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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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.

JULY 7, 2015 | Commentary by MATTHEW BROUILLETTE

Wolf's 'My Way or the Highway' Approach Blocks Progress

In his 2015 budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf urged dissenters, “If you don’t agree with my ideas, here is my request: please come with your own ideas. It's not good enough to just say no and continue with the same old same old.” Talk is one thing—action is another.

JULY 2, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Wolf Vetoes Liquor Independence

Just as Pennsylvanians prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, Wolf opted to keep consumers bound by a government system that offers less convenience, fewer choices, and higher prices.


Wolf Plays Politics of the Past with Budget Veto

Within hours of receiving the Legislature’s budget, Governor Wolf issued a blow to working families by vetoing the on-time, no-tax-hike spending plan. The truth is, Gov. Wolf’s own plan is grossly out of line with every other state in the union put together. All 49 other states combined are decreasing spending by $1.5 billion, yet Wolf is demanding a $4.6 billion increase for Pennsylvania.

JULY 1, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pension Reform Promises Fair, Sustainable Retirement for State Workers

Last night, the Pennsylvania Legislature sent a monumental public pension reform measure to Gov. Wolf’s desk that gives new state employees and school teachers a hybrid defined contribution and cash balance retirement plan.

JULY 1, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pa Legislature Passes Historic Liquor Privatization

Last night, the Pennsylvania General Assembly sent historic liquor privatization legislation to Gov. Wolf’s desk, promising to finally end Pennsylvania’s Prohibition-era, government-run monopoly of wine and spirits sales and join 48 other states that embrace some form of privatization.


Legislature Passes Responsible No-Tax-Hike, Pro-Growth Budget

June 30, 2015, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Today, the General Assembly passed a state budget that respects Pennsylvanians’ hard-earned incomes by avoiding tax hikes while investing responsibly in the state’s future.

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