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    In addition, we focus on the issues that directly impact job creation, including education, energy, environmental regulations, healthcare affordability and accessibility, labor laws, lawsuit abuse reform, and tax reform.

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Pension Crisis

The $53 billion and growing public pension debt impacts every state taxpayer. We're pushing for reforms to shift the burden away from taxpayers and keep the pension systems sustainable for future state and public school employees.


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Responsible State Spending

Government should operate within its means: evaluating the effectiveness of current programs; weeding out waste, fraud and abuse in spending; and investing wisely in worthy state-run programs that directly benefit taxpayers.

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Stop New Energy Taxes

Our natural gas industry holds the promise of economic growth and job creation. Additional taxes hinder this opportunity and drive companies to states with friendlier tax climates that share our resources. We're fighting against proposed new taxes on the industry that would pay for more state spending.

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Letter to the Editor: Vitali's anti-gas stance hurts his neighbors

In his recent commentary, state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166 of Haverford, continues to ignore important facts about Pennsylvania's natural gas industry ("Lobbyists, Money Do the Talking for Natural Gas Industry," March 6), which supports tens of thousands of good-paying jobs across the commonwealth and is responsible for dramatic air quality improvements that we all benefit from.

New law seen as first step toward liquor privatization

Some legislators who voted for the new law that allows wine sales at places other than state liquor stores said they see it as a first step toward total liquor privatization in Pennsylvania.

Pepsi to lay off 80 to 100, blames soda tax

With sales slumping because of the new Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax, Pepsi said Wednesday it will lay off 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that serve the city.

Marcellus Shale exports from Philly jump in 2016

The number of ships exporting Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids out of Philadelphia's port quintupled in 2016, according to the Maritime Exchange, reflecting an increased flow of propane and other materials through Sunoco Logistics Partners' Marcus Hook terminal.

Letter to the Editor: Vitali's anti-gas stance hurts his neighbors

In his recent commentary, state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166 of Haverford, continues to ignore important facts about Pennsylvania's natural gas industry ("Lobbyists, Money Do the Talking for Natural Gas Industry," March 6), which supports tens of thousands of good-paying jobs across the commonwealth and is responsible for dramatic air quality improvements that we all benefit from.

Marcellus Shale exports from Philly jump in 2016

The number of ships exporting Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids out of Philadelphia's port quintupled in 2016, according to the Maritime Exchange, reflecting an increased flow of propane and other materials through Sunoco Logistics Partners' Marcus Hook terminal.

State lawmakers question drilling tax, wage hike as budget hearings begin

Three weeks of state budget hearings kicked off Tuesday with legislators scrutinizing Gov. Tom Wolf's proposals to enact a new tax on natural gas drilling and raise the minimum wage.

In five years, impact fee pumped $1B into drilling host communities

In the last five years, officials in bucolic Auburn Twp. used natural gas money to replace all the township's public works trucks with brand new ones.

New law seen as first step toward liquor privatization

Some legislators who voted for the new law that allows wine sales at places other than state liquor stores said they see it as a first step toward total liquor privatization in Pennsylvania.

High spirits in Harrisburg: Pa. lawmakers mull takeout sales of hard liquor

Wine sales in Pennsylvania supermarkets and convenience stores are so 2016.

Pa. makes a mark in direct-to-consumer wine market

Pennsylvanians last year embraced their new ability to have wine from across the country shipped directly to their homes.

Pension cost work overdue

Pennsylvania isn't the only state with underfunded pension systems that are driving up taxes while diminishing government services, although its systems are among the worst.

Fix the state pension mess now

A solution is on the table in Harrisburg, and it's time to get it done

If the Legislature does nothing else this fall, it must fix Pa.'s pensions mess

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives passed different versions of state pension reform earlier this year.

'Conflict of interest': SEC makes Apollo repay $40M to Pa. and other investors

Apollo Global Management, the $186 billion-asset private-equity firm whose bosses include Sixers lead owner Josh Harris, has agreed to pay $53 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission complaints that the firm reduced returns available to its clients, including the Pennsylvania state pension fund (SERS), by inadequately disclosing fees it collected from companies it bought with their cash before selling them or taking them public.

Pepsi to lay off 80 to 100, blames soda tax

With sales slumping because of the new Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax, Pepsi said Wednesday it will lay off 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that serve the city.

Taxing businesses even more is not a good solution

In his recent oped (The rich can take the hit - to fix the budget, they should pay their fair share), Marc Stier offers a short-sighted remedy for Pennsylvania's fiscal woes - just tax businesses more.

Taxes & flight: Pa.'s sad tale

Incumbent state lawmakers running for re-election this year - especially old-timers who have put down roots in Harrisburg - won't be singing the praises of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Pennsylvania's economy.

Wolf, Pa. lawmakers strike budget deal

Taxes on tobacco and digital downloads and changes in gaming and wine sales will pay for $31.5 billion spending plan.