The Value of a Voice

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs For decades, ABC has been the leading advocate for the merit shop and free enterprise in Harrisburg and Washington. As ABC members, you’ve helped to defeat tax increases, burdensome regulations, and unfair labor practices by making calls, writing letters, and voting. But in …

Governor Set To Sign Legislation Affecting Private Party Contracts

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Senate approved significant changes to a bill that would offer the first major revamp of Pennsylvania’s private contracting law in over 20 years.  Since then, the bill has not traveled to the desk of the Governor, who has indicated …

Wagner Steps Down as Race Heats Up

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs The Senate Republican caucus, which makes up 34 members of the 50-member body, is at a highwater mark, holding a veto-proof majority. On Wednesday, however, that number got a little smaller as one of the caucus’s most outspoken members announced his intention to …

Democrats Declare Victory in Special Election

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Billed as a referendum on the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the special election to replace former Rep. Tim Murphy in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district held true to its hype this week.  In the weeks prior to the election, Democrat Conor Lamb …

Why Next Week’s Election Matters

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Last October, one of the most pro-life conservative Republicans in Congress abruptly resigned amid a personal scandal, bringing all eyes back on Pennsylvania. The resignation of Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18) not only left constituents throughout the 18th district without a representative in Congress, …

Free Enterprise Day in Harrisburg is YOUR Chance to Meet with YOUR Legislators

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs With an historic election in the books and another one right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to participate in ABC’s advocacy programs. With a number of committees, programs, and opportunities to get involved, the easiest is just a few …

Free Enterprise Day to Feature Republican Gubernatorial Forum

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs With a historic election in the books and another one right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to participate in ABC’s advocacy programs. With a number of committees, programs, and opportunities to get involved, the easiest is just a few …

Supreme Court Shakes Up 2018 Elections

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Pennsylvania is in the national spotlight just weeks after an initial ruling by the Commonwealth’s highest court that invalidated the district maps for eighteen Congressional districts.  It’s the first time that a gerrymandering suit has been validated by a court and has thrown …

Gov. Wolf Rejects Congressional Redistricting Map – State Supreme Court to Draw Final Lines

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Christina Fulponi, Government Affairs Coordinator Rushing to meet the court ordered February 9, 2018, deadline, top Republican leaders House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Joe Scarnati submitted a new map for Pennsylvania’s 18 Congressional districts on Friday evening. The redistricting case began on January 22, 2018, when the …

Associated Builders & Contractors of Pennsylvania (ABC PA) Reacts to 2018-2019 Budget Address

Kristi Pronovost The Latest News Releases from ABC Keystone

Contact: Brent Sailhamer Director of Government Affairs, ABC PA 717.653.8106 or brent@abckeystone.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 7, 2018 (HARRISBURG, PA.) On February 6, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf outlined his proposal for the 2018-2019 Commonwealth budget, detailing his priorities for spending and revenue for the coming year. The $33 billion …