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Pennsylvania’s permitting system is broken, and Gov. Shapiro needs to fix it

Originally published at The Patriot-News

Pennsylvania is hemorrhaging business, jobs, and capital. Gov. Josh Shapiro admitted the problem: Pennsylvania’s excessive regulations. So, why doesn’t he do more to address it?

Fairlife, Coca-Cola’s billion-dollar milk brand, pursued Pennsylvania as a possible location for a new $650 million milk-processing plant set to employ 250 people. However, the state’s permitting system helped sway the company to go with New York instead.

Afterward, Shapiro conceded to dairy farmers, “We learned that we needed to be quicker on permitting.”

Pennsylvania’s permitting system is so broken that the company chose a state ranked second-worst in the nation for business tax climate.

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