Weekly Update: Fighting for a Severance Tax, Connecting Workers and Manufacturers, and Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform
May 07, 2018
Last Monday, Governor Wolf joined bipartisan legislators to announce the introduction of legislation that would create a commonsense severance tax in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state without a severance tax.
“Since day one of my term as governor, I have fought to enact a reasonable severance tax that would give Pennsylvanians their fair share of the energy boom that is powered by resources that belong to all of us,” said Governor Wolf.
The proposed severance tax would generate an estimated $248.7 million in the next fiscal year alone to address critical budget needs and would also keep the current impact fee in place, ensuring that this important revenue source for local municipalities stays intact.
Building on his efforts to promote job training and connect students with career pathways, on Tuesday Governor Wolf announced a new fellowship program through his Manufacturing PA initiative. This program will partner undergraduate or graduate students at Pennsylvania colleges and universities with local manufacturers and fund student specific research projects that develop new products or processes for the company. On Friday, the governor also announced a $135,000 grant to the Manufacturers Resource Center to develop a new training program with Lehigh Carbon Community College, providing 20 trainees with certifications and college credits.
On Thursday, Governor Wolf hosted a press conference alongside Congressman Dwight Evans, Senator Larry Farnese, Representative Donna Bullock, artist Robert “Meek Mill” Williams and Sixers Co-Owner and entrepreneur Michael Rubin.
“I believe that we can improve the criminal justice system, so that we can protect victims while also ending a cycle of incarceration that has left so many people feeling trapped, helpless, and without an opportunity to return to society after they have been released,” Governor Wolf said.
View a list of initiatives outlined by Governor Wolf.
Governor Wolf’s Week, April 29, 2018 – May 5, 2018
- Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Williamsport for Cabinet in Your Community Event
- Governor Wolf, Legislators Introduce New Bipartisan Severance Tax Legislation
- Governor Wolf Again Asks House GOP Leaders to Advance Domestic Violence Legislation
- Governor Wolf Launches New Fellowship Program to Connect Students and Manufacturers to Advance Innovation in Pennsylvania
- First Lady Frances Wolf Joins Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs to Honor Pennsylvanians
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2018
- Governor Wolf Hosts First Opioid Command Center on the Road in Southwest Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Plans for Special Congressional Elections
- Governor Wolf Announces New Small Business Loan Approvals for Eight Projects in Six Counties, Supporting Nearly 700 Jobs
- Governor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice Reform
- Pennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears from Students, Others in the Northeast Region
Highlights from Twitter
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 3, 2018
Since day one as governor, I have fought to enact a commonsense severance tax and today I'm joining bipartisan legislators to renew that call. It is well past time that we join all other major gas-producing states in getting a fair share of natural gas profits for our citizens. pic.twitter.com/vTML1Z5u2Q
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 30, 2018