Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Hears From North Central Pennsylvania

October 13, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force stopped in Kersey, Elk County today for the second of six regional meetings across the commonwealth. The panel of business, labor, education and workforce development experts is listening to residents about how to improve the lives of middle class families and make policy recommendations to the governor.

“Pennsylvania is a diverse state with large cities and rural communities, and it is important that we listen to employers, workers, educators, and students in each region about supporting and growing the middle class,” said Governor Wolf. “Already we have made historic investments in education and expanded workforce training and economic development to make Pennsylvania an attractive place to live and do business, but we must do more.

“This diverse panel will listen to Pennsylvanians about the challenges facing middle class families and I look forward to hearing their recommendations to create a workforce and economy that will thrive for years to come.”

The task force is led by four chairpersons appointed by the governor: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Assistant Vice Chancellor Dr. Sue Mukherjee, and Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Chairperson Susie Snelick.

Local leaders from these diverse constituencies participate in each task force meeting to engage in a conversation and provide the perspective of that region.

Pennsylvania’s middle class and economy are changing for workers and businesses. Near full employment has created a tight labor market in some communities while other employers cannot find skilled workers for available jobs.

Representing the Wolf administration on the task force are Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Acting Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.

The task force will present recommendations to the governor later this year.

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