Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Responds to Governor Tom Wolf’s Budget Address

Investing in the Future of Pennsylvania’s Working People

On Tuesday February 6, Governor Tom Wolf outlined a bold plan for investing in Pennsylvania’s future with his budget address today.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, made the following joint response:

“The Governor’s proposed 2018-2019 Budget plan is a direct response to the needs voiced by working families across our Commonwealth.  His outlined investments in economic development and education are derived from the findings of the Governor’s Middle Class Task Force which listened to working people, educators, and employers across the state.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO applauds Governor Wolf’s announced investment in education and vocational training, which includes increased funding for basic education, early childhood and special education, as well as higher education.  We support the additional $30 million investment in job-creating industry partnerships and the $50 million job training initiative, PASmart, which will increase our Commonwealth’s ability to fill the skills gap. Through investing in education and job training and committing to double apprenticeship by 2025, Governor Wolf’s proposal will position Pennsylvanians to fill the advanced and technologically-driven jobs of the future.”