Mixed Reviews for Wolf After 1,000 Days in Office

| November 1, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – Governor Tom Wolf marked 1,000 days in office in October, and it’s clearly been a mixed bag in terms of what he has been able to accomplish.

Annual battles with a Republican-controlled legislature have resulted in budgets being approved several months late or without any way of paying for them.

Governor Wolf, a Democrat, has also pushed for more spending to battle the opioid epidemic, and that has drawn criticism about spending money on NARCAN, the medication that can reverse the effects of heroin overdoses.

Wolf has also pushed to continue to fund state-related universities, which has been costly.

Although many political observers believed Wolf’s chances of being re-elected were dim a year ago because he wasn’t interacting with constituents more, he has become more visible in the last 12 months.

Nevertheless, the first-term governor has pushed for more progressive initiatives in the state, and to be fair, he had his work cut out for him after the leadership of Governor Tom Corbett, who failed to enact taxes on companies who drilled in Pennsylvania to extract Marcellus Shale gas and ultimately resulted in the cuts of $1 billion from education.

Wolf has had a number of triumphs, including increasing funding for Pennsylvania schools by nearly $840 million.

In terms of job creation, that has been a tougher nut to crack as the state has seen thousands of residents leaving for greener pastures.

Still, Wolf did eliminate some taxes on businesses, including capital stock and franchise taxes, and he helped bring in the Shell Cracker Plant to Beaver County.

As for healthcare, Wolf’s efforts dropped the commonwealth’s uninsured population from 14 percent in 2013 to 5.6 percent now, expanded Medicaid, giving an additional 715,000 Pennsylvanians access to healthcare and increased enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program by 20 percent.

The administration also approved medical marijuana, providing long-overdue medical relief to patients with serious medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s Disease.


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