Weekly Update: Working for Fair Congressional Maps, Saving Taxpayer Dollars, and Revitalizing Communities

January 26, 2018

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania’s Congressional Maps (drawn in 2011) are unconstitutional. The governor expressed his support for fair districts in the commonwealth stating, “I strongly believe that gerrymandering is wrong and consistently have stated that the current maps are unfair to Pennsylvanians. My administration is reviewing the order and we are assessing the executive branch’s next steps in this process.”

Governor Wolf also announced that PAC Worldwide will expand in Northampton County, creating more that 160 new manufacturing jobs for residents in the region. On Tuesday, he pleased to announce his approval for seven business development projects which are projected to create more than 2,300 jobs throughout the commonwealth. The governor continued to listen to business owners, industry leaders, and hardworking Pennsylvanians and announced new manufacturing jobs across the commonwealth.

“Two of the most important components that businesses look for when they’re considering moving or expanding into another state is if the state has a selection of pad-ready sites to choose from, and if it has the energy infrastructure to power their growth,” Governor Wolf said. “These projects approved today address both of those issues, placing Pennsylvania at a competitive advantage over other states and creating thousands of jobs. This is great news for the six counties in which these projects are located.”

On Wednesday, the governor expressed his support for Congress, as they finally reauthorized funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next six years. The governor has advocated for CHIP to be fully funded since its funding expired in September, and he expressed gratitude that 180,000 children across the commonwealth will now have access to high-quality health insurance.

“I am relieved Congress has finally reauthorized this critical program after months of uncertainty for the Pennsylvania families who access health care for their children through CHIP,” Governor Wolf said. “I am thankful to those in Congress who have made CHIP reauthorization a priority.”

Governor Wolf believes that all public officials have a role in making government work better for the citizens of Pennsylvania. He has made Government that Works one of his top priorities, and introduced the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency (GO-TIME) to modernize government. On Tuesday, Governor Wolf released an annual report highlighting more than $217 million in savings for taxpayers during the 2016-17 fiscal year through GO-TIME. Since 2015 this office has saved more than $373 million, while simultaneously improving services for citizens across the commonwealth.

Lastly, as February approaches, the governor issued an official proclamation declaring it Black History Month in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is currently the home of nearly 1.5 million African Americans, and the governor is proud to honor the history and contributions of African American individuals in our state and throughout the nation.

Governor Wolf’s Week, January 21 – January 27, 2018

Monday, 1/22/18
Tuesday, 1/23/18
Wednesday, 1/24/18
Thursday, 1/25/18
Friday, 1/26/18

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