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Stunning Violence in York City Signals Need for Meaningful Reform, not More Funding

MARCH 18, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

March 18, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Would you send your child to a school district that teaches 8 percent of the county’s students yet accounts for 87 percent of its student assaults? In 2012-13, York City School District tied for second-lowest in academic performance in the state. New research reveals that York City is also one of the most violent school districts in Pennsylvania.

'Transparency' Governor Negotiates $3.4 Billion Contracts with Campaign Funders in Secret

MARCH 17, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

March 17, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Gov. Wolf is negotiating government union contracts worth nearly $3.4 billion behind closed doors. Worse, those same unions were some of his largest campaign donors. This, after the governor himself criticized “back room deals that erode the public’s trust.”

What Would $1,400 Buy? The True Cost of Wolf’s Tax Plan Revealed, News Conference Today

MARCH 9, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

March 9, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Imagine a mom walking up to the grocery store check-out counter and finding $1,400 less in her bank account. What everyday necessities would her family have to sacrifice to make ends meet?

Supreme Court’s Obamacare Case Could Open Door to Real Healthcare Solutions

MARCH 4, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Governor Wolf and Pennsylvania lawmakers may get the chance to avoid costly, stringent, and unnecessary federal regulations on the healthcare industry. Arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court today could be the start of Obamacare’s undoing—presenting opportunities for patient-centered healthcare reforms that lowers costs and give patients greater choice and control.

Wolf’s Crushing $4.6 Billion Tax Increase Largest in Pa History

MARCH 3, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

March 3, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Today, Governor Wolf proposed a $4.6 billion tax increase in 2015-16 that would cost the average Pennsylvania family of four a stunning $1,450 a year—that isn’t the fresh start middle-class families were looking for.

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Open contract negotiations: Let the sunshine in

MARCH 25, 2015 | CF In The News


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Audio: Real Solutions for Struggling Schools

March 26

What are some solutions to fixing the environment in failing school districts? Providing families with the flexibility in choosing where their children go to school, rewarding the best—not just the most senior—teachers, and allocating funding based on student need would be a great start. But ...