Governor’s Budget Proposal 2024-25: Business Highlights

All dollar amounts refer to new line items or increases to the line item from the previous budget. The full amounts of proposed appropriations can be seen in the 2024-25 General Fund Tracking Run. Economic Development Health and Housing Childcare and K-12 Education Higher Education Workforce Development Transit and Infrastructure Our Position Overall, the budget…

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2023-24 Budget Update

July 6, 2023 (Harrisburg, Pa) This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed the framework and line items for the 2023-24 Pennsylvania budget via House Bill 611. The spending plan totals $45.5 billion and includes significant investments in critical areas such as environmental permitting, workforce development and retention, and education. Budget highlights for the business…

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Commonwealth Court Blocks PennDOT Major Bridge P3 Program

On June 30, 2022 the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania sided with businesses and municipalities throughout Pennsylvania in its decision to block PennDOT’s Major Bridge P3 Program, which proposed the tolling of nine interstate bridges in Pennsylvania, including the I-83 South Bridge. The court stated that the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board did not appropriately identify specific…

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Harrisburg Regional Chamber Votes to Support Corporate Tax Reform Measures

Harrisburg, Pa. (June 14, 2022) – The Harrisburg Regional Chamber Board of Directors met on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 and passed three positions of support for corporate tax reform legislation currently in the General Assembly. The Harrisburg Regional Chamber’s Government Relations Committee recommended support on the following legislation: “A CNIT reduction is essential to Pennsylvania’s economy by…

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Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Announce New Protective Mitigation Efforts to Put Pennsylvania on Pause through Early January

Gov. Wolf Limited-Time Mitigation Order Sec. Levine Limited-Time Mitigation Order As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today implored Pennsylvanians to take the next three weeks and stand united against the virus by adhering to existing mitigation orders and stricter efforts announced today. “Today I am announcing…

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Legislative Update: Veto of H.B. 1737

We are extremely disappointed by Governor Wolf’s veto  of H.B. 1737 which was amended to include comprehensive, temporary, pandemic-related liability protections. Legislation to provide temporary relief by expanding liability provisions to protect businesses acting in good faith during these unprecedented times while following the guidelines outlined by the CDC, OSHA, and Commonwealth authorities has been…

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State Budget Update & Temporary COVID-19 Limited Liability Protections Sent to Governor’s Desk

State Budget: Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 2536 and Senate Bill 1350. These bills provide funding for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s budget through June 30, 2021. The total appropriation for the fiscal year is $35.5 billion with $32.1 billion in state funds and $3.4 billion in federal stimulus dollars (including $1.3 billion of unallocated…

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GOVERNOR WOLF VETOES RESTAURANT RE-OPENING LEGISLATION

Legislation that would have created more certainty for dining establishments operating during the COVID-19 pandemic was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday, Oct. 16. House Bill 2513, which passed with strong bipartisan support in the General Assembly, would have allowed restaurants that adhere to state and CDC-issued health guidance to operate at a minimum…

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Gov. Wolf Announces Additional $96 Million for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Tom Wolf announced that an additional $96 million in state grants have been approved for 5,373 Pennsylvania small businesses that were impacted by the business closure order due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Businesses in every county were approved for grants in this round of funding, and 52 percent are historically disadvantaged businesses. To…

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New Overtime Rule Goes Into Effect In Pennsylvania

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced Pennsylvania’s new overtime rule will become effective when the final, approved regulation is published in the PA Bulletin on Saturday, October 3, 2020. “Tomorrow marks the first update to the commonwealth’s overtime regulations in more than four  decades,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “The modernized regulation will expand…

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