Governor Wolf Signs Jobs Initiative, Fights FEMA Denial

Using funding from the recently passed state budget, Governor Tom Wolf Wednesday signed an order to implement a $30-million workforce development initiative. PAsmart will use competitive grants to connect people with science and technology education, apprentice programs. Wolf says $20-million will focus on teaching science, math and computer science. While the other $10-million will be used for apprenticeships and job training.

Meanwhile, Governor Wolf says he will appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of his request for a major disaster declaration. Wolf asked for the help following flooding and landslide damage last February through April in western Pennsylvania. The latest amount of costs associated with the request totals $22-million.

On Thursday, The governor will make a $22 million deposit into Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund. He says it will be the first meaningful deposit in nearly a decade.

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