Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Expresses Solidarity for Cities

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf grew up in a small town, but he has since adopted cities among his political causes. In recent remarks, he detailed his opinions about how public policy shortchanges cities—in Pennsylvania and the country.

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May 13, 2016, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Karen Langley summarizes recent statements by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf: "Flawed policies, social biases, and a lack of imagination are hurting Pennsylvania's cities…"

Gov. Wolf's comments came during a conference hosted by Keystone Crossroads. The background of the remarks are the state's forthcoming budget process, which has turned into a "an us-vs.-them" battle for "how much money flows to Pennsylvania's cities and its rural areas," according to Langley.

Langley assesses the governor's remarks as "blistering." In his own words: "The public policy environment in Pennsylvania, and in most places in the United States, is absolutely, positively hostile to cities…"

Patrick Doyle also covered the governor's remarks for Keystone Crossroads, providing additional conceptual framework to appreciate the governor's remarks. Keystone Crossroads also produced a video of the governor's remarks in full, and shared it on Vimeo.

Governor Tom Wolf's keynote address at Keystone Crossroads' Urban Ideas Worth Stealing from Keystone Crossroads on Vimeo.

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