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Peifer expresses support for financial literacy across state

Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Peifer, a member of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency's board, recently expressed support for financial literacy efforts across the state in honor of April, which is recognized as Financial Literacy Month.

Hutchinson bill addresses differences in oil, gas production in Pennsylvania

State Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-21) recently introduced legislation to protect the oil industry in Pennsylvania from regulations aimed at companies extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale.

Metzgar sponsors amendment to ensure royalty payments for gas drilling

State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-69) sponsored an amendment on March 28 that would extend protections to landowners who have signed leases for natural gas drilling on their property.

Business "wins" in southwestern Pennsylvania increase 12 percent in 2013

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) recently released its annual development performance scorecard, which showed a 12 percent increase in new facilities, company expansions, and attraction/retention of firms and startups across southwestern Pennsylvania.

SEPTA workers potentially banned from striking under Harper bill

Pennsylvania State Rep. Kate Harper (R-61) recently reintroduced a bill to prevent employees of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority from going on strike.

Pension reform proposal unveiled

A Democratic caucus from the Pennsylvania state Senate unveiled a proposal in March aimed at reforming pension rules and helping school districts avoid rising payments.

Parker: Corbett budget not enough to address needs of Pennsylvania citizens

Following Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett's budget address earlier this week, state Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-Philadelphia) said the proposed budget does not do enough to address education, healthcare and the state's economic issues.

Gillen: Corbett budget proposal "starting point" for negotiations

Pennsylvania State Rep. Mark Gillen (R-128) of Berks County recently called the budget proposal put forth by Republican Governor Tom Corbett a "starting point" in budget negotiations that will likely continue over the next several months.

Pennsylvania Democrats push for min. wage increase, job creation in budget

A group of Democrats across the state of Pennsylvania recently rallied together to push Republican Governor Tom Corbett to introduce a spending plan that benefits the state's residents.

Pennsylvania gaming industry sees slowdown

A recent policy analysis from Pennsylvania's Allegheny Institute for Public Policy showed annual slot revenue from the state's 12 casinos fell by three percent in 2013, indicating the settling of the industry in the state.

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to end "triple dipping"

The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved legislation in October that would prevent state employees from collecting retirement benefits only to return to work and collect unemployment after leaving the job - a practice dubbed "triple dipping."

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