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The Commonwealth Foundation is Pennsylvania's free-market think tank.  The Commonwealth Foundation crafts free-market policies, convinces Pennsylvanians of their benefits, and counters attacks on liberty.

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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.

York Schools Rank 499th of 500 in Achievement, Change is Overdue


October 13, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—New research from the Commonwealth Foundation reveals that for years York City students have suffered in some of Pennsylvania’s worst-achieving public schools—second to last in the state to be exact. That’s despite a steady rise in funding amounting to a 33 percent increase over ten years.

Analysis: Wolf's "Fresh Start" Plan Requires Huge Tax Increases


October 8, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—A new analysis of gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s “Fresh Start” plan reveals that Wolf’s spending and tax proposals—$4.6 billion in new spending on education alone—would result in a potential 121% increase to the state income tax rate, bringing it to a whopping 6.8 percent. That’s almost an additional $600 for the average Philadelphia school teacher and $1,690 for a two income family of $50,000 each.

CF In The News

Humor a tactic for political ads in race for Pa. Governor

OCTOBER 30, 2014 | CF In The News

Governor gives out $135M in grants weeks before election

OCTOBER 29, 2014 | CF In The News

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Obamacare: Low Quality, High Cost

October 30

The federal government's health care overhaul is quickly becoming "Medicaid for all." The more we learn about the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) newly insured population, the clearer it becomes that most people gained low-quality health insurance. For starters, the vast majority of individuals who gained ...