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

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 | Policy Memo by NATHAN BENEFIELD

A Brief History of Wolf's Tax Hikes

In 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed five broad-based tax hikes on working families—each of which was eventually rejected by state lawmakers. Here's some background on each of Gov. Wolf’s tax demands.

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 | Policy Memo by BOB DICK

Redesigning Government to Balance State and Local Budgets

Pennsylvania taxpayers shoulder the 15th highest state and local tax burden in the country. Consequently, the Keystone State has seen an exodus of working people. Unsustainable growth in state government spending has fueled this high (and growing) tax burden.

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 | Policy Points by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

How Does Pennsylvania's Tax Burden Compare?

Pennsylvania currently has the 15th highest state and local tax burden in the country. Yet Gov. Wolf proposed historic tax hikes last year and continues to press for tax increases. Here’s an overview of Pennsylvania’s tax burden.

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 | Policy Memo by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Reversing the Status Quo in Pennsylvania

Higher government spending and raising taxes—while ignoring key fiscal reforms—is the status quo in Pennsylvania. For 45 years, government spending has steadily risen, increasing by an inflation-adjusted $13,800 per family of four or $3,450 more per resident.

FEBRUARY 2, 2016 | Commentary by MATTHEW BROUILLETTE

Is Pa. Budget Groundhog Day Ahead?

Instead of changing course entering the new budget season, Wolf appears poised to continue governing by attack ad. No wonder the latest polling shows Wolf’s approval is lower now than at the same point in Corbett’s administration.

FEBRUARY 2, 2016 | News Availability

Myth vs. Fact as Wolf Announces Education Plans

The reality is, state taxpayers are already paying enough for public education. The governor and lawmakers must find smarter ways to spend this money, not keep asking for more.

JANUARY 29, 2016 | Policy Points by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Paycheck Protection Primer

Paycheck protection ends the use of public resources to collect government unions’ political money. Under current law, state and local governments (including school districts) take both union dues—a portion of which is used for politics—and campaign contributions out of workers’ paycheck and send the funds directly to union leaders.

JANUARY 26, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Paycheck Protection Moves Forward in House

Paycheck protection is one step closer to reality in Pennsylvania after the House State Government Committee voted today to stop the use of public resources to collect political union dues and campaign contributions.

JANUARY 21, 2016 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Million-Dollar Attack Ads Funded by Union Dues

Seeing a political attack ad on TV is nothing new. You probably roll your eyes and change the channel. But what if you learned you unwittingly helped put that ad on the air? Most Pennsylvanians would be shocked—and for good reason.

JANUARY 21, 2016 | Policy Points by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

The Undemocratic Nature of Government Unions

The Pennsylvania Public Employee Relations Act (PERA) entrenches compulsory unionism among public sector workers. It stacks the deck in favor of powerful union executives, limiting state workers and teachers from having a voice in their current union, seeking new union representation, or leaving their union.

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