Dawkins lauds Wolf’s budget proposal, funding boosts for education and workforce development

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., applauded the funding proposals Gov. Tom Wolf made during his 2018-2019 budget address.

“Governor Wolf is committed to strengthening our schools and improving Pennsylvania’s economy. The people of Philadelphia will benefit from these proposals and I look forward to working with him to accomplish those goals,” Dawkins said.

Dawkins said the proposed boost in education funding would translate into better schools in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth.

“We need to arrive at smart, useful benchmarks to ensure academic success. We need to invest money into classroom learning to provide quality education and opportunities for all of our students, from Pre-K to college to workforce skills and training for adults,” Dawkins said.

Dawkins said the proposed PAsmart program reflects the needs of Pennsylvania’s workforce and employers.

“I’ve spoken with labor union leadership across the Commonwealth, and the need to expand apprenticeship programs and continue to recruit new talent has come up in conversation after conversation.

"Developing programs for apprentices and creating other career and technical education pathways will help Pennsylvania’s students prepare themselves not just for jobs, but for lifelong careers. Nurturing an educated workforce is the first step towards encouraging companies and corporations to invest in Pennsylvania,” Dawkins said.

Dawkins added he hopes the governor will continue working to promote minority participation in the commonwealth’s economy, fostering the development and growth of small diverse businesses.

The governor's proposals go hand in hand with the House Democrats' Plan For PA, which includes supporting quality schools, good jobs and fair taxes for all Pennsylvanians.

More information about the Plan For PA is available at https://pahouse.com/.