Center for Economic Freedom & Prosperity

The Center for Economic Freedom and Prosperity promotes economic policies that limit government intervention in the economy; encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and competition; and allow Pennsylvanians to pursue their own happiness and take personal responsibility for their lives.

Research Items

OCTOBER 14, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Obamacare’s Broken Promises Leave Pennsylvanians Looking for Solutions

Last year’s disastrous Obamacare rollout had serious consequences. Here in Pennsylvania, glitches withheld care from Sally’s dying sister, a small business in Pittsburgh saw employee premiums double, and Mark, a young adult from Delaware County, couldn’t afford to replace his canceled plan.


Assessing the Cost of Tom Wolf's Spending and Tax Proposals

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has proposed several new spending initiatives and tax code changes, though specific details remain lacking. To give Pennsylvanians a better idea of the impact of these proposals, we conducted an analysis of his two major education funding proposals. We also analyze his personal income tax proposal, the increase in the income tax rate required to pay for his spending plans, and the impact on taxpayers.


Analysis: Wolf's "Fresh Start" Plan Requires Huge Tax Increases

October 8, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—A new analysis of gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s “Fresh Start” plan reveals that Wolf’s spending and tax proposals—$4.6 billion in new spending on education alone—would result in a potential 121% increase to the state income tax rate, bringing it to a whopping 6.8 percent. That’s almost an additional $600

OCTOBER 7, 2014 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Immunizing Taxpayers from Chronic Overspending

Last week, two major bond rating agencies (Fitch and Standards & Poor’s) downgraded Pennsylvania’s debt rating citing poor fiscal health. While this should worry voters—taxpayers will be forced to pay more for state borrowing—it isn’t too late to take our medicine and recover.

OCTOBER 6, 2014 | Commentary by GORDON TOMB

New Tax Would Add to Challenges of Gas Industry

Armstrong County farmer Randy Walker worries about the effect of a natural gas severance tax on his royalties and the job market. Mr. Walker’s concerns are well founded. The natural gas industry is facing marketplace challenges that would be exacerbated by a severance tax.


Taxpayer Protection Act Shields Working Families

September 16, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 7, commonly known as the Taxpayer Protection Act (TPA), out of committee, signaling that protecting taxpayers’ pocketbooks is high on lawmakers’ priority lists in the Fall session.


The Taxpayer Protection Act

Due to 40 years of government overspending, state and local taxes now cost Pennsylvanians $4,374 per person, equaling 10.3% of resident’s total income. Pennsylvania currently has the 10th highest state and local tax burden in the nation, up from 25th in 1991.

AUGUST 30, 2014 | Testimony by DAWN MELING

Great Communicators: Pension Reform

What is the moral argument for government pension reform? These are Dawn Meling's remarks on that topic from the Great Communicator's Tournament in Denver, Colo.


Falling Through the Cracks in Obamacare

Mark Ferkler is a Delaware County resident in his mid-thirties. He’s healthy, gainfully employed and now, thanks to Obamacare, is newly uninsured. Yes, you read that right — uninsured. Despite the president’s promise to lower insurance costs, as Mark found out, the Affordable Care Act often isn’t affordable at all.

AUGUST 11, 2014 | Commentary by PRIYA ABRAHAM

For Teachers, Knowledge is Power

Like any other group of professionals, teachers are a diverse lot, holding vastly differing social, cultural, and political views. So why is it that they’re lumped together and forced to join state and national teachers’ unions that often don’t reflect local teachers’ concerns?

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