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Times are flush in Pennsylvania — at least, according to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest budget proposal.

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Gov. Tom Wolf will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to help his fellow Democrats pick up seats and aid his push for priorities that stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature.

A campaign spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Wolf's campaign had $2.2 million heading into 2020 to help elect Democrats to the state Legislature.

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On today's program: Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the odds of a minimum wage hike in Pennsylvania; a local woman empowers her neighbors in the "forgotten" West End; and advocates are hoping a change in state law could restore thousands of suspended or revoked drivers licenses. 

How Gov. Tom Wolf Used His Veto Power In 2019

Jan 2, 2020
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One of the most powerful tools a governor has is the veto — the power to reject a majority decision by the legislature.

In fundraising emails, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf likes to remind his supporters of that power.

Gov. Tom Wolf Says 'No' To Speculation About VP

Dec 11, 2019
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The day after President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Hershey, Governor Tom Wolf is ruling out the possibility of serving as the eventual Democratic nominee’s running mate in 2020.

During a broadcast of Smart Talk at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, Wolf sought to end speculation that he could join the race.

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Governor Tom Wolf is commuting the life sentences of eight more people in prison, bringing the total to 19 since he took office in 2015.

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Governor Tom Wolf said he was surprised when, late Tuesday evening, he began hearing reports that the FBI is conducting a corruption investigation into the permits his administration issued for construction of a major natural gas pipeline.

Wolf, a Democrat, addressed the situation for the first time Wednesday afternoon, saying he is not aware of any wrongdoing.

FBI Eyes How Pennsylvania Approved Pipeline

Nov 12, 2019
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The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned.

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Pennsylvania’s governor is telling President Donald Trump he won’t be using state authority granted last month to refuse to accept refugees.

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A Pennsylvania law is ending a requirement that telephone customers who want to remain on the state's do-not-call registry have had to renew their listing every five years.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed changes to the Telemarketer Registration Act that also allow business phone customers to sign up for the do-not-call list.

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In the latest edition of the Keystone Crossroads show Ask Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf talked about recent developments — or lack thereof — on gun restriction laws, legalizing recreational weed, education, the economy, the environment and more.

Gov. Wolf Plans To Have Pennsylvania Join A Regional Effort To Cut Carbon Emissions

Oct 3, 2019
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday plans to join a regional effort to cut carbon emissions from power plants.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) requires polluters to pay for their emissions. Since 2009, the initiative has run a cap-and-trade program that has cut the annual average CO2 emissions from electric generation in nine participating states.

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On today's program: Gov. Tom Wolf hopes his recent executive orders lead to chamber-debated legislation; a reform commission suggests creating a new team to redraw PA's congressional map in 2020; Pittsburgh's Shakespeare in the Park presents a brand new take on the story of Caesar; and a film festival spotlights the work and stories of people with different abilities. 

Wolf Unveils Gun Violence Effort After Philadelphia Shooting

Aug 16, 2019
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf directed state police and other agencies under his control Friday to focus greater efforts on addressing gun violence, two days after a gunman shot six Philadelphia police officers.

Governor Wants Answers On 4 Kids Separated From Families

Aug 12, 2019
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Pennsylvania's governor says at least four children from his state were recently separated from their parents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and wrote Monday to demand the agency halt the practice until it has a plan to ensure the welfare of children.

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Gov. Tom Wolf says preliminary statistics are pointing to a decrease in overdose deaths in Pennsylvania last year, as his administration suggests the opioid crisis might be starting to wane in some parts of the state.

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Pennsylvania's governor is commuting life sentences of three inmates, bringing his total to eight, more than any of the state's governors over the past quarter century.

Wolf Aide Won't Face Charges Following Ethics Investigation

Apr 29, 2019
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The State Ethics Commission will not charge a Wolf administration official with violating the state’s Ethics Act, citing a lack of evidence against her.

Wolf’s deputy chief of staff Yesenia Bane is married to a gas industry lobbyist and was the subject of a formal ethics complaint over her involvement in natural gas projects.

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State lawmakers remain skeptical about a provision in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan to transfer money out of special environmental funds to fill financial gaps.

Like the rest of the proposal, it will ultimately need House and Senate authorization.

The multi-year series of transfers Wolf wants to make would cut general fund contributions to two environmental agencies by tens of millions of dollars.

The holes would be filled with cash from several off-budget funds that are supposed to be used for things like municipal recycling and community revitalization.

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West Homestead native Jeff Goldblum has a knack for booking roles in lucrative Hollywood franchises like Jurassic Park and the Marvel universe, but he's nurtured another love, albeit quietly, for most of his life: jazz.

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Understanding fare inequity and providing riders better tech tools are top priorities for the Port Authority of Allegheny County in 2019, CEO Katharine Kelleman says. 

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Governor Tom Wolf is kicking off his fifth trip through the state budget wringer.

5 Things To Watch For In Pennsylvania Governor’s Budget Plan

Feb 5, 2019
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will pitch the first budget proposal of his second term to lawmakers Tuesday, and the Democrat can be expected to seek more money for education in a plan expected to exceed $33 billion.

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Discrepancies between state and local laws in Pennsylvania have led to a battle of discretion in the way marijuana-related charges are applied. Police officers can still charge people for possession of the drug, but prosecutors are increasingly unwilling to pursue these cases. 

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Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that he will ask Pennsylvania lawmakers to approve a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production to finance a multibillion-dollar capital plan for a wide range of projects, from controlling floodwaters to fighting blight.

After Some Awkward Moments, Kids Dressed As The Lorax Got To Meet Gov. Wolf

Jan 29, 2019
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About a dozen children dressed in Lorax costumes went to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office Monday. They wanted to give him petitions urging action on climate change and Pennsylvania’s environmental rights amendment.

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Gov. Tom Wolf kicked off his second term Tuesday with a call for Pennsylvanians to work together to build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous future.

Wolf’s First Term: Wins, Losses And Big Budget Fights

Jan 15, 2019
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Gov. Tom Wolf will be sworn in to a second term Tuesday, giving the Democrat another four years after a first term marked by both bitter fights with the Republican-controlled Legislature and bipartisan agreements.

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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.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is turning to a band with roots in Philadelphia to perform at his second inauguration later this month.

The Democrat's inaugural celebration at the Farm Show Complex the night of Tuesday, Jan. 15, will feature The Roots.

Tickets for the event are $100 and available through the inaugural website . Tickets are half price for seniors and students.

Wolf and his new lieutenant governor, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, will be sworn in earlier that day at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

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