Economic Growth and Jobs Employers are no longer bound by state, or even national, borders; they pick up their jobs and leave for more job-friendly locations. PA House Republicans are committed to partnering businesses to create economic opportunity: - improving Pennsylvania’s climate to help workers achieve good-paying jobs and careers; - restructuring a fractured workforce training system; and - unleashing the business climate by cutting onerous bureaucratic red-tape and reforming the state’s tax structure – for residents and employers. Recent legislative accomplishments to help PA's job creatorscreate more jobs: - Phased out the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax. - Established the PA One-Stop Shop to provide a single online business access point. - Ended labor-strife thuggery. - Strengthened the Unemployment Compensation system. - Updated Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations. - Pushed Regulatory Reforms. Where PA House Republicans are focusing efforts to help Pennsylvania to compete on the global stage: Keeping jobs, driving economic and job growth, improving the workforce and reforming state taxes - Welcome employers through tax changes. - Emphasize tax reform to bring the Pennsylvania's archaic system into the 21st century. - The House Majority Policy Committee is working with the Tax Foundation to study the state’s tax structure from top to bottom. Recommendations will follow. HB 994 (now law) - Updates the definition of mobile telecommunications to keep up with recent changes in technology. Prevents double taxation by clarifying the scope of the gross receipts tax and sales tax. Prepare Workers by Educating for Success It’s not just about money but ensuring students graduate from school ready to succeed in the workplace and in life. We are building stronger awareness of Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities through tax credits, public/private partnerships, apprenticeships and other methods will better connect the state’s education system with the needs of job creators by helping upgrade the skills of an employer’s current workforce. Be Job-Friendly with Regulatory Reform - Clean Pennsylvania’s regulatory house through a full review of state regulations affecting Pennsylvania employers with an eye to remove unnecessary or overly burdensome regulations. HB 209 (awaiting Senate action) - Establishes an Office of the Repealer in Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) to undertake a comprehensive review of existing regulations in Pennsylvania and to make recommendations regarding repeal, modification, etc. The bill also includes a provision that requires an agency to identify two regulations for repeal when proposing a new regulation. - Require economic impact statements on state regulations affecting employers. HB 1237 (awaiting Senate action) - Directs the Independent Fiscal office (IFO) to prepare an independent assessment of the economic impact of some/all regulations. The legislation also subjects economically significant regulations to a vote by the General Assembly. While the Regulatory Review Act currently requires the promulgating agency to prepare information regarding the economic impact of a regulation on government and the regulated community, as well as on small business in the Commonwealth, as this estimate is prepared by the agency, some legitimately question the credibility. - Implement uniformity and one-step permitting for employers, reducing the application backlog and modernizing the process. HB 1959 (awaiting Senate action) and HB 1284 (now law) - Make a number of reforms to agency permitting: 1) require each agency to prepare and publish an inventory of permit types; 2) establish a permit tracking system; 3) require agencies to communicate more effectively with permit applicants regarding application deficiencies; 4) establish a program under which permit applications that are substantially delayed are referred to a third party professional for review. HB 1960 (awaiting Senate action)- Requires each agency to appoint a regulatory compliance officer to work collaboratively with the regulated community. This bill passed the House and awaits Senate action.