Weekly Update: Introducing ‘It’s On Us’ Legislation, Supporting Business and Economic Development Projects, Advocating for Affordable Health Care for Pennsylvanians

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

September 08, 2017

On Wednesday, Governor Wolf was joined by lawmakers, advocates, and students to announce the upcoming introduction of a six-bill legislative package that will work to combat sexual violence in K-12 schools and on college campuses. After the governor’s announcement of this legislative package, it was announced the U.S. Department of Education is considering revoking current policies that are in place to protect victims of sexual violence and assault. Governor Wolf sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking her to reconsider and preserve these policies that have increased transparency, safety, and support for victims.

Governor Wolf and his administration continue to support workforce and economic development across the commonwealth. On Tuesday, the governor traveled to Allegheny county where he announced a new partnership at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) that will fund construction of a new workforce training center at the college’s campus. The governor also announced state support through the Commonwealth Cornerstone Group that will help fund the transformation of Pittsburgh’s south side historic terminal buildings into “The Highline,” a revitalization project that will serve as an economic catalyst for the area.

On Friday, Governor Wolf joined community leaders in Coatesville for a walking tour of redevelopment and revitalization projects that received support through state investments. The governor also announced five small business projects across the commonwealth that received low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.

Ensuring that Pennsylvanians receive quality and affordable health care continues to be a top priority for the Wolf Administration. After Governor Wolf joined a bipartisan group of governors on a letter sent to Congress last week, Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Human Services and former Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on the immediate need for stability in the individual market and targeted fixes that would improve the Affordable Care Act.

On Thursday, Governor Wolf toured renovations at Bryn Mawr hospital and met with hospital board members and staff to discuss Main Line Health System’s strategic plans and healthcare delivery transformation. Following his discussion at Bryn Mawr, Governor Wolf toured Planned Parenthood’s Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center in Philadelphia where he met with volunteers and staff to thank them for their roles in defeating the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act and for their advocacy on behalf of women’s health care.

Governor Wolf’s Week, September 3, 2017 – September 9, 2017

Monday, 9/4/17
Tuesday, 9/5/17
Wednesday, 9/6/17
Thursday, 9/7/17
Friday, 9/8/17

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