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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Lauds Investment in Pennsylvanians in Governor Tom Wolf’s Budget

(HARRISBURG) Today, Governor Tom Wolf delivered the first Budget address of his second term. In 2019-2020, the Commonwealth has an opportunity to invest in the working men and women of Pennsylvania and create a sound pathway to the middle class.  By increasing investment in workforce development, decreasing bureaucratic inefficiency, and creating a support for working families to achieve economic success, our Commonwealth can become the go-to workforce for the jobs of the future.  Governor Wolf also understands that we must address workforce readiness and preparedness before Pennsylvanians enter the workforce.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO applauds the Governor’s proposed increases to education funding and his support of early childhood care and development.  Our Commonwealth needs to address all barriers to full and fair employment and this is an admirable start.  “This budget proposal builds on the findings of Governor Wolf’s Middle-Class Task Force and the PASmart program.  Today’s budget address connects the needs of the Commonwealth’s job market to the job-training and ‘earn while you learn’ apprenticeship programs that lift workers out of low-wage jobs,” remarked President Rick Bloomingdale. Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Applauds Governor Wolf’s Budget Blueprint for Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder are pleased with Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal today in keeping with the campaign promises he made to the working people of Pennsylvania. “Governor Wolf’s budget makes the much needed investments in education, health, and human services that will restore our state as a leader in job creation, prosperity and economic growth for years to come. Read More

Governor Corbett Shows His “Budget Cards”: Threatens to Hold State Budget Hostage in Pushing a Badly Flawed Pension Plan that Threatens Retirements of Young Workers and Thousands of Other Workers

Governor Corbett held a news conference on Tuesday, June 17 threatening to hold up passage of a state budget unless legislators approve a badly flawed pension Bill that even the Bill’s co-sponsors admit won’t provide short-term budget relief. It may also result in Governor Corbett breaking two of his campaign promises. Read More