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    State Budget Talks Hit Rough Patch

    With just a little more than 60 days to go until the state’s financial deadline, there seems to be plenty of work to do as legislators continue to find ways to provide for annual spending and ongoing, increasing pension obligations.

    UPDATE: Legislature Fast Tracks Unemployment Compensation Funding

    Throughout 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, in conjunction with the Office of the Governor, routinely requested increased funding for unemployment compensation activities from the legislature.

    Key Cabinet Spots Linger As Senate Showdown Looms

    In late March, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension (HELP) Committee held a party-line vote to approve Alexander Acosta, the accomplished law school dean that President Trump has selected as his nominee to head the U.S. Department of Labor. 

    House Republicans Fast Track Obamacare Repeal

    Congressional Republicans rolled out comprehensive legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the capstone of  the Obama administration. 

    Free Enterprise on the Brink? Do Something About It!

    Each year, ABC members take one day to make great strides in advocating for a level playing field. This year, our Free Enterprise Day will take place on Monday, March 20, at the Keystone building in Harrisburg.

    Wolf Administration Plans Project Labor Agreement

    While there have been several project labor agreements (PLAs) over recent years involving projects that incorporate public funding, the Wolf administration recently hinted at plans for Pennsylvania’s first ever PLA on a state-managed transportation project.

    Apprenticeship Reform Emerges Again

    In 2016, ABC made tremendous inroads in reforming Pennsylvania’s apprenticeship ratio laws, which have been out of date and imbalanced in the Commonwealth for more than 50 years.

    Embattled Labor Nominee Bows Out

    Just weeks after being nominated by President Trump to head the U.S Department of Labor, CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder is out.

    State Senate Puts Public Sector Unions in Crosshairs

    Only weeks into the 2017-2018 legislative session, Senate Republicans  have already indicated a robust and aggressive agenda as the 2018 gubernatorial election already starts to heat up.

    Trump Delivers on Promises with Gusto

    Stumping on a promise to deliver swift and decisive corrective action on many of former President Obama’s policies, President Trump wasted no time, signing executive orders to take action and rectify policy only minutes after taking the oath of office.

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