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8 Years of Spending Hikes Crammed into 2?

JUNE 20, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

In the eight years before Gov. Wolf took office, General Fund spending increased by $2.85 billion. Wolf wants to tie or exceed this amount in just two years.

Is Your School Hoarding Cash? 42% of Districts Hold Questionable Reserves


School district reserves total $4.3 billion statewide. When cries for more school funding—and property tax increases—are constant, how much is too much to hold in reserve?

House Pension ‘Reform’ Overpromises, Underdelivers

JUNE 14, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

The state House today passed a pension bill that promises reform but delivers little savings and keeps the state steaming toward a fiscal iceberg. While this “stacked hybrid” plan is projected to save $5 billion over 30 years, the savings in present value are just $1 billion on a $63 billion debt.

'Underfunded' Pa. Schools Spend Nearly $16,000 Per Pupil


Contradicting the claim that Pennsylvania underfunds its school system, public school spending hit an all-time high in the 2014-15 school year, approaching $27.4 billion—or $15,854 per student—according to the latest state Department of Education data.

Wolf’s Wine Signature a First Step Toward Privatization

JUNE 8, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Gov. Wolf’s anticipated signature today on HB 1690, which allows wine sales in select grocery stores, is a first step toward much-needed liquor privatization, but more must be done.

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