Believing that every child should be able to attend the best school possible, CF has been a consistent, vocal advocate for school choice. Our work helped bring about a huge expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program in 2012 and improvements in 2014. The EITC program has provided more than 430,000 scholarships to students, providing brighter futures and saving taxpayers millions.
In 2012, CF joined with former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader and his family to assemble a remarkable, trans-partisan coalition in favor of “Real Corrections Reform, Right Now.” Following an intense education, advocacy, and media campaign, such “real reform” passed unanimously.
Jobs & Energy
New EPA regulations require expensive, unproven technologies that would kill jobs and bankrupt companies. CF documented how destructive these new regulations are to existing PA jobs. Act 175 of 2014 preserves state control of the energy industry by allowing the state legislature to publicly reject a state carbon emissions plan.
In 2009 and 2010, CF helped beat back over $3 billion in proposed tax increases, waste, and other boondoggles. Then, after sounding the alarm for years about out-of-control government spending, Pennsylvania policymakers accomplished something truly historic in 2011: They passed the first state budget in decades that cut total spending.
Corporate Welfare Reform
CF exposed the most controversial uses of RACP (Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program) funds, including the Arlen Specter Library, Tastykake's corporate headquarters, and a $3 million grant to the Second Mile. In 2013, lawmakers reduced the total amount of debt allowed under RACP by $600 million and increased accountability, oversight and transparency.
In 2014, thanks to lawmakers and teachers speaking out through CF's Free to Teach project, a version of paycheck protection passed committees in both the House and Senate. In the new session, lawmakers have a golden opportunity to finish what they started and pass paycheck protection, now known as Mary’s Law.