Pennsylvania Readies For The Start Of Wolf’s Second Term

Jan 14, 2019

The start of a term two is imminent for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

He’s being sworn in Tuesday in a day-long series of events.

The day will be capped with a celebration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, featuring Pennsylvania-made food and drinks, Philadelphia’s own the Roots, and a whole bunch of sports mascots—though the Flyers’ infamous Gritty is apparently skipping the event.

But before that can all start, the official stuff has to happen.

In his inaugural speech, Wolf is expected to renew calls for a higher minimum wage and natural gas severance tax—both priorities that didn’t get much traction in his first term.

That term has been marked by budget battles, incremental progress towards a less-punitive criminal justice system, legal medical marijuana, more widely-available booze, and lot of head-butting between himself and the Republican-controlled legislature.

The inauguration will also be former Braddock mayor and new lieutenant governor John Fetterman’s introduction to Harrisburg.

Fetterman will preside over the Senate and chair the Board of Pardons.