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.
Highlights from January – February 2019
- Gov. Wolf Announces $121 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 20 Counties
- Governor Wolf Proposes Minimum Wage Plan to Boost Paychecks of One Million Workers
- Governor Wolf Outlines Plan to Restore Critical Pennsylvania Infrastructure
- Governor Wolf Announces Investments in 50 Multimodal Projects to Improve Safety, Mobility, Local Economies
- Governor Wolf’s Budget Goal: Create ‘Strongest Workforce in the Nation’
- Governor Wolf Announces New PAsmart Apprenticeship Grants to Boost Northwest PA’s Industries
- Governor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education
- Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals to Help Small Businesses Expand and Create Jobs
- Wolf Administration Launches Website with Career Resources for Every Worker
- Governor Wolf: Bold Workforce Development Plan Will Benefit Lancaster County
- Gov. Wolf Announces $1.5 Million in PAsmart Job Training Grants in Southwest Pennsylvania
- Gov. Wolf Leads Rally to Raise the Wage in Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Continued Growth of Tech Sector Through Expansion of Lucas Systems
- Governor Wolf Announces $10 Million to Expand STEM and Computer Science in Schools
- Governor Wolf Announces 51 PAsmart Job Training Grants in South Central and Southeast Pennsylvania
- Gov. Wolf, Sen. Corman Announce Action on Long-Awaited Transportation Connection in Centre County
- Governor Wolf Creates Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center
Highlights from Instagram
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Today I delivered my 2019-20 #PAbudget address. This year, my focus is on building the strongest workforce in the nation. • Pennsylvania created 12,000 businesses and 239,000 jobs over the past four years. We’ve begun to catch up. Now it’s time to start pulling ahead. • Throughout history, Pennsylvania has boldly led the nation in advancement and innovation. I’m asking the General Assembly to join me in seizing the opportunity to do it again.