May. 13, 2024

HARRISBURG – House Republican Appropriations Chairman Seth Grove, once again, finds himself frustrated by Governor Josh Shapiro's executive actions. In his typical campaign-like setting, today the Governor unveiled “an Executive Order to Continue Building a Competitive Commonwealth Workforce. Grove, however, is quick to point out that it lacks a crucial element.  
“As part of the ‘Back to Basics’ plan offered by the House Republican Appropriations Committee, we have identified areas where government is failing at its basic functions,” Grove said.  “This includes our Commonwealth’s workforce, as the Governor has pointed out.  Today’s actions, added to his previous order to eliminate certain college degree requirements for many open government positions, are positive but lack the full vision to fix the problem.” 
“If the Governor were serious about ‘getting *stuff* done’ to expand our Commonwealth’s workforce, he would have included a requirement for state agency coordination, by connecting individuals that are unemployed or underemployed to Commonwealth employment,” Grove added. “With the 600 open positions, government agencies should be searching for potential workers everywhere, but especially with individuals receiving government support.  I would encourage the Governor to review our ‘Back to Basics’ plan before his next Executive Order - we have many ideas that do not require legislation he could implement today.”  

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives