Policy Blog


Op-Ed: Is the Sky Falling on Children's Education?

In the aftermath of Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as Secretary of Education, opponents predict she could decimate public education. Their perspective is misguided, unsupported by facts, and ultimately harmful for the future of American education.

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What the Soda Tax Can Teach us About the Budget

Philadelphia’s soda tax should serve as stinging reminder that tax hikes—no matter how seemingly inconsequential or justifiable—can hurt many of the people who can least afford to pay. We need to address the real problem in our economy: Decades of red tape and uninterrupted transfers of wealth to government.

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Op-Ed: Double-Down on Reinventing Government

Gov. Wolf’s third budget address was a disorienting shift in tone and substance—almost as if the most liberal governor in the country were polishing his conservative credentials. The General Assembly should take this opportunity to double-down on Wolf’s reform mindset—but do it without tax hikes.

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Policy Memo: Government Union Political Spending Trends

Union leaders spend millions each year to further their own political agenda. Regardless of public sector employees’ personal political convictions, the highly partisan trend continued to the tune of $17.6 million in the 2016 election.

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Breaking: Charters Receive Funding to Educate Students

Districts are sending more money to charters because charters are enrolling more and more students from districts. This is not groundbreaking.

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Employee Compensation Drives Spending Growth

In 2015-16, total compensation per state worker reached more than $97,000 per employee, driven by skyrocketing employee benefits over the past decade. To rein in costs, state government should bring health and pension benefits in line with the private sector.

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Education Savings Accounts Across the Country

Education savings accounts are building momentum and advancing in nearly a dozen states. Will Pa. be next?

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Government Unions Outspend the Natural Gas Industry

Proponents of a natural gas severance tax argue the natural gas industry wields undue political influence in Harrisburg. Government unions, however, far surpass the industry in political spending.

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Examining the Staggering Cost of Pensions

Pennsylvania’s unfunded pension liability stands at $60 billion dollars, two times the annual General Fund budget, and it keeps growing. James Paul recently talked with WURD's Stephanie Renee about the real-life impacts of these massive numbers. Listen now.

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Controlling Spending is A Moral Imperative

In an effort to improve the state’s finances, the Wolf Administration commissioned a government efficiency review—an idea CF included in a recent policy brief, which focused on driving down the costs of state government.

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