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Research Items

MARCH 4, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

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

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.

MARCH 3, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

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

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.

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Liquor Privatization Passage Puts People First, Not Politics

February 26, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—In 2013, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed the first liquor privatization bill since Prohibition’s end more than 80 years ago. Today, the state House recommitted to expanding choice and convenience for wine and spirits consumers by passing liquor store privatization again—a lucrative move for both taxpayers and consumers.

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Union Rally for ‘Equality’ Really about Political Pressure

Today, government union SEIU staged a rally for “good jobs & healthy communities” at the capitol. But what are their real motives? The latest state campaign finance records are a big giveaway.

FEBRUARY 23, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Safeguard Family Finances with the Taxpayer Protection Act

February 23, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Gasoline taxes, severance taxes, personal income taxes, property taxes, cigarette taxes—no matter the decade, governor, or party in power, a proposal to raise a new tax to cover government spending is always just around the corner. As a result, since 1970, state government spending has risen nearly $14,000 per family of four, leaving residents facing the tenth-highest tax burden in the country to pay for it all.

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 | Policy Points by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Student Funding Reform

Pennsylvania ranks among the nation’s leaders in education spending per student. Although spending levels are high, the system for distributing state funding is outdated. Weighted student funding (WSF) is a method for distributing education dollars that promotes fairness and transparency.

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 | Commentary by REPS. BRYAN CUTLER, JERRY KNOWLES, ELI EVANKOVICH, JOE EMRICK

Paycheck Protection is About Morality, not Cost

It is a principle of good government that electoral politics are not mixed with official government business. Yet state and local governments in Pennsylvania continue to collect political campaign funds on behalf of public-sector unions—and only public-sector unions. This is wrong and must change.

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 | Commentary by ELIZABETH STELLE

Long Term Problems are Big Opportunities for Change

Pennsylvania added nearly two dozen new lawmakers in November, and there’s a new face in the Governor’s Mansion. Indeed, that face will look very new, as Tom Wolf is the first Pennsylvania governor with a beard in more than a century. Unfortunately, the big problems facing taxpayers haven’t changed in years.

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 | Policy Memo by BOB DICK

Political Spending by Government Unions During the 2014 Election

The evidence is overwhelming: Unions use members' dues and taxpayer resources to push their political agenda. By passing paycheck protection, Pennsylvania can move toward leveling the political playing field, making Pennsylvania fairer for all those engaged in the political process.

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Wolf’s Gas Tax Won’t Help Students, but Will Kill Their Job Opportunities

Today, Governor Wolf unveiled his plan to impose a natural gas severance tax on Pennsylvania’s most promising industry to boost funding for public schools. He, unfortunately, rehashed disproven campaign rhetoric on a mythical $3 billion in education funding cuts under his predecessor Gov. Corbett to justify his plan.

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