Friday File


July 22, 2016

Around Town

Yesterday Governor Wolf announced that online retailer, Amazon, is expanding in Pennsylvania. The expansion will create 5,000 new jobs with new fulfillment and distribution centers. Over the next three years, Amazon, is spending $150 million on the expansion. Amazon is getting some benefits, with $20 million in grants and tax credits and another $2 million for job training from the state.

Governor Wolf is also making an appearance at the Democratic National Convention next week. The DNC is being held in Philadelphia from July 25-28. Other notable speakers from Pennsylvania include Senator Bob Casey, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and Congressmen Brendan Boyle and Bob Brady. Senator Elizabeth Warren was a recent addition to the speaking schedule; she’s on the short list of potential running mates for Hillary Clinton.

The Republican National Convention wrapped up in Cleveland yesterday. Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president. Pennsylvania’s GOP delegation heard from top party members, including Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump Jr., Senator Jeff Sessions, and newly minted VP candidate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Pennsylvania hasn’t voted for a Republican candidate in twenty-eight years. State party leaders think this could be the year; the Republican state party chairman, Rob Gleason cited Hillary Clinton as having “30 years” of negativity in Pennsylvania. Trump he says, just has “soft negatives.”