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Pennsylvania Governor Announces Deadline to Enroll for Health Coverage
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Pennsylvania Governor Announces Deadline to Enroll for Health Coverage

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf: Friday, Jan. 15 is Deadline to Sign-up for State-based Marketplace Health Coverage Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that Friday, Jan. 15 is the deadline to enroll at pennie.com for health coverage that includes free testing and treatment for COVID-19. “All plans provide free coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment and there are many affordable plans on the Pennsylvania’s state-based marketplace, pennie.com, that provide the coverage people need to feel protected,” Gov. Wolf said.  “It’s been a priority of mine since day-one for Pennsylvanians to have health care coverage and the peace of mind that comes with that.” Pennie is Pennsylvania’s official destination for shopping for quality health insura...
Pennsylvania Governor on Proposed Constitutional Amendments
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Pennsylvania Governor on Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement in response to the House GOP’s plans to subvert democracy through amending the Constitution: “I strongly oppose giving the legislature the power to gerrymander our justice system.  This constitutional amendment is just another effort by Harrisburg Republicans to prevent the will of the people from being heard by stopping all Pennsylvanians from having a voice in selecting judges for the highest courts in the state. “Just a few years ago, I joined five former Pennsylvania governors from both parties in calling for merit selection for statewide appellate judges.  That is how we can ensure the most qualified judges are handling appeals in the commonwealth.  With this constitutional amendment, the leg...
Pennsylvania AG Shapiro: Watch Out For Increased Scams This Holiday Season
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Pennsylvania AG Shapiro: Watch Out For Increased Scams This Holiday Season

HARRISBURG, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is today issuing a warning to Pennsylvanians of common online scams that may increase in frequency this holiday season. “Because of the pandemic, this holiday season looks and feels different than those in the past,” said Attorney General Shapiro.  “These scams are present all year long and it is important that Pennsylvanians remain on guard.  Make sure you know what these scams look like in order to protect your money, your identity, and your personal information.” Here are some common scams the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General is aware of: Email and Text Phishing – In a phishing email or text scheme, you may receive an email or text message directing you to enter personal information on a fraudulent webs...
HARRISBURG, PA: AG Leads Coalition Fight Against Trump Administration
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HARRISBURG, PA: AG Leads Coalition Fight Against Trump Administration

HARRISBURG, PA: AG Shapiro Leads Coalition Fighting Trump Administration’s Attempts to Undermine Workplace Protections as COVID-19 Continues to Decimate Economies HARRISBURG (STL.News) Attorney General Josh Shapiro is calling for the Trump Administration to stop the implementation of a proposed rule that would strip workers of key protections provided under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposed rule — issued by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor — would make it easier for employers to change the classification of workers from employees to independent contractors, removing these workers from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and increasing taxes and other out-of-pocket costs for workers. The action, from a coalition of 24 attorneys general plu...
Pennsylvania Wolf Administration Raise Awareness for Down Syndrome
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Pennsylvania Wolf Administration Raise Awareness for Down Syndrome

Wolf Administration Shares Message of Inclusion and Community During Down Syndrome Awareness Month Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) First Lady Frances Wolf today participated in a Facebook Live book reading with Pennsylvania-based non-profit Mikayla’s Voice to help raise awareness for Down Syndrome Awareness Month and encourage that people of all abilities should be celebrated in Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Wolf read High Fives and a Big Heart, a book written and illustrated by a fourth-grade class to help celebrate their classmate with Down syndrome, Jeffrey, and explain Down syndrome to other children. “Here in Pennsylvania, we know that our differences make us special and that the more we know about our neighbors, the stronger we are as individuals,” said First Lady Wolf.  “We are proud to celebrate ...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf: Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis Can Lead to Economic Gains
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf: Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis Can Lead to Economic Gains

Gov. Wolf: Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis Can Lead to Economic Gains and Restorative Justice for Pennsylvanians Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf visited The Mountain Center in Tobyhanna, Monroe County today to talk about the economic growth potential and restorative justice benefits of legalizing adult-use cannabis, something the state General Assembly has not yet done despite multiple requests from the governor and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman to take up legislation this fall. “This year, I again went to the General Assembly and asked them to make legalizing adult-use cannabis a priority for the fall as we work to find ways to overcome the economic hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said.  “To date, there has been no movement to advance legislation.  So, ...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces Rental & Mortgage Relief Programs
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces Rental & Mortgage Relief Programs

Gov. Wolf: More Pennsylvanians to Benefit from Rental and Mortgage Relief Programs Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is improving the COVID Relief Mortgage and Rental Assistance Grant Program to help more renters and homeowners remain in their homes.  Effective Oct. 17, landlords and mortgagees will have a new option to reach agreements with renters and homeowners for repayment of rent and mortgage payments above the program’s $750 monthly cap.  The program previously required them to forgive the balance of the payment. Earlier this week the governor signed an executive order extending the application deadline to Nov. 4. “We cannot allow thousands of families to become homeless because of the pandemic,” said Gov. Wolf.  “I...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announced Health Care Reform Plan
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announced Health Care Reform Plan

Wolf Administration Health Care Reform Plan Receives Widespread Support Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Multiple health care organizations and professionals recently voiced support for the health care reform plan the Wolf Administration announced to help make health care affordable, accessible, equitable, and of value for every Pennsylvanian. “The support of respected organizations and health care professionals is vital to the success of these important reforms,” Gov. Wolf said. “Thank you to PAFP, Altarum, United States of Care, Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly, and the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association for voicing their support for these health care reforms that represent those they serve.” Here’s what these organizations had to say: Pennsyl...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Condemns Racist Tirade Attacking Second Lady Gisele Fetterman
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Condemns Racist Tirade Attacking Second Lady Gisele Fetterman

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf condemned the racism and hate speech displayed toward Gisele Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Second Lady.  The governor released the following statement: “The ethnic intimidation and racist speech spewed at the Second Lady of Pennsylvania is shameful and unacceptable.  Racism and hate speech are always unacceptable, and unworthy of Pennsylvanians.  No Pennsylvanian should ever be made to feel unwelcome in our commonwealth because of their race or ethnicity.  Gisele Fetterman spends much of her time devoted to making our state and world a better place and she — and every Pennsylvanian — deserves our respect, not the hatred too often displayed by people who seek only to further divide this country at a time when unity is so desperately needed. “The Sec...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces New PPE Manufacturer Project
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces New PPE Manufacturer Project

Governor Wolf Announces New PPE Manufacturer Project, New Jobs in Lackawanna County Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf announced that Gentex Corporation, a fourth-generation, family-run, advanced manufacturer of personal protection equipment (PPE) and situational awareness systems for defense, law enforcement/first responder, and industrial safety applications has partnered with the commonwealth to expand its operations at its headquarters in Fell Township, Lackawanna County, creating 60 new jobs and retaining 484 jobs at the facility. “Gentex develops products that are critical for public health and safety,” said Gov. Wolf.  “We are pleased to partner with this company on an expansion project that will help protect our frontline workers as we continue to battle this pandemic.” ...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf: PCCD Reconvenes Special Council on Gun Violence
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf: PCCD Reconvenes Special Council on Gun Violence

Gov. Wolf: Special Council on Gun Violence Reconvenes to Mark One Year Since Initial Meeting Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) One year after its first convening following the signing of Executive Order 2019-06, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) reconvened the Special Council on Gun Violence today to discuss state agencies’ progress in implementing recommendations from its Report of Findings, Recommendations, and Action Steps adopted in March 2020, and to hear from communities working to address gun violence. “The world has changed considerably since I signed an executive order last August to work to aggressively combat gun violence in our state,” Gov. Wolf said.  “Civil unrest and a global pandemic have added to the stress and devastation among too many Pennsylvania com...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announced COVID Alert PA App Will Work in NY, NJ & DE
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announced COVID Alert PA App Will Work in NY, NJ & DE

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) With the launch of the exposure notification apps COVID Alert NJ and COVID Alert NY, Pennsylvanians who downloaded COVID Alert PA will now be able to get notifications to their smart phones if they are exposed to COVID-19 when they travel to these states or to Delaware. “COVID Alert PA works with COVID Alert NJ, COVID Alert NY and COVID Alert DE, so anyone who has the app in these four states can get a notification from another user if they tested positive for COVID-19,” Governor Tom Wolf said.  “States throughout the region have been working together to combat this pandemic, and this is one more tool for our interstate cooperation.  Pennsylvanians stand united with our neighbors in adding our phones to the fight to stop COVID-19.” COVID Alert PA is a free, volu...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Honors 49 State Employees for Excellence in Public Service
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Honors 49 State Employees for Excellence in Public Service

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today praised the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence for 2019 and thanked all state employees for their dedication to public service. “Today, we are recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of commonwealth employees in service to their fellow Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf.  “They have demonstrated innovation, work ethic, self-sacrifice, and compassion for others at the highest levels.  The positive impacts of their efforts will be felt for many years to come.” “The Governor’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best among us as state employees,” said Secretary of Administration Michael Newsome. “I want to congratulate all of our nominees for their exceptional contributions.” Twenty-one state agencies sub...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Condemns Resolution that Undermines Election Integrity
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Condemns Resolution that Undermines Election Integrity

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released a statement condemning House Resolution 1032 as a partisan attack on the integrity of Pennsylvania elections.  The resolution undermines the authority of county-level elections officials and the Department of State to administer safe, secure and non-partisan elections.  The following is the governor’s statement: “The House Republicans are not only walking in lockstep with President Trump to try to sow chaos and put the results of the election in question, they are also taking steps to take the authority to administer elections away from the Department of State.  The resolution also attacks the integrity of county election administrators.  This is an unprecedented attack on non-partisan election administrators at a time when...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Reminds to Protect the ACA Amid COVID
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Reminds to Protect the ACA Amid COVID

Gov. Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians that We Must Protect the ACA Amid COVID Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Bucks County state legislators Rep.  Wendy Ullman and Sen. Steven Santarsiero today to discuss the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so it can continue to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. “COVID-19 has demonstrated that when one person is unable to access necessary health care, that puts all of us at risk,” Gov. Wolf said. “During a pandemic when our nation is facing a highly contagious, airborne virus that spreads rapidly when people gather together, it is even more concerning that not all Pennsylvanians have access to health care coverage, especially for the most vulnerable, including those with pre-existing conditions wh...
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf: Machining Apprenticeship Programs
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf: Machining Apprenticeship Programs

Wolf Administration: New Machining and Robotics Apprenticeship Opportunities Available in Allegheny County Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for three apprenticeship programs at New Century Careers (NCC) in Allegheny County through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Apprenticeship Grant Program.  This funding will support the governor’s commitment to expanding job training-related opportunities throughout Pennsylvania. “With three programs available—one being a newly-launched robotics course—New Century Careers will provide training to 120 apprentices,” said Gov. Wolf.  “Funding programs like this through the administration’s PAsmart initiative positions apprentices for successful careers by connecting them with pa...
Pennsylvania Commissions’ Statement Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Pennsylvania Commissions’ Statement Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Pennsylvania Commissions Jointly Issue Statement Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) The Pennsylvania Commissions on Women, African American, Latino, Asian Pacific American and LGBTQ Affairs, overseen by Gov. Tom Wolf, released a joint statement today honoring the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Moriah Hathaway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, stated: “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for women and girls during her lifetime.  She fought for equal pay, reproductive justice, LGBTQ equity and so much more. She always advocated for the most vulnerable and gave women a voice when they did not have one.  Justice Ginsburg continuously upheld her commitment to the United States Constitution and the Supreme Court.  Th...
Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania is COVID-19 Prepared with personal protective equipment
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Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania is COVID-19 Prepared with personal protective equipment

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf  announced that Pennsylvania is prepared with a stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) now and should it be needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months. PPE includes protective clothing, helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles, facemasks and respirators or other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness.  It is not the same as cloth or paper masks that people are required to wear when they leave their homes to protect them and those they interact with. “I want all Pennsylvanians to know that the commonwealth is prepared now for battling the ongoing pandemic that is COVID-19 and that preparedness extends to a possible resurgence this fall,” Gov. Wolf said.  “Th...