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.
Today, the Commonwealth Foundation corrects the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and gives the government union a failing grade in truth-telling. The Commonwealth Foundation countered the AFT’s deceptions about education funding with ads in several newspapers across the state and highlighted the fact that taxpayer resources were used to collect the money spent to buy the union’s political ads.
On February 6th, Commissioner Mark Scott and I voted to support employee paycheck protection by passing resolution 41.14. With all the important issues facing Berks County, why have we chosen to bring attention to this particular problem? Because it’s the right thing to do, both morally and fiscally, for Berks County public employees and our taxpayers.
February 18, 2014, HARRISBURG, PA—As Pennsylvania’s union leaders rally and lobby against “paycheck protection”—a proposal to end the government collection of union dues and campaign contributions—a new survey reveals that union members themselves SUPPORT this labor law reform.
Should you be forced to subsidize government union politics? That’s the question asked by a reform gaining steam in Harrisburg called paycheck protection. But you wouldn’t know it by listening to government union bosses, who are deliberately misrepresenting paycheck protection legislation and engaging in personal attacks on its supporters in an effort to preserve their exclusive political privilege.
Governor Corbett's proposed budget of $29.4 billion in general fund spending and $71.8 billion in spending from all funds represents our highest spending levels ever—exceeding years when federal stimulus dollars inflated total spending.
Ceremonies in Punxsutawney have come and gone, but every year Groundhog Day reminds me of the film of the same name—in which Bill Murray lives the same day over and over again. Gov. Tom Corbett's state budget address generated a similar feeling of déjà vu.
The long-term fiscal challenges facing the state cast a shadow over this year’s budget address. Governor Corbett previously signed the first budget in the last 40 years that reduced state spending and has been able to balance the budget without further taxing Pennsylvania’s working families. Today’s budget address continues that trend by controlling spending levels and emphasizing needed cost-saving programs.
Over the past six fiscal years, the commonwealth has spent more than it has taken in. This fiscal gap is projected to widen as expenditures are on pace to grow faster than future revenue. Such a structural deficit poses a threat to the very foundations of economic growth and job creation that lead to prosperity for Pennsylvania’s taxpayers.
January 28, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa—Government union bosses are rallying members to the Capitol today to preserve the exclusive legal privilege of using taxpayer resources for politics. But they are not alone. Supporters of workers and taxpayers are also there, defending their rights and proclaiming the truth—which will be front and center on a mobile billboard at the Capitol steps.
Under current law and contracts, it’s permissible for a school district’s personnel office to act as the collection agent for Political Action Committee contributions and membership dues on behalf of a government union. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to collect union campaign contributions and political money. Paycheck protection laws can put an end to this system by preventing the use of taxpayer resources for politics. Here
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Last night, I spoke with ABC 27 about polling that shows the vast majority of union household support ending taxpayer collection of union political money. See the video below: In response, Rep. Mike Sturla makes the claim that union dues aren't used on politics. As we've explained before, there ...