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Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania


    Thu, August 14, 2014

    Lawmakers Decline Pensions




    John Baer has an interesting article at the Philly.com website. He put together a comprehensive list of Representatives and Senators who have opted out of the legislative pension and/or ...

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    Thu, August 07, 2014

    Crony Capitalism at Its Finest


    On Tuesday, ABC 27 ran a revealing two-part story about one of the more influential lobbying firms in Harrisburg. Opinions vary about how influential Long ~Nyquist are in reality. However, their ...

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    Thu, July 24, 2014

    PA Bond Rating Downgraded


    Moody's Investor Services downgraded over $11 billion in "general obligation" bonds. As an individual's credit rating, a lower score makes borrowing more expensive; that is bad news for ...

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    Wed, July 16, 2014

    How to Spur Job Growth


    Despite being number one in corporate welfare, Pennsylvania ranks in the bottom ten when CEO's are asked about where they want to do business. Sadly, it isn't just big businesses that have a problem ...

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    Wed, July 09, 2014

    One Ugly Piece of Legislation


    On July 8th, the Senate passed HB 278; the House passed the legislation on July 1st. The bill makes changes to the fiscal code. Similar legislation is passed every year as a companion to the budget. ...

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    Wed, July 02, 2014

    Why We Can't Get Pension Reform


    Let's be honest and expose the reason we cannot get Pension Reform. It is not Governor Corbett or Majority Leader Turzai. It is State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) who thwarted Republican Gov. Tom ...

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    Thu, June 26, 2014

    State Budget Progressing


    Harrisburg has been busy deciding how to spend your tax dollars, and there are only a few days left before the June 30th budget deadline.

    On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee ...

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    Wed, June 18, 2014

    How Much is Corruption Costing You?


    June 18, 2014:


    A recent study compared looked at the number of officials convicted for violations of federal corruption laws between from 1997 to 2008. It probably will not come ...

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    Thu, June 12, 2014

    Shrinking Legislature Won't Solve Our Problem


    Once again, proposals are circulating to reduce the number of Representatives and Senators elected to the General Assembly. This time around the Senate bill being also debated makes reductions to the ...

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    Wed, June 04, 2014

    Hide Your Wallets; It's Budget Season in Harrisburg


    June 4, 2014:


    Final revenue numbers are coming in short of projections as Representatives and Senators begin hammering out the details of the next budget.

    Budget ...

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    Wed, May 14, 2014

    Does the Law Apply Equally?


    May 14, 2014:

    When is lobbying not considered lobbying?

    A report from Media Trackers PA makes clear that lobbying is not lobbying when a union boss says so.

    It ...

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    Wed, April 30, 2014

    PA Does Not Need an Extraction Tax


    April 30, 2014:

    One thing all the Democratic candidates for Governor and some Republicans in the general assembly agree is on is that Pennsylvania needs a severance (or extraction) tax on ...

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    Thu, April 24, 2014

    Do Portraits of Felons Hang at the Capitol?


    True or False: Portraits of Felons are Hanging in the Sate Capitol

    The answer is "True", unfortunately.

    Speakers of the House and the ...

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    Wed, April 16, 2014

    Lawmaker Tries to Do the Right Thing


    When he was elected in 2010, Rep. Eli Evankovich* did what most newly elected lawmakers do; he signed up for the legislative pension.

    As he learned more about the $50 Billion in unfunded ...

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    Tue, April 08, 2014

    Minimum Wage = Maximum Harm to Jobs


    By, Stephen Bloom
    State Representative, 199th District

    Everybody deserves a chance to work for a living. Having a job, any job, is the most important factor in keeping people from ...

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    Wed, March 19, 2014

    Scott Wagner in Historic Victory


    On March 18th 2014, a write-in campaign for a Senate seat was successful. This is the first time in modern history a candidate who was not on the ballot won an election at this level. And, this is ...

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    Tue, February 11, 2014

    Re-Elect or Send to Jail?


    February 11, 2014:

    Dr. John D. McGinnis
    Pennsylvania Representative, 79th District

    Suppose a corporation's CEO, with full approval of its board of ...

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    Thu, January 23, 2014

    Competition Best Test in Education


    As the new year begins, legislators in Harrisburg are still talking about reforming state laws affecting charter schools in the Commonwealth. Complicating the discussions are many misconceptions ...

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    Thu, January 16, 2014

    Contract Review Legislation Advances


    All too often the ink is barely dry on a proposed teachers' union (or support staff) contract before it is voted on by a school board. Thanks to legislation recently passed by the House that could ...

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    Wed, January 08, 2014

    Union Bosses Get Six Figure Raises


    January 8, 2014:

    Although most union bosses claim to stand in solidarity with dues paying members the facts often undercut that statement.

    A recent report from Mediatrackers ...

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    Thu, December 19, 2013

    The Value of Just Showing Up


    Something interesting happened in a school district in western Pennsylvania: the taxpayers actually won.

    According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

    "A longtime ...

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    Fri, November 15, 2013

    More Road ~Bridge Funding, No Tax Hike


    November 15, 2013:

    Maintaining transportation infrastructure is a legitimate function of government. The challenge for Pennsylvania government has become ensuring that tax dollars are ...

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    Thu, November 07, 2013

    How Much Welfare Budget Lost to Fraud?


    November 7, 2013:


    Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has an almost $11 billion budget for 2013-2014. A recent report by CBS 21 (video here) should prompt close ...

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    Thu, October 24, 2013

    One Step Closer to Equal Protection


    October 24, 2013:

    In August, the Judiciary Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives held a hearing on legislation (HB 1154) that would close loopholes in the criminal laws ...

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    Thu, October 03, 2013

    How is Prioritizing Spending on Bridges Offensive?


    October 3, 2013:

    One of the top priorities for the Governor and the Senate has been the passage of a transportation bill. Before they went on summer vacation, the Senate passed a massive ...

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    Wed, September 25, 2013

    The Ultimate Unfair Advantage


    September 25, 2013:

    Imagine this: a representative from the NRA enters a school board meeting. He proceeds to explain that most of the teachers and employees of the district are members ...

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    Thu, September 19, 2013

    CAP Unviels New Video


    September 19, 2013:

    For the past fifty years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have taken it on the chin. Our government continues to get bigger and more expensive, but the folks paying the bills ...

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    Tue, September 17, 2013

    Happy Constitution Day!


    On September 17, 1787 the Constitutional Convention came to a close. The final draft of the Constitution was signed and sent to the states for ratification. There are few better sources for ...

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    Tue, September 10, 2013

    PA Should Follow Germany on Smart Meters


    By Peter K Sour,
    Member, The Coalition to Stop SmartMeters in PA

    Pennsylvanians, thanks to a 2008 law are forced to accept Smart Meters into their homes - something that is happening ...

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    Wed, August 28, 2013

    Defund Obamacare? Yes We Can!


    By Katherine Rosario,
    Communications Deputy
    Heritage Action for America


    Thanks to Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, we have a ruinous healthcare law on our ...

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    Wed, August 21, 2013

    No Good Reason to Exempt Union Activity


    Late in 2012, the US Chamber of Commerce released a report that highlighted criminal laws that granted exemptions to union members. In their report, the Chamber highlighted the fact Pennsylvania's ...

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    Wed, July 31, 2013

    Philly Dems Pick Union Boss to Negotiate with Himself


    July 31, 2013:

    First a little background. The Philadelphia Convention Center is not doing too well booking events there.

    A consistent theme has been the poor service that ...

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    Mon, June 24, 2013

    What is Wrong with PA Senate GOP?


    Last week Sen. Chuck McIlhinney released his liquor "privatization" plan. If it were the 1950's his plan would have been considered revolutionary; in the twenty-first century, not so much. ...

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    Wed, June 19, 2013

    CAP Blasts McIlhinney Liquor Plan


    Senate Liquor Plan: "Privatization Lite" Is Being Generous

    June 19, 2013:

    Senator Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks) unveiled his "privatization" plan yesterday ...

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    Thu, June 06, 2013

    PA Could Have Highest Gas Tax in Nation


    June 6, 2013:

    With a 45-5 vote, the Pennsylvania Senate approved legislation that would increase gas taxes and a host of other fees on Pennsylvania drivers. Should SB 1 become law anyone ...

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    Tue, June 04, 2013

    Charter Funding 'Reform' Bill Logically Bankrupt


    By Dan Truitt,
    Representative House District 156

    I don't think anyone who has been paying attention to education funding in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania would argue that we have ...

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    Thu, May 30, 2013

    PA Still Arresting for Bootlegging


    Pennsylvania's state run liquor stores lose millions of dollars a year in sales because folks who live near a state border chose to leave the commonwealth and make their purchases in a neighboring ...

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    Thu, May 23, 2013

    Impact of Gas Tax Hike on Small Business


    Earlier this month, the Senate Transportation Committee passed a massive $2.5 Billion transportation package. It has yet to be voted on by the full Senate. However, its contents should be of concern ...

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    Tue, May 14, 2013

    CAP: PA in Bottom 10 (again) for Business


    May 14, 2013:

    Chief Executive Magazine released its 2013 ranking of the states. Once again
    Pennsylvania is in the bottom ten with a rank of ...

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    Wed, May 08, 2013

    Pension Overhaul Introduced


    Legislation to Overhaul Government Workers' Pensions Introduced

    May 8, 2013:

    Pennsylvania's state employee and teacher pension programs (SERS and PSERS respectively) are ...

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    Wed, March 27, 2013

    Will PA Senate GOP Sellout Consmers?


    Will Pennsylvania's Senate Republicans Sellout Consumers?

    March 27, 2013:

    The Pennsylvania House has passed legislation aimed at dismantling our prohibition-era state store ...

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    Fri, March 22, 2013

    CAP: Victory for Consumer Choice


    A Significant Victory for Consumer Choice, Convenience and Taxpayers

    March 22, 2013:


    The passage of HB 790 is a significant victory for consumers and taxpayers in ...

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    Wed, February 06, 2013

    CAP: Budget Highlights ~Lowlights


    Highlights and Lowlights of Governor Corbett's 2013 Budget Address

    February 5, 2013:

    The thousand pound gorilla in the room for ...

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    Thu, January 03, 2013

    Arson Tied to Philly Unions


    January 3, 1013

    A few days before Christmas, the construction site for a Quaker meeting house (akin to a church or synagogue) was vandalized. Bolts and steel columns where cut with an ...

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    Fri, December 21, 2012

    Union Republicans Rewarded with Committee Chairs


    We noted last week that the Pennsylvania GOP should take a lesson in leadership from Michigan.

    Judging by the list of committee chairs released by the House Republican Caucus yesterday, ...

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    Tue, December 04, 2012

    Progressive Think Tank Honors GOP Reps


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    Fri, October 05, 2012

    General Assembly Adds Another $1.6 Billion in Debt


    Attention Taxpayers: The General Assembly Authorized Another $1 Billion in Debt

    October 5, 2012:

    In May we brought the little ...

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    Fri, September 28, 2012

    No More Per Diem Piggy Bank for Lawmakers



    September 28, 2012:

    CAP previously brought the 2011 Per Diem King to your attention, he collected $39,000 tax free:

    "Members of the General Assembly don't have to ...

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    Mon, September 24, 2012

    Economic Development or Legal Plunder?


    Economic Development or Legal Plunder

    September 24, 2012:

    Should taxpayers "give" $2 million to a $16 BILLION ...

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    Wed, September 19, 2012

    Nearly Bankrupt School Pays $400k in Unused Sick Time


    September 19, 2012:

    Over the summer, one of the ideas floated to close the hole in the Harrisburg School Districts budget was to eliminate kindergarten. While it ...

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    Mon, September 17, 2012

    CAP Honors Constitution Day


    In Honor of Constitution Day

    September 17, 2012:

    On September 17th, 1787 the Constitutional Convention approved the Constitution ...

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    Tue, September 04, 2012

    New CAP Web Site Tracks Union Donations


    New Website to Track Campaign Contributions from Government Unions

    September 3, 2012: To help taxpayers track government (or public sector) union influence in ...

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    Tue, June 12, 2012

    Striking Neshaminy Teachers Face Reality


    06.12.12: Yesterday, we told you about the Neshaminy School Teachers strike and share the ad we placed in local newspaper featuring the teachers' salary and benefit costs.

    Today, we have ...

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    Fri, December 09, 2011

    Four Senators Trying to Jack Up Auto Insurance Rates


    Four Senators Trying to Jack Up Auto Insurance Rates
    Lemoyne (12.8.11) — At a time when many Pennsylvania families are struggling to make ends meet, four Pennsylvania Senators have ...

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    Mon, October 10, 2011

    Citizens Alliance Targes GOP Senators


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    Mon, April 25, 2011

    CAP Targets Anti-SB 1 Republicans for Defeat


    HARRISBURG (4.25.11) - Senate Bill 1, the Opportunity Scholarship Act, will enable tens of thousands of low- and middle-income parents to send their children to the school that gives them the ...

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