Gov. Tom Wolf held today via Twitter the first of what promises to be ongoing social town hall meetings with Pennsylvanians.
What follows is the transcript from the 30-minute session as it pertains to economic development, education and other timely issues facing the commonwealth. The meeting was held on the one-month anniversary of his term in office.
Q: What a breath of fresh air with you as governor. Would you share your goals in the next 6 months?
A: Thanks for your question & compliment. My goals are: Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, & Gov’t that works. I will present a budget next week, but I want to invest in our schools & make PA a leader in education. I want to set the table for economic growth, make the middle class a priority & launch better gov’t initiatives.
Q: As a public school teacher, I would like to know how you will handle the school funding crisis? A: I proposed a commonsense severance tax to help to fund our schools. Let’s make education a priority: http://youtu.be/pzgSh95uuZY.
Q: Will you support a diverse PA energy portfolio using resources as the market dictates? Coal Natgas Nuclear & Renewables?
A: I want PA to be an energy leader – in gas, coal, solar, nuclear, wind, timber – & I will work with all stakeholders.
Q: In the near future, what are you going to do to revive higher ed in PA, given the financial constraints?
A: We need to fund higher ed & make sure it is working with the private sector to prepare students for the jobs of the future.
Q: Do u support $15 min wage and/or removing restriction to allow PHL & PGH to raise it themselves? A: I agree we need to #RaiseTheWage. My plan is $10.10/hr for all PA.
Q: What specific plans do u Hav 4 the PA State Stores?
A: In biz I worked to improve customer experience and maximize assets. I think we can do the same with the state stores.
Q: Only about 20% of PA pre-K kids are served in high quality settings. How will the administration increase that number? Q: @GovernorTomWolf congrats on 1st month. A month is a long time in a young child’s life, so how r u planning to help #earlylearning in #PA?
A: Agree early learning & Pre-K are critical to schools & our kids’ future. Stay tuned for more next week.
Q: Is the damage and destruction #fracking is doing too inconvenient a truth to take on in a twitter town hall?
A: PA needs to grow its #JobsThatPay. To fulfill our potential, we must take responsible advantage of our resources. We can develop this industry in a safe & sustainable way. We want good jobs & a good environment.
Q: After a month in office, what, in your opinion, have you done to benefit PA the most? And what is your next priority?
A: Proud to have expanded Medicaid, banned gifts, and protected parks & forests. Off to a good start. Thanks to the people of Pennsylvania for this opportunity. We have lots more to do working together.