Proposal would merge Pennsylvania agencies, streamline government operations

Proposed legislation would merge several Pennsylvania agencies into a single entity, a move its sponsor says will reduce the cost to taxpayers and streamline government operations.

Senate Bill 1131 proposes to merge the existing Department of Labor & Industry with functions from the Department of Community & Economic Development and the Department of State into the new Department of Business, Tourism & Workforce Development.

The bill, which is similar to House Bill 53, aims to help Pennsylvania “better compete in a global economy.” It also creates the Office of Business Consultant to reduce regulatory burdens and help entrepreneurs and businesses comply with state regulations.

“COVID-19 has really emphasized and put an exclamation point on how bad the situation is with the tax burden,” state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Adams, said at the conclusion of a Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee hearing on the bill.

“In the midst of all the sacrifices

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Majority of Small Business Insurance Buyers Would Switch Agencies for Better Online Quoting and Service, Semsee’s Small Business Snapshot Says

NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  Small business owners are looking for a streamlined digital experience when it comes to buying insurance, and they’re willing to take a stand to get it. A majority—59%—of businesses surveyed said they’d consider switching agencies if another could provide faster quotes for new policies, according to a new survey from Semsee, the leading automated small commercial quoting solution.  Similarly, 55% said they’d move their business if another agency had more digital service capabilities, such as online policy changes, billing and claims, reveals Semsee’s Small Business Snapshot, a survey series designed to measure small business owner preferences in insurance. Just one-quarter of respondents said they would not move their business no matter the digital capabilities of the agency.

Business owners also put a high priority on their agents’ ability to provide options for coverage and an open and transparent buying process. More than

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