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13 Jul Natural Gas Vehicles: A Dynamic Time in PA

Pennsylvania state government has been consumed with budget activity for most of the spring and summer, especially in the past month or so. Despite all the action and focus on the state budget, there are a lot of other policy items being pushed forward. Our team has been deeply involved on two fronts involving natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and have been making some headway on behalf of Clean Energy and this important burgeoning industry in Pennsylvania. One issue we have been working with is the issue of roadway weight limits and their inequitable impact on NGVs. Federal truck weight limits (and...

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21 Feb Procter & Gamble United Way Drive a Success

Procter & Gamble does more than just serve their consumers; they are dedicated to helping build local communities all around the world.  Procter & Gamble, Co. (P&G), a proud client of Capital Associates is a multinational consumer goods company. Their products range from diapers and baby products to cleaning agents to personal care products and are recognized household names such as Pampers, Gillette, Old Spice, Oral-B and Pantene to name a few. Their largest manufacturing plant is in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. Along with achieving a rank of 34 on the Fortune 500 and employing over 100,000 people with good family sustaining jobs,...

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16 Feb Advocacy: Keep the Product, Change the Marketing

Advocacy needs to change with the political cycle, but the goals don't have to. With the changing political landscape in DC, Democrats in power have undoubtedly adopted an approach that can be termed – the politics of deconstruction. Their strategy in the face of a new administration is to never let the new President and his administration ever find firm footing. From delaying cabinet confirmations to vigorously pursuing the ouster of appointed or already confirmed officials to embracing every opportunity to discredit the position and goals of the new administration, they are focused on deconstructing this President. I can’t fault them for...

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13 Jan Capital Associates Now Implementing Dollar One Reporting of Lobbying Expenses

In case you missed it last week, Capital Associates is now implementing "dollar one reporting" of lobbying expenses. Here is the press release from last week: Capital Associates, Inc. Announces Implementation of Dollar One Reporting of Lobbying Expenses Harrisburg, PA (January 4, 2016): Capital Associates has announced the implementation of “dollar-one” reporting of meals, entertainment, gifts and other costs as it relates to lobbying expenses. On August 31, 2015, partners and associates at Greenlee Partners published a column in a local news publication calling for “dollar-one” reporting of lobbying expenses, among other reforms. Since then, legislation has been circulated in the Pennsylvania...

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14 Oct Paycheck Protection: It Is All About Politics

“This is about politics, pure and simple.” That is what Wythe Keever, the eminently capable spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Educators Association said to Capitolwire yesterday about pending Senate action on Senate Bill 501 which provides for “Mary’s Law,” or “paycheck protection,” as many call it. Mr. Keever is absolutely correct. Senate Bill 501 is all about politics. It’s about the free speech rights and political views of each and every one of their members. Every day, tens of thousands of Pennsylvania citizens wake up early, take care of their family, and go to work in a school building where they...

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07 Sep Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Baseball and Public Sector Union Contract Transparency

Hot dogs, hamburgers, baseball, watermelon, weekend getaways, and fireworks. That is how most Americans know Labor Day. At one point, the holiday was meaningful to even more Americans. About 50 years ago, 34.8% of all US wage and salary workers belonged to unions. Recent numbers indicate that this figure is now around 11.3%. Since 1983, private sector union membership has declined from 16.8% to 6.7%. During this same time though, public sector employee unionization has remained fairly steady. [caption id="attachment_17181" align="alignright" width="268"] Contract Transparency is Pending in Pennsylvania[/caption] It is these public sector employee unions that remain a hot topic in public...

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