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Wolf declares April Financial Education Month

Goal is to educate consumers and empower them about their finances.

Topper bill seeks Prevailing Wage Act exemption for schools

State Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) led a charge with other legislators in Harrisburg on Wednesday, calling on the House to pass a bill he introduced to reform the state’s obsolete Prevailing Wage Act. Championing House Bill 707, Topper said school districts need to streamline their funding to achieve their construction needs.

Education study reveals Pennsylvania’s funding ranks among country's lowest

Offering tangible justification for legislators to create a sustainable and equitable education funding plan, The Campaign for Fair Education Funding announced on April 1 in Harrisburg that a new study by an independent education policy organization shows Pennsylvania to have one of the worst funding gaps nationwide.

PPG Industries completes REVOCOAT acquisition

PPG Industries, also known as Pittsburgh Paints, said on Wednesday that it has completed its acquisition of  REVOCOAT, an international distributor of automotive-industry sealant, adhesive and damper products, from the AXSON Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.

National Association of Manufacturers honors Shuster

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) presented U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) with its Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence on Tuesday at a presentation at Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

Toomey hails proposed budget as responsible lawmaking

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) threw his support last week behind a budget resolution, greeting the real possibility of achieving a balanced budget within a decade, compliance with bipartisan spending maximums and no tax increases.Toomey told his constituents that he is proud to support this budget.

Survey gauges Philadelphia executives’ hiring outlook

"What are your company's hiring plans for full-time professional-level employees in the next six months?"For those in Philadelphia who have been asked this question recently, Robert Half’s newly released Philadelphia Professional Employment Forecast indicates that adding new positions runs second to maintaining the status quo, or only filling existent positions, in the six-month period from March to August 2015.

Statewide revenue from slots shows a slight drop in March

BodyIt looks like Lady Luck—that is, Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin—held true to its name last month as the only gaming facility to show a significant increase in slot machine revenue, according to data released by The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board April 2 in Harrisburg.

PHCA/CALM endorses Gov. Wolf’s focus on seniors

The frail, elderly and disabled will remain a high priority for Gov. Tom Wolf, according to an April 3 statement from the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and the Center for Assisted Living Management (PHCA/CALM) in Harrisburg.

SBA to honor award recipients during spring events

Having named its 2015 National Small Business Week winners, the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will recognize honorees at special events in May and June, it was announced March 31 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Allegheny Institute: Severance tax would threaten industry's health

The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy recently criticized a proposed severance tax in an editorial posted last week on its website, in which the institute raised several inquiries about the motivations behind and efficacy of the newly proposed legislation.

Particle Sciences gets patent for SATx drug-delivery platform

Leading drug-delivery firm Particle Sciences said on Monday that it has attained the legal right to create and use technology incorporated into its SATx platform. Having received a Notice of Allowance, Particle Sciences will benefit from the technology’s new patent with its addition to the firm’s drug-delivery intellectual property portfolio.

Pennsylvania hospitals lose 2,400 jobs in early 2015

Pennsylvania hospitals continue to be one of the state’s top employers, but hospitals across the commonwealth lost 700 jobs during February, according to the Hospital & Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

House to hold joint hearing on medical cannabis

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary and Health committees will hold a joint hearing to focus on the practical implications of legalizing medicinal cannabis in the state, including its impact of the law enforcement community, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 140 of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg, according to the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus.

Lux's move to Philadelphia Navy Yard part of area's tech growth

Lux Products Corp., an HVAC controls company formerly based in New Jersey, has relocated its headquarters to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said on Tuesday. Lux is the second largest retail brand of Thermostats, with more than 10 million in sales.

Allegheny County's 2015 Blighted Structure Program seeks applicants

The Allegheny County Department of Economic Development has launched its 2015 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program through its Vacant Property Recovery Program, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said on Monday in Pittsburgh.

CSSD certification renewed for CONSOL's Appalachian Basin operations

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) said on Tuesday that it has certified CONSOL Energy's Appalachian Basin operations as having completed CSSD's evaluation and verification process. CSSD is a consortium of environmental groups and energy companies dedicated to responsible development of shale gas resources throughout Appalachia.

UGI partners with Invenergy to deliver natural gas to Jessup plant

UGI Utilities Inc. has signed a contract with Invenergy affiliate Lackawanna Energy Center LLC to service a proposed natural-gas powered facility in Jessup, UGI announced April 7 in Reading.

Greiner: Assembly needs to deliver tax relief to state's residents

State Rep. Keith Greiner (R-Dist. 43) said recently that he hopes the House introduces significant real estate tax-reform legislation during this session of the assembly because he said it would have a profoundly positive impact on Pennsylvania's economy.

PA businesses optimistic about future

PNC Bank survey find small business owners expect increased sales, improved U.S. economy

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