February 14, 2016
The headline "School leaders angered by Wolf" (Wednesday) following the governor's unveiling of his 2016-17 budget was misleading. Wolf was elected with the help of educators and parents across the commonwealth with a clear mandate: Reverse the damage done to public education by former Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican-led General Assembly. Lesser politicians would have used Republican obstructionism as an excuse to give up on that goal. By sticking to his principles and maintaining his promise to voters, he is showing leadership.
March 20, 2003 |
When Randy Wolf finished running early yesterday morning, he sat down behind the bullpen at Jack Russell Stadium and acknowledged both his disgust and his concern. Wolf knows that the season is fast approaching and that he wasn't even close to being on top of his game when the Cincinnati Reds torched him for six first-inning runs Wednesday. "To go out there and throw 40 pitches in the first inning, it's just embarrassing," Wolf said. The objective for Wolf is obvious: Correct the problem.
December 11, 2007 |
Former Phillie Randy Wolf will get a nice payday if he can make 30 starts and pitch 200 innings for the San Diego Padres. The lefthander finalized a one-year deal with the Padres yesterday that will top out at $9 million if he attains all his incentives. He will make $4.75 million in base pay. Wolf was 9-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 18 starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers this year. He did not pitch after July 3 because of soreness in his left shoulder. He had surgery in September.
February 11, 2016 |
$33.3B Total spending proposed for the 2016-17 fiscal year. $2.7B Amount that would be generated by new or increased taxes. $217M Revenue that would be generated from a tax on natural gas drilling. $200M New funding for public schools. $60M New spending sought for early childhood education. $50M Funding increase proposed for special education. $10.15 Proposal for Pennsylvania minimum wage. Note: Figures based on passage of current budget proposal.
August 14, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - During an hour-long negotiating session Wednesday, Gov. Wolf and Republican legislators inched toward compromise on some key sticking points in a budget six weeks overdue. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) was careful to temper expectations, but said the talks marked the first time he had seen "some movement [by Wolf] acknowledging our perspective" on pension reform and privatization of the state liquor store system. "There's no breakthrough," Turzai said, "but it was an important discussion.
August 7, 2016 |
Gov. Wolf came to Philadelphia on Friday to tout a $20 million state program to coordinate treatment for people addicted to opioids. "This is a disease we need to get our arms around," Wolf said at Thomas Jefferson University. "We're losing people every day. " Wolf said 2,500 deaths in Pennsylvania were attributed to opioid overdoses last year, more than twice the 1,200 killed in traffic accidents. The funding, though modestly spread across the state, is a good start, he said.
March 4, 2015
IN PRACTICAL terms, Gov. Tom Wolf's removal of Bill Green as chair of the School Reform Commission, to be replaced by Marjorie "Marge" Neff, shouldn't have much immediate impact on Philadelphia schools. From all accounts, the all-volunteer SRC seems to have accomplished the not-easy feat of working as a unified body, shepherding the District through the rocky shoals of financial and political upheaval. It does seem likely that Gov. Wolf was intent on sending a message with the move.
May 20, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Wednesday upheld his promise to veto a bill that would lessen the role of seniority in teacher layoffs. The Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, passed this month by the House and Senate, had become a political football. This week, a key Republican in the legislature warned the governor that the issue could resurface in next month's budget negotiations if he vetoed the bill. Supporters, including the state School Boards Association, said the measure would let districts protect their best teachers by using performance ratings, not seniority, in determining layoffs.
February 26, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf will undergo treatment for what he called a "mild" and treatable form of prostate cancer, but said it would not interfere with his job. In disclosing the illness Wednesday, Wolf, 67, did not offer details about his diagnosis or the treatment he expects in coming months. He said only that it would not require him to step aside, even temporarily. "It really was detected very early. So the procedure is going to be a truly minor one," the governor said at a Capitol news briefing, accompanied only by his wife, Frances.
May 1, 2015
TOM WOLF is now in office 100 days, just a mini-milestone to be sure, but enough to suggest what to expect from the business guy turned governor. I sat with Wolf this week in Harrisburg, in the ornate reception room outside his office. He was, as usual, soft-spoken, direct, focused on broad themes; pushing his agenda despite significant resistance from the Republican-controlled Legislature. His biggest surprise so far? "I'm actually enjoying this job," he says, especially getting around the state and meeting with "real people.