Priorities for Pennsylvania

Priorities for Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf is a leader who consistently takes on the status quo to help middle-class families. He is acting on his plan to change Harrisburg and moving Pennsylvania forward.

Since taking office, Governor Wolf has been focused on one simple goal: Help Pennsylvanians build better lives for themselves and their families. Here are some of the major ways the Wolf Administration has helped build a stronger Pennsylvania.

Investing in Students and Education

  • Established the Public School Fair Funding Formula to help address chronic inequitable and inadequate funding for school districts in the commonwealth.
  • Invested more than $1.9 billion in schools, including the largest single-year education funding increase in state history in 2021.
  • Invested $116 million in science, computer science and technical education, including $80 million in the innovative PAsmart program, and $36 million in apprenticeships and workforce training.
  • Reduced the compulsory attendance age for schools to 6 and raised the high school dropout age to 18 to set students up for a lifetime of success.
  • Established a School Safety Task Force and invested more than $130 Million in School Safety Grants to make schools and school communities safer.
  • Launched first-of-its-kind “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention initiative to help colleges and universities prevent sexual assault and establish campus cultures where sexual assault and harassment are not tolerated.
  • Signed first-of-its-kind Pennsylvania GI Bill into law to help the children and spouses of Pennsylvania National Guard members afford a post-secondary education.
  • Implemented the Level Up initiative to provide targeted funding to the 100 most underfunded school districts in Pennsylvania.
  • Ensured Pennsylvanians would no longer need to pay state income tax on student loan debt relief from the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program and the Pennsylvania Student Loan Relief for Nurses (SLRN) Program.

November 22, 2019 | Governor Wolf visiting students at Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Head Start and PreK Counts Program in Baldwin High School, where a state grant provided STEM education to preschool students.

Improving Health Care Quality and Accessibility

  • Legalized Medical Marijuana, which provides help to nearly 400,000 Pennsylvanians with serious medical conditions.
  • Strengthened parity laws requiring insurers to provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment coverage that is comparable to physical health services.
  • Established Pennie, Pennsylvania’s state-based health care marketplace, to provide affordable health care coverage to Pennsylvanians with first-rate customer service and a reinsurance program to reduce costs over time.
  • Signed significant bills and established the Opioid Command Center to combat the opioid epidemic.
  • Established a standing order to make naloxone more accessible and reduce tragic overdose deaths.
  • Expanded Medicaid, helping 2.2 million low-income and working Pennsylvanians access high-quality, affordable health care since 2015.
  • Created Community HealthChoices to provide seniors and Pennsylvanians with disabilities the support and services they need to maintain greater independence and age in place.
  • Extended postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days postpartum to one full year. This extended coverage will help ensure mothers are getting the care they need.

April 17, 2016 | Governor Wolf celebrates with advocates after signing into law the bill legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Reforming the Criminal Justice System

July 14, 2020 | Governor Wolf with lawmakers after signing into law House bills 1841 and 1910 — the first two pieces of legislation from the governor’s police reform executive actions announced in the wake of the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Ensuring Free and Fair Elections

January 30, 2018 | Governor Wolf at a non-partisan redistricting listening session in State College.

Protecting the Environment

September 6, 2019 | Governor Wolf at a groundbreaking ceremony in Franklin County for one of the largest solar projects in Pennsylvania.

Creating Jobs and Supporting Workers

January 7, 2019 | Governor Wolf meeting apprentices at Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 in Pittsburgh, where he talked about Pennsylvania’s job training and workforce development initiatives.

Establishing Government Reform

January 20, 2015 | Governor Wolf being sworn in for his first term as governor. His first actions included signing an executive order later that day instituting a gift ban for executive branch employees.