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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.

Big news, Pennsylvania!

Big news, Pennsylvania! Thanks to Governor’s Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid and his championing of affordable, quality health care for everyone in the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s uninsured

Big news, Pennsylvania! Thanks to Governor’s Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid and his championing of affordable, quality health care for everyone in the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate is the lowest it has ever been. According to the Clearfield Progress:

Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced a decline in the commonwealth’s uninsured rate from 6.4 percent in 2015 to 5.6 percent in 2016, the lowest on record. Before the Affordable Care Act was implemented and Wolf expanded Medicaid, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate was more than 10 percent.

But there’s still more work to do. Governor Wolf will continue to stand up against attempts to repeal Obamacare and is working to make the law better. The governor just recently joined seven other Republican and Democratic governors to release a plan to improve healthcare, control costs, and make sure that we’re protecting coverage for Pennsylvanians. 

Governor Wolf is not going to stop fighting to make sure that every Pennsylvania family will be able to get the insurance coverage they deserve. No one should have to go broke in order to be healthy.

“We will continue to work to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to quality coverage at an affordable price and advocate in a bipartisan way to fix Obamacare at the federal level,” Governor Wolf said, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.