May 11, 2020 – Gov. Tom Wolf attacked local elected officials making plans to reopen in defiance of his shutdown orders as cowards deserting the pandemic battlefield, threatening Monday to block aid to rebellious Pennsylvania counties in an escalating political fight over his administration’s handling of the coronavirus.
June 5, 2020 – Gov. Tom Wolf says he took a “real gamble” marching this week with people protesting…, but thinks the cause was worth the risk during the COVID-19 …
August 3, 2020 – “Masks are required to be worn in all public spaces. Law enforcement officials are able to cite Pennsylvanians who aren’t wearing a mask in public.” BLM activist Tom Wolf.
“This ruling means we will not have to deal with even more extreme, unilateral measures from the Wolf Administration that devastated our economy last year, including business closures and restrictions,” Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre.
In a joint statement, Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, similarly praised the high court’s order, adding that, “this debate has never been about the effectiveness of masks in schools, or any other setting. It is about whether or not each branch of our state government and the officials who work in those branches will follow the law and respect our Constitution’s design that directs the legislative branch to make the laws that govern our people.”
By: John L. Micek – December 10, 2021
The majority-progressive Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic management policies on Friday afternoon, toppling the administration’s mask mandate for K-12 schools and child care facilities.
The high court issued its per curiam order vacating the mandate shorty after 3:30 p.m. on Friday. It did not include an opinion, but said one would be forthcoming. Justice Thomas Saylor, who was elected as a Republican and is retiring at year’s end, did not participate in the decision.
In a statement, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, who was among those who challenged the mandate, called the high court’s ruling “a victory for parents and communities whose opinions have been ignored by the Wolf Administration for far too long. I have said all along that parents and school boards are in the best position to respond to COVID-19 and keep our kids safe. I am grateful the Supreme Court agreed with this position and rejected Governor Wolf’s effort to take power away from the people. ”
He continued: “The ruling [Friday]today is about much more than masks in schools; it is about preventing government overreach in general. The law clearly does not give any governor or any state agency the power to create orders out of thin air in the absence of an emergency declaration and outside the regulatory review process.
“This ruling means we will not have to deal with even more extreme, unilateral measures from the Wolf Administration that devastated our economy last year, including business closures and restrictions,” Corman said.