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Hughes criticizes Gov. Corbett's handling of state's finances, economy

Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-7) criticized Republican Governor Tom Corbett's administration on June 16 for doing "a poor job" managing the state's financial situation and economy.

Chester, Montgomery counties receive $1.2 million in Marcellus impact fees

Pennsylvania's Chester and Montgomery counties in the 157th legislative district will receive more than $1.2 million in impact fees collected from gas extraction operations in the Marcellus Shale regions.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorses Wolf for governor

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO recently endorsed Tom Wolf for the gubernatorial seat in the upcoming November election.

Harrisburg Regional Chamber approves consolidation of state financing programs

Harrisburg's Regional Chamber board of directors recently voted to support the reorganization and consolidation of Pennsylvania's business financing programs into the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).

Fontana opposes tax increases in proposed Act 47 plan

State Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-42) expressed concern on June 11 regarding a five-year plan put forth by Pittsburgh's financial overseers that seeks to improve financial stability.

Union, Snyder counties to receive $81,000 in Marcellus impact fees

Pennsylvania State Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) recently announced that his district - Union and Snyder counties - will receive more than $81,000 in impact fees from companies extracting natural gas in the Marcellus Shale regions.

Study: Drug use by employees a concern

A study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA) recently found that drug use by current and potential workers may be a concern for companies operating across the state.

Pitts named "Taxpayer Hero" by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Pennsylvania state Rep. Joe Pitts, representing the state's Lancaster, Chester and Berks counties, was recently honored as a the state's number two "Taxpayer Hero" for 2013 by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW).

Wine, spirits privatization critics: Plan will hurt revenue, public health

The Pennsylvania state Senate Appropriations Committee may soon consider a proposal to privatize the sale of wine and spirits, which critics say could harm state revenue and public health.

Pennsylvania's 25th senatorial district to receive $24 million in impact fee revenue

Local governments in the 25th senatorial district of Pennsylvania will receive more than $24 million in Marcellus Shale impact fee revenue, according to a recent announcement from the district's State Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Legislators urge FEMA to rescind no-fracking policy for mitigation lands

Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Lou Barletta (R-PA) expressed concern on June 5 regarding a May announcement by FEMA of a new policy that bans hydraulic fracturing on real estate purchased with the agency's mitigation funds.

House passes Ross check-cashing, consumer protection measures

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed legislation introduced by State Rep. Chris Ross (R-158) that would slash fees for cashing government checks and establish a timeframe for consumer loan contracts.

Allegheny Institute: Taxpayers seeking elimination of school taxes will be disappointed

The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy recently said that taxpayers hoping to see the end of school taxes due to the use of state gaming funds on homestead and farmstead exemptions for schools will likely be disappointed.

Keystone Research Center calls on Pennsylvania lawmakers to raise minimum wage

As public support for raising the minimum wage builds in Pennsylvania, the Keystone Research Center recently called on state legislators to increase wages to curb the state's "runaway income inequality."

Heffley, Gibbons draft tax credit for companies converting coal waste to energy

Pennsylvania State Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-122) and Jaret Gibbons (D-10) recently drafted legislation with bipartisan support that would provide a tax credit to companies that create energy using coal waste.

Teplitz urges legislature to release spending audit ahead of budget negotiations

Pennsylvania State Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-15) urged the Pennsylvania Senate on May 15 to release its general spending audit ahead of state budget negotiations.

Pennsylvania to issue unused film tax credits to bring projects to state

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 180-21 on May 6 to approve legislation aimed at encouraging job creation and boosting revenue by bringing new filming projects to the state.

Bill introduced to ease burden on small drillers

A group of Pennsylvania Republican legislators plan to introduce a bill in upcoming weeks that will establish separate regulations for conventional and unconventional drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale.

White introduces bill to improve workplace safety in natural gas industry

As part of an effort to improve workplace safety in the energy industry, Pennsylvania state Rep. Jesse White recently introduced legislation to require all employees working at natural gas well sites to complete emergency response training.

Pennsylvania to examine efficacy of state, federal pay equity laws

Pennsylvania's Joint State Government Commission will study pay equity laws in the state as part of a requirement under a resolution passed by the state House of Representatives on May 6.

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