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Governor Wolf Talks Community In Visit to Bristol

Gov. Wolf joined Representative John Galloway on a visit to Bristol Wharf last week to congratulate the people of Bristol Borough on their dedication to

Gov. Wolf joined Representative John Galloway on a visit to Bristol Wharf last week to congratulate the people of Bristol Borough on their dedication to building up their community.

Gov. Wolf recognizes the difference that the passion and spirit of community organizing can make in transforming an area’s economy. He noted, “I was a business owner in York, Pennsylvania, trying to make my community like this, to try to develop it, to try to get people in York to be proud. You’ve done that here.”

According to the Bucks County Courier Times,

“Gov. Tom Wolf sang the borough’s praises before a small crowd Thursday at the Bristol Wharf, which he cited as just one of the community’s recent successes.”

Most recently, Bristol Borough became the season two winner of the Small Business Revolution– an eight-part national TV series on Hulu that included thousands of communities. Their prize was a $500,000 revitalization package which includes grants, publicity, and advice through small-business experts.

The governor and Rep. John Calloway attributed Bristol’s success directly to the passion that the borough residents have for their community. The campaign to win the Small Business Revolution was led by the borough’s economic development committee called Raising the Bar, which is devoted to strengthening the town’s revitalization efforts by organizing community cleanups and larger projects such as the Center for the Arts, Mill Street Crossing, and facade improvements in the business district.

The governor also toured the new municipal pier and 250-foot docks, which were made possible in part by a $700,000 grant from the state. The docks have been an enormous success, attracting visitors to the shops, restaurants, and entertainment that are make up the Mill Street commercial area.

Check out Gov. Wolf’s New Manufacturing Initiative

Governor Wolf recently visited the former Bethlehem Steel plant to announce an exciting new initiative that will benefit Pennsylvanians and our state’s manufacturing industry. The

Governor Wolf recently visited the former Bethlehem Steel plant to announce an exciting new initiative that will benefit Pennsylvanians and our state’s manufacturing industry. The Allentown Morning Call described the scene:

“In front of the backdrop of 19th century machinery at the National Museum of Industrial History, Wolf unveiled the Manufacturing PA initiative he says will get more innovation and skilled workers into factories.”

The Manufacturing PA initiative will support manufacturing by providing students and trainees with appropriate training programs that will prepare them for careers with higher pay and more opportunities for advancement. The initiative will also benefit employers by customizing training to fit their specific needs, which will produce more hireable talent.

The initiative includes three specific programs. They are:

  1. The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career Grant Program: This program will provide grants to Pennsylvania manufacturers who partner with technical and trade schools, Pennsylvania’s community colleges, and non-profit organizations to train skilled workers.
  2. The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program: This program seeks to leverage the talent at Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher learning and engage them in the manufacturing industry through a Manufacturing Fellows program.
  3. Industrial Resource Centers: These centers will expand their outreach initiatives to include small and medium-sized businesses and will continue to provide assistance to Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector

Governor Wolf emphasized that the goal of Manufacturing PA “is not just to bring manufacturing back, but bring Pennsylvania back.” He understands that investing in manufacturing will benefit the state as a whole by creating jobs and keeping Pennsylvania competitive in the global economy.

Governor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Effort to Stop Trump’s Health Care Sabotage

For months, Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington have been attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and take away health care from millions of

For months, Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington have been attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and take away health care from millions of Americans. Governor Wolf has stood up to them every step of the way in order to protect health care for Pennsylvania’s working families, seniors, children, women, and those suffering from substance use disorder.

This week, Governor Wolf continued that fight.

Governor Wolf and a bipartisan group of nine other governors sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to vote on the Alexander-Murray Agreement, which would continue to fund cost-sharing subsidies that President Trump proposed eliminating in an Executive Order last week in an effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

According to Central Penn Business Journal:

“Wolf has called on Congress to bring Alexander-Murray to a vote in the U.S. House and Senate. He was joined by a bipartisan group of governors from Colorado, Ohio, Alaska, Montana, Nevada, Louisiana, Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont, made up of five Republicans, three Democrats and an Independent.”

Governor Wolf understands that the importance of protecting Americans’ health care transcends politics. That’s why he’s reaching across the aisle to work with colleagues from different parties to get the job done. “Congress must act and cannot allow politics or chaos to hurt families, seniors and people in need of care,” he said. “Let Alexander-Murray have an up-or-down vote and give governors the tools to stabilize markets and work to bring down the cost of health care.”

The governors sent their letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The full text of the letter can be viewed here.