Weekly Update: Outlining Election Reform, Investing in Infrastructure, and PhilaPort
April 02, 2018
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.”
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
- Governor Wolf Announces 21st Century Voting Reform Plan for Pennsylvania
- Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event
- Governor Wolf, Senator Casey: Philadelphia Crane Arrival Highlights Success of Port Growth
- Wolf Administration Unveils Public/Private Partnership to Address Opioid Crisis Through Data
- Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million for Teacher in the Workplace Grants Now Available
- Governor Wolf Announces New Investments in Rail Infrastructure, Supporting Business Development and 400 Jobs Statewide
- Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvania
- First Lady Frances Wolf Joins Adjutant General and Pennsylvania Commission for Women to Honor Female Veterans During Women’s History Month
- Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Releases AAPI Language Education Schools (AAPLES) Initiative
Highlight from the Blog
Highlights from Twitter
Every Pennsylvania voter deserves a voice in Harrisburg. That’s why I’ve announced a new plan that removes barriers to participating in our elections and makes sure that votes are not diluted by gerrymandered districts or special interests. https://t.co/50r25TvcOz pic.twitter.com/NcRytJcMw5
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 28, 2018
PA’s #MMJ program has been operating for just over a month, and thousands of patients have already received medication at an approved dispensary. By allowing PA medical schools to study #MMJ, this next phase of our program will make PA a leader in this important research. https://t.co/V4RvEgj8Di
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 27, 2018