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Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera Announces Partnership For School Bullying Prevention Helpline
Harrisburg, PA - Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today announced a partnership with the Highmark Foundation and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to operate the Department of Education's Bullying Prevention Consultation helpline.


State Officials Push for Pre-K Education Funding
Muncy, PA - Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today joined state and local officials at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy to push lawmakers to take action on the state budget to ensure early childhood education opportunities for Pennsylvania's children. He was joined by Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, DHS Deputy Secretary Michelle Figlar and state Representative Patty Kim.


Governor Wolf Statement on Treatable Cancer Diagnosis
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Wolf recently learned he has a treatable form of prostate cancer. The governor released the following statement and he will hold a brief availability this morning.


Pennsylvania Leaders Launch Public Safety Initiative to Tackle Drivers of Cost, Incarceration, and Recidivism
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf and leaders from both political parties and all three branches of government today launched an extensive review of the state's criminal justice system as part of a new Justice Reinvestment Initiative designed to reduce ineffective corrections spending and invest those savings in proven public safety strategies


Auditor General DePasquale Says Gaming Board Made Improvements; Must Expand Law Enforcement Funding, Curb Board Member
HARRISBURG - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that while the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has made significant improvements since the last audit, the board must work to change the gaming law to expand funding for local law enforcement, and bring excessive food reimbursements for board members in line with standard commonwealth policy.


Upcoming Elimination of Registration Stickers Holds Benefits for Customers/Law Enforcement
At the invitation of PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, legislators and law enforcement officers today received a demonstration of Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology that provides law enforcement a better tool to verify expired vehicle registrations.


Pennsylvania Facing Fiscal Crisis: Governor Wolf asks Lawmakers to Choose Responsible Path
Harrisburg, PA - In front of a joint session of the General Assembly, Governor Tom Wolf today laid out the crisis facing Pennsylvania and the critical decision lawmakers in the House and Senate must make this year: fix Pennsylvania's structural budget deficit and invest in schools or continue down a path of greater devastation and face further, billion dollar cuts to both our schools and essential social services.


Governor Wolf Announces New Efficiency Measures, Success of GOTIME in First Year
Harrisburg, PA - In support of his mission to Governor Tom Wolf announced that his 2016-2017 Budget proposal will include two mergers to save money and better serve shared missions: the merger of the Board of Probation and Parole with the Department of Corrections and moving the eHealth Partnership Authority to the Department of Human Services, which combined will immediately save more than $11 million.


With Pennsylvania at a Crossroads, Governor Wolf
Philadelphia, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera to announce the proposed early education funding levels for the 2016- 17 budget. Pennsylvania stands at a crossroads, and Governor Wolf is proposing a clear path for a promising future in the commonwealth. The governor's proposal includes a $60 million increase in high- quality early childhood education. This funding increase builds upon a $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 additional children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.


Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Delay the Implementation of the Keystone Exams
Harrisburg, PA - Today, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 880 into law which delays the graduation requirement associated with the state's end-of-course tests, known as the Keystone Exams, for two years, until the 2018-19 school year. The Keystone exams are intended to ensure that students are prepared for postsecondary education or the 21stcentury workforce. However, there have been issues with the implementation of the Keystone Exams, and it is prudent to allow more time to evaluate the best options of measuring student success.


Insurance Commissioner Announces Private Market Flood Insurance Is Available to Many Pennsylvania Homeowners, In Many Cases at Substantial Savings Over the Federal Government Plan; Unveils One-Stop Shop for Flood Coverage Information
Hershey, PA - Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today said Pennsylvania homeowners, who may be facing steeply rising premiums under the federal government's flood insurance program, may be unaware they can get private market flood coverage, in many cases at substantial savings as compared to the federal government coverage. To help these consumers, Commissioner Miller announced the creation of a new webpage, providing a one-stop shop for information on flood insurance available to Pennsylvania homeowners and renters.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Latest Audits of Harrisburg Pension Plans Show One Path to Statewide Reform
Continues call for implementing recommendations from Task Force on Municipal Pensions


Governor Wolf Proposes $200 Million in New Education Funding for Upcoming Budget
Governor Tom Wolf today announced a $200 million increase to basic education funding as part of his 2016-17 budget proposal.


Governor Wolf Announces the Launch of 'It's On Us PA' Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative
Governor Wolf today announced the launch of 'It's On Us PA' - the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses.


Governor Wolf Joins PCCD at Opioid Symposium, Discusses Wolf Administration Efforts to Combat Heroin Epidemic
Camp Hill, PA - Governor Tom Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) today at the commission's 2016 Opioid Symposium, entitled 'Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery.' The governor joined Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Josh Shapiro, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis, and professionals in the law enforcement and healthcare fields to discuss statewide efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.