Cephas applauds Governor Wolf for investment in workforce development

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., called Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year a step in the right direction:

“I applaud Governor Wolf for making the needed investments in our workforce, proposing to raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour and providing a total of $20 million to focus on workforce development,” Cephas said. “By launching PAsmart, he has pledged $50 million to promote 21st century job and skill development, including $10 million to apprenticeship programs which would allow individuals to enter the workforce with a trade and debt free. With 200,000 job openings projected each year in the state, more than 13 percent are expected in traditionally CTE-related fields, generating the need to invest in pathways beyond the cradle to college pipeline.”

Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal includes:

  • $225 million to improve education for all students regardless of zip code;
  • $25 million increase in STEM and computer science related education;
  • $7 million increase in apprenticeships in order to double the number of registered apprentices by 2025;
  • $10 million increase to develop career and technical education and STEM career pathways; and
  • $5 million increase to encourage employers to partner with colleges and universities to prepare students for jobs in high paying and demand fields.

“Governor Wolf introduced measures for business tax reforms to establish a more competitive environment with the hopes of maximizing new business investment,” Cephas said. “As someone who represents a district of middle neighborhoods, I am hopeful that these tax reforms will encourage new business opportunities and workforce growth. Making these opportunities accessible and affordable is going to give students, working professionals, and business owners the ability to grow, develop, and provide for their families. I look forward to working with my colleagues and Governor Wolf to see that even more investments like these are made, particularly in Philadelphia County.”