Ag Sec Redding looks back on eight years of progress and challenges as Wolf admin winds down
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has served the commonwealth under the Wolf administration for the last eight years. In that time, Redding, of Adams County, led efforts to create the first-ever state Farm Bill, bolster Pennsylvania’s agricultural workforce, support the mental health of farmers and agricultural producers, incorporate sustainable practices at farms across the commonwealth, make Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement self-sustaining, and to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wolf admin recognizes family caregiver month | Five for the Weekend
Happy weekend, all. State officials gathered at the Capitol this week to recognize November as National Family Caregiver Month. The month, Wolf administration officials said, “offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for” family caregivers. Pennsylvania Department of Drugs and Alcohol Secretary Jennifer Smith recognized the effect the […]
Pa. Supreme Court tells Wolf to bring abortion amendment challenge to Commonwealth Court
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday denied Gov. Tom Wolf’s request to hear his challenge of Republican-backed legislation that includes a proposal to amend the state constitution to say there is no right to abortion services in the commonwealth. The high court’s order left open the possibility for Wolf to bring its case to Pennsylvania […]
DGS Secretary Curt Topper to leave Wolf admin on June 30
The administration announced in a statement on Friday that Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper will leave the role on June 30.
Advocates for Black, brown, LGBTQ, women call for ‘meaningful’ gun reform | Friday Morning Coffee
'Tragedies such as what took place at Robb elementary school cause anxiety and fear for families who just want to protect their children while they receive an education,' an official said.
Top Wolf aides leaving admin. next month for private sector
In a press release, the administration said Mike Brunelle, who has been Wolf’s chief of staff since 2017 and part of the Democratic governor’s administration since Wolf’s first term in 2015, was moving on to take a job in the private sector.
New Wolf admin plan aims to reduce stigma of mental illness, encourage people to seek help
The goal of the initiative is to reduce the stigma of mental illness, encourage people to seek treatment and analyze the factors that prevent Pennsylvanians from receiving care, Wolf said.
Wolf’s natural gas-backed infrastructure plan enjoys majority support, new Franklin & Marshall poll finds
Gov. Tom Wolf's $4.5 billion infrastructure plan is controversial inside the Capitol building in Harrisburg.
Gov. Wolf renews Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time
Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday renewed Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time, giving the state more leeway to combat the addiction crisis. The Democrat signed the first 90-day declaration in January 2018. Since then, according to Wolf’s office, Pennsylvania has: “Removed about 285 tons of prescription drugs from our streets through take-back boxes; […]
Restore Pennsylvania, explained: Everything you need to know about Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure plan
This week, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration unveiled the details of Restore Pennsylvania, an initiative to restore crumbling infrastructure, expand broadband access, and help communities fight blight.
This program in rural Pennsylvania is teaching kids about robotics
Timothy Heffernan is the gifted support teacher at Franklin Area High School in Venango County, a rural part of northwest Pennsylvania. Each year, he lets his students tell him what they’re interested in and designs their learning around that topic. Four years ago, it was robotics. So he did what any good teacher would do, […]