Chamber Minute

June 2019

PA Chamber Minute June 2019

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

Welcome to this month’s Pennsylvania Chamber Minute.

On May 21, voters headed to the polls for Primary Election Day. In the days leading up to it, our organization got the word out to our broad-based membership information about where they could find their polling places and stressed the importance of participating in every election, even in so-called “off years.” As we’ve seen from an increasingly activist state Supreme Court, races for all three branches of government are of equal importance because the decisions of these elected leaders carry much weight and have an undeniable influence on the private sector and Pennsylvania’s perceived business friendliness.

On Primary Day, two candidates for the state’s Superior Court who are supported by the PA Chamber and endorsed by the state Republican party – Christylee Peck and Megan King – won their respective races and will face off against two Democrats in November. The day also secured Special Election victories for three new state lawmakers whose experience and commitment to pro-growth policies earned them an endorsement by ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber. Congratulations to Doug Mastriano, Joe Pittman and Marci Mustello, who we look forward to working with this session.

These positive results showcase our organization’s focus on helping to usher in candidates for public office who prioritize the policies that the PA Chamber works to enact each day. Now that we’re in the final month of the fiscal year, we are joining pro-business lawmakers in promoting a new spending plan that doesn’t include punitive tax hikes and invests extra dollars from a surplus into savings. The state and nation’s strong economic performance this year highlights the need to continue on the same path, which means enacting smart public policies that entice, rather than detract, investment – including a fair and predictable tax structure, balanced labor laws, commonsense regulatory policies, and more.

Here are the key takeaways from this month’s message:

  • Every election is an important one.
  • Our efforts to elect more pro-business candidates were seen on Primary Election Day, with the Special Election victories of three ChamberPAC-endorsed candidates.
  • Pennsylvania’s strong economy signals the need to continue embracing smart public policies that encourage private sector investment.

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