Democratic governors notoriously abused executive power throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, at the expense of business owners in their respective states. Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) joined Democratic gubernatorial counterparts in keeping his state locked down for the sake of "science," even when a safe reopening was feasible. In the May 18 primary election, voters have the chance to curb his executive authority.
Wolf, among other governors, got away with issuing tyrannical edicts via executive power. A ballot question empowers voters to agree to give power back to the General Assembly to limit and oversee the governor’s executive power:
“Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change existing law and increase the power of the General Assembly to unilaterally terminate or extend a disaster emergency declaration—and the powers of Commonwealth agencies to address the disaster regardless of its severity pursuant to that declaration—through passing a concurrent resolution by simple majority, thereby removing the existing check and balance of presenting a resolution to the Governor for approval or disapproval?”
Given Wolf’s series of executive actions, Republicans are encouraging voters to vote "yes" on the question.
On May 18th, we have the opportunity to bring freedom back to Pennsylvania.— Jeff Bartos (@jeff_bartos) May 14, 2021
Vote Yes on Questions 1 & 2 to take away Governor Wolf’s emergency powers on May 18th! pic.twitter.com/qNBeqZZyRY
Like other Democratic governors, Wolf's executive order also caused an influx of nursing home deaths during the pandemic.