By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Pennsylvania Director of Government Affairs
It’s another big election year in Pennsylvania and candidates are lining up. The open governor’s office and U.S. Senate seat are popular choices. Currently, there are over a dozen Republicans seeking the governor’s office. Josh Shapiro, the Attorney General, is the lone Democrat vying for the seat. For U.S. Senate, there are 13 Republicans and 14 Democrats running. It’s still too early for “drop-outs,” so ABC will keep members aware of who’s in and who’s out as we draw closer to the May 17 primary. In addition, 17 congressional seats, 203 state House seats, and 25 state Senate seats are up for grabs.
If that wasn’t enough, the state is going through a “re-districting” process, where congressional and state legislative districts are re-drawn based on population changes. As is typical, the process has been long, messy, complicated, and at the time of this writing, unresolved. The legislature is moving legislation establishing congressional lines which Democrats and the governor oppose, while the Legislative Reapportionment Commission is moving along state maps the Republicans oppose. Time is running short, and lawsuits are a likely result no matter what passes.
What does this mean for ABC? Well, we will continue to be the voice of the commercial construction industry through our “regular” advocacy programming. We will also focus much of our attention on political fundraisers to support candidates that align with free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy. In addition, chapter leaders and the ABC of Pennsylvania board will begin to prepare a game plan for 2023 and beyond.
No matter what happens in November, our advocacy work is likely to look different at the state and federal levels next year.
Here’s where you come in: Starting February 16, ABC Keystone and generous events sponsors will be hosting regional “Construction Wake-up Calls” featuring yours truly. The program will take an in-depth look at the who’s who of the 2022 candidates, and what ABC’s game plan is no matter what happens this November. It is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the political processes and how important it is for you to “be in the game.”
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Regional Construction Wake-up Call events & gain first-hand information about ABC PA’s 2022 Legislative game plan!
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Click here to view a complete listing of 2022 Regional Construction Wake-up Call Events, including events held in all four regions:
- Northeast Region, 2/16, 7:30 am at RKL, Reading
- Southwest Region, 2/23, 7:30 am at OSS Health, York
- Lancaster Region, 3/1, 7:30 am at ABC Keystone, Manheim
- Capital Region, 3/16, 7:30 am at Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill
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Posted January 21, 2022