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House Committee Votes to Save Vape Shops

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Today, the House Finance Committee voted 19-4 to repeal the 40-percent retroactive tax that is poised to drive hundreds of vape shops out of business and cost as many as 1,500 full-time jobs.

In School Funding, Pa. High Court Must Not Usurp Legislature

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

As the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court hears a challenge to the state’s school funding formula today, at issue is the power of the judiciary as well as the truth about Pennsylvania’s education funding.

Exposed: State Agency Pension Debt Revealed for First Time

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

As lawmakers mull major changes to Pennsylvania’s public pension system this Fall, the Commonwealth Foundation today revealed new state pension details, showing specific unfunded liabilities for state and local agencies, the General Assembly, the judiciary, state-funded colleges, and other state employers.

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.

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