Policy Blog


Paycheck Protection Solves $96 Million Problem

Government union leaders regularly use publicly-funded payroll systems to collect both political union dues and PAC contributions. How much political money? $96 million since 2007.

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The Case for Block Granting Medicaid

Governor Wolf is decrying efforts in Washington to relax regulations on Medicaid through a block grant. That's disappointing since federal restrictions are largely responsible for long waiting lists and rising costs to taxpayers.

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Paycheck Protection Passes Senate Committee

Today the Senate State Government Committee passed paycheck protection, which ends the special privilege that lets government union leaders use public resources to collect money earmarked for politics. 

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Film Tax Credit Draws Bad Reviews

Be it Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher or Denzel Washington in Fences, everyone loves to see movie stars come to their town. However, recent reporting shows the $60 million tax credit is inundated with waste, lacking oversight, and straying from legislative intent.

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Q&A: Education Savings Accounts

Could Education Savings Accounts change public education in Pennsylvania? We asked Jonathan Butcher, from the Goldwater Institute, a nationally-known expert on ESAs, for his expertise on this cutting-edge school choice policy.

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Budget Solution of the Week: Reduce Special Interest Spending

In our latest installment of budget solutions, we shift attention to special interest spending.

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Educational Choice in a Grandparent’s Words

National School Choice Week, beginning today, is a celebration of educational opportunity. What can be done to empower all children with opportunity to reach their full potential? Enter education savings accounts.

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Budget Solution of the Week: School Choice

A change in Harrisburg's culture is surely needed. Decades of high taxes, wasteful spending, and poorly-designed policies have sunk the commonwealth’s finances and stymied economic progress.

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Four Obamacare Failures & How to Fix Them

For almost seven years the benefits of Obamacare have been exaggerated and the costs severely underestimated. The Affordable Care Act may have resulted in more individuals getting an insurance card, but it's made health care unaffordable and wreaked havoc on our economy.

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Budget Solution of the Week: Corrections Reform

The Department of Corrections (DOC) recently announced its intentions to close two state prisons and reduce capacity at halfway houses. These decisions will cut state incarceration costs—an amount now north of $2 billion—without jeopardizing public safety.

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