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    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.

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Top Issues

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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Workers, businesses that would benefit from gas pipeline swarm Lancaster hearing

This time, the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline's blue-collar workers, trade organizations and business supporters turned up the heat.

Merit selection still crucial

Just over one year ago, we came together as former governors from across the political spectrum to call for the adoption of merit selection of statewide judges and justices to the appellate Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts.

Gov. Tom Wolf explains what he likes about this pension plan

Gov. Tom Wolf spoke briefly Tuesday about the pension bill moving toward his desk this week, calling it a "significant start" on what has become one of Pennsylvania's worst political catastrophes.

It's time to get creative on energy

If there is one issue all Pennsylvanians can rally behind, it's the need to create more jobs, improve our economy and position the Commonwealth to be a national and global economic leader.

Northeast needs more gas pipelines, says new report

A new report out this week from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce argues the northeastern United States needs more natural gas pipelines.

Letter to the Editor: Severance fee foe

In an April 2 editorial ("Markets will support new gas tax") The Times-Tribune continues its obsession with a massive energy tax increase that would cost good-paying Pennsylvania jobs, increase energy costs for consumers and severely undercut the state's economic competitiveness.

Letter to the Editor: Tax bad for jobs

An editorial about the governor's proposed severance tax ("Markets will support new gas tax," April 2) overlooked an important fact: Pennsylvania already taxes the natural gas industry.

Shell releases sustainability report, says it spent $193 million on 'social investments'

Royal Dutch Shell spent nearly $193 million worldwide last year on voluntary social investments, including hundreds of thousands spent in Beaver County.

Time to end alcohol privatization

It may - finally - be last call for Pennsylvania's archaic liquor laws.

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.

Long past time for Pa. to act on pensions

Dan White is a senior economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester and an adviser on pensions to the National League of Cities

Rep. Mike Turzai: State pension fix needed

Unfunded liability puts retirees and taxpayers at risk

Overtime overload: And the effect on state pensions is overboard, too

News that the state paid record amounts of overtime to its work force last year is troubling for more reason than one.

Pension reform must top state's agenda

Pennsylvania taxpayers are facing $63.2 billion in pension debt.

PA Chamber CEO: Final state budget must address the pension crisis

Over the past year and a half, Pennsylvania's fiscal landscape has been marred by protracted budget battles, repeated credit downgrades and the threat of multi-billion dollar tax increases.

As tax season winds down, these U.S. jurisdictions have it best and worst

Filing season highlights discrepancies and policy implications from around the country

Wolf relents on tax hikes; 9-month Pa. budget impasse ends

Pennsylvania's epic budget stalemate ended Wednesday when the Democratic governor backed off a recent veto threat, leaving just slivers of his once-ambitious agenda intact after nine months of partisan gridlock that threatened to shutter schools and forced layoffs at social service agencies.

Trash pickup bills may be tipped higher

Customers could pay more for trash pickup if the governor's plan to hike the fees for dumping waste at landfills is approved, waste haulers said.