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New IFO Report Emphasizes Need to Reform Spending

NOVEMBER 16, 2016 | News Availability

Pennsylvania Deficit Watch

Yesterday’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) mid-year report warned Pennsylvania could face a $900 million budget shortfall this year alone. By 2022, this deficit could reach $3 billion per year.

Pa. Gets a 'D' in First Ever 50-State Public Sector Labor Analysis

NOVEMBER 14, 2016 | News Release

Pennsylvania is one of 22 states ranking an abysmal “D” or “F” for the negative impact of their public sector labor laws on taxpayers and government workers, according to a first-of-its-kind 50-state public sector labor report produced by the Commonwealth Foundation. Thirteen states fared little better with a “C,” and just seven earned an “A+.”

Government Unions Pour Millions into Pa. Elections

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 | News Release

Government union leaders have poured nearly $8 million into Pennsylvania races, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Union Leaders Kill Critical Pension Reform at Members’ and Taxpayers’ Expense

OCTOBER 27, 2016 | News Availability

In a blow to the public employees they claim to represent, government union leaders blocked significant pension reform that would have enhanced choice and portability for new state and public school employees and slowed the accumulation of taxpayer-backed pension debt.

Are These 8 Pa. School Districts Piling Up Tax Dollars Like Lower Merion?

OCTOBER 12, 2016 | News Release

A Montgomery County judge recently ruled that Lower Merion School District misled taxpayers by stashing huge cash reserves while repeatedly hiking taxes on township residents. Could 8 other Pennsylvania school districts be doing the same thing?

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