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.

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APRIL 15, 2014 | Commentary by PRIYA ABRAHAM

My Obamacare Plan is Failing Me

Tuesday is the last day to sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchange. Luckily I’ve already purchased an exchange plan. But barely one month into my new health care coverage, I’ve started running into serious roadblocks.


Government Unions' Political Spending

PA Government Unions

Currently, state and local governments, including school districts, use taxpayer-funded payroll systems and public employee time to collect union campaign contributions to candidates as well as union membership dues, a portion of which is used for political activity. Government unions spend dues money on a variety of political activities, including get-out-the vote drives, election mailers in support of candidates, lobbying of legislators, TV and radio ads, and fundraising for political

APRIL 8, 2014 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Super PACs Supersize Union Political Spending

Super PACs are elbowing into state elections, promising to supersize the already dominating role unions play in electoral politics. Effectively, Super PACs can collect and spend an unlimited amount of money to influence elections. They can also accept funding from union dues and corporate accounts. This should sound an alarm.


The Harmful Effects of a Minimum Wage Increase

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama proposed increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Although it sounds beneficial to low-wage workers, minimum wage hikes fail to reduce poverty and result in fewer jobs. Instead of increasing costs for employers, lawmakers should focus on expanding job opportunities through pro-growth policies, thereby raising wages for all.

APRIL 1, 2014 | Commentary by BOB DICK

Booze Monopoly Bad for Business

This winter, a snow storm knocked the power out at the Continental Tavern, but Frank used a generator to keep his doors open and his customers in good spirits. The crowded tavern became so busy that Frank needed to restock, but when he went to the closest government-run liquor store, he found it closed. Thanks to the PLCB Frank had to make do with what he had.


Obamacare Fails to Deliver on Key Promises

March 31, 2014, HARRISBURG, PA—Today is the last day to begin the application for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, but those who’ve already signed up are finding that Obamacare fails to deliver on its promises in at least three key areas.


Resolved: Pass Paycheck Protection

Across Pennsylvania, elected officials are passing resolutions urging the state legislature to act on paycheck protection legislation. Below is a list of bold government leaders who’ve resolved to do what they can to stop public resources from being used for politics.


PLCB Monopoly Breeds Corruption and Cronyism

March 17, 2014, HARRISBURG, PA—Today, a state Ethics Commission investigation revealed rampant corruption and abuse of power at the troubled Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Three former senior PLCB officials, including the former Chief Executive Joe Conti, were accused of using their government positions for personal gain and ordered to repay the commonwealth.

MARCH 17, 2014 | Commentary by ELIZABETH STELLE

Time for Paycheck Protection in Pennsylvania

The government liquor monopoly, the pension time bomb, and Philadelphia’s public school crisis—what do they have in common? Each of these public policy disasters was supported by government unions. What’s more, taxpayers help collect the funds that union leaders use to stand in the way of commonsense reform—and union members themselves want it to end.

MARCH 14, 2014 | Commentary by MATTHEW BROUILLETTE

Gov. Union Politics Harm Employees and Taxpayers

Government unions aren’t about fighting for public employees and workers any more — they’ve become political operations with agendas that harm both their members and taxpayers. Americans, and even union members themselves, increasingly realize that public-sector unions often do not serve the public interest.

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Happy Tax Freedom Day, Pennsylvania!

April 21

Happy Tax Freedom Day! It took from January 1 until today for Pennsylvanians to have earned enough income to pay off their federal, state, and local taxes for the year. This year, Pennsylvania’s Tax Freedom Day falls on the same day as the national average, April 21. In 2011, Pennsylvania marked ...