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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 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.  Read More

Governor Corbett’s Budget Address Sounded More Like A Political Speech Than A Budget Address

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, in commenting on Governor Corbett’s budget address, said that it sounded more like a campaign speech than a budget address. It was long rhetoric but very short on specifics. Read More