PA Chambers Call for Common Sense Solutions to Keep Businesses Operating

On April 3, 2020, leaders from 50 Pennsylvania chambers of commerce signed a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf requesting that the Administration allow more businesses to operate under CISA and CDC guidelines to ensure the critical infrastructure supply chains are protected during the COVID-19 crisis.

Dear Governor Wolf,

On behalf of our chambers of commerce, representing hundreds of thousands of employees and the overwhelming majority of the private sector workforce in the Commonwealth, we are writing to offer our assistance in streamlining the process of business closings under the governor’s statewide order.  First, […]

IFO Kicks Off State House Budget Hearings

Earlier this month, hearings began in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to discuss the Governor’s proposed $36 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) Director Matthew Knittel spoke to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees about the state of the Commonwealth’s economic strength. Knittel expressed confidence in Pennsylvania’s overall economic growth, but cautioned members about Pennsylvania’s aging workforce and the need to attract young workers. For a closer look at the state’s demographics and economic outlook, see the IFO’s full report here.

In addition, members questioned Knittel about the Governor’s proposal to lower the state’s Corporate Net […]

March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Grow PA|0 Comments

Grow PA: Policy Committee for Innovation

This past fall, many Grow PA advocates who joined us at Penn State Harrisburg heard directly from Brookings’ Mark Muro and Robert Maxim who shared findings from their report, Ideas for Pennsylvania’s Innovation Policy. By the end of their presentation, it was clear: when it comes to innovation, Pennsylvania is falling further behind competitor states like Ohio, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Next steps from October’s event include raising awareness with our public officials in Harrisburg about the need for the state to develop a modern innovation agenda. In November and December, we met with legislators and staff to secure a Policy Committee […]

December 16th, 2019|Categories: Grow PA|0 Comments