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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.

Stern seeks to bolster Pennsylvania tourism industry through legislative initiatives

In a victory for the state's tourism industry, Pennsylvania's House of Representatives recently passed legislation introduced by State Rep. Jerry Stern (R-80) aimed at encouraging additional filming projects in the state, boosting revenue and spurring job creation.

Revised data shows downward adjustments to Pennsylvania labor market

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently released a report that showed massive downward adjustments to the state's labor market data, leaving the annual average employment for 2013 below the average in 2008.

Ferlo bill would restore zoning authority under Act 13

Legislation on April 29 by State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Highland Park) would change Pennsylvania's Act 13, which relates to the regulation of oil and gas drilling.

Vance urges PUC to reject Sunoco public utility request

Pennsylvania State Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) urged the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on April 14 to reject a request from Sunoco Pipeline to become an official public utility.

Hutchinson bill would raise cap on capital tax deduction

State Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-21) said at an April 15 press conference that he plans to introduce legislation to help Pennsylvania companies grow by increasing the capital tax deduction cap to $100,000 from the current $25,000 per year.

Falling unemployment in Pittsburgh could be result of shrinking workforce

February's jobs report for Pittsburgh and the surrounding metro area showed a decrease in unemployment to 5.8 percent for the month, though the decline may be attributed to a shift in the labor force.

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