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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.

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.

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.

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.