As governor, I have taken a different approach for Pennsylvania families by prioritizing important responsibilities, such as protecting our seniors, making sure children receive the quality education they deserve, working with law enforcement and medical professionals to battle the opioid and heroin epidemic, and rebuilding our middle class by putting more people to work.
By focusing on these priorities over the first two years of my term, we've:
- Expanded options for seniors to stay in their homes as they age.
- Brought back important programs to our schools like career and technical education and better-prepared students for careers in business and industrial technology.
- Equipped more first responders with the life-saving drug Naloxone and expanded treatment to tens of thousands of people suffering from addiction to opioids and heroin.
- Put 82,000 Pennsylvanians back to work, and big projects are moving forward like the Shell Cracker Plant in Beaver, the Gautier Steel Plant in Johnstown, and the Port of Philadelphia.
Today, I furthered these efforts when I introduced my third budget that saves $2.1 billion by focusing on making sure Harrisburg eliminates unnecessary government bureaucracy, shrinking the size of our government, and eliminating waste so we can protect these important programs.
This is a different approach for Pennsylvania -- different than the failed Harrisburg policies of the past. Working together, we've made significant progress to address the commonwealth's financial challenges and to protect education and programs for seniors, and fight the opioid and heroin crisis, but there is still more work to do.
I believe in the potential of Pennsylvania and I'm proud of the progress we've made -- say you're with me to help get this budget passed: