Press Releases

PA Chamber: Anti-Growth Policies on State, Federal Levels Driving Investment Out of Pennsylvania

May 4, 2021 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in regards to Pennsylvania’s burdensome regulatory environment and uncompetitive corporate tax climate driving investment out of the state:

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ChamberPAC Issues Special Election and Primary Endorsements

April 19, 2021 | Tricia Harris

ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today issued endorsements for the State Supreme Court Republican Primary Election, as well as two upcoming legislative Special Elections.  The endorsements include: Judge Kevin Brobson for state Supreme Court; Chris Gebhard for the 48th Senatorial District; and Abby Major for the 60th House District.  The Special Elections are scheduled to coincide with Primary Election Day on Tuesday, May 18.    

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PA Chamber Applauds House Passage of Targeted COVID-19 Liability Protections

April 6, 2021 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement following the state House’s passage of H.B. 605, legislation which includes temporary safe harbor protections for employers from unwarranted COVID-19 related lawsuits.

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PA Chamber Earns Accredited With Distinction Status From U.S. Chamber

March 11, 2021 | Tricia Harris

As a result of its strong government relations advocacy; dynamic membership relations, education and compliance programs; insurance operations and commitment to social responsibility, the PA Chamber of Business and Industry has been awarded Accredited with Distinction status from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement.

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PA Chamber Statement on U.S. House Passage of the 'PRO Act'

March 10, 2021 | Tricia Harris

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the passage of the “PRO Act” by the U.S. House of Representatives: 

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PA Chamber: State Minimum Wage Report Highlights Actual Demographics of Minimum Wage Earners

March 4, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the recent publication of the PA Department of Labor and Industry’s "2021 Minimum Wage Report."  

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PA Chamber Statement on Delaware River Basin Commission Vote to Ban Natural Gas Drilling

February 25, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to the Delaware River Basin Commission’s vote to ban natural gas drilling:

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PA Chamber: Pro-Growth Policies are the Answer to Moving Pennsylvania’s Economy Forward

February 3, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2021-22 budget proposal:

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PA Chamber: Policies That Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA Will Slow Economic Recovery

January 28, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announced priorities for the 2021-22 legislative session – which include enacting an additional tax on the energy industry and a government mandated wage increase:

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PA Chamber Statement on Governor’s Proposed Small Business Grant Program

January 15, 2021 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber President Gene Barr issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Wolf’s proposal to create a small business grant program using money from an injured workers’ fund to be directed towards businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PA Chamber Statement on Violence at U.S. Capitol

January 7, 2021 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in regards to yesterday’s violent security breach at the U.S. Capitol Building.

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Pennsylvania Once Again Ranked as Top “Judicial Hellhole,” Highlighting the Need for Civil Justice Reform and Liability Protections

December 9, 2020 | Tricia Harris

For the second year in row, Pennsylvania has been named the home of the nation’s worst “Judicial Hellholes,” according to the newly released annual report by the American Tort Reform Foundation.  While the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas – long known for its plaintiff-friendly rulings - has made regular appearances on the list in the past, this year the Court is tied with the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court to nab the No. 1 spot in the yearly ranking.

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PA Chamber: Poll Finds a Majority of Pennsylvanians Don’t Want Government-Run Health Care

October 14, 2020 | Tricia Harris

A new poll released today by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry shows that a majority of likely voters in the Commonwealth are opposed to the creation of a government-run health care system. Often referred to as a “public option,” this type of health care system would increase the number of individuals receiving health care benefits provided by the federal government, and would leave taxpayers on the hook to pay for it.

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PA Chamber Issues Statement on Wolf Administration’s Latest COVID-19 Mitigation Orders

July 15, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf announced new mitigation efforts in response to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in certain areas of Pennsylvania:  

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PA Chamber Welcomes EPA Proposal on Ozone Standards

July 14, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its proposal regarding national ozone standards:

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PA Chamber Voices Disappointment with Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

July 7, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after the announcement that Dominion and Duke Energy have cancelled the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project:

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PA Chamber: New Occupational Licensure Law Will Help Address Workforce Challenges

July 2, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf signed S.B. 637, legislation that helps Pennsylvanians with criminal records re-enter the workforce by reforming the process by which they can obtain an occupational license:

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Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce Urge Safe Harbor Protections for Business

June 17, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after a coalition of 80 chambers of commerce throughout the Commonwealth sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s federal and state lawmakers urging support for safe harbor protections for employers related to COVID-19 in the pandemic era:

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PA Chamber Appoints Mary Oliveira as Organization’s Chief Membership Officer

June 9, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry today announced that Mary Oliveira has been appointed as Chief Membership Officer. In this role, she spearheads the organization’s member-centric approach to deepening and broadening member relationships, while recruiting and onboarding new members to the PA Chamber. She also leads the marketing team in the strategic planning and execution of all marketing campaigns, events and initiatives.

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PA Chamber Supports H.R. 836, Says Businesses Should be Trusted to Safely Re-Open

May 29, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after the House’s adoption of H.R. 836, which would vacate a portion of Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency declaration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to business closures in Pennsylvania:

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Legislature Adopts Overtime Disapproval Resolution; PA Chamber Urges Governor to Let It Take Effect

May 27, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr issued the following statement after the Senate adopted House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution 1, disapproving the state Department of Labor and Industry’s proposal to significantly expand overtime eligibility standards.  

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ChamberPAC Endorses Devlin Robinson for the 37th Senatorial District

May 19, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced its endorsement of Devlin Robinson for the 37th state Senatorial District in the upcoming Primary Election, which will take place on Tuesday, June 2.  The 37th Senatorial District includes parts of Allegheny and Washington counties.

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