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Research Items

JULY 2, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Wolf Vetoes Liquor Independence

Just as Pennsylvanians prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, Wolf opted to keep consumers bound by a government system that offers less convenience, fewer choices, and higher prices.

JULY 1, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Wolf Plays Politics of the Past with Budget Veto

Within hours of receiving the Legislature’s budget, Governor Wolf issued a blow to working families by vetoing the on-time, no-tax-hike spending plan. The truth is, Gov. Wolf’s own plan is grossly out of line with every other state in the union put together. All 49 other states combined are decreasing spending by $1.5 billion, yet Wolf is demanding a $4.6 billion increase for Pennsylvania.

JULY 1, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pension Reform Promises Fair, Sustainable Retirement for State Workers

Last night, the Pennsylvania Legislature sent a monumental public pension reform measure to Gov. Wolf’s desk that gives new state employees and school teachers a hybrid defined contribution and cash balance retirement plan.

JULY 1, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pa Legislature Passes Historic Liquor Privatization

Last night, the Pennsylvania General Assembly sent historic liquor privatization legislation to Gov. Wolf’s desk, promising to finally end Pennsylvania’s Prohibition-era, government-run monopoly of wine and spirits sales and join 48 other states that embrace some form of privatization.

JUNE 30, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Legislature Passes Responsible No-Tax-Hike, Pro-Growth Budget

June 30, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Today, the General Assembly passed a state budget that respects Pennsylvanians’ hard-earned incomes by avoiding tax hikes while investing responsibly in the state’s future.

JUNE 29, 2015 | Commentary by BRITTNEY PARKER

Family Ties or Government Bonds?

Family ties can bind us together across any cultural or class boundary. Maintaining and promoting them should be our first priority. But while politicians routinely give lip service to helping families like yours and mine prosper, I’ve found that their solutions often do more harm than good.

JUNE 27, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Budget Protects Working Families from Massive Tax Increases

Today, the state House of Representatives passed a state budget that lives within its means without demanding higher taxes on Pennsylvania’s working families—rejecting the record-setting tax increases proposed by Gov. Wolf earlier this year.

JUNE 25, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

King v. Burwell Highlights Need for Obamacare Alternatives

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in King v. Burwell that health insurance subsidies provided to Pennsylvanians on the federal exchange are legal. But even with subsidies, many plans are restrictive and unaffordable, highlighting the need for alternatives to the Affordable Care Act.

JUNE 17, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Letter to Gov. Wolf: Side with Voters, Not Government Union Special Interests

Dear Governor Wolf: As you pursue massive tax increases on working Pennsylvanians and rebuke legislators and job creators for “appeas[ing] oil and gas special interests,” I felt it necessary to point out your own appeasement of certain private, political special interests—the government union leaders.

JUNE 15, 2015 | Policy Points by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Ten Facts on Pension Reform

Pension costs are ballooning, threatening to consume funds for education, public safety and welfare. Without timely reform, Pennsylvanians will face cuts to services, teacher layoffs, and higher property taxes. Yet there is widespread confusion about the impact of pension reform.

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