Like you, the diverse group of people that support job creation in Pennsylvania - "Citizens to Protect PA Jobs" - desire a quality of life for Pennsylvanians that can only be fully realized when job creation and economic growth are allowed to flourish.

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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

Workforce Development

Pennsylvania has a workforce problem - a growing skills gap that is making it difficult for employers to find qualified job candidates to fill open positions. We're fighting to close this gap by working with businesses, educators, students and their families to help build the skilled workforce of tomorrow.

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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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A severance tax won't cure the state's budget woes

Pennsylvania legislators looking to impose higher taxes on shale gas extraction under the guise of substantively closing the commonwealth's multibillion-dollar budget shortfall should look elsewhere, say researchers at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy.

What Pennsylvania should do is get out of the liquor business

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's decision to raise prices this week on hundreds of brands of wines and spirits is just the latest reminder of the need for lawmakers to privatize the State Stores.

Pa. treasurer extends $750M line of credit to pay state bills

Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, fresh off signing a short-term line of credit Thursday to help the state pay its bills, urged legislators to quickly balance the budget or risk placing the commonwealth in a precarious financial position.

The Pa. Senate budget plan: Pinches & a lot more pain

When we told Pennsylvanians to hold their applause after the Legislature submitted only half a budget - the spending half - by the state's June 30 deadline, we should have also advised all to hold on to their wallets, too.

Drillers: Permit limbo hurts Pennsylvania's competitiveness

As Pennsylvania's governor touts the potential for billions of dollars in new investment by petrochemical manufacturers, his environmental agency is struggling to process applications to drill the natural gas wells that will be needed to supply the fledgling industry.

Study: State could support up to four more ethane crackers

A study released Tuesday by the governor's office and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation suggests that up to four more ethane crackers could be built in Pennsylvania or Appalachia beyond Royal Dutch Shell's $6 billion petrochemical plant under construction in Beaver County.

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.

Wolf calls for an 'honest budget,' tax increase

Eleven weary months later, Gov. Tom Wolf is about to deliver a second budget proposal that he says will narrowly focus on boosting school funding while raising taxes to pay for automatic cost increases.

Business groups cheer elimination of capital stock and franchise tax

It's rare for a tax to be done away with entirely, but, once in a while, it happens.

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.