March Jobs That Pay Update: A Brighter Future for Pennsylvania

March 15, 2019

Winter is nearly over and with that comes the promise of spring. Governor Tom Wolf and his administration are taking advantage of the warmer weather by continuing to tour the state and meet with Pennsylvanians on a variety of issues. From Schuylkill County to Pitcairn, Governor Wolf has been busy highlighting the impact the Restore Pennsylvania plan could have on blight, flood protection, broadband access, and modernizing Pennsylvania. He continues to push for this aggressive plan while fighting for a minimum wage hike and ongoing job creation.

Restoring PA
Governor Wolf is hoping to pave the way for a better future with the Restore Pennsylvania plan. He recently visited Bridgeville, Allegheny County, and Williamsport, Lycoming County, to talk to local leaders about the state playing a larger role in flood prevention and recovery. He also visited Greene County to talk about how expanding broadband access would help schools and young learners.

Wolf also revisited one of the inspirations for the Restore Pennsylvania initiative: Tremont, Schuylkill County. Tremont was hit with devastating flooding last summer so the plan’s aggressive approach to improve flood protection and Pennsylvania’s aging infrastructure was highlighted in his tour.

Raising Wages
Making sure every Pennsylvanian is making a liveable wage is a priority for Governor Wolf and experts agree. The governor’s proposal raises the wage to $12 an hour on July 1, 2019, with gradual 50 cent increases until reaching $15 an hour in 2025. All of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have raised their minimum wage beyond the federal minimum, and more than 1.75 million Pennsylvanians make less than $15 per hour, even as the cost of living continues to increase.

Creating Jobs
As always, job creation is a major tenant for the governor. This month, he announced more than $5 million in grants toward college and career readiness and manufacturing technologies.

Wolf announced $4.4 million for local summer internship programs to provide at least 1,000 young Pennsylvanians with paid work experiences to help them succeed.

He also announced $1 million in grants through the Manufacturing PA initiative. Manufacturing PA embeds the commonwealth’s best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. The 17 projects receiving the funding will spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.

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