Entries by Fred Gaffney

State Budget Talks Continue Facing Thursday Deadline

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry In the final week of the 2015-16 Fiscal Year, a budget agreement for 2016-17 remains a work in progress. Legislative leaders in the House and Senate met twice on Sunday, and told reporters that they are moving ever closer to an agreement on a final spending number. According […]

Seeking Input on Block Party

The annual Block Party held in Bloomsburg in mid-April each year has a significant impact on the Town. The Board of Downtown Bloomsburg Inc., in coordination with the Town/Gown Relations Committee, is interested in getting input from service (restaurants, spa/salons, professional services, financial institutions, lodging, etc.) and retail businesses in the Bloomsburg area about this […]

Chamber Expresses Support for Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held four public meetings to collect input on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project. The Chamber of Commerce submitted comments at Wednesday’s meeting in Bloomsburg in support of the expansion of Pennsylvania’s pipeline infrastructure. Public comments on the DEIS […]

PA Chamber Applauds Gov. for Signing Historic Liquor Reform Bill

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry Last week, the House passed historic liquor reform legislation that Gov. Tom Wolf publicly signed on Wednesday, June 8. On Tuesday, the House voted 157-31 on concurrence in favor of H.B. 1690, which provides for the private sector sale of wine in grocery stores with a restaurant license; […]

New Overtime Rules Increase Salary Threshold

It has been over 12 years since the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was last amended. In 2004, a Final Rule increased the salary level an employee must be paid to come within the standard test for an Executive, Administrative or Professional exemption (EAP, also known as the white collar exemption) from minimum wage and […]