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 …

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

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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 …

Keystone Members Eye Elected Office in 2018

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

By, Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs After a full year of President Donald Trump in office, most critics agree that it’s hard to deny the effect of business experience in government.  Financial markets have skyrocketed and the national business climate is booming after a series of regulatory and financial …

Wolf Announces Overtime Pay Proposal

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

This week, Governor Tom Wolf announced his plans to follow up on an expired plan by the Obama administration in 2016 to extend mandatory overtime pay to salaried employees.  Currently, salaried employees who are eligible for overtime pay are evaluated on the federal threshold for compensation, which is $23,660 annually.  …

Congress Nears Finish Line on Tax Reform

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Despite stumbles throughout the year, Congress looks set to deliver on one of President Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises – a significant overhaul of the tax code. In mainly party line votes, both the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate approved the agreed-to …

Paycheck Protection Falls Short as House Wraps up 2017

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs The House concluded the first half of the 2017-2018 legislative session this week with a flurry of bills that were championed by some of the state’s most conservative lawmakers.  At the top of the list was Senate Bill 166, introduced by Sen. John …

ABC PA Hosts Hundreds At NYC Reception

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Since the late 19th century, native Pennsylvanians have gathered in New York City to discuss politics and current events of their home Commonwealth. In the early 20th century, that gathering became more formalized and evolved into the Pennsylvania Society, an organization that meets …