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Wolf creates workforce development command center

By: - February 19, 2019 12:47 pm

Surrounded by business, union, and legislative leaders, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive creating a state workforce development command center.

The panel will include three members of Wolf’s cabinet and three representatives of the private sector, including state AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr. These six members will then look for regulations to fix or programs to fund and make the suggestions to the legislature.

Speakers trumpeted it as an example of bipartisan work in a more partisan era.

Bipartisan lawmakers including Senate Majority Whip John Gordner, R-Columbia, said priorities could include increasing the workforce pool by expanding access to childcare and transportation.

Wolf made increasing workforce development spending while coordinating between labor and industry a top priority in his budget address. House Republicans are also scheduled to hold hearings and votes on their own workforce development bills in the coming weeks.

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.