protect pa jobs
Protecting Pennsylvania jobs requires a multifaceted approach that includes energy independence, workforce development and infrastructure advancement.
- Energy Independence and Affordability
- Workforce Development & Job Opportunities
- Infrastructure Advancements
Energy Independence and Affordability
Affordable, reliable energy is a must for a vibrant, growing commonwealth. As we have seen during recent years, the price of energy directly impacts all aspects of our lives and our economy.
We will ensure our electric grid remains reliable, that all sources of energy are used to power that grid and Pennsylvanians are shielded from unreasonable environmental standards and regulations that will ultimately raise consumer costs and create an uncertain energy future.
- Senate Bill 35 (Langerholc) eliminates the 2023 automatic gas tax increase. More
- Senate Bill 143 (Yaw) ensures state residents have options when it comes to fuel availability by preventing municipal entities from banning a specific type of fuel source for appliances and heating homes or businesses. More
- Senate Resolution 9 (Langerholc) urges the Biden administration to restart and expedite the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline to bolster energy independence and create up to 60,000 jobs annually. More
Workforce Development & Job Opportunities
We will build on the work we’ve done improving our state’s tax structure – including the ongoing reduction of the Corporate Net Income Tax – redesigning our state system of higher education to better align degree programs with marketplace needs, modernizing our workforce development laws and creating new tax credits to generate jobs in key economic sectors, including manufacturing and agriculture.
- Senate Bill 497 (Robinson) establishes the Max Manufacturing Initiative Act, which provides grants and loans to state universities so they can partner with engineering entities to enhance research capabilities, promote business alliances, produce high-value products and create family-sustaining jobs. More
Infrastructure improvement will remain key to attracting new jobs to and keeping existing ones in Pennsylvania. We’re committed to bringing broadband internet to all Pennsylvanians and ensuring funding continues to be available for clean water infrastructure, road and bridge maintenance and construction, and affordable housing.
- Senate Bill 121(Langerholc) restricts the diversion of transportation funding out of the Motor License Fund and increase resources for road and bridge improvements. More
- Senate Bill 656 (Rothman) replaces the state Alternative Fuels Tax on electric vehicle owners with a flat annual fee to ensure sound funding for Pennsylvania roads and bridges. More
EMPOWER PA FAMILIES
Families, not government, are the heart of our commonwealth. To empower Pennsylvania families, we must provide healthy and safe communities, address mental and behavioral health needs and guarantee access to high-quality schools.
Healthy & Safe Communities
We will continue our work to tackle health care staffing shortages, improve patient care options, reduce administrative burdens for health care providers, fight the opioid epidemic, support our law enforcement officers and emergency responders, and provide for greater school safety through school-based mental health services, counselors and training.
- Act 1 of 2023 (K. Ward) eliminates out-of-pocket costs for genetic testing of hereditary cancer syndromes and supplemental breast screenings for women at high risk of developing breast cancer. More
- Senate Bill 1 (Laughlin) lets voters decide whether the Pennsylvania Constitution should be amended to create a two-year window to allow sexual abuse victims to sue their abusers. More
- Senate Bill 114 (Brooks) addresses the serious shortage of volunteer firefighters across Pennsylvania by creating a pilot program giving interested high school students training in firefighting. More
- Senate Bill 137 (Mastriano) helps protect Pennsylvania senior citizens from financial exploitation by requiring the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to notify the Department of Aging about any investigations or enforcement actions involving someone age 65 or older and related to the Pennsylvania Telemarketer Registration Act. More
- Senate Bill 140 (Langerholc) cracks down on the unchecked crime crisis plaguing Philadelphia’s mass transit system. More
- Senate Bill 165 prohibits drug “injection sites” in our communities.
- Senate Bill 267 (Brooks) expands Pennsylvania’s Safe Haven Law to allow parents to surrender their unharmed baby at participating urgent care centers. More
- Senate Bill 162 (Hutchinson) allows more health professionals to participate in the Medical Officer Health Incentive Program, helping to ease the shortage of medical specialists in the Pennsylvania National Guard. More
- Senate Bill 379 (Phillips-Hill) shields citizen data from unauthorized access by prohibiting state-owned devices and networks from downloading and using TikTok. More
- Senate Bill 414 (Vogel) improves access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs). More
- Senate Bill 433 (Baker) requires Senate confirmation of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to increase accountability and ensure the agency is prepared to deal with emergencies efficiently and effectively. More
- Senate Bill 453 (Phillips-Hill) updates Pennsylvania’s DUI law to hold offenders accountable. More
- Senate Bill 460 (Bartolotta) provides child identification kits to parents to help identify and return missing children. More
- Senate Bill 506 (Baker) prevents the exploitation of older Pennsylvanians by strengthening guardianship laws. More
- Senate Bill 527 (Farry) cracks down on “porch pirating” by setting specific penalties for theft of mail, which includes a package, bag or letter.
- Senate Bill 607 (J. Ward) protects PACE and PACENET prescription drug participants who may be pushed beyond the eligibility limits due solely to a cost-of-living increase in Social Security payments. More
- Senate Bill 836 (Farry) gives municipal police the statutory authority to conduct fingerprint-based criminal history checks on police applicants.
- Senate Resolution 46 (Pennycuick) establishes the Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care in Pennsylvania to provide care for the unique health needs of women veterans. More
Mental & Behavioral Health Support
Mental health influences our quality of life, so in addition to supporting school-based services and expanded access for all to drug and alcohol programs, we will continue this session to press for mental health funding that stimulates innovation within our health care delivery system to produce efficient and effective results.
Education Empowerment & Access
The governor made a campaign promise to provide greater school choice to parents, and we intend to hold him to that promise. We remain committed to providing schools with more flexibility to get the staffing resources needed to address teacher shortages. And we will continue to lead efforts to increase parental involvement in the education of their children.
- House Bill 611 funds the PA Award for Student Success (PASS) school choice initiative to give children access to the best learning environment possible. (PASS provision vetoed by governor.)
- Senate Bill 84 (Phillips-Hill) eliminates a section from the state’s Education Code that prohibits a teacher from wearing any dress, mark, emblem or insignia indicative of his or her faith or denomination. More
- Senate Bill 647 (Gebhard) provides students the foundation to become proficient at money management by requiring completion of a half-credit personal finance course during high school. More
DEFEND PA FREEDOMS
Defending freedom means keeping government out of citizens’ lives and pockets as much as possible and allowing them to be confident in the election process.
Reducing the Tax Burden
Following our success with last session’s historic reduction in taxes on employers, we will continue our fight to fix our tax structure so Pennsylvanians can find good jobs, provide for their families and keep more of their hard-earned money.
- Senate Bill 561 (Langerholc) exempts the five newest model-year vehicles from outdated and unnecessary emissions testing imposed on 25 Pennsylvania counties. More
- Senate Bill 671 (Farry) supports Senate Republicans’ goal of limiting the tax burden for Pennsylvanians by adjusting Philadelphia’s City Wage Tax for non-city residents. More
- Senate Resolution 45 (Langerholc) urges the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address abuse of the Housing Choice Voucher program. More
Cutting Government Red Tape
Excessive government regulations consistently raise costs to consumers and chase away employers who locate in states without such onerous rules. We will build on last session’s largest regulatory relief effort in modern history, with the elimination, alteration and update of key regulations through more than 15 pieces of legislation.
- Senate Bill 1 (Laughlin) lets voters decide whether the Pennsylvania Constitution should be amended to allow the General Assembly to reject a regulation by majority approval, as opposed to a two-thirds vote, in both legislative chambers. More
- Senate Bill 24 (DiSanto) authorizes the Pennsylvania Treasury Department to return unclaimed property without the need for rightful owners to search for it. More
- Senate Bill 95 (Langerholc) removes a duplicative, unnecessary requirement that prevents farmers from meeting the rising demand for farm products delivered to homes. More
- Senate Bill 188 (DiSanto) requires regulations with an economic impact on taxpayers and employers exceeding $1 million to go before the General Assembly for approval before taking effect. More
- Senate Bill 190 (Brooks) requires an automatic review after three years of all regulations with an economic impact on taxpayers and employers exceeding $1 million. More
- Senate Bill 243 (Argall) ensures that Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medical Assistance benefits are not spent on the deceased. More
- Senate Bill 244 (Argall) requires the Department of Human Services to compare income and employment records held by the Department of Labor and Industry with recipients of SNAP and medical assistance benefits to prevent fraud. More
- Senate Bill 245 (Argall) requires the Department of Human Services to issue a yearly report on its efforts to ensure lottery winners are not receiving cash benefits. More
- Senate Bill 350 (Phillips-Hill) requires state agencies to create an accessible website for permit applicants to check their application status, state the legal authority to reject the permit application and deems a permit, license or certification approved if the agency reviewing the application misses its statutory deadline. More
- Senate Bill 691 (Yaw) renames the Department of Environmental Protection the Department of Environmental Services. More
To address election concerns raised by Pennsylvanians from across the political spectrum, we will continue to lead the fight to make critical reforms to our voting process to restore the faith of all Pennsylvanians in their elections.