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
- Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 307 Pennsylvania Jobs Through Expansion of Assurant
- Governor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support 13 Small Business Projects in Nine Counties, Supporting Nearly 200 Jobs
- Governor Wolf Announces $4 Million for Health Care Training Building in Central PA
- Wolf Administration Approves First Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Begin Serving Patients
- Governor Wolf Visits Philips Ultrasound, Hosts Roundtable with Pennsylvania Med Tech Businesses
- Governor Wolf Announce Landmark UPMC and Highmark Agreement to Access Critical Health Care Services
- Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania Will Protect Medical Marijuana Patients from Any Federal Overreach
- Governor Wolf Tours Wood-Mode in Snyder County to Highlight Job Training
- Ahead of Dangerously Cold Temperatures, Wolf Administration Urges Safety, Preparedness
- Governor Wolf Visits Dauphin County Technical School, Talks Training and Careers with Health Sciences Students
In 2018, I am working to prioritize the issues important to PA families: bolstering education and skills training, tackling the opioid epidemic, protecting health care access, helping seniors age with dignity, and reforming state government. pic.twitter.com/WUoKtPFgko
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 1, 2018
This is incredible news for patients and the people who care for them. Once the growing process is completed, PA’s first #MMJ will finally be available to those who need this medication. Proud of the work @PAHealthDept has done to bring us #OneStepCloser to delivering it. https://t.co/gzkhpt6yrk
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 4, 2018
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