Wolf lays out 'Back to Work PA' plan

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his economic development and workforce plan on Monday. The plan is called "Back to Work PA."

The administration says the plan is an effort to help strengthen the state's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Pennsylvania needs a comprehensive, forward-thinking plan to jumpstart our economy and support our workforce,” Gov. Wolf said. “Back to Work PA will make strategic and comprehensive investments to build a stronger and more diverse workforce, support Pennsylvania businesses while attracting businesses to the commonwealth, and assist communities with economic recovery efforts – all of which will help us get back on track and build a brighter future for Pennsylvania.”

According to the governor, the plan, which would be funded through a tax on the natural gas industry and would, among other things:

- invest in training and reskilling Pennsylvanians for new careers

- invest in digital literacy skills

- expand apprenticeship programs

- support expansion of child care

- support re-entering citizens get credentials and access to job opportunities

- attract new businesses

- reshoring manufacturing businesses

- ensure broadband access is available throughout the state

“We know that no two jobs are exactly the same, no two workers are exactly the same, and no two businesses are exactly the same. The individualized services in the governor’s Back to Work PA plan connect job seekers to the education or training that will set them up for success in the labor market, while also helping businesses connect to the skilled workforce they need to thrive,” said Department of Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier. “By making these smart investments now, we can build up our workforce to make Pennsylvania’s workers the most in-demand in the country as we emerge into the new post-pandemic world.”

Wolf's "Back to Work PA" plan is part of his 2021 legislative agenda.