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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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Taxpayer Protection Act Shields Working Families


September 16, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 7, commonly known as the Taxpayer Protection Act (TPA), out of committee, signaling that protecting taxpayers’ pocketbooks is high on lawmakers’ priority lists in the Fall session.

Pennsylvania Deserves Flexibility in Medicaid Reform


Pennsylvanians—not federal bureaucrats—know how to best serve our fellow citizens. Given the federal government’s unwillingness to grant Pennsylvania work search requirements or meaningful cost-sharing, it’s in the best interest of Pennsylvanians to walk away and pursue other avenues to truly expand health care access.

Poll: Voters Vastly Underestimate Education Spending, Majority Grade Schools D or F


August 26, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania voters underestimate the amount the state spends on education, according to a poll released today by the Commonwealth Foundation. And, in a stinging rebuke to the status quo, 53 percent of those polled grade Pennsylvania’s public school system a D or F overall when informed of student achievement levels.

New Poll: 81% in PA Believe Unionization Should be a Choice


August 11, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania public school teachers Heather Lister (a Democrat) and Joe Connolly (a conservative) say they should have the right to keep their jobs without being forced to support a union. It turns out, most Pennsylvanians agree: 81 percent support allowing employees to leave their union without penalty, according to a new poll released today by Commonwealth Foundation as part of National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW).

Funding Advance Band-Aid Won’t Stop Philly Schools' Bleeding

AUGUST 6, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

With 80 percent of students failing to make proficiency in reading and math despite a $1 billion revenue increase over ten years, Philadelphia’s public education crisis is at a peak. Today’s funding advance will allow schools to open on time in September, but it doesn’t address the School District of Philadelphia’s decade-long trend of higher costs and dismal performance that has brought it to the brink of failure.

CF In The News

Corbett ad says Pa. media agree with him

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 | CF In The News

The gas is here, so too are the money and jobs

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 | CF In The News

More freedom would enable better education

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 | CF In The News

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Teachers Sue PSEA in Landmark Case

September 19

Jane Ladley was a special education teacher in Chester County for more than 25 years until she retired this year. She may have left teaching, but she has a bone to pick with the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the union that represents some 180,000 educators around the state. In a ...