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Bills Shining Light on Secret Contract Talks Advance in Senate

APRIL 22, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Today, the Senate State Government Committee passed a collection of bills aimed at enhancing transparency in government union contract negotiations.

State Senate Committee Advances Taxpayer Protection Act

APRIL 21, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed Taxpayer Protection Act legislation to the floor, kicking off a push to protect middle-class Pennsylvanians’ finances from unaffordable spending and tax increases like those recently proposed by Gov. Wolf.

Wolf Only One NOT Calling Home Care Action Unionization


Governor Wolf insists his executive order does not pave the way for unionizing home care workers, but don’t tell that to United Home Care Workers of Pennsylvania (UHWP)—a self-described union backed by the SEIU and AFSCME. It sent out mailers to home care workers over the weekend urging them to join their union—and encouraging home care workers to sign up for payroll deduction of their union dues.

Ambush Election Confirms Wolf’s Deceptive Homecare Order is Union Gift


April 14, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Two lawsuits filed in Commonwealth Court last week say Gov. Wolf’s February executive order is an illegal attempt to unionize thousands of Pennsylvania homecare workers. But both the governor and his spokesman have consistently denied it does any such thing. Now, secret ballots sent to homecare workers for a union ambush election show those claims to be deceptive.

Anti-Competitive Prevailing Wage Mandates Cost $1 Billion Annually

APRIL 1, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Wouldn’t a billion dollars go a long way to closing the budget deficit, funding schools, or lowering property taxes? New research from the Commonwealth Foundation shows simply ending prevailing wage mandates could save taxpayers billions for years to come.

CF In The News

Letter to the editor: Gas tax won’t help schools

APRIL 22, 2015 | CF In The News

Gov. Wolf ends asset test for food stamps

APRIL 22, 2015 | CF In The News

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IFO: Everyone Pays More Under Wolf Tax Shift

April 24

The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released a new analysis of Gov. Wolf's tax proposals yesterday. What is their most interesting conclusion? Taxpayers in every income bracket will see a net tax increase. The table below breaks down the incidence of tax changes by 2018-19, the first full fiscal year ...