Wolf vetoes bill blocking Pa.’s planned shutdown of two centers for the intellectually disabled

BY: - February 12, 2020

(*This piece has been updated to include comment from Sens. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne; Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, and Scott Hutchinson, whose districts include the affected residential centers) As expected, Gov. Tom Wolf has run his veto pen across a bill that would have blocked him — and his eventual successor — from unilaterally shutting down any […]


Wolf’s budget earmarks $5M in aid to communities hit by prison, residential center shutdowns

BY: - February 11, 2020

The centers employ hundreds of Pennsylvanians, often in rural areas. But they're expensive. Which means they're the first on the chopping block.


Wolf underlines veto threat as divided Pa. Senate passes bill blocking admin effort to shutter two centers for the intellectually disabled

BY: - January 27, 2020

The Pennsylvania Senate passed the legislation, from Sen. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, 28-21 in a near-party line vote.

Facing veto threat, Pa. House approves bill blocking Wolf from closing centers for the intellectually disabled

BY: - January 15, 2020

The chamber’s 139-55 vote on Wednesday afternoon split both Republicans and Democrats, but reached the two-thirds majorities needed to overcome Wolf’s veto promise. 


As debate rages, Wolf says he will veto attempts to stop Polk and White Haven shutdown

BY: - December 17, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf has promised to veto a bill that would overturn his administration’s decision to shutter two state facilities that care for the intellectually disabled. Wolf first made the promise in a private Nov. 19 letter to the Philadelphia chapter of ADAPT, a disability rights group, and it was reiterated by a spokesperson Tuesday. […]


Pa. Senate bill keeping Polk, White Haven centers open has serious flaws. This is why | Opinion

BY: - December 3, 2019

The provisions of Yudichak's bull will force thousands of people with intellectual disabilities to go without services.