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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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Guest view: Why the energy industry in Pennsylvania has no time to lose

As president of the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, I have been closely following the accelerating pulse of energy development in the state and beyond for many years.

Report: More than $10 billion invested into region last year, highest amount ever

Companies invested more than $10 billion into the 10-county region last year, the largest capital investment ever recorded in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.

Pa. House sends pared-down budget bill to Senate

Pennsylvania House Republicans on Tuesday sent the Senate a pared-down budget bill over the objections of Democrats and of county commissioners, who warned the funding cuts could lead to property tax increases.

Committee approves liquor privatization bills

In a state Capitol room full of union members opposed to the legislation, the House Liquor Control Committee on Monday approved two bills whose sponsors believe are building on the liquor reforms of Act 39 of 2016.

Harrisburg revs up for natural gas severance tax fight

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.

Natural gas is driving manufacturing's revival in Pa.

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.

Pennsylvania township OKs $6 billion ethane cracker plant

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.

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline gets environmental approval from FERC

Williams Partners LP on Tuesday said its Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion has received environmental approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

What's in the cocktail of Pennsylvania liquor law changes

Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania House surprised many this week when they pushed through a bill to allow sales of wine at groceries and to make other changes to how alcohol is sold.

Chipping away at Prohibition

Pennsylvania's state liquor system is on the way out

Winery owners say new law should be boon to business

Owners of wineries throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania said they will see positive impacts from a historic liquor bill Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Wednesday that will expand wine sales.

Winery owners see positive impact from new liquor bill

Owners of wineries throughout Northeast Pennsylvania said they will see positive impacts from a historic liquor bill Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Wednesday that will expand wine sales.

House votes to revive bill to alter public sector pensions

A public sector pension bill that was resoundingly defeated in the Pennsylvania House back in December is getting a new lease on life.

Addressing pension reform is key in state's long-term fiscal stability

David Fillman's recent oped ("This year, lawmakers need to close the 'Delaware loophole' once and for all," May 17) calling for irresponsible tax and spend policies will do nothing to move Pennsylvania forward.

State officials mull option for Scranton's troubled pension funds

Supporters of municipal pension reform are proposing to smooth the way for Scranton's troubled pension system to come under state management.

State officials mull option for Hazleton's pension funds

Supporters of municipal pension reform are proposing to smooth the way for Hazleton's troubled pension system to come under state management.

Tax-friendly states are gaining Pa. retirees

By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, Florida recently passed New York to become the nation's third most populous state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

PSEA seems to have forgotten what matters in school funding debate - students

One of the key differences in the ongoing budget impasse between the Gov. Tom Wolf and the General Assembly is the issue of education funding.

Money for schools won't be there

Gov. Tom Wolf's $1 billion gas severance tax for education is the greatest illusion ever created in Harrisburg.

IN THIS CORNER: Natural gas powering our economy

As most Pennsylvanians know, we are producing more natural gas than all but one other state, thanks to the prolific supplies of gas in the Marcellus and other formations.