The top priority for Citizens to Protect PA Jobs is promoting job creation and economic growth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The privately owned liquor store.
During his recent 2017-18 state budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf proudly trumpeted the creation of 82,000 new jobs since he took the oath of office two years ago.
Citizens to Protect PA Jobs exists to ensure that the Commonwealth has an economic climate that is conducive to job creation and a better quality of life for all Pennsylvania residents.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf promised $2 billion in cuts and savings in his new proposal to fix Pennsylvania state government's deficit-riddled finances, but his definition of cuts and savings is turning out to be a broad one.
Despite a two-year downturn in the oil and gas industry, "downstream" opportunities such as power plants and pipelines are feeding a growing sense that the employment outlook in Western Pennsylvania is improving.
Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf are eyeing a new tax on Pennsylvania's shale gas industry as one way to address a $600 million-and-growing revenue shortfall--although any such proposal faces strong lobbying interests.
A Jan. 15 column ("Put Methane in its Place, Not the Atmosphere" by Brian O'Neill) calls for more unnecessary regulations that would increase costs, stunt Pennsylvania's job growth and thwart any manufacturing renaissance while producing no real benefits.
Supervisors of a western Pennsylvania township have granted a conditional use permit for a $6 billion petrochemical, or ethane cracker, plant proposed by Shell Chemicals.
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Pennsylvanians last year embraced their new ability to have wine from across the country shipped directly to their homes.
New law will allow Pennsylvania beer stores to sell six-packs, singles, growlers starting Tuesday.
Make sure your corkscrews are in a convenient location.
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.
A solution is on the table in Harrisburg, and it's time to get it done
The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives passed different versions of state pension reform earlier this year.
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.
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.
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.
Taxes on tobacco and digital downloads and changes in gaming and wine sales will pay for $31.5 billion spending plan.
Are they putting something in the water out in Harrisburg?