Weekly Update: Protecting Students, Creating Jobs, and Expanding Broadband Access to All Pennsylvanians
March 26, 2018
Last week, Governor Wolf announced a new initiative that will expand broadband access to businesses and households in Pennsylvania, ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to high-speed internet by 2022.
“High-Speed Internet access is essential to growing our economy, expanding educational opportunities for our children, increasing access to modern healthcare, and improving the safety of our communities,” said Governor Wolf. “For Pennsylvania to succeed we must close the digital divide ensuring every citizen and business has the access it needs to connect to the ever-expanding digital world in which we live and work.”
The governor announced the Pennsylvania Broadband Incentive Program which will offer up to $35 million in financial incentives to private providers bidding on service areas within Pennsylvania in the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming Connect America Fund Phase II Auction.
Fighting the Opioid Crisis
On Thursday, Governor Wolf announced that synthetic fentanyl-related substances are now classified as Schedule I drugs, making them illegal substances. This move is one of many made by the Wolf Administration to combat the opioid epidemic. Earlier in the week the governor unveiled the PA Overdose Information Network, which is a centralized location where police, public safety, and healthcare professionals can track overdoses, naloxone administration, and investigative drug information. This network allows individuals on the front lines of this epidemic to better track and share all types of information related to opioid abuse in their communities.
Jobs that Pay
Last week the governor announced that Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania will create 38 new jobs by expanding its operation in Reading, Berks County. He also announced on Friday that SUPERVALU selected Harrisburg for its new facility, creating 350 new jobs.
“Any time a large employer like SUPERVALU chooses to expand in Pennsylvania, not only is it fantastic news for our workers, but it’s more evidence that Pennsylvania has the workforce and business climate that makes companies want to grow here,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration is looking forward to building on our efforts to support our business climate in the years ahead so companies like SUPERVALU can continue to thrive. I applaud SUPERVALU for choosing to expand in the commonwealth.”
On Friday, the governor sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation praising recent gun safety measures in the federal omnibus bill and pushing for further action, including banning military-style weapons like the one used in the Parkland shooting tragedy.
The letter states, “Law enforcement officials throughout the commonwealth support these bans. They know that ending the sale of these weapons will make our communities safer. Had Congress not allowed a ban on these weapons to expire in 2004, the deaths that have occurred in Orlando, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook or Parkland may have never happened. These tragedies are becoming far too common. You must act to prevent another town being added to this list.
“I know that these measures will not prevent all tragedies. However, we cannot use that as an excuse to not act to protect our constituents.”
The governor also proclaimed Saturday, March 24, “March for Our Lives Day” in Pennsylvania with many local events planned in the commonwealth in support of the Washington D.C. march. March for Our Lives supporters are primarily young people asking their representatives to make their safety a priority and address gun violence in our schools and communities.
Earlier this month, Governor Wolf and Auditor General DePasquale launched the school safety task force, bringing together community members to talk about improving school safety and security.
Governor Wolf’s Week, March 18, 2018 – March 24, 2018
• Governor Wolf Announces New Initiative to Expand Broadband Access
• Wolf Administration Unveils PA Overdose Information Network
• Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on New Congressional Map Staying in Place
• Governor Wolf Announces Funding Increase for Municipal Road Projects
• Governor Wolf Applauds PA Senate Action on Domestic Violence Legislative Package
• Governor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Berks County Through Expansion of Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania
• Wolf Administration Monitoring Potential Impacts from Snowstorm Forecast for Parts of Pennsylvania
• Governor Wolf’s Statement on the Confirmation of Health, Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretaries, Insurance Commissioner
• Governor Wolf Announces PEMA to Activate Commonwealth Response Coordination Center in Response to Ongoing Winter Storm
• Governor Wolf Provides Storm Update on Visit to Philadelphia PennDOT Maintenance Facility
• Governor Wolf: Attempt to Impeach Judges is Undemocratic
• Governor Wolf Announces Extension of Tri-State Shale Coalition Agreement to Maximize Benefits of Natural Gas Resources
• Governor Wolf and PEMA Provide Storm Update
• Wolf Administration Takes Step to Help Law Enforcement Combat Synthetic Fentanyl
• Governor Wolf Announces Approval of 11 Projects to Assist Local Governments with Municipal Planning and Shared Services
• Wolf Administration Previews 2018 North Central Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects
• Governor Wolf Appoints Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick Acting State Police Commissioner
• Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony
• Governor Wolf Pushes Congress on Gun Safety, Proclaims “March for Our Lives Day” in Pennsylvania
• Governor Wolf Announces New SUPERVALU Facility in Dauphin County, Creating Approximately 350 Jobs
• Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event
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For PA to succeed, we must close the digital divide and ensure every citizen and business has the high-speed internet access they need to connect to the digital world in which we live and work. https://t.co/2cfbasH67r
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 19, 2018
Thanks to two court decisions today, Pennsylvania now has a fair congressional map. This is great news for our democracy — we can now move forward from the days of partisan gerrymandering and ensure that Pennsylvania voters are heard at the polls. pic.twitter.com/83fOryUX1j
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 19, 2018
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