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Gov. Wolf uses Elizabethtown College’s solar field to tout new law to boost in-state solar

by AD CRABLE, Lancaster Online, Nov 13 2017

With Elizabethtown College’s large solar array as a backdrop, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday called new state legislation designed to boost renewable solar energy a “game-changer.”

Last week, Wolf signed into law changes to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards, which since 2005 have required an increasing percentage of electricity used in Pennsylvania to be produced from alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, biofuels and methane captured from landfills.

By 2021, some 18 percent of all electricity will have to come from alternative energy sources. At least one-half a percent must be from solar. Currently, 13 percent of electricity in the state is from renewable sources.

However, Pennsylvania was one of two states with alternative-energy requirements that allowed renewable energy to be generated from out of state.

Currently, 26 percent of the solar renewable energy used in Pennsylvania is generated from outside the state’s borders.

That has resulted in a glut of solar power from out of state being offered for sale through credits. The new legislation still allows solar energy to be purchased from out of state but it cannot earn credits….

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Gov. Wolf on House Republicans: ‘I’m not going to play their games anymore’

by Angela Couloumbis & Liz Navratil, philly.com, 10/4/17

HARRISBURG — Saying he was fed up with the inability of House Republicans to finish work on balancing the Pennsylvania budget, Gov. Wolf on Wednesday said that he will borrow more than $1 billion against the state’s liquor revenues.

“Too many Republicans in the legislature are focused on the 2018 elections — they’d rather see me fail than Pennsylvania succeed,” the Democratic governor said at a news conference in the Capitol. “I’m not going to play their games anymore.”

The shift in tone raised the prospect of a long fall of recriminations and increasing anxiety for schools, local governments, and others who depend on state funds.

Wolf said the House should immediately pass an extraction tax on natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale — a measure he believes will help end the state’s more than three-month-long budget stalemate. GOP leaders’ refusal to consider a shale tax shows that they are beholden to special interests, the governor said….

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Gov. Wolf tours Coatesville revitalization projects supported by state investment

by Ginger Dunbar, Daily Local News, 9/9/17

COATESVILLE >> Gov. Tom Wolf visited Coatesville on Friday to tour the revitalization projects, including the Coatesville Gateway Redevelopment Project and the new Coatesville Train Station project.

Wolf said that progress breeds more progress and he is excited to see what happens. The projects were funded through a combination of sources including the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and federal and private sources.

“When a community gets revitalized, not only does it improve the quality of life for the people who live and work here, but it attracts more development that will spur the local economy,” Wolf said. “I’m excited to see how Coatesville will continue to transform itself for years to come.”…

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Happy Labor Day from Governor Wolf

As Labor Day comes to a close, I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on all the incredible things working people have done to build our state.

I’ve always believed that a vibrant, healthy community requires good-paying jobs and a thriving, secure middle class — and the foundation for rebuilding Pennsylvania’s middle class is laid by making working men and women the keystone of any initiative to turn our commonwealth around.

As a former business owner, I know that if you listen to workers and treat them right with living wages, good benefits, and safe working conditions, we all benefit. That’s why my former company shares 20-30% of its profits with the workers who help make the business successful.

And that’s why, as governor, I’m working to empower working people and create jobs that pay. I’ve signed an executive order that ensures employees and contractors working for state agencies will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour and I’ve called on the state Legislature to raise the wage across the commonwealth.

Unfortunately, Harrisburg politicians, some of whom are running for governor, refuse to pass a law to raise the minimum wage across the state, leaving many families struggling to make ends meet. It’s unacceptable.

I hope I can count on you in the fights ahead.

Thanks for being a part of the fight to build a brighter future for Pennsylvania,