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    In addition, we focus on the issues that directly impact job creation, including education, energy, environmental regulations, healthcare affordability and accessibility, labor laws, lawsuit abuse reform, and tax reform.

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Pension Crisis

The $53 billion and growing public pension debt impacts every state taxpayer. We're pushing for reforms to shift the burden away from taxpayers and keep the pension systems sustainable for future state and public school employees.


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Responsible State Spending

Government should operate within its means: evaluating the effectiveness of current programs; weeding out waste, fraud and abuse in spending; and investing wisely in worthy state-run programs that directly benefit taxpayers.

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Stop New Energy Taxes

Our natural gas industry holds the promise of economic growth and job creation. Additional taxes hinder this opportunity and drive companies to states with friendlier tax climates that share our resources. We're fighting against proposed new taxes on the industry that would pay for more state spending.

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Why Pensions' Last Defense Is Eroding

Long-term returns for U.S. public pensions are expected to drop to the lowest levels ever recorded

State's public pensions to get scrutiny in audit

Pennsylvania's fiscal watchdog will audit the management of $78 billion in assets by the state's two big public employee retirement systems amid a federal investigation into fees paid to outside firms that invest billions of taxpayer dollars.

Pennsylvania's state retirement systems are in for a 'stress test' from the Auditor General

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday he is launching a performance review of the state's two major public sector employee retirement systems.

Auditor General DePasquale announces review of Pennsylvania's pension systems

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday that his office will be auditing the state's two retirement systems that manage nearly $80 billion to make sure they are operating as efficiently as possible.

Commentary: Shale revolution fulfills promise on jobs, energy, environment

While the daily headlines and nonstop, 24-hour news cycles focus overwhelmingly on issues that often divide the nation, it can be easy to lose sight of where common ground exists and what shared commitments bring us together.

Shell cracker plant could boost river infrastructure

River industry officials hope Shell Chemical's decision to build an ethane cracker plant on the Ohio River will provide enough of an incentive to get a long-delayed, $2.3 billion lock and dam project off the ground.

Egregious violations net pipeline company hefty fine

The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined a shale gas pipeline company $1.5 million for discharging sediment and causing a landslide that damaged Butler County streams and wetlands along an 18-mile pipeline-construction project from November through March.

Shale gas tax was always a bad idea

As the budget deadline approaches, I hope that our legislators will once again reject Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to impose a severance tax on natural gas production.

Commentary: Outdated liquor laws are a hangover from Prohibition

HOW'S THIS for a head-scratcher: Apparently, out-of-state politicians and activists can be trusted to drink responsibly, but your average Philadelphian can't.

Pennsylvania justices toss case brought by beer distributors, free gas stations to sell suds

Grocery and convenience stores that operate gas pumps will no longer have to fear their liquor licenses will be challenged in court.

Liquor reform takes a big step, but when's next step?

The law allows grocery stores with licenses to sell beer to also sell wine.

Grocery, convenience stores see benefits to Pennsylvania's new liquor law

Gov. Tom Wolf last week signed into law a new bill that is being touted as the most historic change to Pennsylvania's liquor laws since Prohibition.

Why Pensions' Last Defense Is Eroding

Long-term returns for U.S. public pensions are expected to drop to the lowest levels ever recorded

State's public pensions to get scrutiny in audit

Pennsylvania's fiscal watchdog will audit the management of $78 billion in assets by the state's two big public employee retirement systems amid a federal investigation into fees paid to outside firms that invest billions of taxpayer dollars.

Pennsylvania's state retirement systems are in for a 'stress test' from the Auditor General

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday he is launching a performance review of the state's two major public sector employee retirement systems.

Auditor General DePasquale announces review of Pennsylvania's pension systems

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday that his office will be auditing the state's two retirement systems that manage nearly $80 billion to make sure they are operating as efficiently as possible.

Taxes & flight: Pa.'s sad tale

Incumbent state lawmakers running for re-election this year - especially old-timers who have put down roots in Harrisburg - won't be singing the praises of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Pennsylvania's economy.

Wolf, Pa. lawmakers strike budget deal

Taxes on tobacco and digital downloads and changes in gaming and wine sales will pay for $31.5 billion spending plan.

Editorial: Wolf at the door? Guv changes tune on tax hike

Are they putting something in the water out in Harrisburg?

Gov. Wolf will not seek income, sales tax hikes

In a shift that could ease the path to a budget deal, Gov. Wolf said Tuesday that he will no longer seek a hike in the state's personal income or sales tax to raise new revenue.