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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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Mike Turzai: Free the wine (for all grocery stores)

Pennsylvania should be out of the sale of wine and spirits. Here's another step toward that rational reality.

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.

Liquor reform push on horizon

A year after Pennsylvania freed the six-pack, is it time to liberate the state's vodka and whiskey too?

State pensions: An embarrassing mess that must be fixed

The unfunded liability for the state pension system is $56.78 billion, according to a detailed story on the system in the Sun-Gazette.

Pre-election report says any fracking ban would hurt jobs

Any federal ban on fracking for oil and natural gas would cause fuel prices to surge, leading to job losses, higher electricity and gasoline costs and an increased cost of living, especially in top gas-producing states like Pennsylvania, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a report issued on Friday.

Nationwide US fracking ban would cause gas price to spike: study

A nationwide US ban on hydraulic fracturing would have a devastating effect on the natural gas industry and the country's economy as a whole, causing prices to spike to $12/MMBtu and resulting in the loss of 14.8 million US jobs by 2022, according to a report released Friday by an arm of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Oped: Some regulations burdensome to natural gas industry

Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Allegheny, makes a number of misinformed claims in a recent York Dispatch op-ed ("Gas Drillers Must Work with Pa. Communities," Oct. 19) about the natural gas industry's approach to a select number of overreaching...

Report examines energy boom's impact in Pennsylvania

A report released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce paints a picture of what Pennsylvania would look like without the Marcellus Shale boom.

Pennsylvania's first major liquor reform bill since Prohibition becomes law

The most substantial overhaul of Pennsylvania's liquor system since Prohibition became law Wednesday, a product of bipartisan cooperation after last year's protracted budget battles.

Gov. Tom Wolf signs sweeping reforms to Pa.'s liquor system

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the most substantial changes to Pennsylvania's liquor system since the 1930s on Wednesday, a possible signal of bipartisan cooperation over next year's budget.

Pa. bill to let supermarkets, restaurants sell wine heads to governor

This fall, for the first time, Pennsylvanians might be able to buy a bottle of Chardonnay in the same store that they buy their Thanksgiving turkey.

Pennsylvania State House votes to allow wine sales in supermarkets

In a move that caught many by surprise, the state House voted Tuesday to allow wine sales in supermarkets and other venues while also giving some convenience stores the right to sell beer.

Blake bill changes pension oversight

A Lackawanna County senator introduced a bill Monday that gives the state auditor general the job of evaluating Scranton's distressed municipal pension plans for fiscal soundness.

Franklin Regional may see tax increases for next three years

Franklin Regional School District's proposed budget for 2016-17 calls for a 0.75-mill property tax increase, and although that would be one of the lowest tax hikes in 20 years, additional tax increases are expected to be needed the following year and the year after that.

Ill. pension chief to pick investments for Pa. SERS

The Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System, which invests $25 billion to help fund 236,000 active state workers' and retirees' pensions, has hired Brian Lewis, executive director of the $20 billion Illinois State Universities' Retirement System, to serve as chief investment officer.

Changes to law, raising age for benefits suggested for Pa. pension reform

Pennsylvania's pension crisis is large, multifaceted and won't be easily alleviated, experts told a gathering of business and government leaders Thursday.

Matt Baker opposes governor's proposed severance tax on drillers

State Rep. Matt Baker recently joined Speaker of the House Mike Turzai's opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 5 percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale drillers in Pennsylvania.

Severance tax will cost Pennsylvania jobs, business officials say

Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed severance tax could cost thousands of job and stunt the Pennsylvania economy, business officials said Tuesday.

Scaled-down shale tax in Pa. could spur deal on pensions, liquor privatization

With potential for government gridlock growing, lobbyists and lawmakers see a scaled-down version of Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 5 percent natural gas severance tax as the way to reach a deal on pension and liquor reforms sought by Republicans.

Industry, education advocates face off over gas tax

Dueling rallies between the natural gas industry and public education advocates sparked some heated exchanges at the state Capitol Tuesday.