Category Archives: Labor and Unions

State Agency-Crippling Bill Heads to a Vote in the Senate Rules Committee Today

When we last left the IRRC bill Republicans cooked up to completely defang Executive branch rule-making, it had passed the House on close to a party-line vote, and has now headed back to the Senate. Laura Legere at the Post-Gazette brought … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Issues, Labor and Unions

#HB965 Update: Tom Wolf Opposes Crippling State Agency Regulatory Authority

A few updates on this turd of a bill since last night. Not surprisingly, Tom Wolf officially opposes new Executive branch agency regulations disappearing into the legislative purgatory of Republican-controlled committees before going to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. Wolf needs 68 House … More after the jump

Posted in Environment, Issues, Labor and Unions

PA Republican Bill Up for a Vote Today Would Gut State Agencies’ Rule-Making Authority

If you’ve been sitting there thinking “I hope the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania never passes any new protections for worker safety, food safety, or air and water quality ever again” have PA Republicans got a bill for you! Up for a … More after the jump

Posted in Environment, Health, Issues, Labor and Unions

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, LGBT / Gay Rights, Miscellany, Social Services

Why Are There So Many SEPTA Unions?

I would think that having SEPTA on one side of the negotiations, and a bunch of different unions on the other would weaken labor’s negotiating power. Another question I have is whether the fragmentation in labor representation makes some types … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Labor and Unions, Transportation

Hey, I Wrote a Long-Form Article!

You can read it here.

Posted in Labor and Unions, Land Use, Transportation

The Booze Market We Need

This Letter to the Editor of the Tribune-Review sums it up: Here’s the deal: Anyone with a simple retail business license can buy liquor in bulk and sell it at retail for whatever price the market will bear. No special … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Health, Labor and Unions

Good Riddance to Lottery Privatization

I’m an advocate for privatization of the state liquor stores for a wide variety of reasons, most importantly because I actually take alcohol regulation seriously, and the evidence is clear that PA’s cartel system does a worse job at harm … More after the jump

Posted in Governor, Labor and Unions, Social Services

Supply-Side Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word in Liberal Politics

“Supply-side economics” has come to be identified in liberal circles with a single idea: the contention that regressive income tax cuts for rich guys will trickle down through the rest of the economy. And to be sure, that’s a bullshit … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues, Labor and Unions, Transportation

#PAGov: Schwartz Campaign Responds on Social Security Cut Vote

Mark Bergman from the Schwartz campaign emails in response to my query about her vote for the Cooper-LaTourette budget: Allyson Schwartz is running for governor delivering a tough message Harrisburg needs to hear: Pennsylvanians aren’t going to let a lack … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, US House