Unfortunately, this year’s budget deal maintains many devastating cuts that occurred last year to key innovation initiatives in Pennsylvania. In particular, last year the state budget process resulted in a nearly 65 percent reduction to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority and also reduced our state’s research and development tax credit. To balance this year’s budget, the General Assembly will also leave our major business tax rates significantly higher than those in competitor states.With a gubernatorial election right around the corner, the Pittsburgh Technology Council will work in the coming months to educate our policy leaders about the many roles that technology businesses play in supporting the growth of the Commonwealth and in reversing the long-standing brain-drain that has besieged southwestern Pennsylvania.Other issues on our agenda include efforts to improve the business climate in Pennsylvania to bring our major taxes in line with our competitor states, reforming our economic development initiatives to focus primarily on supporting homegrown technology and manufacturing businesses and developing a workforce strategy that will enable our Commonwealth’s technology businesses to access the critical talent needed to fuel their growth.To help us make this case, please consider contacting your elected official within the next 24 hours to express your support for these issues? Though this year’s budget deal is close to completion, our elected officials are still in Harrisburg and these issues are still fresh in their minds.Please consider using this link to immediately contact these officials and help us generate 1,000 letters in the next 24 hours.
Contacting the officials via the link above takes about 30 seconds of your time. You must be a PA resident (damn parochial political geography). I particularly like the comments about crafting a better workforce development policy to make the state and region more economically competitive.