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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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