Weekly Update: Resurfacing PA, Protecting Students, and Standing up for Public Education

first_imgOur nurses care for us during the most difficult of circumstances. I want to ensure PA nurses are supported in their daily jobs and in their careers so that they can deliver the most appropriate levels of care to patients throughout the commonwealth. https://t.co/x7SpMTHDUI— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 29, 2018 Weekly Update: Resurfacing PA, Protecting Students, and Standing up for Public Education The Blog,  Weekly Update Resurface PALast Thursday, Governor Wolf announced Resurface PA, which is a statewide initiative that will accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania. A significant of this program’s funding is through savings that have accumulated since the governor took office in 2015.Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.Gun SafetyIn the wake of the tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas, Governor Wolf reiterated his call for state lawmakers to pass gun safety measures to his desk last Monday. This includes Senate Bill 501 which would keep guns away from domestic abusers as well as taking action to close a loophole allowing high-powered long guns, including AR-15s, to be bought without a background check by Pennsylvania State Police.“It has been more than three months since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, yet state lawmakers have failed to pass any gun safety measures to my desk. Now, after another massacre has taken the lives of innocent kids, we must act.”Schools that TeachOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced his opposition to Senate Bill 2, which would take scarce resources that currently go to public schools and direct them to private schools.“I have fought to protect public education and restore the state funding cut from our public schools under the previous administration. Senate Bill 2 would take us backwards and could mean many millions of dollars being cut from public schools. We need to invest in Pennsylvania’s public schools and improve education for all students. Every child deserves a quality education, no matter where they live.”The Wolf administration also secured funding to recruit and help military veterans who are considering a career in teaching this week. Last Thursday, Governor Wolf announced that $1.6 million will be used as part of the Troops for Teachers program, which will enable veterans to bring their knowledge and skills to Pennsylvania’s classrooms.Lastly, Governor Wolf was pleased to issue a statement of support for the appointment of Dr. Daniel Greenstein as the Pennsylvania State System of High Education’s next chancellor last Monday.Governor Wolf’s Week, May 20, 2018 – May 26, 2018Monday, 5/21/18After Texas Shooting, Governor Wolf Urges Lawmakers to Stop Delay of Gun Safety MeasuresGovernor Wolf Statement on Selection of Dr. Daniel Greenstein as PA State System of Higher Education ChancellorTuesday, 5/22/18Wolf Administration Welcomes 20 Students with Disabilities for Summer Internship ProgramGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Family Farming Operations in Seven CountiesGovernor Wolf Announces New Funding for Nine Projects to Promote Energy Efficiency and Spur Economic DevelopmentGovernor Wolf Opposes Voucher Plan That Would Cut Public School FundingThursday, 5/24/18Governor Wolf Announces Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack Potholes, Effects of Long WinterGovernor Wolf Announces Approval of Grant to Provide Manufacturing and Employability Skills to Young Adults in Berks CountyGovernor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers ProgramGovernor Wolf Discusses Workforce Development and Safe Staffing with Pittsburgh-area NursesFriday, 5/25/18Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 AirportsHighlights from TwitterPA had a long, difficult winter this year that caused potholes and other pavement challenges across PA. Today I announced an additional $180 million through my #ResurfacePA initiative to take immediate action to fix potholes and make our roads safer. https://t.co/Tjn74DbFBS pic.twitter.com/QIABTi13Vy— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 24, 2018last_img read more