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Pro-Growth Agenda Primed for Early Approval

Lawmakers sworn in on January 1st to kick off the 2013-14 legislative session have an opportunity to act with no delay on a pro-growth agenda already vetted by industry, labor, and both political parties. The agenda was approved in August by the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council (GMAC).

Full Federal and PA Election Results

Full federal election results can be found here: http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results
For full Pennsylvania election results, click here: http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/
More election information: http://www.bipac.net/results_by_state.asp?g=PMA&s=pa

PA Steel Alliance Notches a Win With New Law

A new law that will eliminate what the bill’s sponsor calls a “ridiculous amount of paper work,” under the 1978 Steel Products Procurement Act, is a victory for the Pennsylvania Steel Alliance - a management/labor coalition working to keep steel jobs in America.

“We worked very closely with the bill’s sponsor, State Rep. John Baer (R-Lancaster), on this one,” said Chris Masciantonio, co-chair of the Alliance and General Manager, State Government Affairs, US Steel. “It’s a win for us all.”

Republicans Have Advantage In Holding House Majority

GOP likely to hold House, 95 races in either "Competitive" or "Tossup" category on our House Race Ratings...

OFF THE FLOOR: U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, maker of history, quintessential politician, dies at 82.

HARRISBURG (Oct. 14) – U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who spent nearly 50 years as a public figure making national history, died Sunday morning at his home in Philadelphia at the age of 82 due to complications from non-Hodgkins cancer.

Tom Smith Surges in Senate Race

Tom Smith

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tom Smith, has two simple campaign strategies: emphasize his business background to voters and highlight the voting record of incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Lackawanna).

“He votes with the President over 90 percent of the time,” Smith said in an interview after speaking at PMA headquarters on October 15.

Toomey "Taxing Manufacturing" Report

Toomey Report: Manufacturers Face Job-Killing Tax Hike Under Obama Plan

While excuses continue to be made for President Obama’s dismal record on job creation, it’s more difficult to rationalize a policy that actually drives jobs away.

A report prepared by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Lehigh) shows that the Administration’s tax policies will undermine the very sector that has the strongest multiplier effect on job growth - manufacturing.

A planned tax increase in 2013 will raise the marginal rates on many manufacturers from 35 percent to 41 percent.

Approve Charter School Reform

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Keep Competition Thriving in Education: Approve Charter School Reform

Lawmakers have an opportunity in the few days left in the 2012-13 legislative session to make a 15 year-old charter school system, with a shining track record in Pennsylvania, even better. These reform proposals, however, are stalled in the General Assembly. The differences are over the approach. 

Gov. Corbett's address at Shale Gas Insight Conference

Gov Corbett

Following is the Governor’s speech at the Marcellus Shale Insight Conference. In his remarks before the Shale Gas Insight Conference, Gov. Corbett captured both the promise and challenges of Pennsylvania’s expanding energy sector and its potential to restore prosperity to our state.

Behind the Headlines

Dave Taylor appears on Behind the Headlines to discuss Prevailing Wage.