Thu, June 12, 2014
For Union Leaders: Law Does Not Apply
With the kind of influence that millions in campaign contributions and political ads can buy, shouldn't the leaders of Pennsylvania's government unions be expected to follow the same lobbying laws as ...
Fri, July 19, 2013
Medicaid Expansion Failure: Win for PA
Editor's note: A version of this commentary previously appeared on Forbes.com
When is the most humane decision the one that seems just the opposite? In refusing to ...
Mon, July 08, 2013
Big Government Party Blocks Reforms
Why haven't liquor privatization and pension reform passed yet here in Pennsylvania? Not why you think.
Most answers to this question begin with the fact that one ...
Sun, September 02, 2012
Labor Day is for Taxpayers, Not Unions
As the sun sets on a sizzling summer, celebrations with family and friends will
mark another Labor Day. But few citizens will recall or cheer the nationwide
railroad union strike ...
Thu, March 29, 2012
Change We Can't Afford
This week, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act celebrated its two-year anniversary before the U.S. Supreme Court. The controversial health care law finds itself in front of the highest ...
Mon, March 19, 2012
Public Schools Can Do More With Less
By Thomas J. Gentzel and Matthew J. Brouillette
As families across Pennsylvania try to figure out how to do more with less in this difficult economy, our local ...
Thu, January 12, 2012
A Decade Left Behind
My first career started a few decades ago in the classroom as a high school history teacher. While much has changed since then — including the use of technology and smaller class sizes — ...
Tue, December 06, 2011
What Will You See in 17 Minutes?
Seventeen minutes is a small sliver of time for most people. In those few moments, most people could take a shower, prepare a meal, or watch half a sitcom. But for 82,000 kids in Pennsylvania, 17 ...
Wed, October 05, 2011
Principles Must Lead Shale Fee Proposal
Before sound could travel from Gov. Corbett's lips to Pennsylvanians' ears, special interest groups and tax-and-spend politicians unwisely laid waste his plan to protect job growth and stave off ...
Thu, August 25, 2011
Green Light for More Education Tax Credits
Would you ever give a green light or a hard-earned nickel to a business model that showed it was going to hire more staff to service fewer customers by doubling the cost of production while keeping ...
Wed, February 09, 2011
School Daze Ends With Choice
If Pennsylvania's public schools are broken, why don't we just fix them? Easier said than done, of course, but it's not from a lack of trying. For decades, taxpayers, parents and politicians have ...
Wed, July 28, 2010
Can Corbett Keep his 'No Tax' Pledge?
Attorney General Tom Corbett has taken significant criticism for his pledge to not raise taxes if elected governor. That was to be expected from his Democrat rival, Allegheny County executive Dan ...
Mon, September 21, 2009
Senate GOP Can Still Protect Taxpayers
Earlier this year, state Senate Republicans drew a line in the sand, stating they would not support a budget that: 1) spends more than last fiscal year; 2) includes broad-based tax increases; or 3) ...
Tue, July 21, 2009
The Faulty Premise of the Budget Impasse
By Matthew J. Brouillette Nathan A. Benefield
Governor Rendell wants the taxpayers to spend more on public schools. So do Republicans in the General ...
Tue, July 07, 2009
Reject Rendell's Zugzwang
Observers of the state budget process under Gov. Rendell and a divided General Assembly know that it is akin to a high-stakes chess match, replete with public relations offensives and ...
Thu, May 07, 2009
The Path to Prosperity
In any economic crisis, politicians scramble to "do something" to show voters they're "on the job." Ironically, the greatest threat to our recovery is not government's ...
Mon, April 20, 2009
The Un-Silent Majority
Nearly 10,000 Pennsylvanians rallied on Tax Day, April 15th, against wasteful government spending, high and rising taxes, and burgeoning government debt and deficits. The nonpartisan, ...
Mon, March 30, 2009
The Coming Union Bailout
America's history is filled with stories about entrepreneurs who persevered through repeated failure before eventually succeeding. These pre-21st century men and women didn't get help from the ...
Fri, March 13, 2009
Scotland School Students Need More Educational Choices
By Christopher Dodds and Matthew J. Brouillette
To plug a $2.3 billion deficit caused by overspending, Gov. Rendell has proposed closing the Scotland School for Veterans' Children. ...
Mon, February 23, 2009
Pennsylvania's Spending Problem
Imagine our economy is a pond. In the name of "economic stimulation," Gov. Ed Rendell goes to one side of the pond, dips in a bucket, pulls it out and starts to walk to the other side.
Wed, January 07, 2009
The PSEA: A Worm in the Apple
Every taxpayer in the Commonwealth should be aware of the influence and agenda of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Despite its name, the organization's top priority is not ...
Mon, December 15, 2008
Rendell's Wicked Game
People are but mere pawns for Gov. Ed Rendell's use as political leverage in an inexorable pursuit of his policy agenda.
Thousands of state employees were unnecessarily furloughed by the ...
Fri, November 14, 2008
Which Obama Will Be President?
Will an Obama presidency bring a lurch to the political Left in America? This is of great concern for those of us who believe that our prosperity and security do not come from new or expanded ...
Tue, October 28, 2008
PA's $400 Million Question
How will you vote on Tuesday, November 4th?
No, I'm not talking about the race for the White House. Nor am I talking about the
Congressional or state House ...
Mon, October 06, 2008
Marx Was Right (Groucho, That is)
Washington's response to the current financial trouble has affirmed Groucho Marx's definition of "Politics": "The art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it ...