Last week, the PA Chamber’s government affairs team – Allison Coccia, Alex Halper and Kevin Sunday — delivered updates at a variety of conferences and gatherings, with messages on the organization’s efforts to advocate for business and improve the lives of Pennsylvanians and their families.
On Monday July 18, Alex Halper addressed attendees at the Retailers’ Association Eastern States Conference as part of a panel discussion on employer engagement in criminal justice reform. Joining Halper on the panel were PA House Democratic Whip State Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Phila), lobbyist Dennis Giorno of the firm Maladay and Wooten, and Justice Action Network Deputy Director Jenna Bottler, who served as moderator. Alex discussed the genesis of the PA Chamber’s advocacy for criminal justice reform and its connection to broader efforts to address ongoing employer challenges related to workforce.
Allison Coccia participated in the Council of State Taxation’s (COST) Mid Atlantic Regional State Tax Seminar in Pittsburgh this past week, where Pennsylvania’s recent tax reform efforts were a main topic of discussion. Tax experts from Reed Smith and KPMG spoke about significant state tax trends and pending litigation in the Mid-Atlantic region including Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Thomas Gohsler, Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue was also a featured speaker and discussed the recent tax reform changes as enacted in the 2022-2023 State Budget, pending guidance and upcoming department revenue initiatives.
Finally, on Wednesday, July 20, Kevin Sunday spoke to the Lancaster Rotary, with an updated on the importance of modernizing the state’s infrastructure and its regulatory apparatus that limits growth and investment. Sunday’s presentation also touched on the pro-growth impacts of the recently enacted tax reform, what the Chamber is doing to build on that momentum and improve the state’s economic prospects, and the importance of constructive, civil engagement in politics.