Regulatory Reform

Move to a regulatory scheme-based on sound science. Use cost-benefit analysis in developing regulatory language.

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.

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.

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 -- 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.

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.”

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.

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.