Like you, the diverse group of people that support job creation in Pennsylvania - "Citizens to Protect PA Jobs" - desire a quality of life for Pennsylvanians that can only be fully realized when job creation and economic growth are allowed to flourish.

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    The top priority for Citizens to Protect PA Jobs is promoting job creation and economic growth.

    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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Top Issues

Workforce Development

Pennsylvania has a workforce problem - a growing skills gap that is making it difficult for employers to find qualified job candidates to fill open positions. We're fighting to close this gap by working with businesses, educators, students and their families to help build the skilled workforce of tomorrow.

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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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Trib editorial: Gov. Wolf's overtime proposal another counterproductive diktat

Like minimum-wage laws, Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to expand overtime-pay eligibility is a government diktat about matters that are not government's to mandate - and likely would hurt those it's supposed to help.

Walmart to Raise Wages, Provide One-Time Bonus and Expand Hourly Maternity and Parental Leave for Associates in Pennsylvania

Recently, Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage rate for all hourly associates in the U.S. to $11, expand maternity and parental leave benefits and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000.

Here's why we think a severance tax is still a bad idea

We begin 2018 with a national feeling of optimism as the economy is looking up.

Red Robin cutting busboys after minimum wage hikes

Positions eliminated at each of chain's 570 restaurants

Pa. House committee passes shale tax

A proposed severance tax on natural-gas drilling in Pennsylvania cleared the House Finance Committee today on a 16-9 vote, setting up a possible floor vote next week.

Pa. House rejects effort to consider a shale tax to help fund the budget

The House had an opportunity to force consideration of a shale tax to help fund the 2017-18 budget by using a rarely used tactic to force the discharge of severance tax bill from the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

A severance tax won't cure the state's budget woes

Pennsylvania legislators looking to impose higher taxes on shale gas extraction under the guise of substantively closing the commonwealth's multibillion-dollar budget shortfall should look elsewhere, say researchers at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy.

After dismal 2016, shale gas drillers begin to turn a corner

Pennsylvania's moribund drilling industry, which has struggled with persistently low prices and a dearth of infrastructure to get its product to market, is showing signs of life.

The Pa. Senate budget plan: Pinches & a lot more pain

When we told Pennsylvanians to hold their applause after the Legislature submitted only half a budget - the spending half - by the state's June 30 deadline, we should have also advised all to hold on to their wallets, too.

Pa. Senate approves budget balanced by drilling, utility taxes; its fate in House is unclear

After his no-new-taxes budget proposal went nowhere last weekend, Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai issued this challenge to his GOP colleagues in the state Senate:

Pa. Senate considering tax on natural gas drillers to balance budget

Working late Wednesday night to close a $2 billion gap in the state's $32 billion budget, the Republican-controlled Senate began pushing a plan to tax drilling for natural gas, and raise or impose new taxes on consumers' telephone, electric, and gas bills.

Pepsi to lay off 80 to 100, blames soda tax

With sales slumping because of the new Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax, Pepsi said Wednesday it will lay off 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that serve the city.