Pa. Governor’s Emergency Powers Out of Step with Most States

Pennsylvania’s emergency powers rules make our state sixth-worst in the nation, tied with others like New York and Delaware, according to the Maine Policy Institute’s Balance of Power Index. The report identifies our governor as having some of the broadest emergency powers, including consideration of how an emergency is declared and terminated; its length; the ability to alter existing laws; and how long extraordinary measures can continue after termination of the order.

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Op-Ed: Will a Biden Presidency Reflect His Scranton Roots?

Biden’s persona is doubtless shaped by his Scranton roots, which he proudly referenced even before the 2020 campaign. It’s important to understand how the former vice president is a product of the Electric City, where politics remains something of a local industry.

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Op-Ed: Pa. Lawmakers must challenge endless Covid lockdowns in 2021

How Pennsylvania lawmakers can help job creators — and those they support — recover in 2021.

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Op-Ed: An election crisis like no other?

If you think 2020 is bad, you don’t know 1876.

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Op-Ed: Life In The Christmas City

Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem tells the tale of two economies in the pandemic era.

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Op-Ed: The restaurant revival that turned into a revolt

This trend is especially evident in Pennsylvania, where Gov. Tom Wolfannounced a three-week indoor dining ban on Dec. 10. His announcement came on a Thursday evening, after most restaurants had placed and paid for their weekend food orders. In response, hundreds of business owners— primarily restaurants — are actively defying Wolf’s orders by remaining open.

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Op-Ed: Climate Change Initiative Would Raise Costs Without Environmental Benefits, Critics Say

If Pennsylvania joins a multistate climate change agreement that restricts carbon dioxide emissions, energy prices will increase and jobs will be lost in response to new regulatory burdens that won’t produce any environmental or health benefits, according to public policy analysts who took part in virtual public hearings earlier this month.

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Energy Shows Why Regulatory Reform is Key

Right now in Pennsylvania —the second-largest energy-producing state behind Texas— Governor Wolf is using executive action to attempt to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This interstate compact is a cap-and-trade program that creates a series of regulations, including emission limits, and allows for the buying and selling of unused allowances.

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Op-Ed: Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions will decimate small businesses across the state

Pasquale and Anna have 30 employees who rely on them to earn a living. That’s why their family decided to keep paying all their employees and not to take any income for themselves. But how long can that last, they wonder?

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Liquor Monopoly Can’t Make the PLCB Successful

After closing state stores, the PLCB attempted online sales, but the website was unable to handle the increased traffic. As a “solution,” the PLCB implemented lottery-like randomization to limit online purchases and determine who could access the website.

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