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


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?


New Poll: 81% in PA Believe Unionization Should be a Choice

August 11, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania public school teachers Heather Lister (a Democrat) and Joe Connolly (a conservative) say they should have the right to keep their jobs without being forced to support a union. It turns out, most Pennsylvanians agree: 81 percent support allowing employees to leave their union without penalty, according to a new poll released today by Commonwealth Foundation as part of National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW).

JULY 28, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Millions in Special Interest Political Money Floods PA with Taxpayers' Help

Last week, the first political attack ad by a “SuperPAC” in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race was released. The organization behind the ad, PA Families First, benefited from a federal court ruling earlier this year allowing “independent expenditure committees” (commonly called SuperPACs) to accept an unlimited amount of union dues to spend on partisan politics.

JULY 25, 2014 | Commentary by ELIZABETH STELLE

Taxing Business Won’t Save Students

Paul Battista told a Congressional subcommittee last year: “We can now pay a higher family-sustaining wage! We have people working for us that are the primary breadwinners of their household.” But each year, Paul’s family business—and that of countless job creators—is threatened by efforts to bolster school funding by raising business taxes.

JULY 22, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Court Ruling Guts Obamacare Subsidies in PA

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled the IRS could not provide tax credits or subsidies to individuals with insurance policies purchased on the federal health exchange. The ruling calls into question whether major portions of the Affordable Care Act—the individual and employer mandates—can be implemented in as many as 36 states, including Pennsylvania.

JULY 21, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Latest Credit Downgrade Hits One-Time Revenues and Pension Inaction

Today, credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded Pennsylvania’s general obligation bond rating from Aa2 to Aa3, citing the state’s use of one-time budgetary stop-gap measures and the continued underfunding of public pensions. This marks the third credit downgrade from ratings agencies in as many years.

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