Casey calls on Congress to reauthorize U.S. Export-Import Bank

A week before a critical deadline for the nation's Export-Import Bank, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and the bank’s president, Fred Hochberg, pushed legislators for reauthorization on Monday in Philadelphia. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), which has supported $7 billion in export sales for Pennsylvania since 2007, has been the nation’s official export credit agency since 1934. Its renewable charter is set to expire on June 30 unless Congress acts to reauthorize it. Read More »

Wharton School, academy to host N.Y. seminar for CEOs

Co-sponsoring a unique learning program, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and CEO Academy will conduct a seminar in New York City Nov. 18-19 exclusively for CEOs. CEO Academy was founded in 1999 by Dennis Carey, vice chairman of Korn Ferry, to mentor new CEOs at public corporations. This year’s event will present over 16 current and former corporate leaders, as well as leaders from institutional investment and governance firms. Read More »

Kaufer joins House majority in passing child-care benefits reform bill

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Dist. 120) joined the House majority in passing a bill on Wednesday that would restructure Pennsylvania’s child-care benefits rules to help families retain temporary assistance as they work their way out of poverty. “I am a proud co-sponsor of the legislation because I think this is one way state government can lay the groundwork to assist working families in bettering themselves. This proposal is the definition of a hand up, not a hand-out," Kaufer said. Read More »

State House passes child-care benefits bill to aid working poor

The state House unanimously approved landmark legislation on Wednesday to help low-income families pursue their American dream. House Bill 1164, co-sponsored by Reps. Tom Murt (R-152nd Dist.) and Stephen Bloom (R-Dist. 199), would revise the state’s child-care benefits rules to let families continue receiving temporary assistance while working their way out of poverty. Read More »

State Senate OKs bill to loosen law on out-of-state wine shipments

Thanks to a bill passed by the state Senate on Thursday, Pennsylvanians may soon be able to order a wider range of wines for direct home delivery, Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-Dist. 10) said. Currently, out-of-state wineries may apply for such a permit through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, but limitations control the amount of wine, prohibit shipment of brands available at state-owned stores and do not provide for home delivery. Read More »

State Senate to vote on executive-order review bill passed by House

If the state Senate approves House Bill 826, passed by a House vote of 111-78 late last week, every gubernatorial executive order going forward would be evaluated by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) for fiscal impact. The bill would require the IFO to prepare fiscal-impact statements on all general and permanent executive orders by the governor to determine whether they would result in a loss of revenue to the Commonwealth or an increase in the cost of programs administered. Read More »