February Jobs That Pay Update: A Bold Budget for a Stronger Pennsylvania

February 19, 2019

It’s been a busy month for Governor Tom Wolf as he travels the commonwealth to highlight his proposed plan for the 2019-20 Pennsylvania budget. The governor stopped at schools, businesses, and rallies fighting for the right for every Pennsylvanian to have proper job training and a good career that provides a family-sustaining wage.

Building the ‘Strongest Workforce in the Nation’

His goal for the budget is to create the ‘Strongest Workforce in the Nation,’ an ambitious goal that he believes Pennsylvania can achieve through minimum wage increases, continuing investments in education and career training, and by creating the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. Creating jobs that pay has been the cornerstone of Governor Wolf’s governance through his first four years and it continues to be a big part of his mission today.

Fighting for Fair Wages

Raising the minimum wage is an important issue for the governor. During the budget address, he highlighted the importance of raising the wage to $12 an hour with a 50 cent incremental increase until reaching $15 an hour in 2025. Pennsylvania has been at $7.25 an hour since 2009 and since then 29 states including our neighboring states have raised the wage floor for their workers.

Investing in Education and Career Training

The PAsmart initiative has proved to be a success for the Wolf Administration as millions of dollars have been given to schools and businesses as direct investments in teachers, students, and Pennsylvania’s future workforce. A new website for the initiative has been created as a one-stop website to consolidate Pennsylvania’s education, training, and job search tools for people pursuing an education or career in the commonwealth.

Governor Wolf will continue to travel the state to push for the advancement of Pennsylvania’s workforce and to pass legislation that will benefit the hardworking people of the commonwealth, their families, and their businesses.

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