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Tom Wolf

Party: Democrat
Position: Governor
In office since: 2015
Next election: 2022
Previous occupations: Owner of Wolf Organization; head of the PA Department of Revenue
Websites:
Official
Ballotpedia
Contact Information:
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-787-2500
Email

Governance

  • Singed pension reform

  • Established the Office of Performance through Excellence, which gives State employees methods of increasing efficiency and improve services

  • Created an online voter registration system

  • Made civil service skills assessments more accessible by placing them online

Ethics

  • On his first day, signed an executive order prohibiting Sate employees from accepting gifts

  • Requires cabinet secretaries to post their expenses online every month

  • Advocates for fairer redistricting to end gerrymandering

  • Made it a requirement for lobbying groups to post their disclosures online and increased penalties for late filing

Education

  • Restored funding levels to their levels prior to former Governor Corbett’s $1 billion cuts

  • Created standards for computer science education

  • Signed a “Fair Funding” bill into law to create a funding formula that takes into account aspects such as the local poverty level and the ability to raise local tax revenue when deciding education funding

  • Reformed standardized testing so it’s less cumbersome

  • Created initiatives to encourage focusing on STEM

Economy

  • Signed legislation that increases the pay threshold for receiving paid overtime. This had not been updated in 40 years, and was at $24,000. It will now be $47,000 in several years, and increase every three years.

  • Eliminated the Capital Stock Tax and Franchise Tax to encourage small business growth

  • Created several initiatives to expand apprenticeships and access to the trades

  • Signed legislation allowing for cultivation of industrial hemp

  • Created plans and initiatives for the diary industry and other farms

  • Supports increasing the minimum wage to $12 an hour, then increasing it incrementally to $15 an hour by 2025

Healthcare

  • Expanded Medicaid to 720,000 more eligible participants

  • Increased enrollment in CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)

  • Signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana

  • Prevented a dispute between UPMC and Highmark from removing 180,000 seniors from Medicare Advantage plans by taking them to court and forcing arbitration

  • Increased income eligibility for prescription drug coverage under the PACENET Program for seniors

  • Implemented a series of task forces and initiatives to improve conditions in old-age homes and senior centers

  • Signed a Statewide Disaster Declaration for the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, empowering State actors to act to prevent opioid abuse and creating a comprehensive strategy for coordination

  • Implemented 45 substance abuse treatment centers

  • Equipped law enforcement, schools, and first responders with naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversing antidote

  • Issued a standing order for naloxone, which gives all residents of PA access to the drug through pharmacies

Infrastructure

  • Focuses heavily on repairing and improving State infrastructure, including bridge and road projects worth $9.92 billion, $2.1 billion in road maintenance, and $181 million for pothole repairs

  • Secured resources to expand PA airports

  • Supports maintenance and improvement of PA’s 5,600 miles of freight lines

Criminal justice

  • Signed “ban the box” legislation, which prohibits non-civil service employers from asking about past convictions

  • Focuses on decreasing the prison population

  • Signed “clean slate” legislation, which allows people to expunge certain crimes from their records to make it easier to secure employment and housing

  • Eliminated driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions

  • Signed legislation protecting victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation from prosecution for crimes they were forced to commit

Public safety

  • Launched the School Safety Task Force and the School Safety and Security Committee

  • Signed legislation to further provide protections for domestic abuse victims

  • Signed legislation to overhaul PA’s animal abuse protections

Environment

  • Signed an executive order issuing a moratorium on leases for fracking in state parks

  • Signed laws creating stronger environmental regulations on fracking

  • Secured increased funding for the Department of Environmental Protection

  • Created a series of initiatives to encourage renewable energy production and consumption in PA

Civil rights

  • Created an LGBTQ affairs commission

  • Signed an executive order to prohibit State agencies from asking for salary history from job applicants, in an effort to close the gender pay gap

  • Vetoed a bill that would have severely restricted abortion rights

  • Launched campaigns to address sexual assault of campuses