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Governor Wolf Invests in a 21st Century Workforce

Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal invests in workforce development and ensuring that students are able to compete in the 21st century job market. As the

Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal invests in workforce development and ensuring that students are able to compete in the 21st century job market. As the Tribune-Review reports:

“Job training and college readiness were highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address Tuesday as he proposed a $40 million investment in a new program intended to bolster career and technical education programs across the state.”

The governor announced the launch of PAsmart– a program dedicated to realigning workforce development from K-12 education through career programs so that students and workers can gain the 21st Century skills necessary to get good jobs that employers demand.

This includes investing in STEM and computer science education at all levels, increasing the number of apprenticeships available, and developing public-private Industry Partnerships to provide job training.

The initiative also includes the launch of a new website to help people access information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania. Check it out here!

Governor Wolf knows that investing in workforce development has wide sweeping positive effects for Pennsylvania’s economy and families. “Developing a workforce that can compete and win in the 21st-century economy is the single best way to help Pennsylvania businesses grow – and attract new businesses to our commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s also the single best thing we can do to help more of our people find better jobs – not just tomorrow, but today.”

Governor Wolf believes that all Pennsylvanians who put in an honest day’s work deserve a shot to make a good living. This most recent investment in workforce development gives workers the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to make that a reality.

Governor Wolf Rejects Republicans’ Latest Gerrymandering Attempt

Governor Wolf has rejected the partisan, unconstitutional congressional map proposed to him by Republican legislative leaders. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: “Gov. Tom Wolf rejected a

Governor Wolf has rejected the partisan, unconstitutional congressional map proposed to him by Republican legislative leaders. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:

“Gov. Tom Wolf rejected a congressional map that top Republican lawmakers had proposed, saying it remains a partisan gerrymander drawn to benefit Republicans and does not comply with an order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.”

Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the existing congressional map, which was drawn and adopted by Republicans, because it violated the state constitution guarantee that “elections shall be free and equal.” It instructed the state legislature to redraw a fair map and submit it to Governor Wolf for approval.

Instead, two Republican legislative leaders got together to draw a map that was just as gerrymandered as the previous one and submitted it to Governor Wolf without bringing it to a vote in the General Assembly.

Governor Wolf maintained from the start that he would reject any unfair map presented to him, and today he followed through on that promise. “Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock and stifles meaningful reform,” he said in a statement. “Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”

Non-partisan analysts across the country agree that the Republican proposed map is still a partisan gerrymander. Governor Wolf also enlisted the help of Moon Duchin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University, for analysis of the map. She concluded that, not only did the map have an extreme partisan skew, but it was also clear that it was intentionally designed to favor Republicans. She wrote, “There is no more than a 0.1% chance that a plan drafted to comply with the Court’s factors would have been as favorable to Republicans as is the proposed Joint Submission Plan.”

Governor Wolf knows that we need to end gerrymandering to bring a voice back to the people of Pennsylvania. Replacing gerrymandered maps with new gerrymandered maps is not the way to do that. The governor will continue his fight to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians get the fair and equal elections that they deserve.

Pennsylvania Ranked “Most Improved” for Animal Protection Thanks to Libre’s Law

Pennsylvania was recently ranked “most improved” for Animal Protection Laws by two national organizations – the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society. This

Pennsylvania was recently ranked “most improved” for Animal Protection Laws by two national organizations – the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society. This achievement is being attributed to the landmark animal protection legislation signed by Governor Wolf this past summer.

Lancaster Online reported:

“The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Legal Defense Fund both have reported that Act 10 of 2017 — an animal abuse overhaul package signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf last June — has raised Pennsylvania’s standings in a nationwide tally of legal protections for animals.”

Included in this package of bills was Libre’s Law, named after a Boston Terrier whose story of abuse and recovery captured the hearts of Pennsylvanians. The legislation includes restrictions on tethering and greater penalties for animal cruelty convictions.

Governor Wolf remains committed to protecting animals across the Commonwealth and holding those who harm them accountable. He said, “Recognition of Pennsylvania’s efforts by the Humane Society and Animal Legal Defense Fund confirms that my administration, our General Assembly, and strong advocates worked well together to establish laws that protect the pets and animals we love and whose care we have been entrusted with.”

Governor Wolf continues to Take On Status Quo

Yesterday Governor Wolf rolled out his 2018-2019 budget plan. After donning an Eagles hat and congratulating the team on their historic Super Bowl win, the

Yesterday Governor Wolf rolled out his 2018-2019 budget plan. After donning an Eagles hat and congratulating the team on their historic Super Bowl win, the governor announced that he is continuing his fight to change Harrisburg by investing in issues important to Pennsylvania families. Some of these include:

 

Education: Governor Wolf is making an additional investment in public education. This funding will go towards early childhood education programs such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start, Special Education, and Career and Technical Education.

Workforce Development: The governor announced a first-of-its-kind strategic investment in job training. This investment includes PAsmart– an initiative dedicated to making sure students and workers gain the 21st century skills necessary to get good jobs that employers demand.

Severance Tax: Pennsylvania is the only major gas producing state that does not impose a severance tax on oil and gas. Governor Wolf reaffirmed his call for the legislature to pass a modest, commonsense severance tax to make oil and gas drillers pay their fair share.

 

The governor also called for increased efficiency in state agencies,  the reduction of waiting lists for child care assistance and services for those with autism and intellectual disabilities, bolstering home and community-based care for seniors, and a continued commitment to the fight against the opioid crisis.

Governor Wolf’s budget proposal builds on his accomplishments from the past few years and moves forward on his top priorities of education, workforce development, health care, and government efficiency.

Check out the articles below to read what people are saying about the Governor’s budget proposal!

 

“His budget proposal would prioritize education funding and workforce development initiatives while once again calling for a natural gas severance tax….”

City and State Pennsylvania

 

“In his fourth and last budget presentation of his first term, Wolf told a joint session of the legislature that he believes “we have finally begun to tame the fiscal beast that haunts Harrisburg,” predicting that that will smooth the way to a swifter budget resolution this year.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“Job training and college readiness were highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address Tuesday as he proposed a $40 million investment in a new program intended to bolster career and technical education programs across the state.”

-Pittsburgh Tribune Review