Increase efforts in policy and law to ensure that workers have the skills to match ever-increasing sophisticated manufacturing jobs. 

Manufacturers Applaud PA House of Representatives for Workforce Development Legislation

March 25, 2019 – HARRISBURG, PA - The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association applauds the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on the passage of a package of bi-partisan legislation, #GoodJobs4PA (, aimed at filling the workforce gap crisis in our commonwealth.

Workforce Development: Challenges and Opportunities

February 19, 2019

Testimony before the:
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Labor & Industry Committee

Presented by:
Carl A. Marrara
Vice President, Government Affairs

Chairman Cox, Chairman Harkins, and esteemed members of the House Labor and Industry Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify at this hearing on workforce development.

Governor’s budget plan once again seeks to hike the cost of doing business, drive away jobs

In preparing his budget proposal, Governor Tom Wolf apparently missed, or conveniently ignored, news reports of the January U.S. job totals.

A CNBC headline will suffice as a reminder: “Payrolls surge by 304,000, smashing estimates despite government shutdown.”

Economists discussing the record job numbers did not credit higher taxes, (energy taxes included), a higher minimum wage, or costly changes in the way businesses file taxes. In an exhausting repeat of past budget proposals, says David N. Taylor, PMA President & CEO, the governor wants all three.

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 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.

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.

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


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.