The PA Chamber believes that cooperation among counties and municipalities is part of what is needed to foster more functional and effective local government. However, the financial wellbeing of many Pennsylvania municipal governments is often harmed by antiquated and unbalanced state laws and regulations, which may necessitate higher costs and inefficient spending. Ultimately, these costs are borne by Pennsylvania residents and businesses, many of whom now live and operate in financially distressed communities. The PA Chamber supports efforts and legislation to help ease the financial burden municipalities face.
A fair and equitable system of civil justice is essential to the proper functioning of a free market economy. By permitting legitimate disputes to be resolved in a fair and efficient manner, it allows for a full and timely compensation of parties legitimately injured; gives parties predictability and certainty; and contributes to greater productivity and economic prosperity. An unbalanced litigation environment can cause serious dislocations with significant economic implications such as reduced investment, increased costs, job loss and improper shift of costs to taxpayers.
Despite the enactment of some reform, the Commonwealth has consistently ranked near the bottom of various studies of states' liability climates. In order to boost the economy and create more private sector jobs, we need to inject fairness, common sense and personal responsibility into our courts by continuing to reform our antiquated legal system.
The current construct of the Commonwealth's judicial system creates an environment that can lead to inefficient and biased justice. In order to achieve this, certain structural reforms to the system and changes to the Pennsylvania Constitution should be implemented. These changes include:
In addition to these structural reforms, the PA Chamber supports amending existing law or creating a new law to:
The business community opposes efforts that would: