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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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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: 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.

House GOP moves to fully uncork wine sales in Pa.

A plan proposed by state House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, would allow shoppers to buy their wine where they get their pasta and sauce - in the normal grocery aisles instead of a segregated cafe area of the store.

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.

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.

Uptick in 'downstream' energy job openings provides hope that Western Pennsylvania's employment is improving

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.

Commentary: Outdated liquor laws are a hangover from Prohibition

HOW'S THIS for a head-scratcher: Apparently, out-of-state politicians and activists can be trusted to drink responsibly, but your average Philadelphian can't.

Pennsylvania justices toss case brought by beer distributors, free gas stations to sell suds

Grocery and convenience stores that operate gas pumps will no longer have to fear their liquor licenses will be challenged in court.

Liquor reform takes a big step, but when's next step?

The law allows grocery stores with licenses to sell beer to also sell wine.

Grocery, convenience stores see benefits to Pennsylvania's new liquor law

Gov. Tom Wolf last week signed into law a new bill that is being touted as the most historic change to Pennsylvania's liquor laws since Prohibition.

Pa. State House passes pension reform bill; fate in Senate is uncertain

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives gave final passage Tuesday to a new set of reforms to the state's major public employee pension funds, but its immediate future in the state Senate is unclear.

Pa. House gives first nod to state pension reform plan: 'stacked hybrid' passes 150-41

A compromise pension reform bill that seeks to give everybody a win, but falls short of landmark change to some critics, easily passed its first test on the Pennsylvania House floor Monday, passing 150-41.

Senate passes pension oversight bill

The state auditor general would take over evaluating Scranton's distressed municipal pension plans to determine their fiscal soundness under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the Senate.

Pa. SERS pension assets fall to record low: just 58 cents of every $1 needed

After failing to meet its 7.5% long-term annual investment target in 4 of the past 8 years, and despite collecting a taxpayer surcharge of 30 cents on top of every $1 paid to the average state worker (or more than 40 cents for State Troopers and elected Senators and Representatives), the State Employees' Retirement System now has just 58 cents in investment assets for every $1 it will need to pay off future pensions.

171-year-old Pennsylvania tax comes to an end

A Pennsylvania business tax that predated the Civil War and in modern times pumped hundreds of millions of dollars a year into state coffers has been swept away with the new year.

New year ends much-reviled business tax in Pennsylvania

A much-reviled Pennsylvania business tax has been swept out by the new year.

New year ends Pa.'s despised capital stock and franchise tax on business

A much-reviled Pennsylvania business tax has been swept out by the new year.

In budget mire, far apart

Almost since the day he took office, Gov. Wolf has said he's not accustomed to Harrisburg's dysfunction.