On Saturday, September 10th, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf sent a letter to members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation. In the letter, Governor Wolf pushed hard for President Biden’s America’s Families Plan, extensions on climate change related tax incentives for the compliant, and enhanced Medicaid funding.
“The American Families Plan will have life-changing impacts on Pennsylvanians and I’m grateful that President Biden shares my priorities for hard-working families across this commonwealth and country, “Gov. Wolf said. “As Congress considers this historic plan, I urge our representatives to consider key aspects of this critical piece of legislation that will make crucial investments in the American people and pave the way for a sustained and equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
On Governor Wolf’s agenda was a push for Congress to approve a comprehensive paid sick and family leave policy, universal preschool for 3 and 4-year old children (with strong investments in these programs), access to postsecondary education through investments in the plan’s proposed College Completion Fund, and a path to citizenship for DREAMers. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and essential immigrant workers.
The governor also urged Congress to address the global climate crisis by extending and expanding tax incentives and credits for clean energy and clean transportation, establishing a Civilian Conservation Corps, and creating a Chesapeake Bay Resilient Farms Initiative.
The governor also called for increased funding that would provide states with enhanced Medicaid funding for home and community-bases services if they carry out certain activities that will support expanding access to these services and strengthen the workforce providing them.