Weekly Update: Protecting Students, Creating Jobs, and Expanding Broadband Access to All Pennsylvanians

March 26, 2018

Expanding Broadband

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.”

Gun Safety

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

Monday, 3/19/18

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

Tuesday, 3/20/18

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

Wednesday, 3/21/18

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

Thursday, 3/22/18

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

Friday, 3/23/18

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

Highlights from the Blog:

Governor Wolf Announces Initiative to Expand Broadband Access (Round-up)
March for our Lives Day, 2018

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