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February 04, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA

Governor Wolf Urges Legislature to Tackle Gun Violence, Student Debt, Toxic Schools

Governor Tom Wolf called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth - one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone - and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.

"This year, I believe we have an opportunity to make enormous progress towards delivering on William Penn's vision for what Pennsylvania could be," said Gov. Wolf. "After five years of tough decisions and necessary investments, we have guided our commonwealth out of crisis and put Pennsylvania back on a path to prosperity. But we have a long way to travel.

"The work ahead will call upon our determination, our creativity, and our courage. But because we cannot build what we cannot envision, today we can begin by imagining the Pennsylvania we can create together - not for some far-off future generation, but for the people we came here to serve - right now."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_GOV_Budget_Speech_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivers his sixth budget address to a joint session of the general assembly inside the House of Representatives chamber at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Friday, December 13, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_GOV_Budget_Speech_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivers his sixth budget address to a joint session of the general assembly inside the House of Representatives chamber at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Friday, December 13, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_GOV_Budget_Speech_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivers his sixth budget address to a joint session of the general assembly inside the House of Representatives chamber at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Friday, December 13, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_GOV_Budget_Speech_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivers his sixth budget address to a joint session of the general assembly inside the House of Representatives chamber at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Friday, December 13, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_GOV_Budget_Speech_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivers his sixth budget address to a joint session of the general assembly inside the House of Representatives chamber at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Friday, December 13, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_GOV_Budget_Speech_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivers his sixth budget address to a joint session of the general assembly inside the House of Representatives chamber at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Friday, December 13, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ms. Vanessa Belen the mother of Eries Elijah Jackson, a victim of gun violence, is recognized by the Governor during his speech.  Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Mr. Russel Crupe, father of decorated veteran Sergeant Russel Crupe who tragically took his own life, listens to the Governors speech. Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Mr. Russel Crupe, and Mrs. Heidi Crupe parents of decorated veteran Sergeant Russel Crupe who tragically took his own life, hold hands during the Governors speech. Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>(from left) First Lady Frances Wolf, Gisele Fetterman the wife of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, and Ms. Vanessa Belen the mother of Eries Elijah Jackson, a victim of gun violence, stand and applaud during the Governors speech. Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, and Governor Tom Wolf shake hands after the speech as Speaker of the House Mike Turzai looks on. Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17731_budget_speech_2020_dz_1015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf today called upon Pennsylvanians to imagine a better commonwealth  one with a stronger workforce, better schools, safer communities, and more opportunities for everyone  and then laid out an ambitious agenda for his 2020-21 budget that moves Pennsylvania toward that vision.  Harrisburg, PA February 4, 2019