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Hopes run high for trade-war resolution

As the trade war continues with China, observers in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley hope the latest stalemate might budge if and when President Donald Trump meets with Chinese leaders at the international G-20 conference in late June and agree that both countries can resolve their disputes sooner rather than later.

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Guest view: Proposed tax could harm specialty surgical centers

In his budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf stated to applause, “This proposal asks for no new taxes. Not one dime. Not one penny.” Yet, as the General Assembly combs through the governor’s proposal, we find that there are, in fact, tax increases. One specific tax being proposed by the administration is a “double tax” on ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) like the ones in my district. 

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Mark Hand, second from left, accepts the Governor's Award for Excellence for his efforts in organizing and leading the Drive Electric PA Coalition. (Photo: Submitted)

A Conversation With: Mark Hand

Mark Hand, 41, joined the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection almost two decades ago as a geologic specialist. He is currently an energy program specialist and recently earned the Governor’s Award for Excellence for his efforts in organizing and leading the Drive Electric PA Coalition.

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