Weekly Update: Standing Up for Medical Marijuana Patients, Expanding Opportunities for Pennsylvania’s Workforce, and Ensuring Access to Career and Technical Education

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

January 05, 2018

This week, Governor Tom Wolf demonstrated that he remains dedicated to investing in Pennsylvania’s workforce and businesses. On Tuesday, he announced $375,000 in Next Generation Industry Partnership seed grants that were awarded to 12 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth.

“These grants are helping to create jobs by bringing businesses together to provide the job training that local workers and employers need in that region,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The targeted investment is another example of the collaborations between my administration and workers, businesses, and other economic development partners in order to provide a skilled workforce that businesses want to expand and grow in the commonwealth.”

On Wednesday, Governor Wolf joined with Senator Jake Corman to announce $4 million in funding for a new health sciences building on the campus of Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology. This new building will enable the school to provide health care training to more adult students which will help meet the need for more workers in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf continued to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to the skills training and education they need to access jobs that pay. Building on investments in training our workforce, the governor announced the creation of 307 jobs through the expansion of Assurant in York County, he approved funding for 22 community revitalization projects in counties throughout Pennsylvania, and provided low-interest loans for 13 small business projects which will create and retain 200 jobs statewide. The governor will continue to encourage more training, workforce development, and economic development throughout Pennsylvania.

On Thursday, the governor emphasized his commitment to protect medical marijuana patients from federal overreach. He stated:

“The Trump Administration must put patients’ rights first, and I will not stand for backwards attacks on the progress made in Pennsylvania to provide medicine to those in need. We are evaluating the exact impact rescinding the directive could have on Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program but I will continue to do everything in my power to protect Pennsylvania patients.”

The governor also announced on Thursday that his administration approved the first medical marijuana dispensary to begin serving patients. This step put Pennsylvania one step closer to serving patients with serious medical conditions who desperately need this medication.

Lastly, with extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills affecting the commonwealth, the governor took time to remind residents of the need for safety and preparedness in the winter months.

“Cold temperatures can be damaging to our health, the health of our seniors and the health of our pets,” Governor Wolf said. “I urge all Pennsylvanians to take steps to make sure they are prepared for these cold temperatures and to check on neighbors and watch out for one another.”

Governor Wolf’s Week, December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Tuesday, 1/2/18
Wednesday, 1/3/18
Thursday, 1/4/18
Friday, 1/5/18

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