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).
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.
In his four statewide campaigns for public office, Tom Corbett presented himself as the candidate who would make the tough decisions and do the right thing. As he now concludes a decade of public service to our Commonwealth, he has proven himself to be a man of his word.
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.
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.
Submitted by Maura Donley on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:09am
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.
Governor Tom Corbett confronted the state’s most powerful special interest when he asked lawmakers to send him, as part of the budget, bills reforming public pensions and privatizing liquor sales. The public sector unions have prevented both of these reforms from reaching his desk. As a result, the Governor announced today that he will blue-line-veto $65 million in General Assembly spending and an additional $7.2 million in legislative-designated spending. The remainder of budget has been signed, enacted, and will be implemented immediately.
Submitted by Maura Donley on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:03pm
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.