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In continuous publication since 1913, the PMA Legislative Bulletin (The Bulletin) is the association’s official newsletter on business, governmental, and political affairs. Issued regularly, The Bulletin is a concise, easily readable, and expertly informed digest of events and trends in public policy. While focused primarily on state government, The Bulletin also provides news on urgent federal issues as well as the activities of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation.
Even as Gov. Josh Shapiro’s energy proposal has been introduced in legislative form, his intention to impose a carbon tax on electricity generation (“PACER”) and overthrow competitive electricity markets (“PRESS”) is in imminent danger of collapsing under the weight of its own absurdity “Right now, in our commonwealth, we must take action to catch up ...
In the ongoing process of crafting a General Fund Budget, Senate Republicans have made a decisive move to provide relief to individual taxpayers and small business owners, rather than higher government spending, as Gov. Josh Shapiro proposed in his budget address in February. Last week the caucus, with strong bipartisan support, approved $3 billion in ...
Lowman Henry, President of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, Inc., and one of the state’s leading conservative voices, opened the 35th annual gathering of conservative activists in Camp Hill on April 5 — with the control of Congress and the Presidency looming in November. The message repeated over the three-day Pennsylvania Leadership Conference (PLC) was that ...
Last month, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro announced a plan to end the state’s competitive electricity market by mandating half of all Pennsylvania’s electricity be generated by sources of his choosing, several of which do not exist.   Pennsylvania generates 6% of America’s electricity and is the nation’s top exporter. Annual Pennsylvania electricity production is 223,400,000.000,000 ...
As a candidate for governor, Josh Shapiro was indifferent, if not downright dismissive, of his predecessor’s extra-legal maneuvering to enact a carbon tax in Pennsylvania through membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). But as governor, Shapiro not only appealed Commonwealth Court’s rejection last fall of Tom Wolf’s RGGI plan as an unauthorized tax, ...
The House and Senate have begun budget hearings in a run-up to approving a state budget by the June 30 deadline, and the challenge for lawmakers will be injecting a much-needed dose of fiscal reality into Gov. Josh Shapiro’s lavish spending plan before final approval. The Shapiro plan is cursed with shiny object syndrome – ...
Upcoming congressional hearings will examine what could be the worst political pandering yet by the Biden Administration to its progressive base. The left was jubilant over the president’s recent freeze on permits for new liquified natural gas (LNG) export projects in the U.S. The move threatens not only billions-of-dollars invested in current projects, but the ...
Chalk up a rare win for the hard-working consumer in the self-destructive war being waged by anti-fossil fuel radicals. Two weeks ago, a federal appeals court in California affirmed an earlier decision that the city of Berkeley has no authority to ban natural gas infrastructure for new business and residential buildings as per legislation City ...
For the second year in a row Pennsylvania has landed on the top of the American Tort Reform Association’s (ATRA) 2023/24 shameful pile of “Judicial Hellholes,” courtesy of the anti-business fervor of two of its courts. Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court are not only guilty of awarding and sustaining excessive ...
Governor Josh Shapiro is trumpeting Pennsylvania’s success in securing two regional clean hydrogen hubs, one site each in Philadelphia and West Virginia, which he says will create 41,000 high-paying jobs. However, the governor’s victory statement should have also repudiated legislation in the House, HB 170, that would virtually wipe out the natural gas industry in ...