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Trapped: 5 Ways Union Contracts Trample Teachers’ Rights

AUGUST 16, 2016 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

As students across Pennsylvania head back to school, government unions that are supposed to speak for teachers are instead trampling their rights in order to advance the union leaders’ agenda. A review of labor contracts in Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts shows five ways these collective bargaining agreements trap teachers—and cost taxpayers:

Poll: Union Leaders Out of Touch, Too Powerful

AUGUST 11, 2016 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Out of touch. Too powerful. Poor representatives. This is how the majority of voters—and even current and former union members—describe union leaders. Why? Pennsylvania provides a perfect explanation.

Commonwealth Foundation Launches Bi-Weekly Podcast

AUGUST 10, 2016 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

The Commonwealth Foundation today launched Commonwealth Insight, a bi-weekly podcast focused on issues critical to the Keystone State’s economic future.

Punitive e-Cigarette Tax Could Ax 300 Shops, 1,500 Jobs

AUGUST 8, 2016 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Chris Hughes of Fat Cat Vapor Shop in Montoursville is preparing to close his doors for good after Gov. Wolf and lawmakers imposed a 40 percent, retroactive tax on his inventory, effective October 1. Now, one lawmaker is moving to save shop owners like Hughes from losing their livelihoods.

Games? eBooks? Music? There's a Tax for That

AUGUST 1, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pennsylvanians who didn’t stock up on iTunes, eBooks, and game apps yesterday will begin paying more today, as the 6 percent sales tax on digital downloads, satellite radio, and streaming video and audio such as Netflix, goes into effect.

CF In The News



Union contracts hidden from view

AUGUST 18, 2015 | CF In The News

Wolf property tax plan a sour vintage (letter)

AUGUST 14, 2015 | CF In The News