State House Republicans aren’t happy with Governor Tom Wolf’s new recommendation on high school sports

Written by on August 7, 2020

 State House Republicans aren’t happy with Governor Tom Wolf’s new recommendation on high school sports

By Sam Dunklau, WITF

August 7, 2020

In this April 4, 2020, photo, a youth baseball field sits empty at Monroeville Park in Monroeville, Pa. Will Graves / AP Photo

State House Republicans aren’t happy with Governor Tom Wolf’s new recommendation on high school sports.

For weeks, schools across the commonwealth were getting ready to launch fall sports programs, albeit with new restrictions designed to keep students, staff and parents safe.

But Governor Wolf says such plans need to change.

The administration is now recommending all sports be postponed until at least January 1st.

Wolf says any opportunity for a large crowd to gather is problematic.

But House GOP spokesman Jason Gottesman says the governor should show his work:

“He provided no justification, no data, and really no reason. He didn’t accept follow-up questions, and nor did he give advance notice or consult with the People’s branch of government.”

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association says it believes fall sports can happen, so long as they’re done safely.

The Wolf administration says the January 1st postponement is strongly recommended, but not required.

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