Labor Issues

Repeal the prevailing wage law. Enact additional reforms to the unemployment and workers compensation systems, reforms that target cost drivers in both.  Make Pennsylvania a right to work state by securing the right of employees to decide for themselves whether to join or financially support a union. 

Hike in mandated wage would hurt the very people Gov. Wolf says he wants to help

The celebrated economist Thomas Sowell, who happens to be African American, once tried to convince members of the Congressional Black Caucus of the economic and societal foolishness of supporting an increase in the minimum wage. But with political agendas being what they were, he swayed no one by arguing that an increase in the minimum wage (even the mere existence of it) hurts the very people it’s purportedly designed to help.

VP Pence visits PA, urges passage of USMCA

Vice President Mike Pence visited one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s long-time manufacturers, Schott Advanced Optics in Duryea, urging congressional approval of a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, the USMCA. U.S. manufacturers have thrown their full weight behind the negotiated agreement; it will add billions to the economy and create thousands of high paying manufacturing jobs.

The Truth About Steel/Aluminum Tariffs Resonates, Despite Scare Tactics

The steel and aluminum tariffs ordered by the President Trump last week elicited the same “Chicken Little” squawks as the end of net neutrality, the roll-back of years of Obama market meddling regulations, and across-the-board cuts in federal taxes. The calamitous fallout predicted from the President’s latest policy move includes tit-for-tat trade wars, skyrocketing consumer prices, and the collapse of the stock market.

Overtime Pay Announcement Just Another Stunt for Wolf Administration

Governor Wolf got some election-year publicity last week with his decree that overtime pay should apply to tens of thousands of additional workers. Highlighting the stories was a catchy, but misleading phrase, the governor used in his announcement: “It’s simple,” he said, “if you work overtime, then you should get paid fairly for it.” Actually, it’s not all that simple.

Please Support Senate Bill 166

George Washington famously stated, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” As government becomes larger and more powerful, President Washington’s insight becomes more critical. The inherent power of government should be recognized and treated as such; kept in check and harnessed. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that government remains truly neutral and impartial as it conducts the public’s business. That is why the passage of Senate Bill 166 is so imperative. 

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).