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DNC in Philly: Top 5 Ways Big-Government Policies Are Killing the Host City

JULY 22, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION


As all eyes turn to Philadelphia next week for the Democratic National Convention, just steps from the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphians are suffering from high taxes, union-controlled public schools, and a government-run liquor monopoly.

Budget: Still Irresponsible, Still Unbalanced

JULY 14, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Yesterday, Gov. Wolf and lawmakers approved a tax and revenue package of more than $1.3 billion. There’s just one problem: The budget remains unbalanced by $300 million.

Legislature Sends $600 Million Tax Increase to Gov. Wolf


Hoping to balance the unconstitutional, unbalanced state budget that Gov. Wolf allowed to become law Monday night, the state House and Senate today voted to hit Pennsylvanians with an array of taxes that will make listening to iTunes, reading eBooks, or watching Netflix more expensive.

Pa. Enters Day #1 of Illegal, Unbalanced State Budget


Today is uncharted territory for Pennsylvania. Despite multiple balanced budget mandates in the state constitution and state law, Gov. Wolf allowed the Legislature’s unbalanced budget to become law at 12:01 this morning.

Will Wolf-Enacted Budget Violate Law?

JULY 11, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Governor Tom Wolf yesterday announced he would allow the $31.6 billion budget—which the Legislature sent him without a revenue package to pay for it—to become law, despite the fact that legally, the governor must veto spending that exceeds official revenue estimates.

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