Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, at halftime of an 8-year tenure, says he’ll focus on achievable goals

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, at halftime of an 8-year tenure, says he’ll focus on achievable goals

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (Marc Levy, The Associated Press/file) ( If you are hoping for sweeping policy changes or some kind of political adventure as Thomas Westerman Wolf begins his second term as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor Tuesday, you may be disappointed. Pennsylvania’s manager governor, by most accounts and his own words, isn’t consumed right now with crafting a legacy for the history books, or positioning himself on the hot list of 2020 Democratic Party VP picks. Rather, it appears he will be content to play a public policy version of what baseball writers call “small ball,” taking incremental steps down policy paths that he believes, in toto, will leave Pennsylvania in a better place than he found it and largely eschewing sweeping course corrections that make for sexier headlines. For Wolf, 70, this is the sum of lessons learned over the past four years, continued GOP control of both chambers of the General Assembly and a quiet personality that, we think we know by now, prefers consensus-building and results to standing on principle and super-stardom. He has been asked a lot in recent weeks about what big things he wants to accomplish in his last four years as governor. In typical Wolf fashion, he didn’t go for some big policy initiative during apre-inaugural interview with PennLive Thursday. The legacy he most wants to leave, Wolf said, is one of integrity and competence in state government, before launching into a discussion of reduced customer waits for driver license renewals. “I’ll […]

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