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

APRIL 27, 2016 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Time to End Corporate Welfare Handouts

Conservatives loathe government handouts. Liberals denounce special favors to corporations. One thing can unify these two sides: ending Pennsylvania’s budget-busting corporate welfare handouts.


Pennsylvanians Spend Nearly One-Third of Year Paying Taxes

If you thought Tax Day was April 15, think again. Today, April 22, Pennsylvanians have finally earned enough to pay their 2016 tax bill—a bill that exceeds what they’ll spend on housing, clothing, and food combined.

APRIL 14, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pa. Brings Transparency to State Union Contracts

Gov. Tom Wolf today signed into law Senate Bill 644, a historic government transparency reform which empowers the Independent Fiscal Office to estimate government union contracts costs before the contracts are finalized.

APRIL 13, 2016 | Commentary by MATTHEW BROUILLETTE

The Lone-Wolf Doctrine

The good news at the end of longest state budget impasse in 60 years is Pennsylvanians’ wallets were spared. The bad news? The governor developed and implemented a Lone-Wolf Doctrine that could continue into the 2016-17 budget season.

APRIL 13, 2016 | Policy Memo by ELIZABETH STELLE

Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 Budget Myths

Governor Wolf claimed the 2015-16 budget could not be balanced without significant tax hikes. But there are two ways exist to close a budget deficit: raise revenue or cut spending. Lawmakers closed the projected budget deficit by spending less—$3.8 billion less.

APRIL 7, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Poll: Wolf Approval Plummets, Far Lower Than Corbett or Rendell at Same Point

Following the longest state budget impasse in 60 years, Governor Tom Wolf’s job approval rating is cratering, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. Just 35 percent of voters approve of the job Wolf is doing, while 52 percent disapprove.

APRIL 6, 2016 | Policy Memo by BOB DICK

8 Labor Reforms to Protect Public Workers and Taxpayers

Pennsylvania's labor laws and practices heavily favor union executives at the expense of public employees and taxpayers. To level the playing field, state lawmakers should work to eliminate the host of special privileges conferred to the state's public sector labor unions.


Will Wolf 'Walk the Walk' on 'Government That Works'?

Last month, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his “Government that Works” plan to reform government contracting and increase transparency. Now, the state Legislature has given Wolf a chance to back up these words with action.

MARCH 23, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Taxpayers Win As Wolf Allows Budget to Become Law

After keeping Pennsylvania in budget gridlock for 267 days while holding out for record-high tax increases, Gov. Wolf announced today that he will allow a no-tax-hike budget to become law.

MARCH 22, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Will Wolf Ignore Schools’ Pleas, Veto Education Funding?

Nearly one week after the legislature voted to send Governor Wolf a $30 billion state budget with record-high basic education funding, Wolf continues to dangle a veto threat while pushing schools closer to closure.

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