Weekly Update: Outlining Election Reform, Investing in Infrastructure, and PhilaPort

April 02, 2018

Election Reform
Since taking office, Governor Wolf has launched online voter registration, a new program to get high school seniors to register to vote, and a voter information texting initiative. Last Monday, Governor Wolf built on these initiatives when he introduced a 21st century voting reform plan, which included a proposal to advance voting rights by offering same day voter registration, automatic voter registration, and modernizing absentee ballots. This plan also proposed new campaign finance laws, restrictions on Political Action Committees, and establishment of an independent, bi-partisan commission to create future electoral maps.

“To rebuild trust in Harrisburg, we must have fair and accessible elections for all citizens from our rural communities to our big cities,” said Governor Wolf. “These reforms have been championed by House and Senate Democrats to modernize our voting laws and put the people of Pennsylvania back in control of our elections. It’s time to remove barriers to voting, end gerrymandering, and curb special interests.”

Port Development
On Tuesday, Governor Wolf joined with Senator Bob Casey to celebrate the recent arrival of the first two super post-Panamax cranes at the Port of Philadelphia. The arrival of the cranes marks another significant milestone since the governor announced in 2016 his plan to invest more than $300 million in PhilaPort’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment.

“Pennsylvania’s ports are vital to the economic success of the entire commonwealth and I will continue to invest in our assets that strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy and support new job growth,” said Governor Wolf. “The new cranes positioned along Philadelphia’s waterfront will serve as a visual reminder that business is booming in Pennsylvania.”

Governor Wolf announced the approval of 27 rail improvement projects on Tuesday. These investments will sustain more than 400 jobs across PA and create more opportunities for job creation and the expansion of our extensive rail freight system. For a complete list of newly approved rail freight projects click here.

Governor Wolf’s Week, March 25–31, 2018

Monday, 3/26/18

Tuesday, 3/27/18

Wednesday, 3/28/18

Thursday, 3/29/18

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