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Obamacare Fails to Deliver on Key Promises

MARCH 31, 2014 |  by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

March 31, 2014, HARRISBURG, PA—Today is the last day to begin the application for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, but those who’ve already signed up are finding that Obamacare fails to deliver on its promises in at least three key areas.

PLCB Monopoly Breeds Corruption and Cronyism

MARCH 17, 2014 |  by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

March 17, 2014, HARRISBURG, PA—Today, a state Ethics Commission investigation revealed rampant corruption and abuse of power at the troubled Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Three former senior PLCB officials, including the former Chief Executive Joe Conti, were accused of using their government positions for personal gain and ordered to repay the commonwealth.

CF Calls Out Union Ad Campaign’s Deceptions

MARCH 4, 2014 |  by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Today, the Commonwealth Foundation corrects the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and gives the government union a failing grade in truth-telling. The Commonwealth Foundation countered the AFT’s deceptions about education funding with ads in several newspapers across the state and highlighted the fact that taxpayer resources were used to collect the money spent to buy the union’s political ads.

Survey: Union Members Overwhelmingly SUPPORT Paycheck Protection!

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 |  by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

February 18, 2014, HARRISBURG, PA—As Pennsylvania’s union leaders rally and lobby against “paycheck protection”—a proposal to end the government collection of union dues and campaign contributions—a new survey reveals that union members themselves SUPPORT this labor law reform.

Governor's Budget Right on Priorities

FEBRUARY 4, 2014 |  by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

The long-term fiscal challenges facing the state cast a shadow over this year’s budget address. Governor Corbett previously signed the first budget in the last 40 years that reduced state spending and has been able to balance the budget without further taxing Pennsylvania’s working families. Today’s budget address continues that trend by controlling spending levels and emphasizing needed cost-saving programs.

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Happy Tax Freedom Day, Pennsylvania!

April 21

Happy Tax Freedom Day! It took from January 1 until today for Pennsylvanians to have earned enough income to pay off their federal, state, and local taxes for the year. This year, Pennsylvania’s Tax Freedom Day falls on the same day as the national average, April 21. In 2011, Pennsylvania marked ...