first_img December 31, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Why I Vetoed the GOP’s Plan to Cut Education By: Governor Tom Wolf 2. The Republican budget does not balance.This budget spends $30.3 billion dollars without sufficient revenues to pay for it. Assuming that we would certify the current year revenue estimate at the amount recommended by the Independent Fiscal Office earlier this month, if I signed this bill, the commonwealth would end the year over a half a billion dollars out of balance.There is already $2.3 billion structural deficit, and the Republican budget increases it even more. It will lead to more credit downgrades and fiscal instability in Pennsylvania. Bottom line: It is not responsible.BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT 12/29For the first time in years, we have an opportunity to change the status quo. We have a real chance to make historic investments in schools, truly balance the budget, and begin to fix the deficit. Now, the Republican legislature must return to work immediately and pass a real budget for Pennsylvania. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfWatch Governor Wolf’s remarks on rejecting the Republican plan to cut education (and read the transcript of the remarks). Budget News,  The Blog Earlier this week, I used my line item veto power to veto the Republican plan to cut education by $95 million, while also taking action to ensure that schools received money owed to them through December 31.There are many reasons why this budget is wrong for Pennsylvania, but these are the big reasons why I vetoed part of the GOP’s plan:1. The Republican budget underfunds education.Instead of finally providing funding for our schools, Republicans cut $95 million for local school districts. After $1 billion in budget cuts to our schools over the past several years, this budget makes it even worse.Republicans continue to refuse to adequately fund Pre-K through 12 education and their budget fails to fund over $305 million in school construction reimbursements. The Republican’s failure to provide school construction funding to local school districts and the commonwealth’s inability to responsibly issue debt — which is a result of past Republican budgets built on gimmicks that led to a multi-billion dollar deficit — will lead to a direct cost to the school districts. This will wipe out any marginal funding increases for local school districts.The Republicans did not pass legislation to provide funding for Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher learning including Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Lincoln, and the Penn Vet School, leaving them completely without state funding.They did not pass a fiscal code or a school code.last_img read more


first_img 2016 In Review,  Round-Up,  The Blog,  Year in Review With the year coming to an end, Pennsylvania state agencies have released their 2016 accomplishments to highlight the progress made by each agency this year.Since taking office, Governor Wolf has focused on three priorities for his administration; creating Jobs That Pay, funding Schools That Teach, and providing a Government That Works for all Pennsylvanians. State agencies are essential in helping Governor Wolf implement and improve programs that move these three initiatives and Pennsylvania forward.Some highlighted accomplishments of 2016 include:Select an agency to see full list of 2016 accomplishments.Department of EducationHelping the governor implement a new fair-funding formula and to secure a historic $640 million increase in funding for Pennsylvania schools.Department of Labor & IndustryIncreasing access to workforce training and development through programs, such as the Pennsylvania’s Apprenticeship Initiative.Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentAnnouncing the completion of 58 projects through the Governor’s Action Team that will enhance job creation and investments across the Commonwealth.Department of HealthWorking to implement Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program and working collaboratively with other state agencies to tackle the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania.Department of Human ServicesEstablishing Centers of Excellence to treat individuals suffering from Substance Use Disorder and increasing the number of Pennsylvanian’s enrolled for healthcare benefits.Department of Drug and Alcohol ProgramsImplementing a “warm hand-off” policy to ensure that overdose survivors are directed into treatment and providing drug take-back boxes across the state so Pennsylvanian’s can properly dispose of unwanted prescriptions.Department of AgingHosting several community forums statewide to receive feedback from thousands of stakeholders on how to enhance the lives of older Pennsylvanians and working with the Department of Human Services to rollout Community HealthChoices to improve long-term care in Pennsylvania.Department of Military and Veterans AffairsCoordinating efforts to place more than 2,500 homeless veterans into permanent housing and working with Governor Wolf to enact several bills that support the military and veterans, such as increased pay for state active duty.Insurance DepartmentAnnouncing savings of $2.7 million by making changes in investment managers fees.Department of TransportationImproving customer service by reducing wait times at Driver License Centers and creating a new mobile app for Driver License examiners and construction inspectors.Department of Banking and SecuritiesAnnouncing a new program designed to identify and protect Pennsylvania seniors from financial abuse.Office of AdministrationPublishing the first annual report of accomplishments for the Governor’s Office of Transportation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency (GO-TIME), highlighting projects that helped save over $156 million for taxpayers.Department of StateAnnouncing that nearly 900,000 Pennsylvanians registered to vote by the October registration deadline by using Online Voter Registration.Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesIssuing its State Forest Management Plan that will help protect and sustain Pennsylvania’s forests.Department of Environmental ProtectionImplementing mine land reclamation projects to put coal miners back to work and continuing to improve investments in Pennsylvania’s energy economy YEAR IN REVIEW SHARE TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant December 18, 2016 Pennsylvania State Agencies Release 2016 Accomplishments (Round-Up)last_img read more