Weekly Update: Investing in Education, Supporting Women’s Health and Workforce Development
July 30, 2018
Investing in Education to Strengthen our Economy
Last Tuesday, Governor Wolf joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in Philadelphia to highlight Pennsylvania’s significant progress and investments in education to reverse years of cuts and prepare students with the skills for a rewarding career in the 21st century economy.
“My administration is laser-focused on improving education at all levels and investing in our schools and our children is my top priority,” said Governor Wolf. “We have fully restored education funding cut during the previous administration, ensured students are ready for college or to start their career, and provided unprecedented support for high-quality pre-k programs so young children can start developing strong reading skills needed for success in school and beyond.”
Over the past three years, state education funding increases secured by the governor have helped expand the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by 60 percent and reversed the $1 billion in cuts by the previous administration which led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes and program cuts. This year, the governor secured $30 million for PAsmart to increase classes in math, technology, science and information technology, as well as invest in skills training through expanded apprenticeships.
Supporting Women’s Health
On Wednesday, Governor Wolf was joined by medical providers, advocates, patients, legislators, and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women in support of women’s reproductive health rights at an event at Eakins Lounge at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
“Let me be clear, there is no role for government to step between a woman and her doctor,” Governor Wolf said. “President Trump’s plan to implement a Title X gag rule will cut women off from critical health care services like birth control and preventive care, including cancer screenings, and will censor doctors and strip federal funding from certain health care providers for discussing legal health care procedures with their patients.”
On Thursday, Governor Wolf joined state and local officials for a tour of flood-impacted businesses and communities, and provided an update on the extent of the impact and next steps for clean-up.
“Touring the state today gave me an up-close look at the intensity of the rain over the past days and how it affected residents,” Governor Wolf said. “Most importantly, I was able to check on the safety of people in these hard-hit communities and speak with them to learn how the state can help. PEMA and local emergency officials have done a tremendous job of helping residents and I thank them for that, but we have a lot of work to do now that the rains have subsided. We are in clean-up mode.”
Workforce Development and 21st Century Skills Learning
Also on Thursday, Governor Wolf visited two central Pennsylvania companies, Champion Modular, in Juniata County, and Playworld, in Union County, that received support through the administration’s workforce and economic development programs.
“It’s wonderful to see the incredible work being done at these facilities and I’m proud that the commonwealth has partnered with businesses that are committed to investing in their employees and their local communities,” said Governor Wolf.
On Friday, the governor was in Aliquippa to visit the Insulators Training Center, meet with apprentices and members of Insulators Local 2, and to discuss apprenticeships and PAsmart, the state’s new workforce development initiative that helps connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in Pennsylvania.
“I am investing in the people of Pennsylvania with the PAsmart initiative, which will help Pennsylvanians get the skills they need to get good, middle class jobs,” Governor Wolf said. “There is no better example of good jobs than working in a trade as the members of Local 2 are doing, focusing on a skill that will lead these men and women into a successful career.”
Governor Wolf’s Week, July 22-28, 2018
- Governor Wolf Appoints Charles Ramsey Chairman of the School Safety and Security Committee
- State Monitoring Heavy Rains, Possible Flooding
- State Continues to Monitor Forecast of Heavy Rains, Flash Flooding
- Statement on the Passing of State Representative Florindo Fabrizio
- Governor Wolf Thanks Emergency Personnel, Provides Update on Continuing Storms and Flooding
- Governor Wolf Touts Importance of Education for Pennsylvania’s Economy
- Governor Wolf to Congress: “Workflex” Bill Hurts Pennsylvania Workers
- Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvania
- State Activates Commonwealth Response Center Due to Severe Weather, Agencies to Report Wednesday Morning
- Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Representative Florindo Fabrizio
- State Agencies Coordinating Response, Monitoring Conditions at PEMA
- Governor Wolf Joins Providers, Advocates, Patients in Support of Women’s Reproductive Health Rights
- Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event in Towanda
- Wolf Administration Provides Multi-Agency Update on Response to Flooding
- Governor Wolf: $5 Million Grant Will Assist People Impacted by Opioid Crisis to Find Employment
- Wolf Administration Provides Weather Update as Tour of Impacted Areas Under Way
- Governor Wolf Visits Juniata, Union County Companies, Highlights Economic Growth and Workforce Development
- Governor Wolf, Public Safety Officials Provide Briefing on Tour of Central Pennsylvania Impacted by Heavy Rains and Flooding
- Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Minority-Owned Small Businesses, Promoting Job Creation and Economic Growth Through Diversity
- Wolf Administration Urges Residents in Flooded Areas to Take Safety Precautions During Clean-Up
- Governor Wolf Visits Pennsylvania Insulators Training Center, Discusses Apprenticeships and PAsmart
Highlights from Twitter
I have stood up to many attacks on women’s health care by politicians in Harrisburg & DC. Their latest attack — the Title X gag rule — limits women’s choices about their own medical care. These attacks won’t stop. As long as I am governor, I will continue to fight for PA women. pic.twitter.com/VVtlY6XTiF
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 25, 2018
No PA’ian should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love. But PA’s GOP-controlled legislature has failed to pass housing, job, or service protections for LGBTQ PA’ians. It’s time for the legislature to act. pic.twitter.com/NuRrMxpade
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 25, 2018