The state House recently advanced legislation that prohibits a commuter tax on the 45,000 non-residents who commute to the city of Harrisburg daily and that relieves the city from “distressed” financial status.
“House Bill 2557 protects taxpayers, encourages private investment in the city, and allows for a healthy environment for job creation,” Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland), who wrote the legislation, said. “A commuter tax would be an additional income tax on the hard workers who live in t...
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently released a plan to expand the use of biometrics technology to enhance security and increase efficiency.
Biometric technology will speed up the passenger experience. The TSA and airlines currently verify traveler identity primarily by inspecting physical identity and travel documents and by processing biographic data.
“With the threat to aviation evolving every day, developing the next generation of security technology with our industry...
Andrew Wheeler, acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, recently approved Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s request for an emergency fuel waiver, which ensures the state will have an adequate supply of diesel during its response to Hurricane Michael.
The waiver went into effect immediately and expires Oct. 26. After that date, wholesale purchaser-consumers and retailers are permitted to sell or dispense diesel fuel that meets the conditions of the waiver until supplies are de...
United Airlines recently announced it is expanding its domestic route network by adding 22 destinations from six of its U.S. mainland hubs in 2019.
United’s hubs are located in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
Nonstop service will be offered from Chicago, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio; from Los Angeles to Eugene, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin, and Pasco/Tri...
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) recently sent letters to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer on behalf of 13 companies with facilities in Pennsylvania that have filed or intend to file exclusion petitions with USTR.
The Trump Administration began imposing a 25 percent tariff July 6 on $50 billion worth of goods from China, and Pennsylvania manufacturers have been paying the tax on certain component parts. Companies can request an exclusion if a domestic firm cannot meet the demand ...
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen recently hosted the second day of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, which focused on improving personal safety and security in the region.
Discussions included combating organized crime and gangs, enhancing regional and citizen security, security cooperation, and stemming the flow of illegal migration.
Secretary Nielsen and Mexican Foreign Secretary Videgaray met with El Salvadoran Minister of Justice an...
Work has begun on approximately two dozen bridges as part of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s $700 million, six-year Bridging Kentucky program to restore more than 1,000 bridges in critical condition across the state.
Since June, more than 1,100 bridges in disrepair and rated in poor condition have been evaluated and prioritized based on need and cost-effective solutions. The list includes municipal, county, and state bridges, more than 60 currently closed to traffic.
Rehabilitation and ...
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed legislation to prevent spying by drones and protect public privacy.
The bill increases the criminal penalties for using unmanned aircraft, also called drones, to conduct surveillance of or to spy on someone in a private place.
Intentionally or knowingly conducting surveillance or placing another person in reasonable fear of bodily injury is a summary offense. Using a drone to deliver, provide, transmit or furnish contraband to a person in prison or a...
Spark Therapeutics, a fully integrated commercial gene therapy company, recently announced it would be expanding its research and development capabilities in West Philadelphia.
The new facility will be on Market Street and will be part of Drexel University’s Schuylkill Yards 20-year, $3 billion development project.
The expansion is a result the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Spark Therapeutics’ first gene therapy, which launched this year.
“Spark Therapeutics is current...
Ballistic imaging equipment used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) recently was deployed in 22 state and local law enforcement agencies.
NIBIN is the nation’s only crime gun ballistic network. It compares firearms recovered by law enforcement with images of cartridge casings recovered at crime scenes to identify shooters and connect shooting incidents.
The network is part of the ATF’s Crime Gun Intellige...
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently appointed 15 members to its new Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking.
The committee was established under the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act. Its objective is to submit recommendations on strategies for identifying and reporting instances of human trafficking.
The committee also will submit recommendations for legislative or administrative changes designed to combat human trafficking for programs, properties, an...
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently launched its updated Customer Care Center website to make it easier for residents to report concerns on state-maintained roadways.
Drivers will be able to provide optional photo uploads and will be able to map their current location to document a concern.
Concerns are divided into five categories: general questions and concerns; ongoing roadwork or projects; removing something from a roadway; road or bridge conditions; and traff...
“What does it take to run a business,” you’re asking yourself. You have an idea and the desire to become self employed, but have no idea where to begin.
Everyone likes the idea of working for herself and being her own boss, but it's not as easy as simply desiring it. Many aspiring entrepreneurs are falsely under the impression that, “if you build it, they will come.” In truth, you cannot expect customers to know your business exists or to even care if they do. Running a business takes hard work, persistence and dedication.
Enterprising Women is a guide to the basics of launching a star
What happens when you ask small-business owners about what entrepreneurship has taught them? Surprisingly candid responses on struggles, life lessons and inner demons.
“If I can do, then you can, too.”
That is the message the small-business owners who appear in Enterprising Women want you to hear. Set aside fear and embrace success, but know you’ll work hard to get there.
These enterprising women tell it like it is, as if they’re having an informal conversation with you over a cup of coffee.
The subjects discussed in Enterprising Women include deciding what type of business to start, pla
Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) recently urged Pennsylvania businesses and residents to participate in a broadband speed test.
The test is being conducted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania in partnership with Penn State University, and test results will be made available on the MeasurementLab.net website.
The test is conducted online using M-Lab’s Network Diagnostic Tool. The published information will include devices’ IP addresses, but will not include personal identifying informati...