Tom Wolf in 2022 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Education: Refusing to fund education equitably does not save us money

Refusing to fund education equitably does not save us money. It just means we wind up spending more on social services, remedial programs, even prisons. We can afford to invest a whole lot more in the fair funding formula without raising one penny in state taxes. And we can afford to do it without asking any school district, anywhere in Pennsylvania, to sacrifice one penny in state funding.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Pennsylvania legislature Feb 8, 2022

On Jobs: Minimum wage hasn't been raised in thirteen years

Most states across the nation have a higher minimum wage than Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's minimum wage is still stuck at $7.25. Pennsylvanians haven't gotten a raise in thirteen years. Adjusted for inflation, they've actually taken a $2 an hour pay cut. When more Pennsylvanians get paid fairly, reliance on public benefits goes down. It's time to do the right thing. It's time to do the smart thing. It's time to raise our minimum wage.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Pennsylvania legislature Feb 8, 2022

On Principles & Values: Some leaders are turning against the very idea of democracy

A significant number of our political leaders are turning against the very idea of democracy itself. And that kind of nihilism is poisonous. It denies the whole idea of civil disagreement. It denies that democracy can ultimately bring us to a better place. Without it, we become irrevocably fragmented, a nation where we have no responsibility to work alongside our neighbor, just an incentive to gain and wield power at any cost. Let's remind the world that a democracy can, in fact, deliver.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Pennsylvania legislature Feb 8, 2022

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