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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.

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.

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.

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.