Weekly Update: Outlining an Ethics Reform Plan, Preventing Campus Sexual Assault, and Safeguarding Pennsylvania Schools

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

March 19, 2018

Ethics Reform
Last week, Governor Wolf unveiled his “Citizens First” ethics reform plan that includes a gift ban for public officials, ‘no budget, no pay’ legislation, public official expense reform, and steps to curb the influence of special interests in Harrisburg.

“Since day one of my administration, I have done things differently and worked to rebuild public trust in the executive branch,” Governor Wolf said. “This proposal enforces strict standards for how Harrisburg operates and it will rebuild trust in government. My plan will make sure that our citizens are the ones calling the shots – not entrenched special interests.”

This initiative is a continuation of Governor Wolf’s efforts to ensure a government that is transparent to all citizens of the commonwealth. The governor refuses a pension and donates his salary to charity, he has banned administration officials and state employees from accepting gifts, signed comprehensive pension reform, and started the Office of Performance through Excellence, an office that builds on initiatives that have saved the commonwealth more than $373 million in the last two years.

Jobs that Pay
Governor Wolf announced $2 million in Business-Education partnerships on Wednesday. These grants will provide students with technical training to help them get good-paying, middle class jobs when they enter the workforce, which remains one of the governor’s key workforce development initiatives.

On Thursday, the governor announced 100 new jobs in Lancaster County through the expansion of Grove Collaborative, Inc.

“Grove’s expansion is excellent news for Lancaster County workers, and we are proud to support a company that places such a high priority on social, environmental, and community well-being,” Governor Wolf said. “These jobs will provide a boost to the Lancaster County economy, and we are excited to watch the company grow right here in Pennsylvania in the years ahead.”

It’s On Us
In January 2016, Governor Wolf announced the launch of “It’s On Us PA” – the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses. Last week, the governor continued to expand this commitment to fighting sexual assault by announcing more than $950,000 in It’s On Us PA grants for 39 postsecondary institutions.

This investment builds on nearly one million dollars in It’s On Us PA grants awarded to 36 Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions last year. Everyone is invited to take the It’s On Us PA pledge and play a role in ending sexual assault.

School Safety
On Thursday, Wolf joined Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to announce a new School Safety Task Force that brings together government officials, statewide education organizations, law enforcement, community members, school officials, teachers, parents, and students to talk about ways to improve school safety and security.

“Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvanians, especially our children, is my top priority as governor,” said Governor Wolf. “I am creating a school safety task force to ensure we are doing everything we can to make sure that our schools are a safe place for our children to learn. By working together and listening to those on the front lines, we can find solutions that will improve school safety, security, and preparedness.”
Governor Wolf’s priorities for the task force include:

  • Hearing from school officials, teachers, parents, students, law enforcement, health professionals, and community partners about their concerns with safety and potential policy changes;
  • Determining additional funding needs for the Office for Safe Schools, security and safety personnel, school counselors and nurses, and additional or upgraded security equipment;
  • Examining effectiveness of student support and physical and mental health programs and information sharing;
  • Evaluating stronger state requirements for active shooter trainings and other security protocols, including current programs offered by the Pennsylvania State Police and other state agencies;
  • Strengthening information and best practice sharing among local schools, law enforcement, health care providers, and human services programs; and
  • Examining new or existing tools to ensure easy and effective anonymous reporting of suspicious activity to law enforcement;

The governor invites all Pennsylvania’s residents to submit their feedback on how to improve school safety online at https://www.governor.pa.gov/school-safety-feedback/.

Governor Wolf’s Week, March 11, 2018 – March 17, 2018

Monday, 3/12/18
Tuesday, 3/13/18
Wednesday, 3/14/18
Thursday, 3/15/18
Friday, 3/16/18

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