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    Save the Date - Fall PAC Reception

    With the 2018 election right around the corner, the merit shop is in danger again!
    To help recruit and support candidates who fight for free enterprise, ABC Keystone will be holding a fall reception in November.

    ABC Files Suit to Halt PennDOT Project Labor Agreement

    Last week, the Keystone chapter and nearly a dozen other litigants fired back, filing a suit against the Department in Commonwealth Court, Pennsylvania’s appellate court that handles legal actions against state agencies.

    Labor Leadership Uncertain as Manderino Moves On

    With more than a decade of service as a state House member representing the 194th district in Philadelphia, Kathy Manderino was a surprise pick by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as his Secretary of Labor & Industry in 2015.

    Keystone Facility Hosts Legislative Visit

    As the Commonwealth continues to struggle with the “brain drain” and sees more young, educated people leaving for employment in neighboring states, the Pennsylvania legislature is still searching for alternatives that will also address a growing workforce shortage.

    Congressional Delegation Mixed on Healthcare Reform

    Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan celebrated the slimmest of margins, a 217-213 approval vote for the American Health Care Act, Congress’s second try in as many months to repeal the Affordable Care Act and implement new policy.

    Your Vote, Your Voice

    On Tuesday, May 16, Pennsylvania will hold a primary election for thousands of elected positions statewide.

    2018 Gubernatorial Race Ramps Up

    With more than 18 months to go until the 2018 gubernatorial election, candidates are wasting no time hitting the campaign trail and laying out their plan for Pennsylvania over the next four years.

    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. 

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