Chamber Minute

September 2018

Hi, I’m Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber. 

Welcome to this month’s Pennsylvania Chamber Minute.

As lawmakers reconvene this month, a top priority for our members is to get a bill enacted that would provide a much-needed fix to Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system.  In the Protz case last year, the state Supreme Court threw out the Impairment Rating Evaluation process that for decades had been a fair and effective way to help determine a patient’s level of impairment.  The decision led the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau to file an unprecedented mid-year loss cost increase, which is raising workers’ comp insurance by hundreds of millions of dollars.   House Bill 1840 – which has already passed the House – would update the language in the law to address the Court’s concerns, and bring substantial savings to employers.  We’re urging the Senate to pass this bill and get it to the governor’s desk.

As we advocate for this and other key bills in the remaining weeks of session, we’re also working to ensure that the legislature that is sworn in this coming January reflects the values of our broad-based membership.  That means endorsing candidates through ChamberPAC – the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber – who espouse the free market principles that encourage investment and job growth, and who will guide our Commonwealth into a strong economic future.

Last, but certainly not least, we’re also finalizing preparations for the premier event of the year for the state’s business community – the 34th Annual Chamber Dinner -  which will take place on Monday, October 1st at the Hershey Lodge.  In each gubernatorial election year since 2002, the Pennsylvania Chamber has featured a debate as part of our Dinner program.  This year, Governor Tom Wolf and Republican candidate Scott Wagner will face off in a 45 minute debate that will be moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and will be focused on issues of importance to the state’s business community.  The debate will also be the candidates’ only debate, and we are honored and excited to host it.  Seats still remain for what’s expected to be a sold-out crowd, so visit to learn more about the evening and register.

Thanks for spending a minute of your time with the Pennsylvania Chamber, the Statewide Voice of Business.