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.
Lawmakers and Gov. Wolf should approve emergency funding to keep Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents from suffering needlessly over the holidays.
After nearly five months of gridlock, a new state budget framework was announced this week. At this point, it’s tempting to call any progress on budget agreement a victory, but is this tentative framework truly a “win” for Pennsylvanians?
The problem isn't that unions give a lot, or even that they dominate political spending. The problem is that government union dues and campaign contributions are collected at taxpayer expense using public resources.
Pennsylvanians may soon pay more for nearly everything they buy. Under the latest proposed budget deal, state sales taxes would jump from 6 percent to 7.25 percent—giving Pennsylvania the second-highest statewide sales tax in the nation.
The latest state budget rumors describe a deal to increase the sales tax to provide corresponding property tax relief. Rather than a “dollar-for-dollar” tax shift, this plan would actually increase taxes on all Pennsylvanians by $600 million.
Eight days after anti-harassment bill HB 874 hit his desk, Gov. Wolf today signed the bill closing the legal loophole allowing individuals to stalk, harass, and even threaten to use weapons of mass destruction if involved in a labor dispute.
Our justice system is supposed to presume innocence until guilt is proven, but every year, Pennsylvanians are stripped of about $14 million on allegations that their property was involved in a crime. It’s time to protect the rights of the innocent and end the aggressive use of civil asset forfeiture.
Philadelphia construction executive Sarina Rose counted on Pennsylvania’s justice system to punish the man who harassed her and stalked her children during a labor dispute. The system failed her.
Today, the state Senate attempted to send schools much-needed funding by overriding Gov. Wolf’s Sept. 29 stopgap budget veto. The vote fell three votes short, but as public sentiment and members of his own party turn against him, Wolf has become increasingly irrelevant in the budget debate.
Stalking, harassment, and personal threats are all legal in Pennsylvania—if you happen to be involved in a labor dispute. This absurd injustice could end soon as legislation to close this legal loophole was sent to Governor Wolf’s desk today.
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