “Leftover opioids can be sold or misused by family members, leading to even more people affected by their presence. That’s why I strongly encourage all Pennsylvanians to look through your medicine cabinets and take the proactive step to keep your homes and your loved ones safe.”

Fighting the opioid crisis remains one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities, and the steps taken this week will build on his initiatives. Learn more about Governor Wolf’s action plan to combat the opioid epidemic and use the administration’s guide to learn how to treat and prevent opioid addiction.


On Friday, Governor Wolf toured Monroe Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) to announce a $510,000 grant, and discuss his first-of-its-kind PAsmart proposal, which will invest in a highly skilled workforce for the 21st century economy. As part of the governor’s 2018-19 budget proposal, PAsmart would invest $50 million to help workers get the skills and education for jobs in growing industries. More information on the PAsmart program is available here.

Governor Wolf’s Week, April 22–28, 2018

Monday, 4/23/18

Tuesday, 4/24/18

Wednesday, 4/25/18

Thursday, 4/26/18

Friday, 4/27/18

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