Weekly Update: Fighting for Equal Pay, Protecting Clean Air, and Enhancing Pennsylvania’s Roads
June 11, 2018
Last Wednesday, Governor Wolf joined with First Lady Frances Wolf to take executive action to address the gender pay gap that hurts women, families, and businesses. He also called on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would pass similar protections for all working women in the commonwealth.
Executive Order 2018-18-03, Equal Pay for Employees of the Commonwealth, directs state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to:
- No longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring process;
- Base salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skills;
- Clearly explain the pay range on job postings.
Governor Wolf joined with the Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday to announce the issuance of new general permits for unconventional natural gas wells and compression, processing, and transmission facilities that will reduce air pollution and establish a control threshold on methane emissions.
“These permits represent the first step of my Methane Reduction Strategy and my administration’s continuing commitment to cleaner, healthier air across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Cleaner air means healthier communities – for our citizens, and especially for our children. These new permits are one example of a way that we can have positive economic development without compromising public health.”
Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.
Jobs that Pay
Governor Wolf continued to build on his jobs that pay initiative this week when he announced 550 new family-sustaining jobs in Montgomery County through the expansion of AmerisourceBergen which is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical distributors. On Tuesday he announced the creation of 60 jobs in Meadville through the expansion of Acutec Precision Aerospace, Inc. On Wednesday he announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority will award new low-interest loans to 6 different business projects in 5 counties. These loans will create and retain nearly 100 jobs statewide.
On Thursday, Governor Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards announced a long-term multimodal transportation management plan that will enhance travel and safety along Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) corridor between King of Prussia and Philadelphia. Additionally, he continued to rollout his statewide plan, Resurface PA, in Pittsburgh on Friday.
“My administration is not only focused on improving our roadways’ condition, but also the time it takes and the experience you have while traveling on them,” Governor Wolf said. “A government that works is one that uses every available resource for maximum impact, which we’re putting into practice.”
Here are more details on the governor’s transportation plan for I-76.
Governor Wolf’s Week, June 3-9, 2018
- Governor Wolf Announces Funding for The York Plan 2.0 Project to Revitalize Manufacturing Sector
- Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event in Slippery Rock
- Governor Wolf Announces Acutec Precision Aerospace to Invest in Meadville Through Facility Expansion, Creating 60 Jobs
- Governor Wolf Praises House Committee Action to Empower Victims, Curb Hazing
- Governor Wolf Announces AmerisourceBergen Selects Pennsylvania for Expansion of National Headquarters, Adding More Than 550 New Jobs
- Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals for Six Projects in Five Counties, Supporting Nearly 100 Small Business Jobs Statewide
- Governor Wolf Takes Action on Equal Pay for Women
- Executive Order: 2018-18-03 – Equal Pay for Employees of the Commonwealth
- Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff in Warren County to Honor K9 Officer Choper
- Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollution
- Governor Wolf, PennDOT Secretary Announce Plan to Improve Travel Between King of Prussia and Philadelphia Using New Smart Corridor Technologies
- Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Announce Summer 2018 Public Events Schedule at the Governor’s Residence
- Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Dover Township Fire Department Fire Police Officer Grant Froman
- Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Ranks Second in Nation for Reduction of Opioid Prescriptions
- Wolf Administration Cabinet Members Host 20th Cabinet in Your Community Event
- Governor Wolf Announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended to End of Year
- Governor Wolf Continues Rollout of Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack Potholes
Highlights from Twitter
In PA, women currently make 79¢ for every $1 a man earns. Later today I’m announcing a new executive order to close the gender pay gap for commonwealth employees. Equal work deserves equal pay. The GOP legislature should pass laws protecting all PA’ians from pay discrimination. pic.twitter.com/JQREsA0NvQ
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 6, 2018
Today I was in Pittsburgh to repair a pothole on West Carson St. and announce our accelerated road repair efforts ahead of summer travel. Through my #ResurfacePA initiative, we’re dedicating as many resources as possible to repairing potholes. Report a pothole: 1-800-FIX-ROAD pic.twitter.com/BUWhEc22Ed
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 8, 2018