“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” ― Isaac Newton

Oppose Expansion of Sales Tax to Design Professionals

Pennsylvania currently has a 6% sales tax. This tax covers most goods sold in the Commonwealth. While the sales tax is levied on some services, most services, including professional design services, are exempt. This would no longer be the case under the 2015-2016 state budget proposed by Governor Tom Wolf. In his budget, Governor Wolf not only wants to extend the sales tax to professional design services, but also increase the sales tax to 6.6%.
Click here to send your legislators a message opposing the expansion of sales tax to design services.

President’s Message

PSPE to the Rescue

Professor Brenda Read-Daily of Elizabethtown College and several of her students wanted to have an Order of the Engineer ceremony for the engineering students graduating this spring, however, there were challenges.

Risky Business – Negotiating Contracts

I have been asked over and over to talk about negotiating contracts.  This article highlights some common negotiating pitfalls.

PSPE 24 PDH Boot Camp West | June 7 – 9, 2015

As problem solvers, licensed engineers need to know what they don’t know. When faced with a situation in which they are not an expert, reference points and resources are needed to head in the right direction.

Career and Ethics Panel at Wilkes University

The PSPE Keystone Northeast Chapter and the PSPE Wilkes University Student Chapter held the first ever Career and Ethics Panel at Wilkes University. The primary purpose of the Panel was to provide a medium for both students and professionals to discuss ethics, specifically the ethics prompt in the NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest, and to give students a chance to learn about career options available across all disciplines of engineering.

Call for Articles – PE Reporter Summer

Articles Due: July 27, 2015
Distribution: August 3, 2015
The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers welcomes articles for possible online publication in the quarterly PE Reporter. The PE Reporter, published online quarterly, provides current industry information valuable to Professional Engineers and keeps society members informed of association news. (This is in addition to the PE Reporter Weekly.)