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Weekly Update: Advocating for Fair Congressional Maps, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, Betting on the Eagles

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

February 02, 2018

Redistricting

This past week, Governor Wolf held three non-partisan listening sessions to receive feedback from Pennsylvania residents on gerrymandering in the commonwealth. He was in State College on Tuesday, Philadelphia on Wednesday, and Pittsburgh on Thursday. The governor listened to the concerns of faculty and students, community officials, and constituents, and will use this feedback to ensure that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts are fair for every voter in the commonwealth.

“It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” said Governor Wolf. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”

The governor also opened his website to comments from the public on Thursday. He invited all individuals to share their opinion to ensure that their voice is heard.

Opioid Epidemic

On Monday, the governor continued his fight against the opioid epidemic when he urged the General Assembly to consider a set of pending bills aimed at furthering the key initiatives and messages of the governor’s 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration. These pieces of legislation would limit prescriptions for opioids, allow home and hospice staff to dispose of unused prescriptions, and allow those suffering from substance abuse disorder to be subject to mandatory evaluation and treatment.

“I encourage the legislature to make passage of these bills a priority. And I thank the General Assembly for passage of recent legislation and those lawmakers who have taken the initiative to draft new legislation. I commend them for sharing my commitment to help even more Pennsylvanians fight the disease of addiction and look forward to continuing our work together to combat this crisis.”

Education

Education remains one of the governor’s top priorities, and he demonstrated his commitment to our public schools again on Friday, when he announced that he will reaffirm his commitment to education funding in next week’s budget address. Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal for education will include:

  • $100 million increase in Basic Education;
  • $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start;
  • $20 million increase for Special Education;
  • $15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and
  • $10 million for Career and Technical Education
Philadelphia Eagles

On Wednesday, Governor Wolf emphasized his confidence that the Philadelphia Eagles will bring home their first Super Bowl win by announcing a friendly wager with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Governor Wolf waged some ‘Philly Favorites’ including donuts from Federal Donuts, scrapple from Reading Terminal Market, and pizza from Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. Governor Baker’s wager included clam chowder from Legal’s Seafood, Craisins from Ocean Spray, and apple cider donuts from Smolak Farms.

“I am proud of the work, determination and Pennsylvania grit that the Eagles have displayed and I look forward to rooting them on to victory in Minnesota. Thankfully, all Pennsylvanians can unite in one thing this weekend: rooting for a Patriots’ loss,” Governor Wolf said.

Governor Wolf’s Week, January 28, 2018 – February 3, 2018

Monday, 1/29/18
Tuesday, 1/30/18
Wednesday, 1/31/18
Thursday, 2/1/18
Friday, 2/2/18

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