The growth and advancement of technology has created valuable new opportunities for businesses, job growth and economic stimulus for our Commonwealth and communities. It is imperative that Pennsylvania’s legislative and regulatory climate encourage access to and adoption of enhanced technology by all Pennsylvania residents and employers, as well as encourage the expansion and location of technology-oriented companies, as well as the life sciences and biotechnology industries, to enhance the attractiveness of the Commonwealth.
On Friday, Governor Tom Wolf joined Democratic members of the House and Senate, including House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, in Philadelphia to again call for a raise in Pennsylvania's minimum wage. Without regard for the economic consequences of this proposal, Gov. Wolf has repeatedly called for the state's minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour after an initial increase to $12. The governor and advocates have also proposed eliminating the tipped credit system used primarily by the restaurant industry, which would force these small businesses to increase labor costs by 425 percent as they continue struggling to recover from the pandemic.
The advancement of technology has created valuable new opportunities for businesses, job growth and economic stimulus for our Commonwealth. It is imperative that Pennsylvania’s legislative and regulatory climate, at the state and local level, encourages access to enhanced technology for all Pennsylvania residents and employers, and allows the technology sector to grow and thrive while balancing community priorities. Policymakers should encourage the expansion and location of technology-oriented companies by improving the Commonwealth’s business climate and promoting community partners, including educational and cultural institutions, which also help attract employers and talent, and the diverse technology workforce already present in the commonwealth.
In addition, Pennsylvania’s life sciences and biotechnology industries have driven significant economic growth in the Commonwealth and employ over a hundred thousand Pennsylvanians in manufacturing, research and development and other capacities. Public policy should encourage the continued strength and expansion of these sectors.
The Pennsylvania Chamber further supports:
The PA Chamber urges policymakers to carefully consider and avoid actions that would create unnecessary bureaucracy or regulations to govern and administer technology infrastructure development. State policymakers should further refrain from adopting public policy more burdensome or stringent than Federal policy, which could hurt Pennsylvania’s competitiveness. Moreover, it should generally be the policy of government to defer to the private sector on the creation and operation of technology infrastructures.