Issues

Repeal of Obama Energy Mandate Cheered by Industry

Early last week, Environmental Protection Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the start of the repeal of an Obama energy mandate for power plants. The true goal of the mandate wasn’t lower global temperatures, as trumpeted by the Obama administration, but the crippling of the coal industry through manipulation of the fuel supply mix for power plants.

Timmons and Taylor: President’s Tax Plan Will Spur Economy in Pennsylvania and Across the Country

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Washington, D.C., October 11, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons and Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) President David Taylor released the following joint statement on President Donald J. Trump’s tax reform rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:

Workers’ Comp Reform Needed to Help Injured Workers and End Trial Lawyer Scam

State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks) suspected something sinister at work when the trial bar targeted him with a negative ad campaign over his legislation, HB 18, which creates a drug formulary for injured workers. The campaign was venomous even by the usual trial bar standards. 

Defiantly Committed Group of Lawmakers Produced No-Tax-Increase Budget

A budget caucus of sorts has formed in the House and while the new group isn’t necessarily good news for the inner workings of the legislature, it’s great news for the taxpayers.

“They’re calling us ‘Moul’s Marauders’ (after Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams, the founder of the impromptu group), the ‘Raucous Caucus’ and some other names that aren’t nearly as nice,” said Rep. Kristin Hill (R-York), one of the few stalwart House members who worked with Moul right from the beginning when the new group was formed in late July.

Criminals Disguised As Protestors Pay Under Scott Martin Legislation

Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) has cleverly taken a well-established principle in the retail business and applied it to protestors who corrupt the right to free speech: you break it, you bought it.

The Commonwealth Cost Reimbursement Act Legislation (SB 743), which Martin introduced with five other Senate Republicans, including Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), would allow the local police or a local or state government to petition the courts to require protestors to cover the damages, including the costs of arrests, they leave behind.

State Government Too Broken For Legislature to Fix

For Rep. Steve Bloom (R-Cumberland), it’s time to turn Harrisburg’s troubles over to a higher authority. Partial and late budgets, declining credit ratings, costly and error plagued state contracts, and a trail of corrupt officials are symptoms of deep structural problems, he says, and a constitutional convention is the only way to fix them. “These are issues the Legislature is either unwilling or unfit to take care of,” Bloom said.

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To build a better future, Harrisburg must change its ways -- NOW

It’s more than just the weather driving people South and West. North Carolina has enjoyed budget surpluses for five straight years. Over the same time, manufacturers there have created hundreds of thousands of high paying jobs, and business and personal income taxes have been slashed.

“Zero emissions credits” for radioactive waste?

Late last week, a federal judge in Illinois dismissed a lawsuit filed against a one-year-old state law that subsidizes nuclear power through higher bills on residential and business customers. On Monday, the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), the lead plaintiff seeking an injunction, appealed the ruling to the 7th Circuit in Illinois, but the judge’s dismissal of the suit serves as a cautionary tale for a coalition of business and consumer interests in Pennsylvania working against such a law here: stop it from ever getting enacted in the first place.

State Government Leaders Back in Harrisburg Rummaging for Funds

The General Assembly returns to Harrisburg this week in search of more than $2 billion to fully fund, as required by law, the $32 billion spending plan that was sent to the governor last Friday. The available options are all unwelcome: borrowing; more gambling; increasing taxes; shifting money between funds.

PMA's Testimony on Regulation Reform - House State Government Committee

Testimony before the

 HOUSE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

 June 20, 2017

 

 Speaker K. Leroy Irvis Building

The Capitol

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

To Boost Tax Revenues, Improve the Business Climate

In what’s becoming a June tradition, the General Assembly is scrambling to patch together a balanced spending plan up against the cold reality of dismal year-end revenue collections. The state’s deficit is in the ballpark of $1 billion this year, according to Independent Fiscal Office, with corporate returns topping the dismal list.

Testimony before the House Democratic Policy Committee

No matter what product is being made, manufacturers are taking raw materials or component parts and going through a multi-state process to yield a finished good.  In doing so, they are almost always deploying some kind of chemical process and consuming a large amount of energy. For some manufacturers, energy is their most expensive cost input, which is why manufacturers require available, affordable, and reliable energy. 

Manufacturing Poised For a Breakthrough, Lawmakers Told

What a difference a year makes. A recent survey by the National Association of Manufacturers shows that 93 percent of American manufacturers feel positive about their economic outlook. Just a year ago, barely half, 56.6 percent of manufacturers, felt the same way.

Pennsylvania Again Near the Bottom in Competitiveness Ranking as Other States Widen Gap

What’s going on with the Tresco Paving Company, an open shop contractor in Westmoreland County, is sadly emblematic of a culture in Pennsylvania that has us languishing near the bottom in an annual economic competitiveness ranking, Rich States, Poor States, by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

PMA Present at Trump Manufacturing Executive Order Signing

PMA’s David N. Taylor and Carl Marrara were present on April 29 for the signing of an executive order by President Trump establishing the Office of Trade and Manufacturing. He signed the order at Ames Companies’ wheelbarrow production facility while surrounded by Vice President Pence, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Peter Navarro, who will lead the new trade office in addition to leading the newly established White House National Trade Council.

Manufacturers to President Trump: Thank You for Tackling Job-Crushing Regs!

NAM, PMA Launch Ad Campaign to Thank President Trump for Keeping Promises in First 100 Days

Middle Class Would Rise Again Under Trump Tax Reform Plan

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) rightly characterizes President Trump’s tax reform plan as one that will result in well-paying jobs --“The best economic stimulus for the middle class,” he said in a statement.

He also noted that massive increases in government spending and nearly $2 trillion in taxes under President Obama delivered the opposite: “The slowest lowest post-recession recovery since World War II, weak job growth, and stagnant household income.”

Pipeline Infrastructure in Pennsylvania: Connecting Energy to Jobs

Think About Energy panel to examine connecting infrastructure development to jobs and opportunities

HUNTINGDON, Pa. April 24, 2017 — ​On Wednesday, April 26, energy industry leaders will convene for a “Think About Energy: Connecting Energy to Jobs and Opportunities” panel discussion to examine the importance and impact of pipeline infrastructure build-out in Pennsylvania and the U.S.

Gorsuch Confirmation Among Conservative Groups’ Accomplishments

Last Friday’s approval of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court was just the sort of development PMA Chairman Fred Anton had hoped for all the way back in 1989 when he and others formed the Pennsylvania Leadership Council (PLC).

Started over exasperation with a directionless Republican Party, the PLC, the group of conservative activists, journalists, and scholars, has seen its influence over the Pennsylvania and even the national political scene grow substantially over the years.

Study: Pennsylvania Poised for Unprecedented Investment in Petrochemical Manufacturing

Last week, Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin was pitching Pennsylvania at the World Petrochemical Conference in Houston, armed with tantalizing new data.

“We are pretty new to the petrochemical business so there’s still a certain mindset to overcome when selling Pennsylvania,” Davin said. “But now I have the data to back up exactly what we have here, and it’s already making a difference in thinking about us.”

Turzai/Tobash Legislation that Elevates Vocational Education Wins Unanimous Approval on House Floor

"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water."
-John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health Education and Welfare under JFK and author of "Excellence."

New Group Works to Bring Balance to Pennsylvania’s Civil Justice System

In another year of flipping the couch cushions for spare change to balance a state budget, efforts to reduce lawsuit abuse are more important than ever. These needed reforms can greatly enhance Pennsylvania’s business competitiveness without costing the commonwealth a single dime.

Time to Drive a Stake Through Wolf’s Undead Tax Agenda

When the layers of Governor Tom Wolf’s latest budget proposal are peeled away during the legislative budget hearings that begin next week, Pennsylvanians will see a rogues gallery of job-killing tax increases from across the decades – some defeated, some repealed – back to haunt our economy.

PMA Praises DEP Approval of Mariner East 2 Project

February 14, 2017 (Harrisburg, PA) The Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA) welcomes the news that the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East 2 pipeline project has earned approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

PMA Statement on DEP PennEast Approval

February 13, 2017 (Harrisburg, PA) The Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA) welcomes the news that the PennEast pipeline project has earned 401 water quality certification from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Legislation Eliminates Conflict of Interest Within State Environmental Agency

Legislation that would keep the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) hands off the money it collects by levying fines on the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania will be introduced early in the new legislative session in Harrisburg.

The bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Butler), explained that with the power to both levy fines and keep the revenue generated from those fines, DEP has the same “hidden incentive” as some local police departments that fatten their coffers by over-zealously enforcing minor traffic infractions – and then some.

Path to a Prosperous Pennsylvania

Press Conference 
Hosted by: AFP Pennsylvania
January 24, 2017

Remarks by: Carl A. Marrara

Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association

Vice President, Government Affairs

Think About Energy Briefing: David N. Taylor, PMA

David N. Taylor's remarks at the "Think About Energy Briefing" at the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute in Schnecksville, PA, in support of the natural gas industry.

Much Needed Pennsylvania Pipeline Project On Verge of Approval

A natural gas pipeline project that will open up markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast for Pennsylvania shale gas has surpassed a major regulatory milestone. On December 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released an “Environmental Impact Statement” that clears the way for final FERC approval of the Atlantic Sunrise project, a development that should lead to permit approval for the line from other state and federal agencies. Developer of the project, Williams Partners, estimates the Pennsylvania gas will be flowing to customers by the middle of 2018.

Widespread Support Exists for Investing in Infrastructure

A sure winner for the incoming federal administration will be the development of a fiscally sound plan to rebuild and expand the nation’s infrastructure, including our energy infrastructure. Popular support for investment cuts across party lines – so much so that it was one of the few issues Trump and Clinton agreed on during a bitter campaign. A new survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), in association with the PMA, shows why. 

Anton to Welcome Political and Business Heavyweights in NYC

On Saturday, December 10, PMA Chairman Frederick W. Anton, III, will again welcome Pennsylvania’s top elected officials and “VIP” audience to Manhattan’s historic Metropolitan Club. It will be Anton’s 36th consecutive year presiding over the PMA seminar and luncheon, now presented with Comcast Corporation, our sponsor.

Legislative Leaders Set Clear, Decisive Agenda

Next session, Republicans in the House and Senate will hold a majority margin over the Democrats not seen since the Eisenhower years. The overarching theme for their legislative agenda could likewise hail from a less complicated time: hold the line on taxes and government spending, and drive the economy forward.

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Fiscal Pressure Will Continue to Dominate Legislative Agenda

The 2015-16 legislative session in Harrisburg ended much the way it began – with the specter of across-the-board tax increases looming over the Capitol. 

In his budget address at the start of the two-year session, Governor Tom Wolf proposed a range of tax increases that would make even an EU minister cringe. At the end of the session, a reform plan to take the minimal first steps to address Pennsylvania’s public pension crisis didn’t even receive a vote in either chamber.

PMA Partners With BIPAC for Grassroots Education Effort

It’s no small or narrow consequence that Facebook filters its “Newsfeed” to block stories that would appeal to conservative readers. The impact that Facebook and other internet sites have on what people believe, and ultimately how they vote, is profound. Studies show that people look to internet-based news now more than to newspapers, television or any other source.

Comments before the joint hearing of: Senate Economy, Business, & Jobs Caucus and the Senate Manufacturing Caucus

Manufacturing in Pennsylvania:
Opportunities and Challenges

September 28, 2016

 Room 8E-B East Wing - Main Capitol

Harrisburg, PA 

PRESENTED BY:

DAVID N. TAYLOR

President

The Fairness Center: A Welcome Counterbalance to Bureaucrat Unions

The self-created image of public sector unions as the protector-of-the-little guy is being expertly debunked by a new reform group. A series of legal actions brought by the Harrisburg-based public interest law center, The Fairness Center, reveal an ugly pattern of union bullying and trampling over laws and individual rights. The cases show that unions are really about squashing potential competitive challenges (like charter schools) and forcing workers, who oppose joining a union, to pay dues to support political candidates and activities - a direct violation of state law.

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Senator Scott Hutchinson Keeps a Watchful Eye On “Your Money”

Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) voted “no” in July on legislation to increase taxes and hike state spending by five percent over the previous year, peeling away the political pretense from an otherwise obvious truth.

“The rate of government spending is unsustainable,” Hutchinson said. “Although state income tax collections and state sales tax collections have experienced modest growth this year, state government spending continues to grow at a much faster rate.”

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Kurt Masser: Putting Government to Work

Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Northumberland) is an endangered species in the genus of elected officials. Before holding office, he was an employer. He made payroll, paid employer and employee taxes, abided by reams of federal and state regulations. His business experience began on the family farm in Pitman, sixty miles north of Harrisburg, then later expanded into restaurants and catering.

PENNEAST Pipeline Project

Comments before the:

Sunoco Logistics Mariner East 2

Comments before the:

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 

Sunoco Logistics
MARINER EAST 2 

August 16, 2016

Mike Regan: Refreshing Candidate in a Discouraging Election Year

Voters in November will be nearly as motivated to come out to vote against candidates as for them, the polls indicate. Disapproval ratings are that high. One candidate countering the tide of voter disgust is 54 year-old Mike Regan, the Republican candidate in the 31st state Senate seat, which covers equal parts of York and Cumberland counties. 

Lawyers, Not Class, Winners in Class Action Settlements

The story behind the only override of a Bill Clinton veto is a cautionary one if another Clinton occupies the White House.

David N, Taylor Comments Before DEP Hearing

 Comments before the:

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Sunoco Logistics
Mariner East 2

August 8, 2016

Blair County Convention Center

Convention Center Drive

Everyone’s a Winner in State Budget, Except the Taxpayer

All of the Harrisburg power players got what they wanted out of the state budget, leaving Pennsylvania taxpayers with the bill. The public sector unions got to keep their unrivaled, unsustainable retirement benefits. Governor Tom Wolf got more money for public K-12 education, in excess of the record amount approved by the General Assembly last year, and the year before that, and the year before that too. Lawmakers got out of the Capitol, heading back to their districts a comfortable four months prior to November elections.

Spending-First, Revenue-Later budget stalls in Harrisburg

The General Assembly and Governor Tom Wolf are still working towards a budget agreement, which, as of this writing, will likely be finalized in the weeks following the June 30 deadline. While no one facing re-election wants to repeat last year’s bruising nine-month budget battle, the kind words exchanged about this year’s budget talks have failed to produce a balanced spending plan for 2016-2017.

Disagreements over revenue – how much is needed and how to raise it – interrupted the process just before the July 4 weekend, but now must be resolved.

Please Oppose Natural Gas Gross Receipts Tax

TO: ALL MEMBERS, PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

FROM: DAVID N TAYLOR, PRESIDENT; CARL A. MARRARA, VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

RE: PLEASE OPPOSE NATURAL GAS GROSS RECEIPTS TAX

Study: Pennsylvania On Wrong End of Debt, Solvency Ranking

Spending restraint and opposition to tax hikes by Republican lawmakers over the past five years have likely kept Pennsylvania from entering a fiscal death spiral. A new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which compares solvency and other fiscal health indicators among the states and Puerto Rico, places Pennsylvania near the bottom, floundering with the high tax and spend states of New York, California and Maryland. More spending and taxes over the past five years would have surely moved us closer to Puerto Rico’s bankrupt nightmare.

Carl A. Marrara's FERC Comments

Comments before the:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION 

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC

Docket No. CP15-138-000

ATLANTIC SUNRISE PROJECT

June 16, 2016

David N. Taylor's FERC Comments

 Comments before the:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

 Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC

Docket No. CP15-138-000

ATLANTIC SUNRISE PROJECT

Shell Ethane Cracker: Dawn of a New Era

On June 7, 2016, Royal Dutch Shell announced final confirmation of their long-awaited multibillion-dollar petrochemical manufacturing facility in Monaca, Beaver County – an ethane cracker that will revolutionize industry in Pennsylvania. Construction will start in 2018 with production to begin early in the next decade. The arrival of this facility is so consequential it's going to manifest itself in ways we can't envision right now.

Special Liquor Permits, “Free the Six-pack” Highlight Need for Privatization

The General Assembly and Governor Tom Wolf are about to apply the old adage – you’ve got to learn the rules to know how to break them properly. Lawmakers are poised to grant a special liquor permit, a “National Event Permit,” for the Democratic conventioneers over the four days they are in Philadelphia in July. The party faithful will be permitted to drink in public places later than 2:00 a.m., and sell wine and spirits not purchased through our Soviet-style ministry of alcohol: the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).

PA House Enters Fight Against Unfair Trade Practices

Under the law and for all practical purposes, international trade is Washington’s domain. But the dumping of nation-subsidized, below-market steel has become so profound a problem for Pennsylvania steel manufacturers that state House members engaged in the fight this week. They have the most notorious culprit, China, in their sights.

Manufacturers Endorse Jack London for State Senate

HARRISBURG, PA - PMA PAC, the affiliated political action committee of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA), has endorsed businessman Jack London (R-Chester) for election in the 19th Senatorial District.

A hard-charging candidate who is running to bring accountability and strong pro-growth leadership to Harrisburg, Jack London’s dynamic campaign is making waves as he connects with voters and advances toward victory in November.

Pennsylvania Steel Industry: Target of Global Economic Warfare

Pennsylvania Steel Industry: Target of Global Economic Warfare

 

Pat Toomey for Pennsylvania and the Nation

If Pennsylvania’s U. S. Senate race went to the candidate most qualified to promote economic growth and create jobs, it wouldn’t be a race at all.

Governor Tom Wolf Gets A Lesson In Civics

Governor Wolf evidently missed Civic Class on the days they discussed the separation of powers. In the past few weeks, lawmakers filled in those missed classes by delivering a few lessons of their own.

David Donley, Executive Director of the House Republican Appropriations Committee

David Donley, Executive Director of the House Republican Appropriations Committee, explains the timeline that was the FY 2015-16 state budget.

Manufacturers Endorse Mike Regan for State Senate

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David N. Taylor, President

717-232-0737


 

 

PMA's Anton to PLC 2016: Stay Focused on PA Statewide Elections

Fred Anton opened the 2016 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference (PLC) in Harrisburg this past weekend with a word of caution: with the presidential election dominating the headlines, don’t lose focus on Senator Pat Toomey’s re-election and the elections of the down ticket Republicans.

“The Senate will have a big impact on who sits on the Supreme Court,” said Anton, who chairs both the PLC and the PMA. “In six states GOP senators are in jeopardy. Pat Toomey is a solid conservative and we have to get him re-elected.”

What Path to the Future? Radical Greens Undermine PA Manufacturing, Lack Growth Agenda

by David N. Taylor, President of PMA    

Pennsylvanians are proud to call the Commonwealth, and the community we’ve all helped create, home. Whether that means working hard, long hours, or volunteering in the community, Pennsylvanians are proud of what we do, who we are, and where we are from.

But, in any community, we’re going to have disagreements and conflicting opinions. And that’s understandable.  Most recently, we’ve seen conflicts arise from energy and energy infrastructure development in the state. 

Pipeline Task Force Comes Up Short

Governor Wolf’s announcement last summer that he was assembling a pipeline task force came with certain assurances. The Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) would not masquerade as a pretext for burying the oil and gas industry under more regulations. Rather, it was understood that the PITF would identify best practices for expediting the needed lines, and streamline the pre-construction regulatory and permitting process that, along with battling citizens’ groups, can take four to five times as long as the actual construction.

Pennsylvania’s Credit Rating Again In Jeopardy

With three weeks of budget hearings in the books, lawmakers are scheduled to return to session next week with two budgets to complete: the portion of this year’s budget blue-lined by Governor Tom Wolf in late December and the spending plan for FY 2016-17. If something doesn’t happen quickly on one or both budgets, Standard & Poor’s threatens to drop Pennsylvania’s rating to the lowest among all states.

The Fine Line Between Stakeholders and Opponents

Robert Kennedy, a pragmatic statesman and visionary, once told a crowd at the University of Pennsylvania, “One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time." Fifty years later, these words, originally laced with humor, prophetically describe a growing problem facing the Commonwealth: A small, but vocal group of environmental activists who oppose any and all real economic development in the state based on their extreme agenda of a carbon-free economy. 

Clean Power Plan Amicus Brief

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and 165 other organizations filed an Amicus Brief in Federal Court in support of overturning the Clean Power Plan. PMA joined other powerhouse organizations such as: National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

Lawmakers Sue Wolf for Silencing Pension Watchdog

Lawmakers Sue Wolf Administration Over Takeover Of Pension Watchdog Commission; Spending Authorization Scrutinized During Budget Hearings

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Governor Wolf uses budget address to insult legislators, demand higher taxes and spending

On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf brazenly scolded House and Senate Republican lawmakers instead of presenting a budget proposal to an equal branch of government. The budget fiasco now consuming Harrisburg, he said, is the result of Republicans playing politics and ignoring the math. He then went on a political tirade, saying throughout the address that lawmakers were risking the welfare, and even the lives, of the elderly and children.

The problem? He’s the one whose math is wrong.

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PMA Applauds High Court Decision on Obama Power Plan

The Supreme Court of the United States halted the implementation of the "Clean Power Plan" yet the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to fast track a state implementation plan. The decision on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 does not permit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to move forward with official state implementation plans related to the "Clean Power Plan." PMA testified on numerous occasions warning of this very circumstance we find ourselves in today as we stated:

High Court Decision Could Mark the End of the Free Ride for Public Unions

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deliver a crippling blow to public sector unions and their artificially inflated presence in the political arena. The anticipated ruling in Friedrichs v.

Rookie Governor Inflicts Six Months of Pain and Suffering for No Reason

For all practical purposes, the General Fund budget signed in part by Governor Wolf in late December was the same one he vetoed in early July. At the time of the signing, he didn’t indulge the press to answer the most obvious question: why sign it now but not then? Surely, he could have saved a lot of people a lot of grief, and the taxpayers a lot of money. Instead of taking questions, he chastised the legislative leaders, calling the budget “garbage” and “an exercise in stupidity” and then left. The tragedy is that all this was completely unnecessary.

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Going the Distance For Business Competitiveness

By: David N. Taylor
January 6, 2016
Opinion Editorial 

Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon in 1980, shattering the fastest female time record and had hardly broken a sweat when she crossed the finish line. Ms. Ruiz was stripped of her title just eight days later when officials discovered she rode the subway to the finish line.

Kids Face Loss Of Millions In Scholarship Money Under “Education Governor”

Under current Pennsylvania law, it is solely the responsibility of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to release Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits (OSTC) to the approved business applicants. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is currently withholding $150 million in credits, threatening the future of schools and programs that serve our most vulnerable student populations.

Manufacturers Endorse Stephens for Attorney General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David N. Taylor
Phone: 717-232-0737

MANUFACTURERS ENDORSE STEPHENS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Prosecutor praised by business group as principled, conservative, and effective

Climate Data Shenanigans from Wolf and Obama

Pennsylvania is charging ahead with regulations to implement the Obama Administration’s master plan to cool down a planet we are told is on the verge of boiling over.

New York Corruption Trial Turns Spotlight On Hefty Legal Fees Related To Asbestos Compensation Trusts

The corruption trial of former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, is pulling back the curtain on some of the cozy relationships and lucrative transactions involving lawyers representing victims of asbestos exposure.

“General Assembly Budget” Now More Likely As Shutdown Effects Worsen

Legislative sources say that the next move to break Governor Wolf’s budget shutdown, now in its 16 week, will be to give the governor a piece of his original state spending plan: a higher sales tax in exchange for a reduction in local property taxes, while remaining firm on other key items. The plan amounts to a dollar-for-dollar sales tax and property tax exchange. It would come with one major provision; that future local tax increases would have to be approved through referendum.

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PLCB and the Right-to-Know

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently reported that LCB officials insisted the newspaper go through the state’s Right-to-Know process (RTK) for information that was already clearly a matter of public record. Reporter Kari Andren asked the LCB’s press secretary for basic information regarding a former employee but board members directed the press office not to release the information unless Andren filed a formal request with the state’s Right-to-Know office.

Mr. Anton on Pennsylvania Newsmakers

This week’s Pennsylvania Newsmakers features a business panel with Fred Anton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, and Gene Barr, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, who discuss the prolonged state budget standoff and the upcoming state Supreme Court election.

Time To Move on…

Finally… From Broad-Based Tax Increases

The Situation

With dwindling options, Republican legislative leaders are seeking to break the budget impasse by “nailing down” agreements with the governor on some big-ticket items one-by-one. The list includes liquor privatization and pension reform, of course, and the latest: raise revenues through some form of gambling expansion. Hopefully, this approach will lead to a breakthrough and the rest of the budget will fall in line.

PMA Comments - Environmental Regulation

PMA COMMENTS: CONGRESSMAN LOU BARLETTA
ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION PRESS CONFERENCE 

DAVID N. TAYLOR, PRESIDENT

Tax Plan Vote

To:       Pennsylvania House of Representatives, all members

From:   David N. Taylor, President
             Carl A. Marrara, Vice President of Government Affairs

RE:      Tax Plan Vote

Severance Tax Coalition Letter to Governor Wolf

The Severance Tax Coalition recently sent Governor Wolf a letter expressing our opposition to the proposed tax on the natural gas industry. PMA is a member of this coalition. The letter can be viewed in its entirety here: http://www.pachamber.org/advocacy/priorities/energy_environmental/energy...

Governor Vetoes Emergency Funding Bills; Public Opinion On Budget Stalemate Shifting

Governor Tom Wolf vetoed funding approved by the General Assembly last week to rescue social services, school funding, and other programs stranded by Wolf’s state government shutdown. Three months into the fiscal year, the governor clings to his position that he will sign nothing but a complete, final budget plan. Anything short of that is a “stunt”, he says. Upon vetoing, he said that he could not approve the stopgap plan in order to “keep the pressure up,” essentially holding hostages for now 91 days and counting.

Broken Promises Of Green Energy Programs

As lawmakers hold firm against the Wolf tax increase proposals they are also warding off some bad actors that go along with them. A proposed increase in the tax on Marcellus Shale drilling would fund a retread of a failed Rendell Administration attempt to muscle green energy into the marketplace.

The evidence keeps piling up that government subsidies, state or federal, of green energy projects deliver nothing but empty promises – on jobs, affordable energy, and claims of spectacular innovations.

Pennsylvania's Implementation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan

Carl Marrara's testimony presented to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Pennsylvania's Implementation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Carl is the Vice President, Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association. Read the full testimony HERE.

 

 

Education Funding In Pennsylvania: Myth Versus Fact

There have been two major myths that have been perpetuated in the past several months. Below are the myths, and the real facts.

Myth: A billion dollars in education funding was cut by Republicans

Democrats Reject Funding Social Service Programs As Budget Impasse Drags On

This week, House Republicans needed just a little Democratic help to fund an array of social services, stranded by the now eight week impasse over a state spending plan. They didn’t get it.

PA Wrongly Endorses Carbon Rules: Other States Prepare Legal Action

Sixteen states, with many more on the way, have already banded together to pursue legal action to stop the implementation of Barack Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania won’t be joining the party.

Budget Impasse: What’s next?

The war of words over the budget impasse continues and, for his part, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) must be getting tired of repeating the obvious, or what should be the obvious.

At a Pennsylvania Press Club briefing on Monday, Speaker Turzai clearly felt it necessary to yet again say that the Governor has no votes for the tax increases he continues to demand. That fact should have been more than obvious to the Wolf Administration two months ago when the House flattened the Governor’s spending and tax plan under a 0-193 vote.

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Governor Campaigns for Nation's Highest Tax and Spending Increases

Two weeks after the June 30 budget deadline, Governor Tom Wolf is on the road pitching the budget plan he first unveiled in early March. He’s standing by his plan despite a series of embarrassing setbacks: zero votes for his budget in the House when it was brought to the floor  in early June; an independent fiscal analysis that shows everyone will pay higher taxes under his budget, despite his claims to the contrary; and now a study by a bipartisan association of budget officials that shows the Wolf plan taxes more and spends more than any budget plan in the nation.

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Governor Wolf Vetoes Budget; Presses for Tax Increases

To protect the special interests of public employee unions, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a $30 billion 2015-2016 General Fund budget approved this week by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. The responsible, Republican budget would have saved billions by reforming our run-away public pension systems and would have raised nearly $300 million by ending the byzantine state liquor monopoly.

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Make Debt Reduction Bills Part of This Year’s Budget

Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) rightly says this budget season presents a perfect opportunity for the General Assembly to reduce public debt. Stephens is spurred by more than just a commitment to fiscal discipline; “Debt service is crowding out our ability to fund other vital services,” he says.
 

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Wolf’s Massive, Stale Tax Increase Proposals Face Reality Check in House

On Monday, the House wasted no time dismissing, on a 0-193 vote, Governor Tom Wolf’s entire budget proposal, including his massive tax increase scheme. 

Pension Reform Plan Fiscally, Legally, Ethically Defensible

Legislative leaders have rightly characterized the reform of our public pension systems as Pennsylvania’s top budgetary issue. On May 13, with six weeks to go before the June 30 budget deadline, the Senate Republicans moved on Senate Bill 1 (SB1), an extensive reform plan. The legislation will help keep spending under control and negate the need for new taxes, especially the massive tax increases proposed by Governor Tom Wolf.

Natural Gas Tax Would Stifle Jobs and Economy

Study: New severance tax would stifle job growth and economic benefits of Pennsylvania’s energy development

We All Lose Under Wolf Tax Proposals

For a moment in time, Pennsylvania was becoming more economically competitive. For three straight years, our commonwealth climbed over other states in a comparison of competitive vigor called Rich States, Poor States by the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC. (View summary HERE!) Then during 2014, we dropped hard – only two other states lost as much ground.

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Anton Announces PMA Leadership Changes: Annual Conservative Conference Highlights

It’s fitting that the driving force of the conservative movement in Pennsylvania, Frederick W. Anton III, announced that he is remaining the Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, but that David N. Taylor will now serve as President at the recent Pennsylvania Leadership Conference; a two-day issues forum that brings together activists from across the Commonwealth to share ideas, network, and discuss issues with conservative leaders and elected officials. The conservative movement in Pennsylvania has likewise thrived under Anton’s leadership.

Pension Reform A Must, Lawmakers Say

The Republican-controlled House plans to take up a pension reform bill in early to mid-May, caucus sources say. The vote will set the stage for working with a Senate Republican majority that is equally committed to reform, and a potential conflict with Governor Tom Wolf who has downplayed the gravity of the public pension crisis.

Underwriting Green Energy Projects Doesn’t Pay

Tom Steyer’s money can be enormously influential. The billionaire environmental activist is the single most powerful force behind the stymieing of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Wolf’s Budget Plan: General Assembly to Start from Scratch

Concluding that Governor Tom Wolf’s budget plan is “not based in reality,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said the General Assembly is “going to have to start from scratch” in developing a General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) questioned how many votes the governor could muster for his plan.  The Speaker’s answer: none in the Republican caucus and possibly not even a majority in the other.

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PMA's Budget Reaction

PMA's David Taylor provides an initial reaction to Governor Wolf's FY 2015-16 budget proposal.

Legislation Striking Crimes Code Carve-Out Protecting Union Intimidation Imminent

The news coverage surrounding the trial and conviction of Ironworkers Local 401 boss Joseph Dougherty on federal extortion charges last month highlighted, in graphic detail, the reprehensible activity of some unions against merit shop contractors. It’s safe to say he didn’t intend it, but Dougherty has become the most influential advocate for proposed legislation in Harrisburg to give state prosecutors the means to target union violence.

Pipeline Project a "Godsend"

An ordinary air permit process for a pump station to an underground natural gas line in Lebanon County is getting extraordinary attention. Nearly 500 people asked the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to hold a public airing on the impact of the project; only 40 of those requests came from local residents.

Economic Benefits of Mariner East Pipeline

Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Statement on Economic Benefits of Mariner East Pipeline

Statewide Trade Group Welcomes Positive Economic News Documented by New Pipeline Study

Conviction Marks Breakthrough in Efforts to End Union Violence

The conviction last week of former Ironworkers boss Joseph Dougherty on federal criminal charges is being heralded by business leaders as no less than the beginning of the end of organized labor thuggery in Philadelphia, and nationwide.

Tom Corbett: An Appreciation

In his four statewide campaigns for public office, Tom Corbett presented himself as the candidate who would make the tough decisions and do the right thing. As he now concludes a decade of public service to our Commonwealth, he has proven himself to be a man of his word.

Senate Republican Leadership Releases Promising Statement on Jobs/Economy

Fact: The healthiest way to increase tax revenues is through job growth not higher tax rates. Along these lines, the incoming Senate Republican Leadership team released a promising statement as Pennsylvania faces the duel threat of yet another budget deficit and an incoming governor who campaigned on raising taxes. Recent news articles and statements from the transition team indicate that he won’t back down from those ideas either.

Powerful House GOP Majority in Good Hands

On November 4th, the Pennsylvania electorate turned right and included in the General Assembly’s sweep a more conservative Pennsylvania House of Representatives. A week later those lawmakers in turn elected a House leadership team* that will have a clear set of priorities ready for action when the two-year session begins in January. The agenda will hinge on what incoming Majority Whip Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) described as “creating an environment that encourages job creation – private sector job creation”.

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Blocking “Joint Employer” Rule Chance for Republicans to Start Rebuilding Congressional Power

The president’s infatuation with his perception of social and economic progress requires a lot more power than the Constitution affords the White House. The results of the mid-term elections apparently have not deterred the administration’s over reach for power. At a meeting with congressional leaders following the recent elections, the President threatened yet again to side-step Congress and sign an executive order regarding illegal immigration; essentially granting full amnesty. 

Pennsylvanians Concerned About EPA Power Plant Regs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
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NEW POLL FINDS AMERICANS, PENNSYLVANIANS CONCERNED ABOUT PROPOSED EPA POWER PLANT REGULATIONS

Strongest Opposition Voiced in Hardest-Hit States

PMA Voter Engagement

Election 2014 is almost here and there is a quick, easy, and risk-free way for you to disseminate pertinent political and policy information to your colleagues and employees. Employees trust their employers for political and policy information more than any other source. In fact, according to market research by the Business and Industry Political Action Committee, employees trust their employers for this critical information more than political parties and traditional news media outlets combined.

House Democratic Policy Committee Testimony

TESTIMONY OF DAVID N. TAYLOR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BEFORE THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC POLICY COMMITTEE
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 LYCOMING COLLEGE, WILLIAMSPORT PA

Thanks very much to Chairman Sturla for inviting me to testify today, Rep. Mirabito for hosting, members of the committee for attending, and Executive Director Dawes and his staff for making this event possible.

Manufacturing Day in PA

MFG DAY

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association sincerely thanks Representative Eli Evankovich, Chairman of the House Manufacturing Caucus, for introducing and fostering the passage of House Resolution 1034, designating October 3, 2014, as “Manufacturing Day” (MFG DAY) in Pennsylvania. This day is a nation-wide awareness effort led by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, and other national manufacturing industry advocates.

The EPA’s Unchecked Agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the leading bad actor in what American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Scholar, Benjamin Zycher, calls the, “metastasis of the executive branch.”

Zycher, and other policy experts, say that the agency is accelerating a power grab through an aggressive regulatory agenda with dubious or scant benefits to the environment. Thousands of jobs will be jettisoned as businesses, especially manufacturers, try to cope with billions more in compliance costs.

Representative Bryan Cutler: the Collaborative Conservative

Rep. Bryan Cutler’s (R-Lancaster) ice bucket challenge for ALS research may be the most heartfelt in the nation. Both his parents developed the rare and deadly disease while he and his sister were still in their early teens.

PMA Special Statement on Tom Wolf Commercial

STATEMENT BY THE PENNSYLVANIA MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION ON SECRETARY TOM WOLF’S TELEVISON COMMERCIAL “IT CAN WORK”

Letter to the Editor: PA's Credit Downgrade

Letter to the Editor: Credit downgrade clear warning Pa. needs to act now on pension crisis

This week’s announcement that Moody’s has downgraded Pennsylvania’s credit rating shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone here in the Keystone State.

For months, financial analysts have been warning lawmakers that the commonwealth’s growing pension deficit was raising serious concerns about the state’s overall fiscal stability.

Warren Kampf Profile

Warren Kampf Brings Passion for Job Growth, Education to State House

Rep. Warren Kampf (R-157) had a “real eye opener” when, as a freshman House member in 2011, he witnessed firsthand the excessive clout organized labor wields in Harrisburg.  “If they (labor) oppose a bill it doesn’t go through. That’s all there is to it,” Kampf said. “I honestly can’t make any sense of it.”

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No One’s Interest But Their Own

Governor Tom Corbett confronted the state’s most powerful special interest when he asked lawmakers to send him, as part of the budget, bills reforming public pensions and privatizing liquor sales. The public sector unions have prevented both of these reforms from reaching his desk. As a result, the Governor announced today that he will blue-line-veto $65 million in General Assembly spending and an additional $7.2 million in legislative-designated spending. The remainder of budget has been signed, enacted, and will be implemented immediately. 

The Right Way to Grow Tax Revenue

A story that got five seconds on the evening news and just a few paragraphs of ink on page three deserves a lot more attention. The latest figures from the Department of Labor & Industry show that the state’s unemployment level under Governor Tom Corbett now stands at 5.6 percent. It’s the lowest level in the state since 2008; far lower than the national rate of 6.3 percent.

As Budget Process Grinds On, Lawmakers Have Three Clear Choices

State lawmakers are in the thick of the frenzy of patching together a spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1. Enacting a budget is a formidable task that entails long, tense negotiations and, since it must be balanced, attention to hundreds of details. Complicating matters further, this year the legislature faces a $1.2 billion deficit and General Elections loom in November.

New-Hires Refuse or Fail Drug Tests

One-third of all applicants are ineligible for good-paying jobs in Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector due to drug use or drug test avoidance, according to a new study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association and conducted by Tel Opinion Research. The survey of 200 manufacturing business executives focused on their companies’ experience with drug testing and its impact on their workforce. The results indicate drug use by both potential and current workers is a legitimate concern facing the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania.

PMA Drug Screen Survey

Survey of manufacturing employers showing one in three potential new-hires refuses or fails drug test

End Payroll Deduction of Union Dues

Testimony presented to the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee
in support of House Bill 1507

Presented by:    David N. Taylor, Executive Director

Chinese Cyber Theft Presents Massive Problem for U.S. Economy

The People’s Liberation Army isn’t going to hand over five of their officers who were recently indicted by the U.S. Attorney General for cyber stealing the secrets of five Pittsburgh-based companies and one labor union. And the United States will not be going into China to bring the five back to face trial. Cybersecurity and trade experts say the point of the May 19 indictments was to draw attention to the widespread, persistent theft of industrial and trade secrets by the Chinese government.

PMA Perspective: PA Revenue

This episode focuses on the revenue side of the budget equation. PMA's Carl Marrara travels to Bellefonte, PA to discuss this the upcoming budget debate with Chairman of the House Finance Committee, Representative Kerry Benninghoff. David Taylor then has a news-maker interview with Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Dan Meuser, to examine why revenue estimates have been lower than expected and what will be done to correct the problem. The episode concludes with President & CEO of PMA, Frederick W. Anton III, giving the "Final Word" on this important topic.

“Babe, I Got You Babe”

Sound the 6:00 a.m. alarm and cue Sonny and Cher! “Groundhog Day” is previewing in Harrisburg with rumblings that the General Assembly may yet again delay the expiration of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax (CSFT). One business tax expert sarcastically characterized CSFT as the go-to tax if your aim is to stunt business growth.

Stop the Dumping of Foreign Steel

Steel Industry, Workers Urge Commerce Department to Stop Dumping of Foreign Steel

Governor Corbett Continues Reform Agenda

Reforming state government continues to be a big part of Tom Corbett’s agenda. As Attorney General he investigated and prosecuted lawmakers of both parties who used taxpayers’ money and state time for political campaigning, including the “Bonusgate” scandal. In his bid for a second four-year term as governor, he cites past reform accomplishments and additional changes he will pursue over his next term.

Transparency, Openness and Accountability

State lawmakers and Attorney General Kathleen Kane had distinct and telling responses to a Philadelphia Inquirer report that four House members accepted cash gifts in a sting operation. The House and Senate acted quickly to police their own, passing legislation prohibiting lawmakers from taking cash gifts. Attorney General Kane chose not to prosecute the four legislators, despite admitting at a press conference that crimes were committed.
 

The Rising Political Clout of the Leadership Conference

The Rising Political Clout of the Leadership Conference

PMA Bulletin - April 10, 2014

Strong Showing for Governor Corbett at Annual Conservative Event

Governor Tom Corbett earned praise last Friday from the “dean” of the conservative movement in Pennsylvania. Emphasizing the administration’s pro-growth efforts, Frederick W. Anton III told a crowded ballroom at the 25th annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Camp Hill that he was “100 percent behind the re-election of Tom Corbett.”

Pennsylvania’s One of Handful of States With Union Carve-Outs

Ron Miller said that a 2012 US Chamber of Commerce study entitled “Sabotage, Stalking and Stealth Exemptions: Special State Law for Labor Unions” alerted him to the special union carve-out. Pennsylvania stands out in the study, but is certainly not alone. Illinois, California, Nevada, and Wisconsin have similar laws protecting bad actors.

The study notes that the Wisconsin Legislature found it necessary to explicitly state that the crime of sabotage cannot be construed in any way that would impair or curtail any labor organizing activities.

PMA Bulletin - March 17, 2014

Miller’s Legislation Clears House

A February indictment of ten self-proclaimed union “THUGS” on federal conspiracy and racketeering charges turned out to prove what State Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) had been identifying for years.  The graphic descriptions of deplorable behavior in the indictment provided the final boost for Miller’s legislation that brings a “measure of civility” to labor negotiations.

PMA Bulletin -- March 5, 2014

Back on Track: Benefits of Dedicated Multi-Modal Funding

The January 20 derailment of five rail cars carrying crude oil through Philadelphia turned out to be a minor blip in media reports. Thanks to safety procedures of CSX railroad, the oil was contained and no one was injured.

Governor Corbett Basic Ed Formula

Governor Corbett Backs “More Equitable” Funding Method in Basic Ed Formula  

Governor Tom Corbett recently said that Pennsylvania’s school funding systems should be changed to “a true funding system” that is fair to all schools.

PMA Bulletin -- February 19, 2014

Setting the Record Straight on Governor Corbett’s Education Funding

A central focus of Governor Corbett’s recent budget address was investment in education. However, many of the governor’s most vocal opponents often refer to the governor’s record on education funding as their chief criticism of his administration. For example, State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-7) recently referred to “the legacy of the governor slashing classroom funding by nearly $1 billion.” That is a serious accusation, but is it true?

PMA Bulletin - Corbett Budget Reaction

 “You Can’t Go Wrong” -- Reaction to Governor Tom Corbett’s 2014 Budget Address

Energy Equals Jobs and Plenty of Them

Governor Corbett’s energy plan stems from a fundamental belief and trust in the job creation benefits of a free market system. It also recognizes that our energy industry, by safely drilling in the Marcellus Shale, is leading the way in creating jobs..

Figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry:

Nearly 242,000 new hires in Pa. are supported by industries associated with shale development. 

PMA Bulletin -- January 29, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett’s energy plan is once again making Pennsylvania an attractive place to do business. His “Energy=Jobs” plan combines the use of our vast energy resources with a favorable political climate that reinforces a surging trend of attracting businesses from all over the world.

The power behind the plan lies in proper government restraint.  Governor Corbett believes that the market, given appropriate environmental safeguards, best decides in what proportion our energy resources are developed and used. He fittingly calls it his "all of the above and below" energy plan.

STOP TAXPAYER FUNDING OF POLITICS

PMA calls for government to stop collecting political money for private groups

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association supports House Bill 1507, sponsored by Representative Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), and Senate Bill 1034, sponsored by Senator John Eichelberger (R-Blair), to end the corrupt practice of using taxpayer money on political activities.

PMA Hires Experienced Director to Film and Market “PMA Perspective”, Other Film Projects

Joseph Robert Cooper (Coop to his friends) is the guy off-stage who makes everything go as planned on-stage. As the newly hired Media Manager at PMA, Cooper will ensure that “PMA Perspective” and other new video projects are produced seamlessly and on time, and he will take on the double duty of promoting the show beyond its Sunday time slot on PCN.

PMA Sponsors Public Radio’s “Ask the Governor”

PMA is proud to be the sole sponsor of “Ask the Governor”, an hour-long interview format that airs monthly on Radio PA’s affiliate network.

“PMA Perspective” Program to Bring Legislative Issues to Life

“PMA Perspective” Program to Bring Legislative Issues to Life

PMA is pleased to announce the launch of a new half-hour cable program, “PMA Perspective”. The show will air on the Pennsylvania Cable News Network (PCN) and will focus on how policies enacted in Harrisburg and Washington impact manufacturers, job creators, and the overall health and welfare of the working men and women in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and beyond.

U.S. Failure to Approve Keystone Pipeline Strains Canada/U.S. Economic Relationship

The United States has failed our Canadian partners by stalling the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport synthetic crude oil from the oil sands in Alberta to refiners in the southern United States.

Despite the strong support of the Canadian government, U.S. business leaders, and many labor groups, the Obama Administration has done everything possible to indefinitely delay the construction plan; all while the project has been carefully prodded, examined, and dissected, and been found to be environmentally sound. 

PMA Bulletin - December 18, 2013

Prosperity and Security: Canada/US Relationship is Unique in World History

The War of 1812 was more than just a punctuation of our independence from England. The war led to the blossoming of an extraordinary economic and diplomatic relationship with Canada the world has never before witnessed.

Shale and Manufacturing Make a Great Team

Royal Dutch Shell has intensified efforts to buy properties surrounding the Horsehead Corp. zinc smelting plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania. Shell is evaluating it as a site for a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker, according to a recent report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Shell has been negotiating with businesses along Route 18 in Beaver County for an option to buy their land in the next year, the paper reported.

PMA Bulletin -- December 4, 2013

PMA Praises Governor Corbett, General Assembly for Funding Roads and Bridges

The ability to safely, effectively, and efficiently move goods and people throughout our commonwealth is a core function of state government. The $2.4 billion that will eventually be raised annually under the new transportation funding law is a sound investment in both safety and business competitiveness. The responsibility for this investment lies principally with government, as Governor Corbett often said throughout the legislative process.

Governor Corbett Urges Lawmakers on Transportation Funding

Governor Tom Corbett is again asking lawmakers to increase funding for construction and repair of our roads and bridges, and provide adequate financial support for other transportation modes. In a recent news conference in Pittsburgh, the Governor said that public safety and the economy will suffer if no action is taken to increase spending.

PMA Bulletin -- November 6, 2013

PA Improves from “D” to “A-” Under Corbett’s Leadership on Tax Reform

The commitment by Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to improve the commonwealth’s business environment is getting national attention. Words of praise for Pennsylvania resonated at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Council on State Taxation (COST), held in Phoenix, Arizona.

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National Debt Limit Is Suspended Until February

The General Assembly’s vote to reduce the debt of a capital projects program is even more commendable considering what happened to the national debt limit – nothing. After weeks of political stalemate between President Obama and a polarized Congress, the federal government now has no debt limit until the arbitrary date of February 7. Whatever our debt rises to above $16.7 trillion, the last approved debt limit, that’s where it will stay until Congress votes to either raise or lower it, according to fiscal experts.

PMA Bulletin - October 23, 2013

General Assembly Lowers State Borrowing Limit While National Debt Keeps Climbing

The General Assembly trimmed the debt ceiling of a capital building program that had become one of the worst-kept secrets in Harrisburg as a funding source for pet projects. Merely reducing the debt in the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) would be reason enough for applause, especially when you compare it with the dithering in Washington over the national debt.
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October 11th -- Last Day

Deadline Approaching: October 11th Last Day for Manufacturers to Submit Suggestions to U.S./Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council

The Regulatory Cooperation Council is an initiative between the U.S. and Canadian governments to align a number of regulations to increase trade, decrease costs to businesses, and improve choice for consumers. Manufacturers face real impacts when it comes to regulations, so you are invited to be an important part of the process.

PMA Bulletin: October 9, 2013

Labor Reform Says: “You Broke It, You Bought It”

Lady Justice is depicted wearing a blindfold and holding balanced scales, representing impartiality. But in Pennsylvania, the scales are tipped in favor of organized labor.

Union protectionism in Pennsylvania goes so far that it actually permits certain activities that would send anyone else to jail. Now, the House is advancing legislation to balance the interdependent working relationship of businesses, unions, and taxpayers.

Study: Global Warming Models Off by Wide Margins

Climate Explorer

An old adage says that to predict what someone is likely to do look at what they’ve done. The past record for climatologists and their global warming models isn’t so good. In fact, it’s downright awful.

John R. Christy, a climate scientist at the University of Alabama, recently reviewed 73 climate models going back to 1979. He said that the predictions of every single one over-stated warming.

Gabler Fights for Accountability in Government

State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-75) ran against the odds when in 2008, he entered the Republican primary as a write-in candidate for his home county House seat. Democrats have held the seat that includes part of Clearfield County and all of Elks County 48 out of the past 60 years.

“I didn’t like the way I saw things going with the spending under the Rendell Administration, and the incumbent’s (Democrat Dan Surra) voting was pretty much in lockstep with the spending and tax increases,” Gabler said.

PMA Bulletin -- September 11, 2013

Lawmakers Work to Lighten Regulatory Burden for Job Creators

In 1988, former Democratic presidential candidate and life-long liberal, George McGovern, bought a resort hotel in Connecticut. Two years later the hotel went bankrupt. In a 1991 commentary published by the Wall Street Journal, McGovern placed most of the blame for the bankruptcy on the cost of dealing with federal, state, and local regulations, and he blamed frivolous lawsuits.

Senator Vulakovich - A Conservative Who Loves to Fight for Change

Senator Vulakovich - A Conservative Who Loves to Fight for Change

Steve Bloom – Legislator, Author, and Patriot

Steve Bloom is as “free market” as they come. “No economic system in the history of the world has worked as well as the free market to bring people from poverty to prosperity and free them from oppression,” Bloom said in a recent interview with the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.

PMA Bulletin -- July 31, 2013

Death to the Death Tax!

Despite grumbling over what didn’t happen this past June, there is at least one major accomplishment that deserves more attention. In the tax code enacted with the General Fund budget, the General Assembly eliminated the inheritance tax -- more appropriately the “death tax” -- levied on a business when sons, daughters, or other family heirs take leadership of it upon the death of the owner.

PMA Bulletin -- July 18, 2013

Manufacturing Sector Gains New Focus from General Assembly

Evankovich Grounded in the Basics

Evankovich

In 2010, Eli Evankovich left a job as a financial analyst with U.S. Steel to run for a state House district that, on paper, wasn’t likely to welcome his Republican registration. The 54th legislative district in Westmoreland and Armstrong counties is nearly two-to-one Democratic in registration and had voted that way for decades.

“I owed it to my three kids. I don’t like the direction the country is headed and I don’t like what it was going to mean to them down the road.”

PMA Bulletin -- July 3, 2013

A Third Sensible and On-Time State Budget

The good news is that the General Assembly sent Governor Corbett a $27.83 billion budget that supports record investment in education, including science, technology, engineering, and math programs and vital job training initiatives throughout the commonwealth. This is a pro-jobs budget consistent with the same successful elements Pennsylvania has seen since Governor Corbett took office, aiding in the creation of more than 125,000 private sector jobs.

Frederick W. Anton III to Appear On PA Newsmakers

This week’s Pennsylvania Newsmakers features a Business Roundtable discussion of the major issues confronting the state legislature, as well as Common Core standards. Joining host Terry Madonna are business leaders Fred Anton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, Gene Barr, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and Dave Patti, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Business Council.

The Effects of Pennsylvania’s Capital Stock and Franchise Tax

The Effects of Pennsylvania’s Capital Stock and Franchise Tax

Time to End Capital Stock and Franchise Tax Nightmare

Have you ever had a nightmare and no matter how many times you try to wake up, it just keeps coming back? Businesses in Pennsylvania that are paying the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax know this problem all too well. Pennsylvania businesses and the commonwealth’s economy have been taxed an extra $6.9 billion thanks to four delays in the past 13 years of the phase-out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax (CSFT). Now, some lawmakers are proposing delaying -- yet again -- the elimination of the tax, a proposal that has many in the business community in disbelief.

Reforms to PA's Corporate Tax Structure

CompetePA's statement on the best way to stimulate growth and job creation in the Commomwealth. Click here to read the release. 

Through a Caddie's Eyes

PMA’s President & CEO, Frederick W. Anton III, was profiled by author Michael Bamberger in an article published on June 10, 2013 in Sports Illustrated Golf. Through a Caddie’s Eyes is an examination of Mr. Anton’s love of the game and the rich history that he has experienced since he was a bag carrier at the Merion Golf Club in 1950. Click here to read the full story.

Corbett Policies Spur PA Economic Resurgence

Over the years, Pennsylvania hasn’t been an exemplar for job creation and economic growth. A new mindset is in order, according to a study that shows that the pro-growth policies of the Corbett Administration have Pennsylvania rising quickly up the ranks.

PMA Bulletin -- June 5, 2013

Corbett Policies Spur PA Economic Resurgence

Over the years, Pennsylvania hasn’t been an exemplar for job creation and economic growth. A new mindset is in order, according to a study that shows that the pro-growth policies of the Corbett Administration have Pennsylvania rising quickly up the ranks.

Strong Majority of PA Voters Want Liquor Privatization

Latest poll demonstrates continuing public support for getting Pennsylvania out of the booze business

PMA Bulletin -- May 22, 2013

Study: Liability Costs Weaken Our Global Competitive Stance

American businesses have the highest liability costs in the world by a mile, according to a study from the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). The good news is that the results of a poll, also commissioned by ILR show, people blame the excess costs on the ones who benefit the most from an out-of-control legal system- the lawyers.

Ballooning Federal Government Cited in Washington Scandals

Governor Corbett continually cautions that we must restrain spending and keep government focused on its core functions. This is a lesson often missed in Washington.

“There’s a direct correlation between government size and spending and infringement on rights,” said PMA Executive Director David N. Taylor. “That’s why Governor Corbett repeatedly mentions the need for keeping government powers under control.”

The IRS scandal is a symptom of a government whose spending and need for control is itself out of control.

COSTA’S BUSINESS TAX HIKE A JOB-KILLER FOR PENNSYLVANIA

After saying jobs are top priority, Senator then proposes making them more expensive to create

Main Street Does It Better, Part Two

A short video produced by the National Federation of Independent Business/Pennsylvania sizes the entire issue of liquor privatization up nicely, and should compel the Senate to send the bill to the Governor.  Consumers are fed up. Businesses are missing out on opportunities. Pennsylvania is losing tax revenue and jobs to other states. That should make for enough of a critical mass in a free market economy for Pennsylvania to join the modern world, and 48 other states, and privatize alcohol sales.

Open Letter to all PA Senators: Liquor Privatization Hearing on Social Impacts

To:         All PA Senators

From:     David N. Taylor, Executive Director
              Carl A. Marrara, Director of Government Affairs

 RE:        Open Letter to all PA Senators: Liquor Privatization Hearing on Social Impacts

Conservatives Embrace Governor Corbett at Their Annual Conference

Governor Tom Corbett won over the "Dean" of the Pennsylvania conservative movement the old fashioned way.

President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, Frederick W. Anton III, told the 700 attending the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference last weekend in Camp Hill that Governor Corbett wasn't his first choice in the 2010 primary election. But that the Governor's record since the election has been exceedingly persuasive: restrained spending, a strong push to privatize liquor sales and distribution, and promotion of the economic benefits of the Marcellus Shale.

PMA Bulletin -- April 24, 2013

Manufacturers Given Opportunity to Reinvest: Another Initiative of the Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council Report

An innovative policy to stimulate investment in manufacturing now awaits action in the Pennsylvania House. State Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield) recently introduced HB 869, which allows smaller manufacturers to set aside pre-tax money to cover future costs much the same way an individual would set up an IRA or a health savings account. The plan is modeled on an existing program in Connecticut.

Why Governor Corbett Is Right to Oppose Blanket Medicaid Expansion

Cost alone is reason enough for Governor Corbett to resist Washington’s call to swell the Medicaid rolls under the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA). Pennsylvania already trails only Missouri for Medicaid taking the largest bite out of its annual budget. Placing 800,000 more Pennsylvanians at a cost of $4 billion under Medicaid would leave even less money for public education, corrections, and other primary government responsibilities. Or, we do it and further buy into the inevitability of having to raise taxes.

PMA Bulletin -- April 10, 2013

Jim DeMint, Steve Hayes Headline Annual Conservative Conference

“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
William F. Buckley, Jr.

Steve Hayes of Fox News/The Weekly Standard is the featured speaker at the Friday, April 19 dinner of the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference (PLC) in Harrisburg.  

PMA Bulletin -- March 27, 2013

GMAC Recommendations Taking Shape In PA; Over 190,000 Job Openings Posted on PA Website

On Thursday, March 28, Governor Tom Corbett will be in the Lehigh Valley to announce a campaign to implement his Manufacturing Council’s (GMAC) top recommendation under its Talent and Workforce initiative -- the Adopt a School program. Whoever said manufacturing is dead certainly isn’t paying attention.

Fate of Liquor Privatization Lies with Senate

Contact your state Senators and ask them to follow through on the House’s historic March 21 vote to get the state out of the wholesale and retail liquor business. You can find your legislator. If you would prefer to have a letter generated and sent to your Senator, click here – though the most effective communication is often a phone call to your Senator’s district office.

DEP Chief Brought “Balanced Approach” to Environmental Oversight

Michael Krancer

Mike Krancer promised that as Governor Corbett’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) he would support only those environmental policies based on “sound science.” His approach to environmental oversight at times put the Department at odds with the ever-overreaching federal EPA and some radical environmental groups, but he never backed down; and rightfully so.

PMA Bulletin -- March 13, 2013

New Carbon Tax a Blow to a Surging Manufacturing Sector

Just when American manufacturing is starting to flex its muscles again, a movement is underway in Washington to levy a new tax that would stifle that resurgence.  Two weeks ago legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate to establish a tax on carbon based energy - the same affordable, reliable energy partly responsible for American reshoring.

State House Moving Fast on Liquor Privatization

Pennsylvania may finally be on the threshold of getting rid of the nagging inconvenience and economic inefficiency of a liquor control system designed in 1933 at the end of prohibition.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has introduced House Bill 720 which is Governor Tom Corbett’s proposal to privatize the wholesale and retail side of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). Leader Turzai hopes to bring the bill to the floor by the end of March.

A Carbon Tax Would Wallop Pennsylvania’s Economy

New Study Finds Proposed Tax Would Hurt Manufacturing Growth, Jobs and Energy Prices in Pennsylvania

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Public Education

Public Education

When he first took office, Governor Corbett walked into a public education funding gap. For over two years Pennsylvania’s school districts received a total of $1.7 billion in stimulus money. Over that same two-year period, public school employee salaries and benefits jumped by $1.3 billion.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Pensions

Pensions

The unfunded liability for state employees and teacher pensions is $41 billion, and if something isn’t done soon we are on the hook for it. The Governor is offering a plan that will almost surely result in a tough political fight because part of it calls for adjusting the pension formulas of those currently employed. There may be no alternative. His budget office says that next fiscal year the costs for pensions will consume 60 percent of all new revenues, money that should be going to core government programs.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Business Taxes

Business Taxes

Only two states, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, cap the net operating losses (NOL) business can carry over against their Corporate Net Income (CNI) taxes. Here’s why the other 48 don’t. The cap penalizes start-up and cyclical companies by significantly increasing their effective tax rate. Allowing for the deduction in net operating losses improves a business’s tax liability. Not allowing for uncapped NOL deductions puts Pennsylvania at a direct disadvantage in attracting or retaining jobs in these innovative industries.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Health Care

Health Care

Remarkably some have characterized the Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) as “free” for Pennsylvania because Washington “covers” the initial few years of cost. This, when the money to pay for the expansion still comes from the same pockets, ours, and the commonwealth will end up shouldering most of the costs in the down years anyway.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Transportation

Transportation Funding

Our roads and bridges are not only costing us millions in delays and vehicle repairs but they are dangerous as well. Fifty years is the average age for a Pennsylvania bridge and PennDOT classifies more than 4000 bridges as structurally deficient. These deficiencies cause rerouting, shipping delays, and hazardous situations on a daily basis.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Restraint in Spending

Restraint in Spending

The Governor’s budget builds on his first two spending plans that combined to erase a $4.2 billion deficit caused by the recession and the end of federal stimulus money. It hasn’t been easy or painless.  According to his Budget Office, 260 line items in the annual budget have been eliminated since Governor Corbett took office.

PMA Bulletin -- February 27, 2013

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions

Over the next two weeks, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will continue holding budget hearings on the proposed FY 2013-14 spending plan Governor Tom Corbett unveiled on February 5.  

Here’s to trusting that when the hearings end on March 7, lawmakers conclude, as we have, that there’s a lot to like in the plan.

Corbett Budget Continues Spending Restraint, Expands Opportunities

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Governor Corbett’s third budget proposal continues a restraint in pubic spending that over the past two years eliminated a $4.2 billion deficit without raising taxes.

“We stopped our fiscal cliff before it even had a name,” Governor Corbett said in his address before the General Assembly on February 5. “And we didn’t do it by raising taxes and increasing spending.”

PMA Bulletin -- February 6, 2013

Governor’s Education Initiative Key to Privatizing Liquor Business in Pennsylvania

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Corbett Budget Continues Fiscal Responsibility; Supports Greater Opportunities for all Pennsylvanians.

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association announced its support for Governor Corbett’s 2013-14 budget. 

“Governor Corbett’s budget plan sets the course for expanding Pennsylvania’s economic growth,” said PMA Executive Director David N. Taylor. “It continues his leadership of fiscal discipline and recognizes that private sector job growth is essential for the future prosperity of our commonwealth.”

One Down, One to Go!

The only things standing in the way of the private management of the Pennsylvania Lottery are reviews by the Attorney General, Treasurer, and Auditor General. They each have 30 days to review Governor Tom Corbett’s decision to hand the administration of the Lottery over to Camelot Global Services. Their review is limited to the scope of their offices.

“The Attorney General reviews it for its legality, the Treasurer on its financials,” said Jay Pagni, a spokesman for the Department of General Services. “None can review on policy.”

Right to Work Now – Return our Constitutional Right to Freedom of Association

By: Dave Taylor, Executive Director, PMA

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and on behalf of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing employers, emphatically supports voluntary union membership and an end to coercive payments to unions in our commonwealth.

Budget, Transportation Early Concerns of New Legislative Session

The 2013-14 legislative session, with 23 new lawmakers, began on January 1 under a constitutional requirement that swearing in occur the first Tuesday in January. The new members will have little time to adjust to the rules and routine as they will have to embrace transportation funding, liquor privatization, another tight budget, and we at PMA hope they will tackle key business issues left over from last year.

PMA Bulletin -- January 9, 2013

Keep on Frackin'

Here’s hoping that British High Court Judge Michael Burton has reason to view and write an opinion on Promised Land, the anti-fracking film Hollywood is serving up for the American viewing public.

PMA Applauds Corbett’s Decision to Forgo State Implemented Health Exchange

Governor Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, that Pennsylvania will be one of more than 30 states that will allow the federal government to operate its expanded health exchange.

The Bulletin -- December 19, 2012

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

The EPA is hard at work implementing regulations based on a model that can best be described as smack-down economics. A National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) study says the regulations will create a “ripple effect” through the economy and cost no less than “several million jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars.”  In keeping with the spirit of this new economic model, it seems it will accomplish little else.

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EPA Regulations Will Severely Harm Pennsylvania’s Economic Growth

New Report Details the Significant Economic Impact of Questionable EPA Regulations on Pennsylvania

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).

The Bulletin -- November 14, 2012

PA Needs to be Positioned to Take Full Advantage of the Marcellus Shale

Total natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale far exceed earlier government estimates, according to recent studies by two financial firms, Standard & Poor’s and ITG Investment Research. The news is a comeuppance, of sorts, for opponents of the drilling who embraced the government reports as a sign the economic development potential of shale was inflated.

Full Federal and PA Election Results

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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.”

The Bulletin -- November 1, 2012

PA Pollster Never Gave Up on Romney

A Pennsylvania pollster with a sterling record of predicting margins in elections has been shouting into the wind for weeks that Pennsylvania was still in play in the presidential campaign when others had surrendered it to President Obama.

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.

The Bulletin -- October 3, 2012

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.

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.

Sales and Use Tax

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Sales and Use Tax Map

The Bulletin -- September 19, 2012

PA’s Legal Climate Turning Business Away

A recent survey of corporate attorneys found that a state’s legal climate is a significant determining factor in a business’s decision to locate or expand there. The survey results bode poorly for Pennsylvania’s competitiveness.

Behind the Headlines

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

Keystone Manufacturing Initiative

Manufacturing has a friend in Pennsylvania. The Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council (GMAC) has issued its report.

Corbett's Budget Brings Back Prosperity

A guest post from Steve Forbes

Prevailing Wage

Prevailing Wage One of the Most Expensive Unfunded Mandates for Local Governments -- here's why!