July Jobs That Pay Update: Launching PAsmart, Supporting PA Workers, Empowering Municipalities

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

July 17, 2018

This month, the commonwealth reached a major economic milestone as Governor Tom Wolf made the first deposit to the state’s reserves in nearly a decade, secured $30 million for his first-of-its-kind investment in workforce development, and raised the minimum wage for state employees.

Apprenticeships with PAsmart

Governor Tom Wolf speaking behind a podium

Building on his PAsmart initiative, Governor Wolf announced additional investments in apprenticeship programs and signed an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to deliver workforce development services to Pennsylvanians. Apprenticeships with the School District of Philadelphia and heavy equipment operation training with PA Heavy & Highway were among the many opportunities announced this month.

Supporting Pennsylvania Workers

Image of Governor Tom Wolf greeting event participants.

Governor Wolf took significant steps to keep the Keystone State a competitive place to work, including increasing pay for state employees to no less than $12 an hour, announcing enhanced employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and funding manufacturing training for individuals with language barriers.

Empowering Municipalities

Governor Tom Wolf being greeted in a hallway.

This month, Governor Wolf took significant steps to provide municipalities new tools to help increase redevelopment opportunities and reduce the threats of abandoned properties by signing bills aimed at eradicating blight throughout Pennsylvania’s communities.

In addition, the governor announced $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades in 70 municipalities across the commonwealth, increasing safety and mobility.

Highlights from June – July 2018

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