Governor Tom Wolf released his new “Back to Work PA” workforce and economic development plan aimed at bolstering economic recovery efforts and positioning the commonwealth for economic growth.
“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,” said Wolf, “all of which will help us get back on track and build a brighter future for Pennsylvania.”
The plan, which builds on recommendations from the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center’s annual report, would be financed through a commonsense extraction tax on the natural gas industry.
This would allow for an injection of $3 billion that would improve existing initiatives and establish new and innovative programs aimed toward addressing barriers that are holding back Pennsylvania’s workforce.
The plan calls for investing in the state’s workforce to support a fair and equitable economic recovery, catalyzing Pennsylvania’s economic recovery through strategic business and community support, and ensuring reliable broadband for all state residents.
The new plan is part of the governor’s 2021 legislative plan.