published by Maura Donley on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 2:14pm
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.
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.
published by Maura Donley on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 12:57pm
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.
published by Maura Donley on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 1:57pm
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.
published by Maura Donley on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 1:51pm
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.
published by Maura Donley on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 1:48pm
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.
published by Maura Donley on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 5:58pm
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.”
published by Maura Donley on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 2:13pm
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.