Policy Blog


News Release: Paycheck Protection Passes State Senate

Today, the Senate took a stand to protect the integrity of public dollars, give union members a greater voice in how their money is spent, and restore fairness to the political process by passing paycheck protection legislation.

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News Release: Wolf Pivots on Massive Tax Hikes, Offers Limited Structural Reforms

Gov. Wolf's third budget proposal is an improved starting point from his first two, but it still calls for $1 billion in new taxes and would increase the state’s tax burden by $315 per family of four. 

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Five Takeaways From the Governor's Budget Proposal

Today Governor Wolf laid out his plan to balance the 2017-18 state budget which faces a roughly $3 billion gap between expected spending and revenues. 

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Crucial School Choice Expansion Passes Committee

In a bipartisan vote, the House Education Committee advanced legislation to boost Pennsylvania’s crucial private school scholarship programs. HB 250 deserves the support of lawmakers who believe in high quality educational options for all children.

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Budget Solution: Stop Paying Extra for Construction Projects

Can you imagine taking your car to the shop for a major repair, learning the cost, and responding, “I’d like to pay 20 percent extra!” No? Then you probably don’t work in Pennsylvania government.

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When First is Worst: Pa. Leads Nation in Corporate Welfare

Pennsylvania leads the nation in corporate welfare spending since 2007—and second place isn’t even close. At $6 billion, the commonwealth outspent its nearest corporate handout competitor, Ohio, by more than $1.5 billion, according to data from the Council for Community and Economic Research.

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Budget Solution of the Week: Welfare Reform

No series on budget solutions would be complete without a taking a look at the fastest growing state department, the Department of Human Services (DHS). The Independent Fiscal Office projects spending in DHS—where welfare programs are housed—to grow by more than $1 billion in 2017-18. 

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Audio Blog: Fixing the Spending Problem: Cutting Corporate Welfare and Privatizing Liquor

Recently, CF’s Elizabeth Stelle appeared on WNPV Radio’s “Regarding Your Money” with host George Toth to discuss Pennsylvania’s growing deficit. Raising taxes has been tried, and an enormous debt still looms over us. Elizabeth explains why we must fix the fundamental spending problem, not just the symptoms.

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Pennsylvania Deficit Watch: February 2017

Revenue collections underperformed again in January. This is the third straight month in which revenue collections fell short of official estimates. The state collected $2.6 billion last month—$49.8 million or 1.8 percent less than anticipated. To date, revenue collections are approximately $416.8 million below estimates.

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Op-Ed: Opportunity Knocks for State Budget Innovation

Closing the estimated $524 million budget shortfall and tackling next year’s estimated $1.7 billion deficit while protecting Pennsylvanians from tax increases is no small task. Luckily, immediate and long-term solutions exist. If Gov. Wolf and lawmakers want reform opportunities with cross-party appeal, here are three not to miss.

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