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

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 | Commentary by MATTHEW BROUILLETTE

Why Corbett Missed the National Wave

Why did voters strongly reject Gov. Corbett’s re-election bid by double digit margins in favor of Tom Wolf—a candidate promising higher taxes on the “rich” and more spending on public education? In short, it was Corbett’s public image and a lack of big wins on popular policies—not an embrace of bigger and more expensive government.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 | Policy Memo by BOB DICK

Political Spending by Government Unions During the 2014 Election

The evidence is overwhelming: Unions use members' dues and taxpayer resources to push their political agenda. By passing paycheck protection, Pennsylvania can move toward leveling the political playing field, making Pennsylvania fairer for all those engaged in the political process.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Millions Spent on Election at Taxpayers’ and Union Members’ Expense

November 19, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Wouldn’t it be nice if you could fire your own boss, choose his replacement, and force the people paying your salary to help make it happen? That’s the deal that government unions were able to swing this November by pumping more than $7 million directly to political candidates across Pennsylvania—including $2.7 million given to Governor-elect Tom Wolf—and at least $1.6 million in election-related TV ads, all col

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 | Commentary by GORDON TOMB

Green Jobs Threatened by EPA Regs

John Oelbracht has managed the Westwood Generation power plant in Schuylkill County for 10 years. It’s more than a job to him—it’s an undertaking to clean up the environment while producing power for Pennsylvania homes. “We’re on something of a mission here,” Oelbracht says. But if the EPA has its way, he could soon be out of a job.

OCTOBER 24, 2014 | Commentary by BOB DICK

Can Your Family Bear the Burden of Tax Increases?

Can you afford to lose the equivalent of a mortgage payment? How about four? Given a possible 188 percent increase in the state income tax rate to pay for Tom Wolf’s education spending plans, these questions could be in Pennsylvanians' futures.

OCTOBER 14, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Obamacare’s Broken Promises Leave Pennsylvanians Looking for Solutions

Last year’s disastrous Obamacare rollout had serious consequences. Here in Pennsylvania, Healthcare.gov glitches withheld care from Sally’s dying sister, a small business in Pittsburgh saw employee premiums double, and Mark, a young adult from Delaware County, couldn’t afford to replace his canceled plan.

OCTOBER 8, 2014 | Policy Memo by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Assessing the Cost of Tom Wolf's Spending and Tax Proposals

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has proposed several new spending initiatives and tax code changes, though specific details remain lacking. To give Pennsylvanians a better idea of the impact of these proposals, we conducted an analysis of his two major education funding proposals. We also analyze his personal income tax proposal, the increase in the income tax rate required to pay for his spending plans, and the impact on taxpayers.

OCTOBER 8, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Analysis: Wolf's "Fresh Start" Plan Requires Huge Tax Increases

October 8, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—A new analysis of gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s “Fresh Start” plan reveals that Wolf’s spending and tax proposals—$4.6 billion in new spending on education alone—would result in a potential 121% increase to the state income tax rate, bringing it to a whopping 6.8 percent. That’s almost an additional $600

OCTOBER 7, 2014 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Immunizing Taxpayers from Chronic Overspending

Last week, two major bond rating agencies (Fitch and Standards & Poor’s) downgraded Pennsylvania’s debt rating citing poor fiscal health. While this should worry voters—taxpayers will be forced to pay more for state borrowing—it isn’t too late to take our medicine and recover.

OCTOBER 6, 2014 | Commentary by GORDON TOMB

New Tax Would Add to Challenges of Gas Industry

Armstrong County farmer Randy Walker worries about the effect of a natural gas severance tax on his royalties and the job market. Mr. Walker’s concerns are well founded. The natural gas industry is facing marketplace challenges that would be exacerbated by a severance tax.

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