Newly sworn-in Lt. Governor Austin Davis provided highly anticipated greetings and updates on the Shapiro Administration’s early policy priorities when he served as keynote speaker at the PA Chamber’s first Government Affairs Roundtable of 2023.
Exclusive to PA Chamber Investor members, GA Roundtables offer opportunities throughout the year to gain insights and ask questions of high-ranking elected officials, cabinet members and others high-level political figures. Last week, meeting participants engaged in an informative and lively exchange with Lt. Governor Davis, who hails from McKeesport and has made Commonwealth history as the first Black Lt. Governor in Pennsylvania and one of its youngest at 33. Lt. Governor Davis was profiled recently in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Lt. Governor Davis echoed many of the pro-growth sentiments the PA Chamber and our members espouse – an economy that works for everyone, modern and efficient infrastructure and accelerating the Corporate Net Income Tax rate phase-down. Lt. Governor Davis also discussed strengthening economic development programs; a procurement process that reflects our diverse communities; a focus on building robust main streets in urban and rural areas; and addressing Pennsylvania’s workforce challenges.
Mostly, Lt. Governor Davis said that his goals in his current position will mirror the ones he held as a state House member – to ensure safer communities and help to build a thriving middle class. He expressed great interest in the administration working as a partner with the business community to make that happen and confidence that the General Assembly will work together and across parties on shared priorities to build a stronger Commonwealth.
The remainder of the GA Roundtable agenda featured updates from the PA Chamber’s Government Affairs team on high priority topics this session ranging from tax reform to infrastructure, workforce to health care, civil justice and more.
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