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    Thu, August 28, 2014

    Walk Away from Healthy PA


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Without Fed's Flexibility, Commonwealth Should Walk Away from ...

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    Tue, August 26, 2014

    Voters Give Public School Failing Grade


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Voters Underestimate Education Spending, Majority Grade Public ...

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    Wed, August 20, 2014

    Falling Through Obamacare Cracks


    by Elizabeth Stelle and John R. Bouder

    Mark Ferkler is a Delaware County resident in his mid-thirties. He's healthy, gainfully employed, and now, thanks to ...

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    Mon, August 11, 2014

    Poll: 81% Support Worker Freedom


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill - (856) 607-4208

    New Poll: 81 Percent of Pennsylvanians Support Worker Freedom
    This is National ...

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    Thu, August 07, 2014

    For Teachers, Knowledge is Power


    Like any other group of professionals, teachers are a diverse lot, holding vastly differing social, cultural, and political views. So why is it that they're lumped together and forced to join state ...

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    Mon, August 04, 2014

    Cigarette Tax Won't Save Philly Schools


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill - (856) 607-4208
    Threatened Cuts Exaggerated, Quick-Fix Measures Not the Answer
    Trends Show More Funding Won't ...

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    Fri, August 01, 2014

    Threatened Cuts Exaggerate Philly School Situation


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation

    Contact: Cindy Hamill - (856) 607-4208

    Threatened Cuts Exaggerated, Quick-Fix ...

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    Thu, July 31, 2014

    Math is Hard for Philly School Administrators


    The Pennsylvania House will be in session during the first week of August. One of the items on the agenda is allowing Philadelphia to increase the per pack tax on cigarettes to two dollars. The money ...

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    Thu, July 24, 2014

    Third Sunset Review of County Government Completed


    (July 23, 2014)--Dated June 30th, 2014, the County Manager's sunset
    review of County departments and agencies fulfills requirements in
    the Home Rule Charter and the County's Administrative ...

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    Thu, July 24, 2014

    Taxing Business Won't Save Students


    SunnySide Supply, a safety equipment business in Washington County, is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to Marcellus Shale development. Today, SunnySide employs 15 workers;up from five in 2008;and ...

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    Wed, July 23, 2014

    Court Ruling Calls Obamacare Mandates Into Question


    Contact:
    John Bouder, 717-671-1901
    Individual ~Employer Mandates Called into Question in 36 States

    Pennsylvanians May No Longer Qualify for Subsidies on ...

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    Wed, July 23, 2014

    Structural Deficit Triggers State Bond Rating Downgrade


    Contact:
    John Bouder, 717-671-1901

    PA's 'Growing Structural Imbalance' Cited in New Credit Downgrade
    One-Time Revenue Sources and Unfunded Pension ...

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    Tue, July 01, 2014

    Unions Block Pension Reform


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Government Union Executives Again Stand in the Way of Reform

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    Mon, June 30, 2014

    Supreme Court Slaps Down Union Overreach


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Supreme Court Slaps Government Union Overreach
    Bolsters ...

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    Thu, June 26, 2014

    Momentum Builds for Paycheck Protection


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Senate Committee Advances Paycheck Protection
    State House and ...

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    Give Teachers Freedom to Choose


    Helping a student work through a math problem and seeing the process finally click for the first time is an incredible adrenaline rush. It's why I do my job. I've taught math, social studies, and ...

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    Mon, June 23, 2014

    Paycheck Protection Bill Advances in State House


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Lawmakers Move to Empower Teachers, Public Employees with Paycheck ...

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    Tue, June 17, 2014

    Why I Left Teaching


    Note: This guest commentary by recently retired Westmoreland County public school teacher Bill Frye was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 15.

    I ...

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    Mon, June 16, 2014

    Will New Proposal Kick Start Pension Reform?


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Will New Proposal Kick Start Pension Reform?
    Steps Needed Now ...

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    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 ...

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    Thu, June 05, 2014

    Loophole Exploits Taxpayers, Union Members


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Legal Loophole Exploits Taxpayers ~Union Members for Politics

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    Wed, June 04, 2014

    Capitol Rally for Paycheck Protection


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Capitol Rally Reflects Public Outcry for Fairness
    Lawmakers ...

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    Wed, May 28, 2014

    Pension Reform Benefits Teachers, Taxpayers


    Standard ~Poor's recently issued a stern warning that they would lower Pennsylvania's bond rating–making it more expensive for the state to borrow money–unless they "adopt meaningful ...

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    Tue, May 27, 2014

    Pension Reform: Learning from Others


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    It's Not Too Late to Save PA's Economy
    Pension Reform: ...

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    Tue, May 13, 2014

    Big Names in Harrisburg Skirt Laws


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208
    Gov. Union Executives Ignore Law, Harm Workers and Taxpayers
    Play Fast and Loose With ...

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    Mon, May 05, 2014

    Severance Tax Benefits Powerful at Citizens' Expense


    Washington County farmer Shawn Georgetti was living paycheck to paycheck before the Marcellus Shale boom. Thanks to a natural gas lease, he's finally been able to upgrade his 30-year-old equipment. ...

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    Tue, April 22, 2014

    Super PACs Supersize Union Political Spending


    Last month, a federal judge ruled that a new breed of political money machines–called "super PACs"–can get involved in Pennsylvania elections using an unlimited amount of union ...

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    Mon, April 14, 2014

    My Obamacare Plan is Failing Me


    Tuesday is the last day to sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchange. Luckily, I've already purchased an exchange plan. But barely one month into my new health care coverage, I've ...

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    Mon, March 31, 2014

    Obamacare Fails to Delivery on Key Promises


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Obamacare Fails to Deliver on Key Promises

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    Wed, March 26, 2014

    Playing the Education Lottery


    Last month, families from across Pennsylvania waited anxiously to hear if they had finally won the lottery. But these hopeful parents weren't looking to win the MegaMillions–they were hoping ...

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    Mon, March 17, 2014

    PLCB Officials Used Public Positions for Personal Gain


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    PLCB Officials Used Public Positions for Personal Gain
    State ...

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    Wed, February 26, 2014

    A Public School Funding SOS


    The message–really an SOS–about public school funding came from rural Tioga County, but it's one most Pennsylvanians have grown used to hearing.

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    Tue, February 18, 2014

    Poll: Union Members Support Paycheck Protection


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Survey: Union Members Overwhelmingly SUPPORT Paycheck ...

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    Tue, February 11, 2014

    A War on Truth


    Should you be forced to subsidize government union politics? That's the question asked by a reform gaining steam in Harrisburg called paycheck protection. But you wouldn't know it by listening to ...

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    Wed, February 05, 2014

    State Budget Deja Vu


    Ceremonies in Punxsutawney have come and gone, but every year Groundhog Day reminds me of the film of the same name–in which Bill Murray lives the same day over and over again. Gov. Tom ...

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    Tue, February 04, 2014

    Governor's Budget Right on Priorities


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208
    Governor's Budget Right on Priorities

    February 4, 2014, ...

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    Wed, January 29, 2014

    Don't Be Fooled by Union Trick


    "Attacking a straw man" is an old debate technique used by people bereft of a solid argument. The trick is to reconstruct a point of view in a way that makes it vulnerable to attack.

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    Tue, January 28, 2014

    Unions Fight for Taxpayer-paid Dues Collection


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Gov. Unions Rally to Defend the Indefensible While Supporters of ...

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    Fri, January 17, 2014

    Prohibition 94 Years Old Today


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Prohibition in PA: 94 Years Old Today and Still Kicking
    Gov. ...

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    Thu, January 16, 2014

    Union Bosses Fight for Control of Worker Paychecks


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Government Union Bosses Fight For Control Over Workers' ...

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    Mon, January 06, 2014

    The True Cost of Minimum Wage


    ...

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    Fri, December 20, 2013

    'Tis the Season to be Thrifty


    Know that feeling a month after Christmas when the credit card statement shows you blew your holiday budget? Imagine the pain you'd experience after six consecutive years of spending beyond your ...

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    Thu, December 05, 2013

    Cyber School Deserve Fair Treatment


    Alyssa Weaver is a poster-child for the benefits of choice in public education. At the age of twelve, Alyssa was diagnosed with a crippling case of scoliosis which, in decades past, might have ...

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    Thu, December 05, 2013

    PSEA Funded Anti-GOP Group


    Union Gave $650,000 from Teachers' Dues to Anti-Republican Group

    DECEMBER 5, 2013 | by PRIYA ABRAHAM

    Remember the shadowy group, ...

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    Tue, November 05, 2013

    Dues Deductions Offense to Taxpayers


    It was the last straw for teacher Steve Calabro. When the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) ran advertisements claiming any teacher who didn't contribute to the union PAC was part of ...

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    Tue, October 01, 2013

    Left, Right Want Liquor Privatization


    For Immediate Release
    Commonwealth Foundation ~Keystone Politics
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    Left, Right, Center — Pennsylvanians Want ...

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    Thu, September 19, 2013

    Teachers Protest Union Abuses


    TODAY: Pennsylvania Teachers Protest Union AbusesSEPTEMBER 19, 2013 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

    For Immediate Release
    The Commonwealth ...

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    Thu, September 05, 2013

    Workers Lose Under Obamacare


    Imagine one Monday your boss tells you the company is cutting your hours so they don't have to give you health insurance. This bad news is compounded when you start shopping for insurance and ...

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    Tue, August 06, 2013

    PLCB's 'Record Revenue' No Reason to Celebrate


    For Immediate Release
    The Commonwealth Foundation
    August 5, 2013
    Contact: Cindy Hamill
    (856) 607-4208

    PLCB's "Record Revenue" No ...

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    Tue, July 23, 2013

    Could Liquor Privatization Save Lives?


    HARRISBURG — It turns out, privatizing liquor sales doesn't kill people after all–despite hysterical claims made by government unions last month. In fact, new data show drunk driving ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Tue, July 02, 2013

    CF Disappointed in Delay


    HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Foundation expressed disappointment that working families will have to continue to wait for pension reform and liquor store privatization.

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    Thu, June 27, 2013

    Pension Costs Just a Guess


    HARRISBURG — Today, the Commonwealth Foundation offered perspective on new reports and upcoming analysis from the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) about pension reform legislation. ...

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    Mon, June 24, 2013

    Medicaid Expansion Fails Poor, Taxpayers


    As the Pennsylvania Senate considers expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act with opt-out conditions, Commonwealth Foundation cautions lawmakers to consider the full impact of expanding a ...

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    Wed, June 19, 2013

    Pension Reform Clears Senate Hurdle


    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    CF Applauds Pension Reform Action

    The Commonwealth Foundation applauds the Senate Finance Committee for moving meaningful ...

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    Tue, June 18, 2013

    Senate Liquor Proposal Falls Short


    Harrisburg, PA - Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation today issued a response to Sen. McIlhinney's liquor reform proposal:
    Pennsylvanians are demanding more ...

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    Thu, June 13, 2013

    Liquor Poll: Privatize It All


    Poll Shows Privatizing Retail Alcohol Sales without Wholesale Privatization Insufficient

    Harrisburg, PA — A new poll conducted on June 11th by Red Maverick ...

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    Wed, June 12, 2013

    Case for Corbett's Tax Reform


    Pennsylvania's small business owners face a daunting challenge: How can you invest and expand your business while paying the second highest corporate tax rate in the country? If you can believe it, ...

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    Thu, May 16, 2013

    Liquor Privatization Done Right


    Picture this: You're on your way home from visiting family in Delaware and decide to stop at a wine store near the Pennsylvania border. As you walk through the parking lot, something seems off. For ...

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    Thu, May 09, 2013

    One Distributor's View of Privatization


    What business owner wouldn't jump at the chance to expand their business? Some of my fellow beer distributors, apparently. The association that is supposed to be representing my business interests ...

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    Tue, April 30, 2013

    Social Impacts of Liquor Privatization


    Social Impacts of Liquor Privatization
    Submitted Testimony of the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives to the Senate Law ~Justice Committee, April 30, 2013

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    Mon, April 29, 2013

    Medicaid: States Fixing What Feds Won't


    This piece first ran in Investor's Business Daily.

    The Affordable Care Act may not yet be fully implemented, but its negative effects and exorbitant price tag are ...

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    Wed, April 10, 2013

    PA State Budget 2013-2014


    Governor Corbett's proposed budget of $28.4 billion in general fund spending and $67.6 billion in spending from all funds represents our highest spending levels ever–exceeding years when ...

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    Tue, February 26, 2013

    Education: America's New Civil Right


    Education can and should be America's newest civil rights issue. Today, too many schools are failing too many children. The system is broken, and access to a quality education is largely the ...

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    Tue, February 12, 2013

    Poll: End Government Booze Sales


    Contact: Jay Ostrich: 717-649-6547| jay@cfpolicy.com

    Poll: Pennsylvanians Want End to Government Booze Sales
    Union Households, Consumers, Parties, Genders and ...

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    Wed, February 06, 2013

    Brouillette: Corbett Stands with Taxpayers


    Statement of Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth
    Foundation, Pennsylvania's free-market think tank, on Governor Corbett's budget proposal:

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    Wed, February 06, 2013

    Standing With Taxpayers


    Most Pennsylvanians probably weren't aware — or don't care — that Governor Corbett delivered his 2013-14 budget proposal this week. But they should! Spending $20,900 per family of ...

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    Wed, January 30, 2013

    Liquor Proposal Delivers Convenience


    Governor Corbett's Privatization Plan Would Bring PA Into the 21st Century

    The Commonwealth Foundation applauds Gov. Tom Corbett for introducing a plan to end the ...

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    Tue, January 29, 2013

    Cyber Proposal Undermines Cherished School Option


    Harrisburg fourth-grader Ashley Matunis excels at math, which allows her to learn faster than her classmates. Her 7-year-old sister Anna suffers from Type I diabetes. Their mother, Sarah, found a ...

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    Fri, January 18, 2013

    Pension Bomb to Hit PA Families


    Are you ready to pay an additional $1,000 in state and local taxes alone? Prepared to see your child's teacher laid off? Thanks to bad promises politicians made to good people, a pension crisis ...

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    Fri, January 04, 2013

    Report: Seniors Benefit from Improved Lottery


    Senior citizens may experience cuts to social services and taxpayers incur tax hikes should state officials balk at a new and improved Pennsylvania Lottery contract, finds a Commonwealth Foundation ...

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    Thu, January 03, 2013

    Averting the 'Lottery Cliff'


    From the greatest generation to the latest generation, Pennsylvania's seniors have worked a lifetime to build this great commonwealth through hard work and sacrifice, but are now being told the only ...

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    Wed, December 12, 2012

    Handouts Hurting the Poor


    The holidays are a great time to be grateful for the gifts we've received. And, as we remember well, fallen Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney claimed that some Americans have received ...

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    Wed, November 21, 2012

    PLCB Should Not Pass Go


    Growing up in Pennsylvania, we enjoyed playing games over the holidays and none more than Monopoly. The possibilities were endless, the rules clear and the objective simple — heck, it even had ...

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    Fri, September 28, 2012

    PA Must Pull Parent Trigger to Save Education


    Martin Luther King Jr. believed that, "unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality." If correct, then no stronger love or enduring truth can personify his ...

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    Tue, September 18, 2012

    Affordable Care Act: PA's Costs


    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–often dubbed "Obamacare"–will cost Americans $1.2 trillion from 2012 to 2022 according to the Congressional Budget Office. These ...

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    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 ...

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    Sun, September 02, 2012

    Principles for Public Pension Reform


    Pennsylvania taxpayers fund two statewide pension plans for government
    employees—the State Employees' Retirement System (SERS) for state employees and the Public School Employees' ...

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    Tue, August 21, 2012

    Fix Welfare to Protect Poor, Save Taxpayers


    by Elizabeth Stelle and Jay Ostrich

    Despite prevalent evidence showing the current welfare system does irreparable harm by trapping families and children in a ...

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    Tue, July 24, 2012

    Don't Fire Arrows at Corrections Reform


    Pennsylvania is on the verge of landmark legislation to replace decades of ineffective and expensive corrections policies with reforms that make our communities safer and save taxpayers money. ...

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    Tue, July 03, 2012

    Olympic Hurdles Grab for Gold in PA Budget


    This July signals the beginning and end of two feats requiring amazing determination, stamina and perseverance — the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the on-time passage of the ...

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    Tue, June 26, 2012

    Kids More Likly to Experience Violence in Failing Schools



    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547

    Children attending Pennsylvania's worst academically performing public schools are more than 5-times as ...

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    Fri, June 15, 2012

    Lawmakers, Businesses Can Rescue Students Now


    by Otto Banks and Priya M. Abraham

    If lawmakers were in any doubt about how dire Pennsylvania's education crisis has become, they need only look to Harrisburg ...

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    Wed, June 06, 2012

    Limit Growth of Government to Protect Taxpayers


    by Sen. Mike Folmer, Rep. Tim Krieger and Rep. Scott Perry

    Pennsylvania families are being steam-shipped straight into an iceberg by a government that is spending ...

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    Tue, June 05, 2012

    Welfare Providers Getting Rich off Poor


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Research Finds Welfare Providers Getting Rich off Poor

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    Tue, May 22, 2012

    Common Sense Can Correct Corrections


    Kyle, a convicted burglar sentenced to 1-3 years in Pennsylvania state prison, was granted parole in June 2011, but spent an extra 100 days in jail, not because he failed to serve time for his ...

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    Tue, May 08, 2012

    CF Applauds Taxpayer Protection Act in Senate Budget


    HARRISBURG, PA (05.08.12) The Commonwealth Foundation applauded Pennsylvania
    Senate leadership today for using the Taxpayer Protection Act index –
    inflation plus population growth ...

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    Wed, April 11, 2012

    Government-Run Golf a Taxpayer Double Bogey


    As the current economic stagnation sees cities and counties struggling to maintain basic services, what are some local governments still pouring money into? Golf courses, of course–with ...

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    Wed, April 11, 2012

    State Spending Limits Policy Points


    State Spending Limits for Pennsylvania

    State Spending is Growing Faster than Taxpayers' Ability to Pay

    • Total Pennsylvania state ...

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    Wed, April 04, 2012

    Education Spending: The Rest of the Story


    Since Gov. Corbett's budget proposal, those who profit from Pennsylvania's $26 billion a year public school system have been gnashing teeth over what they claim is an "underfunding" of the ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Thu, March 15, 2012

    PA State and School Pension Costs


    Taxpayer Pension Contributions

    • Pennsylvania taxpayers fund two statewide pension plans for government employees–the State Employees' Retirement System ...

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    Fri, March 09, 2012

    PA Corrections Spending


    Pennsylvania's FY 2011-12 total operating budget of $63.4 billion, which included $27.1 billion in General Fund spending, represented the first year-to-year reduction in state spending in at least 40 ...

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    Mon, March 05, 2012

    Government Unions Hurting Pennsylvanians


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Report Finds Government Unions Hurting Pennsylvanians

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    Wed, February 29, 2012

    PA K-12 Education Spending


    Pennsylvania's FY 2011-12 total operating budget of $63.4 billion, which included $27.1 billion in General Fund spending, represented the first year-to-year reduction in state spending in at least 40 ...

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    Wed, February 22, 2012

    CF: PA Welfare Spending


    The FY 2011-12 total operating budget of $63.4 billion, which included $27.1 billion in General Fund spending, represented the first year-to-year reduction in state spending in at least 40 years. ...

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    Thu, February 16, 2012

    PA Welfare System Unsustainable


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 |
    jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Report finds Pennsylvania welfare system unsustainable, hurting poor

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    Tue, February 14, 2012

    PA's Prevailing Wage Law


    Pennsylvania's Prevailing Wage Law was enacted in 1961 to protect construction workers from out-of-state competition, mandating that contractors pay the wages that "prevail" in each region ...

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    Mon, February 13, 2012

    Fireproofing Pennsylvania's Economy


    What if someone showed you the future and you saw your house was going to catch fire? Wouldn't you do everything you could to fireproof it today?

    It doesn't take a ...

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    Thu, February 02, 2012

    Will our Grandchildren be Budget Losers?


    As the Governor's state budget address approaches, there is no shortage of speculation surrounding various fiscal austerity proposals and which departments and programs will likely be the ultimate ...

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    Tue, January 24, 2012

    Welfare Reforms Protect Poor, Taxpayers


    Regardless of where you stand on taxpayer-funded entitlements, few Americans argue against the maintenance of temporary safety nets or modifications aimed at ending welfare fraud, waste and ...

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    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 — ...

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    Thu, December 22, 2011

    Why Gov. Corbett Didn't Get His Christmas Wish List


    For Christmas this year, Gov. Tom Corbett hoped the legislature would gift wrap three things he could tie a bow on: An education reform package that included school vouchers, state liquor store ...

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    Wed, December 14, 2011

    PLCB Must End Costly Mission Conflict


    In high school, I threw the javelin in track and field, badly wanting to be recruited by a college athletics program. My dad would joke that he never had to worry about high school boys and unwanted ...

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    Mon, December 12, 2011

    PLCB Called On to Stop Advertising


    The Commonwealth Foundation called for an immediate halt today by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board of taxpayer-funded advertising that promotes the sale of wine and spirits by the government-run ...

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    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 ...

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    Thu, November 17, 2011

    Gas Drilling for PA's Future


    Editor's Note: This commentary first appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.

    Across Pennsylvania, natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has benefited not ...

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    Thu, November 10, 2011

    A New Teacher Evaluation System for PA


    After numerous meetings and conversations with constituents, teachers, school administrators and education policy experts, I have come to the conclusion that we must have a comprehensive way to ...

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    Thu, October 27, 2011

    Government Unions Steal Worker Freedom


    By Cara Dochat and Priya Abraham

    Imagine a lobbying firm with immense power over your government. This organization influences how much the government pays ...

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    Thu, October 20, 2011

    Willie and Penny Can't Read


    We'll call them Willie, Penny, Ben and Frankie, four public school students from Philadelphia, Reading, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, respectively. If they don't drop out of school and become clients ...

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    Tue, October 18, 2011

    Failing Schools Racked by Violence


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org
    Analysis Finds Failing Public Schools Racked by Violence

    The ...

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    Tue, October 11, 2011

    Cyber Schools Succeed


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Report Finds Cyber and Hybrid Schools Save Pennsylvanians

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    Mon, October 03, 2011

    Corbett Gas Fee Embraces Key Principles


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    CF: Gov. Corbett's Natural Gas Fee Proposal Embraces Key Principles
    CF ...

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    Tue, September 27, 2011

    Public Universities Have Indigestion


    Pennsylvania's public universities have indigestion.

    If you ask them, they'll say they're hurting because budget — slashing Gov. Tom Corbett just forced ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 21, 2011

    Public-Private Parking Prevents Tax Hikes


    Facing immense fiscal and political pressures, many local governments are looking for ways to fund services without raising taxes. But officials need not curb their enthusiasm for fiscal ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 15, 2011

    State of Inconvenience


    By James Miller and Katrina Currie

    Walk into any supermarket in Ohio and you can see shoppers purchasing everything they need for dinner - including the wine to go ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 02, 2011

    CF Study: Booze Border Bleeds Losses in Taxes


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    CF Study: Booze Border Bleed Loses Billions in Taxes, Sales

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 30, 2011

    Preserving Penn's Woods Public-Private Partnerships


    Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Corbett suggested the commonwealth consider leasing state park operations and services. Almost immediately and without thoughtful consideration, pundits launched ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, August 01, 2011

    Liquor Board Cited for Waste, Mismanagement


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    AG Audit Finds Rampant PLCB Waste and Mismanagement
    CF renews call to ...

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    Thu, July 28, 2011

    Frack Attack


    By Paul Chesser and Mark Newgent

    Introduction

    The development and growth of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry is a major ...

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    Thu, July 14, 2011

    CF Toasts Turzai Liquor Freedom Bill


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org
    Commonwealth Foundation Toasts Turzai Liquor Freedom Bill
    Sees opportunity to return freedom to ...

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    Thu, July 14, 2011

    Transparency Becomes Reality in PA


    The last few months saw immense partisan animosity and demeaning comments during numerous spats under the Capitol Dome. But amid the fiscal fist fights over school choice, a natural gas tax, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 08, 2011

    CF Applauds Liquor Store Proposal


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    CF Applauds Initial Liquor Liberty Law Proposal
    Sees PA Liquor ...

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    Thu, July 07, 2011

    Corbett First Inning Scorecard


    July signals the coming of two breaks in Pennsylvania–Major League Baseball's All-Star break and the end of the state budget season. Having endured his first budget as the commonwealth's ...

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    Tue, July 05, 2011

    CF Blasts Big Brother Booze Brag


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    CF Blasts Big Brother Booze Brag
    Calls for Liquor Independence ...

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    Thu, June 23, 2011

    Give Voters a Say on School Taxes


    Five years ago, state lawmakers passed Act 1 to provide property tax relief and give voters a voice on school tax increases. But since slot machine gambling was introduced in Pennsylvania, school ...

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    Tue, June 14, 2011

    PA's Failing, Violent Schools


    More than 106,000 children are enrolled in the 144 public schools comprising Pennsylvania's lowest performing 5 percent on student proficiency. These schools reported more than 5,400 violent ...

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    Thu, June 09, 2011

    Real Victims of a Severance Tax


    Jim VanBlarcom, a busy Bradford County dairy farmer, set a work day aside to come to Harrisburg and tell his story to Gov. Tom Corbett's Marcellus Shale panel. Royalty money from leasing farmland ...

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    Mon, June 06, 2011

    PA Budget Facts: Pensions


    Pennsylvania Budget Facts 2011
    Pennsylvania State Pension Liabilities
    Taxpayer Pension Contributions

    • Pennsylvania taxpayers fund two statewide pension ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 03, 2011

    PA State Union Contracts


    On June 30, 15 of the state's 19 government union contracts expire, with two more expiring in August. These 19 public sector unions represent 62,271 state employees, for whom total cost to taxpayers ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 02, 2011

    PA Education: A State of Emergency


    At the start of our nation, founding father John Adams was as concerned with the positive development of our offspring as he was with that of the republic. Seeing the relationship as symbiotic, he ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 24, 2011

    Former AFL-CIO Lobbyists Joins CF


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Former AFL-CIO Lobbyist Joins CF as Senior Fellow

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 20, 2011

    Welfare ~Medicaid Spending Skyrockets


    Pennsylvania Budget Facts 2011
    Pennsylvania Welfare Spending & Medicaid
    GROWTH OF WELFARE SPENDING

    • Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed FY 2011-12 budget ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 17, 2011

    Saving Our School Boards


    The Pennsylvania School Boards Association and Commonwealth Foundation are policy opponents in the debate over giving students taxpayer-funded vouchers. But we strongly agree on the need to give ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 12, 2011

    A Penny Saved or a Penny Burned


    AImagine for a minute that you, like many Pennsylvanians, had your hours and pay cut back at work. You've been building up credit card debt month after month, and had to renegotiate your mortgage ...

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    Thu, May 05, 2011

    PA Budget Facts: Natural Gas Taxes


    Pennsylvania Budget Facts 2011
    Natural Gas Taxes and Fees
    Pennsylvania's Natural Gas Boom

    • The Marcellus Shale is a large and difficult-to-drill ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 02, 2011

    New School Choice Site


    HARRISBURG, PA The Commonwealth Foundation launched today the Stand Strong Senator project in response to the wave of aggressive and special interest lobbying led by the Pennsylvania State Education ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, April 28, 2011

    PA Budget Facts


    The Commonwealth Foundation has two new fact sheets on the Pennsylvania State Budget.

    Pennsylvania Educational Spending

    • K-12 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, April 28, 2011

    A Pitt Student's Take on Corbett Budget


    Gov. Tom Corbett released a budget proposal last month that would reduce state funding to four state-related universities by about half. Under this proposal, the University of Pittsburgh would ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 12, 2011

    Public Schools Funnel Millions to Lobbyists


    HARRISBURG, PA (4.12.11)—The Commonwealth Foundation announced today
    preliminary results from extensive Open Records Requests that found more than $59 million dollars of taxpayer ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, April 07, 2011

    PA Budget Facts


    Pennsylvania Budget Facts 2011

    Today, the Commonwealth Foundation released two fact sheets on the Pennsylvania State Budget.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 06, 2011

    Scholars Aren't Made from Dollars


    Pop Quiz: If throwing more money at a problem solves it, why hasn't doubling taxpayer spending on education over 15 years, to $26 billion per year, given us better schools and results?

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, March 25, 2011

    The Bubble Bursts at Penn State


    Michael B. Poliakoff ~Charles F. Mitchell

    This commentary first appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot News.

    The story is told that ...

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    Fri, March 18, 2011

    Film Tax Credit: Two Thumbs Down


    Katrina Currie Nicholas Fett

    Behind the lens of Gov. Tom Corbett's budget, the focus is largely on putting taxpayers first and fostering economic growth. But at a ...

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    Wed, March 16, 2011

    Streamlining State Government


    Reforming the Regulatory Structure of Pennsylvania
    Executive Summary

    Across the nation, states are facing formidable fiscal challenges. In an effort to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 08, 2011

    CF Grades Corbett Budget Address


    Plan slows runaway government train, short of A+ improvement

    HARRISBURG, PA (3.08.11)–The Commonwealth Foundation graded Gov. Tom Corbett's budget address a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 03, 2011

    Spending Transparency Coming to PA?


    "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light," said Plato more than 2,300 years ago. He'd certainly find tragic ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 18, 2011

    Exposing School Choice Myths


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Exposing the Myths of School Choice
    New CF resources and testimony on ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 16, 2011

    Public School Board Members for School Choice



    HARRISBURG, PA (02.15.2011) - As children continue to be trapped in failing
    schools, despite massive increases in taxpayer funding, public school board
    members-past and present-are ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 08, 2011

    Commonwealth Foundation on S.B. # 1


    Senate Bill 1, The Opportunity Scholarship Act sponsored by Sen. Jeff Piccola (R) and Sen. Tony Williams (D), would expand scholarships available to children in lower- and middle-income families ...

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    Wed, January 26, 2011

    Parents Need Choices


    Nathan Benefield Andrew LeFevre


    Before Jonathan came to City Center Academy in Philadelphia, he was a "trouble student." He hated school and was a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, January 20, 2011

    Fixing Rendell's Mess


    Katrina Currie and Nathan A. Benefield

    Penn's Woods are darker and deeper in red ink than ever before thanks to the tax-borrow-and-spend agenda of the Rendell ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 19, 2011

    80 Ideas for a Prosperous PA


    Contact: Jay Ostrich 717.671.1901; cell: 717.649.6547 | jdo@commonwealthfoundation.org

    80 Ideas for a Prosperous Pennsylvania
    CF unveils roadmap to drive ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 11, 2011

    CF: Five Ways to Cut $5 Billion


    HARRISBURG, PA (1.11.11) –The Commonwealth Foundation released today its report 5 Ways to Cut $5 Billion, providing a fiscal roadmap of policy reforms for Gov.-elect Tom Corbett and members of ...

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    Tue, December 21, 2010

    Private Liquor Stores: A Reason for Cheers


    As many Pennsylvanians are heading to their local state liquor store to pick up holiday cheer, there are three things they won't be celebrating: Higher costs, less selection and lower quality service ...

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    Wed, December 08, 2010

    Lawsuit Lottery Must End


    In 2004, a Hazelton-area community pool closed after a man jumped into the water, slightly cutting his heel, and then filed a lawsuit claiming $100,000 in damages. While the settlement was ...

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    Thu, November 18, 2010

    Does Professional Licensing Protect Consumers?


    After his friend was killed by a drunk driver, Illinois resident Jonathon Schoenakase began to offer bar patrons a free ride home. Although he never charged for this service, Schoenakase did accept ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, November 16, 2010

    Pension 'Reform' Goes to Governor Rendell


    Contact: Nathan Benefield 717.671.1901 | nab@commonwealthfoundation.org
    Pension "Reform" Goes to Gov. Rendell

    HARRISBURG, PA (11.15.10) – The ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 10, 2010

    Poll Shows Pennsylvanians Favor School Choice


    Commonwealth Foundation sponsoring forum on education vouchers, state budget and spending cuts in wake of poll results

    HARRISBURG, PA (11.09.10) – ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 08, 2010

    Corbett's Challenge


    As Tom Corbett prepares for his move into the Pennsylvania Governor's Mansion, he must be realizing the magnitude of what he is about to undertake: the governorship of a state that is facing both a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, November 05, 2010

    Union Pension Bailout ~Generational Theft


    Pennsylvania's largest public pension plans–Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) and State Employees Retirement System (SERS)–are severely underfunded. But instead of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, November 04, 2010

    PA Voters Hit Brakes on Spending


    NEWS RELEASE
    Contact: Nathan Benefield 717.671.1901 | nab@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Pennsylvania Voters Hit the Brakes on Runaway Government
    Electorate ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 28, 2010

    Health Care Reform: An Update


    Before enacting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Congress had to pass the bill before we'd find out what's in it. Sadly, it's worse ...

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    Thu, October 28, 2010

    Never Enough Green for Renewable Energy


    This Commentary first appeared in the Washington Times on October 25.

    The word on the Web-o-sphere is that a lame-duck Congress could enact a wind- and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 20, 2010

    Harrisburg's Woes: Coming to a City Near You


    Gov. Rendell's recent state bailout of the city of Harrisburg has brought attention to the capital city's fiscal mismanagement. With millions in debt payments and an enormous pension obligation, ...

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    Wed, October 13, 2010

    PA Senate May Add Billions to Pension Costs


    This week, the Pennsylvania Senate is scheduled to vote on House Bill 2497–which will cost our kids and grandkids billions in future costs and lost opportunities. This is not reform at ...

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    Wed, October 13, 2010

    Will Leased Parking Garages be a Tax Shelter?


    Pittsburgh is contemplating a lease of its publicly owned parking to the high bidder for a sum of $452 million. The lease of nearly 18,000 spaces in garages or lots and on-street metered spots owned ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 08, 2010

    Former House Speaker Joins Commonwealth Foundation


    NEWS RELEASE

    Contact: Susan Semeleer 717.671.1901 | sjs@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Former PA House Speaker Bob O'Donnell Joins ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 07, 2010

    PA Needs True Pension Reform


    The state pension time bomb is taking front stage again in the waning days of the 2009-2010 legislative session. The Senate is revisiting HB 2497–the $27 billion pension deferral plan passed by ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 05, 2010

    CF Releases New Video


    Know the Drill: The Truth About Natural Gas Severance Tax

    Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed the highest natural gas tax in the nation. The ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 05, 2010

    Charter Schools Give Children a Choice, Chance


    Contact: Susan Semeleer 717.671.1901 | sjs@commonwealthfoundation.org
    Charter Schools Give Children a Choice and a Chance

    HARRISBURG, PA (10.05.10) – The ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 30, 2010

    PA House Democrats Unveil Nation's Highest Severence Tax


    NEWS RELEASE
    Contact: Susan Semeleer 717.671.1901 | sjs@commonwealthfoundation.org

    HARRISBURG, PA (09.28.10) – A proposal by Pennsylvania House Democrats ...

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    Mon, September 27, 2010

    New CF Video: Know the Drill, the Truth About Natural Gas


    Today, the Commonwealth Foundation unveiled a new video series titled Know the Drill: The Truth About Natural Gas. The first video in the series, Know the Drill: Community Impact looks at the impact ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 24, 2010

    Three Myths About Free Market Conservatives


    Working for a free-market think tank, one hears all the attacks against conservatives and endures being given many labels. Three of the most common attacks launched by both those who misunderstand ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 22, 2010

    CF Launches Spending Web Site


    NEWS RELEASE

    Contact: Susan Semeleer 717.671.1901 | sjs@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Commonwealth Foundation Launches Online Portal ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 16, 2010

    Natural Gas: Myths v Facts


    The Marcellus Shale formation is believed to be the largest unconventional natural gas reservoir in America, and its exploration has been coined a modern-day gold rush. It has the potential to create ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 31, 2010

    Traditional Energy Fuels PA Economy


    Pennsylvania has always been a leading provider of America's energy. From timber and coal to the nation's first commercial oil well, and now the Marcellus Shale boom, traditional energy is vital to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 27, 2010

    Gov. Rendell's Gamesmanship


    While table games have been in Pennsylvania casinos for more than a month, I don't know if Gov. Rendell has tried his luck. But it would be a safe wager that he's a fantastic poker player. Why? For ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 17, 2010

    Time to Exit Rendell's Road to Higher Taxes


    Governor Rendell has proposed a series of tax increases to fill a $415 million
    transportation funding deficit created when the federal government rejected his plan to toll I-80 for a third time. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, August 11, 2010

    A School Choice Governor?


    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett recently made headlines by announcing his support for full-fledged school choice in Pennsylvania. Democrat Dan Onorato has also expressed support for ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 23, 2010

    PA Independent: Week in Review


    Philadelphia Shipyard on the Brink
    Despite receiving $429 million from taxpayers in 1998

    JULY 21, 2010 | by JIM PANYARD

    A ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 22, 2010

    I ~R: Our Inalienable Right to Reform


    Michael J. Nerozzi ~Nathan A. Benefield


    Following indictments and convictions of lawmakers and staff, a recent grand jury report recommended a series of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 13, 2010

    The Real Problem with the Specter Library


    As part of the state budget deal, Gov. Rendell secured $600 million in new borrowing for pork-barrel projects, including $10 million for the "Arlen Specter Library" at Philadelphia ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 09, 2010

    PennFuture: Harrisburg's Lobbying Launderers


    How do you spend vast amounts of time and energy, but no money, getting your volunteers to advocate for legislation you favor? The environmental group PennFuture, a.k.a. Citizens for Pennsylvania's ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 08, 2010

    Penn Future's Secret Lobbying


    NEWS RELEASE

    Contact: Nathan Benefield 717.671.1901 | nab@commonwealthfoundation.org

    PennFuture's Secret Lobbying

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 25, 2010

    Where Did $11 Billion Go?


    Where Did the Invisible $11 Billion Go?
    Education, welfare, health care and corrections

    JUNE 23, 2010 | by JIM PANYARD

    In ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 23, 2010

    Commonwealth Foundation Targets Spending Cuts


    Contact: Nathan Benefield 717.671.1901 | nab@commonwealthfoundation.org
    Time for A Taxpayer's Budget
    CF identifies $4 billion in spending cuts

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 23, 2010

    Marcellus Shale: A real Stimulus


    The Marcellus Shale formation is believed to be the largest unconventional natural gas reservoir in America, and its exploration has been coined a modern-day gold rush. A Penn State study found ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 17, 2010

    Your Tax Dollars at Work


    Governor Rendell proposed a $66 billion total state operating budget for 2010-11 that increases taxes. What will these new taxes go to pay? Here is the second in a series looking at Your Tax ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 16, 2010

    Are PA Taxes 'Money Well Spent'?


    Gov. Rendell proposes balancing the state budget with a combination of new and higher taxes, another federal bailout, and additional state borrowing. When confronted by opposition to additional ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 15, 2010

    Rendell Pension 'Reform': Generational Theft


    Gov. Rendell and the Democrat-controlled House are trying to redefine pension "reform" by further deferring the scheduled taxpayers' contributions to the state's largest government pension ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 08, 2010

    Natural Gas Economic Impacts


    Contact: Nathan Benefield 717.671.1901 | nab@commonwealthfoundation.org

    Natural Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania

    CF Policy Brief ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 02, 2010

    PA Budget Facts 2010


    Pennsylvania Budget Facts 2010

    Today, the Commonwealth Foundation released two fact sheets on the Pennsylvania State Budget, and offered testimony on ways to reduce ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, May 12, 2010

    Green Jobs Destroy Good Jobs


    With Pennsylvania's unemployment rate at a 25-year high, Gov. Rendell is pushing "green jobs" at every turn. He has doled out nearly $1 billion to renewable energy projects and wants ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 11, 2010

    Special Interests Denounce 'Special Interests'


    NEWS RELEASE
    Contact: Nathan Benefield 717.671.1901 | nab@commonwealthfoundation.org
    Special Interests Denounce "Special Interests"

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, April 29, 2010

    Small Business vs. Big Government


    What is the third largest country in the world based on its production of output? It is America's small businesses. Collectively, they produce half of our private Gross Domestic Product (the total ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 27, 2010

    Rendell's 'Press Release Economics'


    It is a scene familiar in America. A mayor, joined by legislators, holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new facility or attraction in the community. Smiling ear to ear, he eagerly shakes the hands ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 13, 2010

    Commonwealth Foundation Offers Prize for Grassroots Champion


    NEWS RELEASE
    Contact: Nathan Benefield 717.671.1901 | nab@commonwealthfoundation.org
    Commonwealth Foundation Launches Campaign for Taxpayer's Budget

    $500 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, April 08, 2010

    Rendell's Higher Taxes Equal Fewer Jobs


    Pennsylvania's latest budget shortfall is the result of a pattern in which state legislators abandon fiscal prudence in "good years" and face spending cuts or tax hikes in down times. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 30, 2010

    Who the Health Cares About the Constitution?


    Constitutional questions have dogged the health care bill since its introduction. But rather than address these issues head on, supporters of the legislation have shrugged them off. Speaker Nancy ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, March 19, 2010

    The Case for a Part-Time Legislature


    Ask Pennsylvanians what comes to mind when they hear the words "state government," and the responses will regularly include corruption, late budgets, cronyism, wasteful spending, and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, March 12, 2010

    CF: The Case for a Citizen Legislature


    CF Releases The Case for a Citizen Legislature

    The Commonwealth Foundation today released The Case for a Citizen Legislature, a policy brief by Elizabeth Bryan and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 11, 2010

    CF Flunks Corbett Economic Plan


    Pennsylvania governor candidate Tom Corbett and his campaign team unveiled the first of seven policy outlines on economic development.

    Much of what it outlines is ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 24, 2010

    Commonwealth Foundation Budget Facts


    Pennsylvania Budget Facts 2010
    Today, the Commonwealth Foundation released two new analyses of the Pennsylvania State Budget.
    Pennsylvania State Budget Overview

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 17, 2010

    The True Cost of Unemployment Compensation


    Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation fund is bankrupt. Beginning in March 2009,the Keystone State borrowed over $2 billion from the federal government to keep it solvent. Unfortunately, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 11, 2010

    No Solutions in Rendell's Budget


    No Solutions in Rendell's Budget

    * ARTICLE
    * COMMENTS (2)
    *

    * E-MAIL
    * PRINT
    * ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 08, 2010

    Time for a Taxpayer Budget


    NEWS RELEASE
    Contact: Joe Sterns 717.671.1901 | jds@commonwealthfoundation.org

    It's Time for a Taxpayer's Budget

    CF ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 04, 2010

    Penn State Whitewashes Climategate Investigation


    NEWS RELEASE

    Contact: Joe Sterns 717.671.1901 | jds@commonwealthfoundation.org
    Penn State Whitewashes Climategate Investigation
    University's internal ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 04, 2010

    Six Opportunities for Pennsylvania


    By Katrina Anderson and Nathan Benefield

    Once upon a time, "Keystone State" represented more than just a nickname, as Pennsylvania was central to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 27, 2010

    Five Alternatives to Tolling I-80


    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) continues its push for federal approval to toll Interstate-80, claiming that without it bridges will collapse, highways will crumble, and dogs and cats will ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 25, 2010

    Commonwealth Foundation Launches PA Independent


    Contact: Jim Panyard 717.364.5224 | Jim@PAindependent.com
    Pennsylvania Independent Launches

    Web site to watchdog state government with investigtive reporting ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, January 21, 2010

    Time for Term Limits Again


    At its genesis 2,500 years ago, democracy incorporated term limits as a safeguard against corruption and complacency.

    Aristotle believed that frequent rotation in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, January 21, 2010

    Hey Ed : What's in the Bill?


    NEWS RELEASE
    Contact: Nathan Benefield 717.671.1901 | nab@commonwealthfoundation.org
    CF Challenges Gov. Rendell to Explain What's In the Bill

    Harrisburg, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 15, 2010

    A Third Stimulus Won't be the Charm


    Some members of Congress are pushing a third economic "stimulus" in as many years (pundits often forget the Bush stimulus of 2008). Supporters of yet another round of deficit spending make ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 13, 2010

    Investigate 'Mann-Made' Global Warming


    Contact: Joe Sterns 717.671.1901 | jds@commonwealthfoundation.org


    Commonwealth Foundation calls for independent investigation of
    Penn State professor ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sat, January 09, 2010

    Time for More Transparency in Government


    There is a national movement to make government spending and finances accessible to taxpayers. Pennsylvania lags behind, but state lawmakers are moving toward greater transparency.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 05, 2010

    Commonwealth Foundation Guide to Electric Choice


    Citizen's Guide to Electric Choice ~Competition

    Background

    Why are we now getting electricity choice and competition?

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 29, 2009

    A Road to Savings: Abolish the PA Turnpike Commission


    During my campaign for governor more than 32 years ago, I made a pledge to restore integrity and efficiency to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, December 16, 2009

    Five Threats to Pennsylvania's Prosperity


    Pennsylvania has long been one of the most economically stagnant states in the nation. For the period 1991-2008, the Commonwealth ranked 45th in job growth, 46th in personal income growth, and 47th ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 03, 2009

    Spending Transparency ~Accountability


    There is a national movement to make government spending and finances accessible to taxpayers. Pennsylvania lags behind, but state lawmakers are moving toward greater transparency.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, December 02, 2009

    Taxing Tuition: The Future of Higher Education?


    By Elizabeth Bryan and Nathan Benefield

    With Pittsburgh on the brink of bankruptcy thanks to its continual out-of-control spending, Mayor Ravenstahl and his allies ...

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    Tue, November 24, 2009

    Every Generation Needs a Revolution


    By Matt Brouillette, Tim Potts, Barry Kauffman ~Olivia Thorne

    Pennsylvania's government is a prime exhibition of Lord Acton's well-known admonition that "power ...

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    Tue, November 24, 2009

    Bamboozled: Why Government-Run Liquore Stores are Socially and Economically Impractical


    The privatization of Pennsylvania's liquor stores is an idea that has been floating around the halls of Harrisburg for decades. The sale of stores alone would generate over $1.7 billion dollars in ...

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    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) ...

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    Fri, September 04, 2009

    Tolling I-80 is a Recipe for Disaster


    Once again, state lawmakers, bureaucrats and special interest groups are looking for another way to grab more money from Pennsylvanians. The latest rendition is tolling Interstate 80 across the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 01, 2009

    Rendell's Mixed Energy Agenda


    Governor Rendell frequently talks about the need to combat rising energy costs. Yet he continues to support policies that will increase Pennsylvanians' electric bills and endanger thousands of jobs ...

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    Thu, August 27, 2009

    Keep On Truckin'


    With Harrisburg gridlocked by the state budget impasse and Washington battling over national health care, an issue vital to Pennsylvania lurks below the radar. The debate is over the future of the ...

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    Tue, August 25, 2009

    ObamaCare is Bad Medicine for PA


    America faces divergent prescriptions for health care reform–one calling for more government control, the other for patient empowerment. Unfortunately President Obama, Governor Rendell, and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, August 19, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation:

    ObamaCare is Bad Medicine for PA


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    08.19.09

    Report: ObamaCare Is Bad Medicine for PA
    National health care would harm state's economy and add $4,400 in costs for every ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 11, 2009

    Policy Points

    Quick Facts from the Commonwealth Foundation


    August 11, 2009

    Today, the Commonwealth Foundation released two new Policy Points highlighting Pennsylvania's state and local tax burden and state and local government debt, in light of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 06, 2009

    Low Standards De-Value Diplomas


    The U.S. dollar isn't the only piece of paper plagued by inflation. While the Federal Reserve drives down the value of the greenback, low academic standards in Pennsylvania are decreasing the value ...

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    Tue, August 04, 2009

    Quick Facts from the Commonwealth Foundation:

    Electricity Restructuring and Rate Caps


    With electricity rate caps expiring, state lawmakers are concerned that Pennsylvanians will see steep increases in their utility bills. What will happen as the electricity deregulation, which is ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    Wed, July 15, 2009

    PA's Gambling Addiction


    Five years ago this month, Gov. Rendell signed into law the signature policy achievement of his tenure -- legalized slot machine gambling. Act 71 of 2004 allows for 61,000 slot machines in 14 casinos ...

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    Tue, July 14, 2009

    Time to End Direct Higher Education Subsidies

    House Democrats' gimmick fosters important policy dialogue


    Harrisburg, PA – The Commonwealth Foundation applauds the Pennsylvania House Democrats' proposed elimination of higher education funding in the state budget, forcing lawmakers to re-examine the ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, July 06, 2009

    Budget Fact s 2009


    Today, the Commonwealth Foundation released three new Pennsylvania Budget Facts highlighting Gov. Rendell's proposals to fill a $3.2 billion revenue shortfall in the state's General Fund budget. The ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, July 01, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation Launches 'Yes , We Can!' and 'We Agree'


    CF Launches "Yes, We Can!" and "We Agree!"

    Does your state legislator agree with Pres. Obama, who said, "In an economy like this, the last ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, July 01, 2009

    The Road Less Travelled in PA


    Matthew J. Brouillette Jake Haulk

    Editor's note: This is the second in a series of occasional commentaries on how Pennsylvania can turn around its economic fortune. In their first ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 24, 2009

    The 'Mis-education' of Ed Rendell


    Gov. Rendell wants to increase taxes to continue the double-the-rate-of-inflation spending that has defined his tenure. In order to sell his state budget plan to an increasingly skeptical public, he ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 18, 2009

    Rendell to Suspend Laws of Economics for Three Years



    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    06.18.09

    Rendell to Suspend Laws of Economics for Three Years
    Governor calls CF's job loss projections ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 15, 2009

    PIT Increase Would Cost Thousands of PA Jobs


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    06.15.09

    New CF analysis projects 48,000 jobs lost from 1% increase in state income tax

    HARRISBURG, ...

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    Fri, June 12, 2009

    Budget Facts 2009

    From the Commonwealth Foundation


    Budget Facts 2009
    From the Commonwealth Foundation
    June 2009

    Spending Increases by Department

    Pennsylvania faces a $3 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 10, 2009

    In What World is an 11.7% Increase Called a Decrease?


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    06.10.09

    Rendell misinformation bus tour continues with Brouillette on its tail

    Harrisburg, PA ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 09, 2009

    Budget Facts 2009

    From the Commonwealth Foundation


    June 2009

    Pennsylvania State Budget Overview

    Pennsylvania faces a $3 billion tax revenue shortfall in the state's General Fund Budget. Competing proposals from Gov. Ed ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 05, 2009

    CF Statement on Film Tax Credit Study

    Flawed report gives lawmakers more reasons to eliminate program


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    06.05.09

    Harrisburg, PA – Commonwealth Foundation President and CEO Matthew J. Brouillette issued the following statement today in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 04, 2009

    Pennsylvanians Deserve Open Budget Debate


    By Nathan A. Benefield and Elizabeth Bryan

    With the approach of June 30 and the end of the state's fiscal year comes the annual argument in Harrisburg over Pennsylvania's budget. With ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 04, 2009

    House Should Act Immediately on Spending Transparency Bill Passed by Senate


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    06.03.09

    House Should Act Immediately on Spending Transparency Bill Passed by the Senate

    Harrisburg, ...

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    Thu, May 28, 2009

    Will More Government Spending Stimulate the Economy?


    Over the past eight years, federal, state, and local government spending increased from 30% of U.S. GDP to 35%. Economists warn that when government spending exceeds 25% of GDP, it hampers economic ...

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    Thu, May 28, 2009

    Government Intervention Prolongs Recessions


    Recessions are a tough time for all–many lose their jobs, family incomes shrink, and budgets are squeezed. But recessions are natural and, in the long-run, foster a stronger economy. It is ...

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    Fri, May 15, 2009

    Get the Quarter Back


    There is an old joke, with many variations, that goes something like this: a foreigner came to visit a friend in America, and they went to watch a Pittsburgh Steelers football game. After the game, ...

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    Wed, May 13, 2009

    Taxing an Infant Industry to Death


    Home to the first oil well in the United States, Pennsylvania has returned to the drilling scene in recent years, looking to tap into an estimated 50 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in ...

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    Tue, May 12, 2009

    Reviving Pennsylvania


    By Jake Haulk Matthew J. Brouillette

    Editor's note: This is the first in a series of occasional commentaries on how Pennsylvania can turn around its economic fortunes. Today, troubling ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, May 06, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation Applauds Senate Budget


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    05.06.09

    Commonwealth Foundation Applauds Senate Budget
    Spending plan represents step toward fiscal responsibility, CF encourages ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 04, 2009

    PA Deficit Watch


    Pennsylvania Deficit Watch: May 2009
    Update on Pennsylvania's Revenue Shortfall from the Commonwealth Foundation
    05.04.09

    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue released the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 27, 2009

    What Unions Should Receive From Their Card Check Crusade


    The nation's most powerful labor unions have been lobbying heavily for a law, misleadingly named the Employee Free Choice Act, that would take away workers' basic rights to a secret-ballot vote on ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, April 24, 2009

    Prevailing Wage Law Harms Philadelphia's Black Workers


    Since construction began on the Philadelphia Convention Center, the city's black construction workers have protested, with good reason, the lack of opportunity for minority workers on public ...

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    Thu, April 23, 2009

    Can PA Cut Spending and Still Provide Essential Programs ~Services?


    Those who feed at the trough of taxpayer funding typically argue that the state budget can't possibly be reduced–or even see its growth limited to inflation and population growth–without ...

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    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, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 14, 2009

    Tax Freedom Day 2009


    Nathan A. Benefield Michael Acker

    Circle April 14th on your calendar this year as Tax Freedom Day for Pennsylvania. While tomorrow is the deadline for filing income tax forms, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, April 09, 2009

    IS PA a Friendly Place for Job Creators?


    Gov. Rendell frequently claims that his policies–namely increased government spending on "economic development", and the higher taxes and debt that accompany that–make ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 07, 2009

    Electricity Deregulation: A Successful Transition


    Most Pennsylvania residents will soon see significant increases in their electricity bills. Many state lawmakers are concerned about the political backlash they will receive as a result. But it is ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 06, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation Examines PA Pension and Retiree Medical Liabilities


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    04.06.09

    HARRISBURG, PA – The Commonwealth Foundation today released A Tale of Three Cities: Pennsylvania's Retiree and Medical ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, April 03, 2009

    PA Deficit Watch


    Pennsylvania Deficit Watch: April 2009
    Update on Pennsylvania's Revenue Shortfall from the Commonwealth Foundation
    04.03.09

    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue released the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 31, 2009

    Philadelphia's 'Pension Reform' is Generational Theft


    Faced with significant budget deficits and the burden of ever-increasing pension contributions, Philadelphia is attempting to finesse itself out of a financial dilemma.

    Amidst the ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 26, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation: Should State Government Borrow More Money?


    While Gov. Rendell is fond of claiming Pennsylvania has a low state debt burden relative to other states, this ranking excludes a vast majority of taxpayer-owed debt. In fact, state debt is ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 19, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation Announces Video Contest


    March 19th, 2009
    Win Up to $2,500 by Entering the
    Please, No More Taxes! Video Contest
    Need some extra cash? There's plenty of time left to enter the Please, No More Taxes! video ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 18, 2009

    State Can't Spend Its Way to Student Success


    For years, the educational establishment has claimed that not enough is being spent on public schools — that if more money is pumped into the system, student achievement will improve. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 17, 2009

    Free Markets: An Unknown Ideal


    President Obama, Governor Rendell, and many in the media have been echoing a similar refrain recently: "Conservatives had their chance. We tried free markets, and they failed." When ...

    [View Full Article]

    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. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 11, 2009

    Are Pennsylvanians Under Taxed?


    Pennsylvania's tax burden is high, and growing, relative to the rest of the nation.

    • Pennsylvania residents pay, on average, $13,000 per person each year in ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 13, 2009

    School District Consolidation is a Red Herring


    Nathan A. Benefield Fred D. Baldwin
    02.13.09

    In the movie Men in Black, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) carries a small device that flashes, allowing him to make people forget meeting him ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 13, 2009

    How Will America Pay for this Stimulus Plan?


    In the debate over the federal "stimulus" plan, few are asking–and no proponent is answering–the important questions: Who will finance the debt? What are the opportunity costs ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 12, 2009

    CF Report Finds $5 Billion in Government Waste


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    02.12.09

    CF Report Finds $5 billion in Gov't Waste
    State gov't overspending is impeding prosperity and burdening taxpayers

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 06, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation Launches Please, No More Taxes! Campaign


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    02.05.09

    Commonwealth Foundation Launches
    Please, No More Taxes! Campaign

    HARRISBURG, PA – The Commonwealth ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 04, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation Statement on Rendell Budget Address


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    2.04.09


    HARRISBURG, PA – Commonwealth Foundation President and CEO Matthew J. Brouillette issued the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 03, 2009

    Obama Transparency Standard Challenges School Boards


    Pennsylvania school boards have been presented an opportunity to measure up to the standard set by our new President. In his inaugural address, Barack Obama promised that public business would be ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 03, 2009

    PA Deficit Watch

    Updates on PA's revenue shortfall


    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue released the January revenue collections showing state General Fund revenues are $1.08 billion short for the fiscal year to date.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 27, 2009

    Six Years of Rendell's 'Stimulus' is Enough


    Gov. Ed Rendell is, as head of the National Governor's Association as well as the chief of a state facing a major revenue shortfall, leading the push for a federal "stimulus" package that ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 23, 2009

    Update from the Commonwealth Foundation

    Government Transparency Resources


    UPDATE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    01.23.09

    Government Transparency Resources

    Our latest CF NOW video highlights current efforts to create more government ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 19, 2009

    Boscov's Bailout is Bad for Business


    With bailout mania sweeping the nation, it is hardly a surprise to see the struggling Boscov's department store with its hand out. But the current proposal to give Boscov's $35 million in taxpayer ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 14, 2009

    Commonwealth Foundation Launches PennsylvaniaVotes.org

    Innovative web site helps citizens keep tabs on state government


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    1.14.09

    Harrisburg, PA – The Commonwealth Foundation today announced the launch of

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 06, 2009

    Pennsylvania Deficit Watch I



    Pennsylvania Deficit Watch I
    January 2009
    Updates on Pennsylvania's Revenue Shortfall from the Commonwealth Foundation
    01.06.09

    The Pennsylvania Department of ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 04, 2008

    Budget Lessons for Pennsylvania


    When it comes to being in poor fiscal health, Pennsylvania–which faces a revenue shortfall forecasted to reach $1-2 billion–is not alone.

    Thirteen states are staring at ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Spend Like It's 2007


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    12.02.08
    Commonwealth's revenue shortfall grows to $658 million

    HARRISBURG, PA – The Commonwealth ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 02, 2008

    What's Wrong With PA Higher Education?


    In the midst of rising tuition, dwindling tax revenue, and a recession, the presidents of 13 state-owned colleges are collectively receiving $147,427 in raises, which would equal tuition for 27 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 24, 2008

    Government Can't Cure Our Economic Woes


    Pennsylvania is facing a deep shortfall in revenue which, through October, stands at $565 million. Putting this in perspective, the shortfall in 2002-03–which led to increases in the state ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 12, 2008

    Harrisburg's Most Powerful Special Interest

    New policy brief addresses the impact of unions on public education


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    11.12.08

    Harrisburg's Most Powerful Special Interest
    New policy brief addresses the impact of unions on public education

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 12, 2008

    Ten Pennsylvanians Die Each Day from Government Health Insurance


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    11.11.08

    Ten Pennsylvanians Die Each Day from Government Health Insurance
    Uninsured citizens fare better than government insured ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 10, 2008

    Worker Freedom Ensures Economic Prosperity


    Along with the rest of the nation, Pennsylvania is struggling to rebound from the recent economic turmoil. Unfortunately, being a compulsory union state puts the Commonwealth at a marked ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, November 06, 2008

    Massive Budget Hole Awaits New Legislature


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    11.06.08

    Massive Budget Hole Awaits New Legislature
    Commonwealth's revenue shortfall grows to $560 million

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 03, 2008

    Real Hope and Change Comes from Ideas, Not Politics


    In 1993, I officially launched my campaign for President of the United States. Granted, I was only 17 years old, hadn't graduated high school yet, and wasn't a member of the Kennedy family. ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 27, 2008

    Water and Sewer Ballot Question


    POLICY POINTS from the Commonwealth Foundation
    10.27.08

    Water and Sewer Ballot Question

    When Pennsylvania voters head to the polls on November 4, 2008, they will also ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 23, 2008

    Failure to Lease Turnpike will Cost Taxpayers


    "What did you do when you had the power?"

    Those words define the legacy of my former boss, the late Gov. Bob Casey. It was a question he would often ask me and other members of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 22, 2008

    Time for School Board Tansparency


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    10.21.08

    Time for School Board Transparency
    Commonwealth Foundation launches "sunshine" project on

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 10, 2008

    Stay (Just a Little Bit Longer)


    Recently, state Senators Gibson Armstrong (R, Lancaster) and Vince Fumo (D, Philadelphia) sounded the alarm that Pennsylvania will be facing a massive budget deficit by the end of the fiscal year. ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 01, 2008

    What will the General Assembly Do?

    Turnpike lease opportunity expires


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    09.30.08

    What Will the General Assembly Do?
    Turnpike lease opportunity is going away

    HARRISBURG, PA–The $12.8 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 01, 2008

    Reduce Spending Now, or Increase Taxes Later

    $281 million budget shortfall puts taxpayers at risk


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    10.01.08

    Reduce Spending Now, or Increase Taxes Later
    $281 million budget shortfall puts taxpayers at risk

    HARRISBURG, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 23, 2008

    Delay on Turnpike Lease is Bad Policy

    Commonwealth Foundation urges action on lease legislation


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    09.23.08

    Delay on Turnpike Lease Is Bad Policy
    Commonwealth Foundation Urges Action on Lease Legislation

    HARRISBURG, PA ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 19, 2008

    Current State Spending = Future Tax Increase


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    09.18.08

    Current State Spending = Future Tax Increase?
    Budget revenue shortfalls on track to produce ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 12, 2008

    Tolling of I-80 Denied

    Commonwealth Foundation applauds decision


    NEWS RELEASE from the Commonwealth Foundation
    09.11.08

    Tolling of I-80 Denied
    Federal government rejects Turnpike proposal to toll I-80 drivers

    HARRISBURG, PA ...

    [View Full Article]

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