Posted on 27 December 2012.
Team Pennsylvania’s marketing regions
HARRISBURG PA – Small business owners in western Montgomery County are among those able to compete for two $5,000 scholarships being made available by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation for firms to participate with Gov. Tom Corbett’s Jobs First mission to Brazil and Chile during April 2013.
Qualifying small businesses interested in applying for a scholarship can obtain an application at the foundation website, here. Other businesses looking to open the door to new markets also can apply there to participate in the trip. The foundation funded Corbett’s first mission to France and Germany in March 2012 at no cost to taxpayers, and is also funding the mission to South America.
Among the qualifications, interested Pennsylvania companies must:
- Be in good standing with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue;
- Ensure their federal employer identification number is linked to a Pennsylvania mailing address;
- Have no more than 250 full-time employees at time of application;
- Have been in business for at least 3 years
The application must be submitted by Tuesday (Jan. 1, 2013) and will be judged by the members of the state’s International Business Advisory Board.
Image from Team Pennsylvania Foundation
Posted in Economic Development, Employment, Government, Small Business
Posted on 17 December 2012.
Gov. Tom Corbett
HARRISBURG PA — On the surface, Pennsylvania may look like the next front in an ongoing battle between Republicans and big labor which flared up in Michigan last week as lawmakers there approved so-called “right-to-work” legislation. Don’t expect it to happen here anytime soon, though, The Pennsylvania Independent online news service reported Friday (Dec. 14, 2012).
All is quiet on the labor front in Pennsylvania, at least for right now, The Independent reported, and Gov. Tom Corbett indicated he does not plan on changing that.
Like Michigan – and Indiana and Ohio, where similar battles have occurred — Pennsylvania has a Republican governor and a Republican-controlled Legislature. Like those other states, it has a long history of powerful labor unions.
During an appearance last week on a Philadelphia talk radio show, however, Corbett said Pennsylvania lacks “the will” to pass right-to-work legislation. It was not a top priority for him as the Legislature gears up for a new session in January, he said.
Posted in Employment, Government, Organized Labor, Regulation
Posted on 19 October 2011.
HARRISBURG PA — Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax often is a difficult financial hardship for families with small farms and businesses, but eliminating it would force lawmakers to cut $800 million from programs in the state budget, The Pennsylvania Independent online news service reported Monday (Oct. 17, 2011).
The state imposes the inheritance tax on the transfer of real estate and personal property through a will or other arrangement. This past year, the state collected $805 million, according to the state Department of Revenue.
Intended to break up large accumulations of wealth that pass from one generation to another, the tax falls most heavily on small businesses and family farms, the value of which is more likely to be tied to one individual or a family. Gov. Tom Corbett wants to eliminate it for that reason, said Dan Hassell, a deputy secretary at the Department of Revenue, told The Independent.
Posted in Finance, Government, Law