Creating Economic Opportunity

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Governor Shapiro’s goal is clear: to make Pennsylvania a national leader in innovation, job creation, and economic development.

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Prioritizing work experience over a four-year-degree, Governor Shapiro announced – 92% of state government jobs are open to candidates without four-year degrees, becoming one of the first Governors to open tens of thousands of state government jobs for residents regardless of whether they hold a college degree, with New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, Alaska, and North Dakota following suit.  
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Awarded $2.6 million for apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities through the Department of Labor and Industry and the Department of Community & Economic Development.
In his first budget proposal, Governor Shapiro proposed $23.8 million in workforce training and partnership programs.
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Signed an executive order creating the Office of Transformation and Opportunity as a “one-stop-shop” for Pennsylvania businesses to eliminate red tape, make government move at the speed of business, and encourage out-of-state businesses to expand in the Commonwealth. 

What else has Governor Shapiro proposed?

  • Proposed a $20 million investment in historically disadvantaged businesses.  
  • Pennsylvania’s minimum wage hasn’t been raised in 14 years, and we’re paying workers less than our neighboring states – so the Governor proposed to finally raise the wage rise to $15 per hour. 

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