Category Archives: PA Governor & candidates

Governor Wolf supports a special session for redistricting

reply to constituents, 7/11/18

Thank you for contacting me regarding a special session for redistricting. I believe that the commonwealth’s greatest resource is its citizens, and you have proven that in your dedication to the issues that matter to you.

Pennsylvania needs a government that restores faith in the fundamental notion that our democracy still works. Even before I had the honor of being elected Governor, I supported removing politics from redistricting, as well as a true independent commission to draw Pennsylvania’s lines. Though bills have advanced in the legislature to address this issue, I urge leaders in the General Assembly to come together to finalize a compromise before the end of the month. If they do, I am ready to call a special session for a vote on a consensus, bipartisan redistricting reform proposal.

Time is of the essence. I have always been committed to fair process and continue to be ready and willing to work with the House and Senate to truly reform our system. To this end, I urge you to contact your representative and senator to tell them to address this issue. The General Assembly must take action so that Pennsylvanians can have a fair system.

I hope that you will continue to be an example of responsibility and engaged citizenry for all. To learn more about how I am making a new way forward for Pennsylvania, please feel free to visit www.governor.pa.gov, follow me on Twitter at @GovernorTomWolf, and visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/governorwolf.

Sincerely,

TOM WOLF
Governor

Ask Gov Wolf to call special session to end gerrymandering in PA

Fair Districts PA (you can sign a petition there)

State lawmakers left unfinished business when they recessed for the summer. They didn’t pass (or even hold a vote on) a bill that would end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania by amending our state Constitution to put in place a state legislative and congressional redistricting process that is independent, fair and transparent.

Join Fair Districts PA in asking Governor Wolf to call a special session on redistricting starting July 9.

The special session would allow the bipartisan prime sponsors of Senate Bill 22, House Bill 722 and House Bill 2402 to propose their bills again – bills that garnered more co-sponsors and support than any other legislation introduced this session. The bills would include all the best new safeguards, negotiated provisions and a new nonpartisan failsafe.

This critical reform could pass if legislators come back AND we continue to focus public attention and pressure on the process.

We cannot afford to delay action for another decade. Write and call Governor Wolf today.

To learn more, please read Fair Districts PA’s open letter to Governor Wolf.

Stop them from defunding Planned Parenthood

from Governor Tom Wolf, Jun 10, 2018

All women deserve access to comprehensive health care and the best medical advice available from their doctors — without needing a permission slip from Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

But the Trump administration has proposed a new policy that would cut off access to care for millions of women and would demand that doctors and clinics that receive federal funding withhold information about health care options. And if clinics like Planned Parenthood choose to put their patients first and refuse to follow the new guidance, they could be defunded.

This misguided policy is a backdoor plan to defund Planned Parenthood and will put the health of women in jeopardy. That’s why I’ll do everything in my power to stop it.

I recently joined 13 governors across the country in asking Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to reject this new policy that will harm women. Now I’m asking you to join me in taking action.

Tell HHS Secretary Alex Azar: “Don’t defund Planned Parenthood.” Sign your name now.

As Pennsylvania’s governor, I’ve stood with women and with Planned Parenthood and even served as a Planned Parenthood clinic escort before I was elected because I believe we must protect women’s rights to make their own medical decisions.

But President Trump, on the other hand, is playing politics with women’s health.

I’m ready to fight Donald Trump and his backwards agenda with everything I have. But I need you with me.

Join me in sending a message: We can not defund Planned Parenthood.

Thanks for standing with me,

Tom

Governor Wolf Orders U.S., Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Memorial Day

Governor Tom Wolf, May 25, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the United States and Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex and statewide to fly at half-staff in honor of Memorial Day from sunrise to noon on Monday, May 28, 2018.

On this day, America recognizes and honors the men and women of the United States armed forces who died in service to their country.

“On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember the men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives while carrying out their duties to protect and preserve the freedoms, values and well-being of our country,” said Governor Wolf. “We cannot put into words the gratitude and respect we have for these individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice to make the world a safer place for future generations.”

All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.