Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Kicks Off First Regional Roundtable

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force, a panel of business, labor, education and workforce development experts, today held the first of six regional roundtables to hear from Pennsylvanians about how to improve the lives of hard-working, middle class families.“This task force is bringing together a special combination of representatives for employers, workers, educators and students to listen to people across the commonwealth about how we can support and grow Pennsylvania’s middle class,” said Governor Wolf. “Our state is making progress by increasing education funding and expanding economic incentives and workforce training, but middle class families know we must do more.“It is important this task force hears from people on all sides so we can develop education, training and economic development opportunities to ensure middle class families can live and complete in the 21st century economy.”The governor appointed four chairmen to lead the task force: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Assistant Vice Chancellor Dr. Sue Mukherjee, and Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Chairperson Susie Snelick. Additional leaders from these constituencies will be invited to join these discussions as well.“With our prime location, diverse industry base and strong work ethic, Pennsylvania is uniquely poised for a host of economic opportunities,” said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. “But despite these benefits, there are people without jobs, and there are good paying jobs without people to fill them. I’m excited to listen and meet with residents from across the commonwealth to discuss the challenges currently facing our state – including a growing jobs skills gap –  and to work with my fellow task force members towards solutions that will help the middle class and Pennsylvania’s economy to thrive.”“This is an exciting opportunity for worker advocates, businesses, legislators and community organizations to come together to hear the concerns of working people,” said Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. “It is imperative for the future of Pennsylvania that we look ahead with the fullest understanding of the current realities working families face across our commonwealth. At a time when economic inequality is at the forefront of so many conversations, the Governor’s Middle-Class Task Force is a step toward understanding and growing opportunities for working people in the 21st century.”Over the next few weeks the task force will hold five additional regional discussions to listen to businesses leaders, workers, educators, students and others for suggestions on ways the commonwealth can better support working families to get and keep jobs, as well as to invest in education and training to make businesses in Pennsylvania more competitive.“By forming the task force, Governor Wolf is again helping us focus, individually and collectively, on a problem that matters,” said Dr. Sue Mukherjee, assistant vice chancellor with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. “At the State System, we believe that education is at the core of socio-economic mobility. We also know that our state continues to struggle with a mismatch among jobs, workers, and students. We need to learn more.“Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Taskforce will provide our education community the opportunity to learn directly from the families and regional businesses we serve so we can better catalyze pathways to economic security for all.”As the task force works to find common ground, Pennsylvania’s middle class and economy are changing, creating challenges for workers and businesses. Near full employment has caused a tight labor market and a shortage of workers in some industries along with the need to train workers to close the skills gap for the available in-demand jobs.“Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force is an ideal forum for workers and employers statewide to collaborate on policy recommendations that support the governor’s ‘Jobs that Pay’ priority,” said Susie Snelick, chairperson of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association. “I look forward to hearing from middle class workers and employers across the commonwealth about ways we can all help everyone succeed and sharing those suggestions with the governor.”Representing the Wolf administration on the task force are Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Acting Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.The task force will present recommendations to the governor later this year. 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Clippers hold off Bucks for a 106-102 victory at Staples Center

first_imgChris Paul led the Clippers with 27 points and nine assists. He made two free throws with 1:12 to play to give the Clippers the lead for good. Redick scored 23 points and Blake Griffin had 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists. DeAndre Jordan scored nine points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked two shots and Jamal Crawford scored 17 points off the bench on a 5-of-16 effort from the field.The Clippers (19-8) shot 45.7 percent from the field, 46.2 (12 of 26) from 3-point range.The Bucks’ Brandon Knight missed a 20-footer with 30.9 seconds to play that would have tied the game. Then, with five seconds left, Griffin made a put-back for the game’s final points, sealing Milwaukee’s fate.Clippers coach Doc Rivers was not surprised it was so difficult to dispatch the Bucks.“Yeah, it was a tough one,” he said. “They were making shots and they got small and made us match up a little bit. We got in foul trouble in the first half (Griffin took his third foul midway through the second quarter). They were sitting here waiting for us from last night, so you knew going into the game, it just felt like it was going to be a hard game.”The Clippers lost Friday at high-altitude Denver.Giannis Antetokounmpo – a 6-foot-11 forward – led Milwaukee with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Former Clippers forward Jared Dudley scored 16 off the bench and looked over at the Clippers’ bench after a couple of baskets. Another reserve ‑ Jerryd Bayless ‑ also scored 16 points as Milwaukee’s second unit outscored its first 59-43.Matt Barnes took only three shots and went scoreless for Los Angeles. But he did have five rebounds, four assists and just one turnover in 25-plus minutes. He, too, was expecting Milwaukee to give the Clippers all they could handle.“This is a scrappy team that plays hard with a lot of confidence,” he said. “Coming off a back-to-back, we’ve had a crazy schedule. It was an ugly win, but it was a win.”Clippers backup post Spencer Hawes missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised bone in his left knee. Milwaukee remained in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Clippers are sixth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Dallas.BREAKOUTThe Clippers will now hit the road for a game Monday at San Antonio (17-11), which is in seventh in the West, 2 1/2 games behind the Clippers. Los Angeles will play Tuesday at Atlanta (19-7), which is third in the East. Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was always known as a hard-playing sort during a 19-year NBA career. He’s trying to instill that in his team, and if recent performances are an indication, it’s working.“Guys are playing hard, playing as a team. It’s fun. That’s about as simple as it gets,” Kidd said prior to his team taking on the Clippers on Saturday night.The Bucks entered having won three of four, the first of those victories by six points over the Clippers on Dec. 13. Milwaukee shot 56.6 percent, 63.6 from 3-point range in that one, so the Clippers needed to be better defensively in the rematch.The Clippers weren’t a lot better in that regard, but they still managed to come away with a 106-102 victory over the Bucks in a hotly contested game before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center. The Clippers led 28-24 after one quarter, but trailed 52-50 at halftime and 83-82 after three quarters. At that point, the Bucks were shooting 55.6 percent from the field. They ended up shooting 53.1 percent after the Clippers held them to 19 points in the fourth quarter on 8-of-18 shooting from the field (44.4 percent).The Bucks (14-14) shot just 33.3 percent (8 of 24) from beyond the 3-point arc.“For us, it was our defense in the fourth quarter,” said Clippers guard J.J. Redick when asked what got his team the tough win. “We talked before the game about having a good defensive mind set and coming out with a better defensive effort.“We did that for most of the first quarter and then the next two quarters, it wasn’t very good. Kind of knew if we could apply the pressure and get some stops, that we were going to score the basketball.”The Bucks’ largest lead was nine points, the Clippers’ eight.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more