Weekly Update: Investing in Jobs, Resurfacing PA, and Raising the Wage
June 04, 2018
Last Tuesday, Governor Wolf joined Senator Bob Casey to celebrate the arrival of the first two super post-Panamax cranes at the Port of Philadelphia.
“My administration is working hard to invest critical dollars in improvements at PhilaPort, so that we can create thousands of jobs and grow the economy of this region, and the entire commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf.
In 2016, the governor announced his plan to invest more than $300 million in PhilaPort’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. Since implementing the infrastructure improvement plan, the port realized record breaking cargo volumes and nearly 20 percent container growth in 2017 and welcomed the arrival of the largest container vessel to ever call at the Port in February. Development is slated to continue through 2020 and is projected to support thousands of jobs and generate an increase of more than $100 million in state and local tax revenues annually.
Governor Wolf was joined by PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards in Philadelphia on Wednesday to highlight the administration’s new Resurface PA initiative.
Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs statewide through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.
Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at http://www.customercare.penndot.gov or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).
On Thursday, Governor Wolf reiterated his support for raising the minimum wage.
“Pennsylvania is falling behind others states and our neighbors are helping working families while the Republican-controlled legislature here has failed to act in the last decade. I join workers across Pennsylvania in calling for action to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.”
Governor Wolf’s Week, May 27 – June 2, 2018
- Governor Wolf, Senator Casey Celebrate PhilaPort, Highlighting New Crane Arrival, Job Creation, and Economic Growth
- Pennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears Concerns, Ideas in Erie
- Governor Wolf, Secretary Richards Outline Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative
- Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Erik Hirner
- Wolf Administration Announces Nearly $1.3 Million for Agriculture Research at 13 Institutions
- Governor Wolf Urges Legislative Action to Raise the Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania
Highlights from The Blog
Highlights from Twitter
PA workers haven't gotten a raise in nearly a decade. While corporations and the wealthiest Americans get massive tax breaks, PA'ians earning minimum wage are falling behind. It's well past time for the Republican legislature to #RaiseTheWage. https://t.co/J63ECr1n1J
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 2, 2018
Proud to be at @PhilaPort with @SenBobCasey today to celebrate the arrival of the first two of five super post-Panamax cranes. These massive structures will help the port continue its record-breaking expansion and serve as a symbol of PA's booming economic climate. pic.twitter.com/hoRAQ6ZqPh
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 29, 2018