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The Commonwealth Foundation is Pennsylvania's free-market think tank.  The Commonwealth Foundation transforms free-market ideas into public policies so all Pennsylvanians can flourish.

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Millions Spent on Election at Taxpayers’ and Union Members’ Expense


November 19, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Wouldn’t it be nice if you could fire your own boss, choose his replacement, and force the people paying your salary to help make it happen? That’s the deal that government unions were able to swing this November by pumping more than $7 million directly to political candidates across Pennsylvania—including $2.7 million given to Governor-elect Tom Wolf—and at least $1.6 million in election-related TV ads, all collected by taxpayers.

Why Did Corbett Miss the Wave?


Last night, candidates embracing free-market policies won legislative seats across Pennsylvania and our country. In states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and even Illinois, gubernatorial candidates who made the case for fiscal reform prevailed.

Voters rejected Gov. Tom Corbett’s persona, not his support of free-market policies, which they endorsed in many other races.

How PFT Fails Philadelphia Students, Teachers & the Poor


October 16, 2014, PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Academic failure, school violence, and broken dreams: This is the failed legacy that years of Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers' leadership has left Philadelphia’s students and teachers—and all for political gain.

How PFT Fails Phila. Students & Teachers Revealed at Union Rally Tomorrow

OCTOBER 15, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

At tomorrow’s union rally in Philadelphia, Commonwealth Foundation will be distributing informational fliers to inform teachers and the public about how leadership of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is failing teachers and students and standing in the way of tens of millions of dollars getting to classrooms.

Obamacare’s Broken Promises Leave Pennsylvanians Looking for Solutions

OCTOBER 14, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Last year’s disastrous Obamacare rollout had serious consequences. Here in Pennsylvania, glitches withheld care from Sally’s dying sister, a small business in Pittsburgh saw employee premiums double, and Mark, a young adult from Delaware County, couldn’t afford to replace his canceled plan.

CF In The News

The real big spenders

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 | CF In The News

Will unions reap rewards?

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 | CF In The News

Can Lehigh Valley minorities overcome a cycle of poverty?

NOVEMBER 24, 2014 | CF In The News

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The Gift of Work

November 25

Red kettles, canned food drives, Toys for Tots—the holidays are a time when private charity shines. But have you ever wondered about the best way to help the poor? Ron Kratofil, CEO and President of Goodwill Industries Keystone Area, argues the opportunity to learn on the job is the best gift ...