Governor Wolf on KDKA: We Can Balance the Budget Without Broad Based Tax Increases

first_img Budget News Governor Wolf earlier this morning on KDKA said he believes we can balance the budget, provide an additional $250 million for basic education, and include $34 million to address the heroin crisis without raising the Personal Income or Sales Taxes. Here is an excerpt from the governor’s interview:“There are three things that are key for me and I think for the people we’re talking with. And by the way, the conversations and the negotiations are going, I think, very well. But, we need a balanced budget that is truly balanced. I want $250 million dollars for basic education, an increase, and I want $34 million dollars for the heroin overdose problem, which is really a big problem in Pennsylvania. And I think all this can be done without a broad based tax increase. I’m not asking for a Sales Tax increase or Personal Income Tax increase. I think we can do all this; the balanced budget, the increase in education, and heroin initiatives without a broad based tax increase. So, I think that we’re making some good progress. I think we’re very close.”Click here for the full interview.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf on KDKA: We Can Balance the Budget Without Broad Based Tax Increasescenter_img June 21, 2016last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Two Company Expansions in Pennsylvania, Creation of 600 New Jobs (Round-Up)

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf announced two companies would be expanding their operations in Pennsylvania, a move that will create 600 new jobs.The governor visited Accolade Inc. in Plymouth Meeting to announce the company’s plans to expand for the fifth time and create an additional 250 jobs.“Accolade’s decision to choose Pennsylvania as the best place for its fifth expansion over any other location speaks volumes to our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “I applaud Accolade for recognizing and investing in the great talents of our first-class workforce. My budget proposal continues to support companies like Accolade who are dedicated to expanding in the commonwealth and creating good, middle-class jobs for Pennsylvanians.”Governor Wolf also announced 350 new jobs, as well as the retention of 1,500 existing positions, with the expansion of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories.“I am pleased to announce that Eurofins will a significant investment in its Lancaster County campus by expanding its cutting-edge operations in the commonwealth and employing 1,500 hard-working Pennsylvanians with family sustaining jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “Projects like this that utilize the talents of our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce are what will continue to grow our communities and strengthen our economy.”Take a look at the coverage below Governor Wolf Announces Two Company Expansions in Pennsylvania, Creation of 600 New Jobs (Round-Up) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 03, 2017center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Accolade Inc. to add 250 jobs in Plymouth MeetingAccolade Inc., which contracts with self-insured employers and insurers to help beneficiaries navigate the health care system, will add 250 full-time jobs over the next three years in Plymouth Meeting, Gov. Wolf said Thursday. The company already employs 541 at the Montgomery County location and will spend $2 million on the expansion.The Reporter: Pa. Gov. Wolf visits Accolade in Plymouth MeetingA trailblazing company that’s been recognized as a top place to work received a visit from Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to celebrate a partnership with the state in its imminent future. Accolade, Inc., which is planning to create 250 jobs over the next three years, specializes in simplifying and humanizing the frequently frustrating world of health care for its clients’ employees.CBS: Gov. Wolf Visits Plymouth Meeting Healthcare CompanyGov. Wolf toured Accolade’s operations, nestled off West Germantown Pike, and brought with him a $2 million contribution from the state to help the company cover hiring and training of an additional 250 employees.Central Penn Business Journal: Eurofins lab expansion to create 350 new jobsA substantial lab expansion at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. will bring 350 new full-time jobs to one of Lancaster County’s largest employers, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday. Eurofins provides analytical testing services to the bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental and medical device industries. Its main campus is located in Upper Leacock Township.ABC 27: Company to add 350 jobs in Lancaster CountyA laboratory services provider plans to expand its Lancaster County campus and add 350 full-time jobs, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Thursday. Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. currently employs 1,500 people at its main campus in Upper Leacock Township. The company plans to build a five-story facility to house laboratories and office space beginning in April.PennLive: $59 million expansion project expected to create 350 new jobs[Eurofin] will invest $59 million in the expansion project, which includes construction of the facility and the purchase of new laboratory instrumentation and equipment, the statement said. Construction is anticipated to start next month and the company has already begun hiring new employees. In addition to the 350 new, full-time jobs, the company is expected to retain 1,500 existing positions.   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

Governor Announces May 1 Statewide Reopening of Limited Outdoor Recreational Activities to Help Pennsylvanians Maintain Positive Physical, Mental Health

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Wolf Administration is lifting some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities.Starting Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide and are required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance and FAQ issued by the Wolf Administration to include specifics for how these outdoor recreational industries can resume activities while prioritizing public health and safety. Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14.“Pennsylvanians have remained resilient throughout this COVID-19 crisis, and as we successfully continue to flatten the curve to protect our physical health, it is critical that we also focus on our physical and mental health during these extraordinary times. As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress,” Wolf said. “As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.”According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half (45 percent) of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over COVID-19 with the burden likely to continue even as the pandemic’s threat diminishes.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities. These guidelines must be followed statewide by businesses and when engaging in outdoor activity while the state disaster declaration remains in effect. The guidelines will ensure the safety of individuals and families engaging in outdoor activities and adherence will help slow the spread of COVID-19.Stay close to home: Pennsylvanians are encouraged to enjoy permitted outdoor recreational activities within their community and avoid crowding popular destinations.Practice social distancing: Maintain the recommended minimum 6 feet apart from fellow recreationists. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to wear a mask or protective garment that covers the nose and mouth any time they go outside. If a parking lot at a park is full or there are too many people on the same trail, find an alternate place to recreate. Cross the street to avoid running directly past another runner or wait longer at a golf hole for a fellow golfer to move forward.Minimize risk to others: Individuals should only go out if they feel healthy and have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.Practice good hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails.Have a plan: Create a safety plan before heading outdoors. Explain to children the need to keep their distance from others, even if they happen to see a friend while outside. Discuss with partners, social distancing while on the golf course. Think through how to avoid other runners when waiting to safely cross a street at the same time.“Practicing social distancing takes a little planning and patience but it is necessary if we want to continue to flatten the curve while ensuring that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to de-stress and get exercise,” Wolf said. “Finding the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying safe is only possible when all Pennsylvanians are abiding by the same precautions. It’s critical that all Pennsylvanians adhere to the safety guidelines to allow for these outdoor activities to remain available to the public.”For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit this information in Spanish. April 27, 2020center_img Governor Announces May 1 Statewide Reopening of Limited Outdoor Recreational Activities to Help Pennsylvanians Maintain Positive Physical, Mental Healthlast_img read more