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Tom Wolf on Jobs

 

 


State to be pro-active in connecting employers to workers

We have workers aging out of our workforce, and too often the next generation of worker is not there or doesn't have the skills to replace them. If we can't strengthen our workforce, we will fall behind. That's why we are going to do something a little different. We are going to put together a Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. Agency secretaries are going to meet each week to make sure no workforce effort walks alone or falls through some crack in the state government.

If the Department of Community and Economic Development knows a company that needs 20 welders and the Department of Labor and Industry has a welding program, we're going to connect them. If a labor union is having trouble establishing a training program because of antiquated procedures, then we need to fix it. If a business can't hire a worker because of an out-of-date or unnecessary rule or regulation, we need to know about it so we can take action.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Pennsylvania legislature , Feb 5, 2019

No "right-to-work"; unionization decided by majority rule

Q: Enact right-to-work law, eliminating the right of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Scott Wagner (R): Yes. Praised Supreme Court decision allowing government employees who opt out of a union to not be charged for the cost of collective bargaining.

Tom Wolf (D): No. "I'm not sure what gives the minority the right to say `we'll take advantage of the benefits of the unions, but we're not going to pay for the cost'."

Source: CampusElect.org Issue Guide: 2018 Pennsylvania Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $12/hr

Q: Raise the state minimum wage from $7.25?

Scott Wagner (R): Yes. Supports raising to between $8.75 & $9.50/hr, but not higher.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes. Increase to $12/hr.

Source: CampusElect.org Issue Guide: 2018 Pennsylvania Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Raised minimum wage from $7 to $10 per hour

Tom Wolf raised the minimum wage--mostly for state janitorial workers and part-time clerical staff--increasing their pay from $7.25 to $10.15 per hour. And in the wake of North Carolina's passing a law that stripped rights from gay and transgender people, Wolf issued a pair of executive orders that expanded protections against discrimination based on one's sexual orientation or gender identity. He wanted "to show the world that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place for everyone."

Fetterman stands for many of the same policies. He wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 and pass gun reforms, and supports Medicare-for-all. And with all of it comes more of a voice for the "forgotten cities across Pennsylvania" message. He says he stands for "evidence-based public policies that benefit the most people possible."

Source: Vox.com on 2018 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race , May 16, 2018

Increase minimum wage to $10.10 and index it to inflation

Source: The Patriot News on 2014 Pennsylvania governor debate , May 10, 2014

Company strategy: source its own American-made products

For Tom Wolf, creating jobs is job one. As governor, Tom will work to lift Pennsylvania's middle-class through innovative policies that help attract the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.

Tom received word 4 years ago that the business he had sold earlier in the decade was about to go under, leaving his former employees to join the ranks of the unemployed. While he could have walked away, Tom instead sank every penny he had into saving the company, buying it back at full market value and investing in its workforce.

Tom's rescue and innovation resulted in saving the company and the hundreds of middle-class jobs that went with it. The company is growing and thriving by sourcing its own American-made products, competing directly with products made overseas in low wage countries. Tom knows that in order for the middle-class to thrive, businesses must invest in their workforce. Owning his own business, Tom provides his workers with good wages and comprehensive health and retirement ben

Source: 2014 Gubernatorial campaign website, WolfForPA.com, "Plan" , Mar 3, 2014

Other governors on Jobs: Tom Wolf on other issues:
PA Gubernatorial:
Allyson Schwartz
John Fetterman
Ken Krawchuk
Mark Critz
Michael Nutter
Scott Wagner
Tom Corbett
PA Senatorial:
Bob Casey
Everett Stern
Jim Christiana
Joe Sestak
John Fetterman
Katie McGinty
Lou Barletta
Pat Toomey
Rick Saccone

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
KY:
Bevin(R)
vs.Goforth(R)
vs.Adkins(D)
vs.Beshear(D)
vs.Edelen(D)
LA:
Edwards(D)
vs.Abraham(R)
MS:
Bryant(R)
vs.Foster(R)
vs.Hood(D)
vs.Reeves(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.Dunleavy(D) vs.Chenault(R) vs.Huggins(R) vs.Begich(D) vs.Treadwell(D)
AL: Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.Battle (R) vs.Maddox (R) vs.George(R) vs.Carrington(R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.Henderson(D) vs.West(L)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs. Garcia (D) vs.Farley(D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Eastin (D) vs.Hadley (R) vs.Cox (R) vs.Istvan (I) vs.Allen(R) vs.La Riva(P)
CO: Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Kennedy (D) vs.Robinson (R) vs.Barlock(R) vs.Lynne(R) vs.Polis(D) vs.Coffman(R) vs.Brauchler(R,A.G.) vs.Stapleton(R)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Lamont(D) vs.Stefanowski(R) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R) vs.Lumaj(R) vs.Visconti(R) vs.Lauretti(R) vs.Drew(D)
FL: Gillum(D) vs.Graham(D) vs.Putnam(R) vs.Levine(D) vs.DeSantis(R)
GA: Kemp(R) vs.Cagle(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Abrams(D) vs.Levine(D)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Tupola(R) vs.Carroll(R) vs.McDermott(R)
IA: Reynolds(R) vs.Leopold(D) vs.Boulton(D) vs.McGuire(D) vs.Glasson(D) vs.Hubbell(D) vs.Porter(L) vs.Battaglia(L)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R) vs.Labrador(R) vs.Ahlquist(R) vs.Minton(D) vs.Jordan(D)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Pawar(D) vs.Daniel Biss (D) vs.Pritzker(D) vs.Ives(R)
KS: Brewer(D) vs.Hartman (R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2018:(continued) vs.Colyer(R) vs.Kobach(R) vs.Orman(I) vs.Kelly(D)
MA: Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Warren (D) vs.Massie (R)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.Ross (D) vs.Cummings(D) vs.Madaleno(D) vs.Jealous(D) vs.Quinn(L) vs.Schlakman(G)
ME: Mayhew(R) vs.Mills(D) vs.Boyle(D) vs.Thibodeau(R) vs.Moody(D) vs.Capron(I) vs.Caron(I)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.El-Sayed(D) vs.Walz (D) vs.Schuette(R) vs.Calley(R) vs.Tatar(L)
MN: vs.Smith(D) vs.Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Otto(D) vs.Liebling (DFL) vs.Walz (DFL) vs.Dean (R) vs.Pawlenty(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Swanson(D)
MO: Greitens(R) vs.Parson(R)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.Krist(D)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.Jarvis(L) vs.Marchand (D) vs.Kelly (D)
NM: Lujan-Grisham(D) vs.Pearce(R) vs.Cervantes(D) vs.Apodaca(D) vs.Jarvis(L)
NV: Fisher (R) vs.Sisolak(D) vs.Laxalt(R) vs.Schwartz(R)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Nixon(D) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Molinaro(R)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.Husted(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Kucinich(D) vs.Sutton(D,Lt.Gov) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Renacci (R) vs.Pillich (D) vs.Schiavoni(D) vs.Whaley(D) vs.Cordray(D)
OK: Stitt(R) vs.Cornett(R) vs.Edmondson(D) vs.Richardson(R) vs.Johnson(D) vs.Powell(L) vs.Maldonado(L)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Inman(D) vs.Buehler(R)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Fetterman(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Barletta(R) vs.Krawchuk(L)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.Brown(D) vs.Fung(R) vs.Morgan(R)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.McGill(R) vs.Pope(R) vs.Templeton(R) vs.Smith(D) vs.Warren(D) vs.Bryant(R)
SD: Noem(R) vs.Jackley(R) vs.Sutton(D)
TN: Green(R) vs.Dean(D) vs.Black(R) vs.Lee(R)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.Glass(L) vs.White(D) vs.Valdez(D)
VT: Scott(R) vs.Moody(R) vs.Hallquist(D) vs.Stern(D)
WI: Walker(R) vs.Harlow(D) vs.Vinehout(D) vs.Evers(D) vs.Roys(D) vs.Anderson(L)
WY: Throne(D) vs.Dahlin(R) vs.Gordon(R) vs.Rammell(R)
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