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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PLCB Once Again Drunk on Scandal

As the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's (PLCB) former marketing director faces federal charges, this latest scandal shows why it's time to get government out of the booze business.

AUGUST 24, 2015 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Borrowing 'Dumb' Ideas on Pension Reform

Would you take out a second mortgage on your home to bet on the stock market? Such an idea deserves ridicule—if not alarm. You’d be putting your home and your family at risk. Unfortunately, Gov. Tom Wolf has similar plans for borrowing money to play the market—and you and your children would be cosigners on that debt.

AUGUST 24, 2015 | Policy Memo by ELIZABETH STELLE

Governor Wolf's Proposed Natural Gas Extraction Tax

Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a new severance tax on natural gas extraction, which he claims will generate more than $1 billion annually for public schools. The proposal fails to consider the energy tax’s impact on employment and utility prices. Moreover, it fails to account for what gas drillers already pay in taxes, fees, and royalties to landowners.


Pension Hypocrisy: Union Leaders Offer 401(k)s to Own Employees

For years, government union leaders have attacked 401(k)-style reforms to the current pension system as “risky,” “inferior,” “bad for employees,” “fiscally irresponsible,” and “unfair to workers.” But the Commonwealth Foundation has uncovered that Pennsylvania’s government unions provide 401(k)-style retirement plans to their own employees.

AUGUST 18, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Wolf’s 'Compromise' Rings Hollow

As budget negotiations continue, Gov. Wolf recently called Republicans “disingenuous” for criticizing his pension “compromise.” But Wolf’s so-called “compromise” uncannily mirrors his original plan and does not address his plan to increase taxes on Pennsylvanians by $1,400 per family of four.

AUGUST 10, 2015 | Commentary by MATTHEW BROUILLETTE

A Way Out of Budget Gridlock

With budget traffic at a standstill, how do we press through the roadblock to a resolution that benefits all Pennsylvanians?

AUGUST 3, 2015 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Truth Lacking on 'Schools That Teach' Tour

Gov. Wolf’s 'Schools That Teach' public relations tour and statewide ad campaigns supporting him aren’t telling voters the truth about the budget impasse or the governor's tax proposal.

JULY 17, 2015 | Commentary by ERIK RANDOLPH

Harrisburg is Ignoring the Biggest Budget Buster

Pop quiz: What’s the largest spending increase in Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal? You might assume education, as the governor has repeatedly insisted the state must reinvest in public schools. Paying for ballooning public pension costs would also be a reasonable guess. But neither is correct.

JULY 15, 2015 | Commentary by DAWN TOGUCHI

A Double Shot of Liquid Courage

It shouldn’t take a double shot of liquid courage to finally end Prohibition in Pennsylvania. With pension deficits, revenue shortfalls, PLCB ethics violations, and consistent popular support, this should be a political no-brainer—no matter how much you’ve had to drink.

JULY 9, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pension Reform Veto Costs Pennsylvanians Dearly

Today, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed historic pension reform legislation that would have safeguarded public employees’ retirements while protecting Pennsylvanians from burdensome tax increases.

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