Republican Mackenzie running again

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State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie — an old-school Ronald Reagan Republican despite his young age — has announced he is seeking re-election. Mackenzie, 31, has represented the 134th District seat since he won a special election in April 2012. He is a Parkland High School and Harvard University graduate. Before winning election, he worked in state government […]

Stiffer sentences eyed for ripping off public, charities

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John Finnerty CNHI State Reporter HARRISBURG — Charities and small governments can be easy marks for thieves, and crimes against them result in millions of dollars in lost tax revenues and donations, according to lawmakers pushing for stiffer penalties for those who dip into those accounts. “It is all too common for youth sports leagues, volunteer […]

House approves career program tax incentive

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BY ROBERT SWIFT (HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF) HARRISBURG – Employers would receive a state tax credit for setting up career programs for high school students under a bill that was recently passed unanimously by the House. The measure would encourage businesses, schools and local workforce investment boards to create “CareerBound” programs in schools to provide students […]

Breaks for businesses that give internships? Bill would give tax credits for connecting students with available ‘priority’ occupations.

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By Steve Esack, Call Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — For 15 years, Parkland High School teacher Wes Spence has worked with local businesses to set up job-shadowing and internship opportunities for 10th-graders looking to parlay their vocational training into a job after graduation. He has a stable crop of about 50 businesses that participate in the program run […]