Center for Taxes & Fiscal Responsibility

The Center for Taxes & Fiscal Responsibility works to reduce the size, scope, and “tax-take” of state government; restore the government sector to its proper and limited role in our lives; and make government more open, transparent, and accountable to citizens.

Research Items

MAY 24, 2016 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Tax Hike Alternatives Could Spare Pennsylvanians’ Pocketbooks

As Gov. Wolf pushes for a multi-billion tax increase, the Taxpayers’ Caucus identified $3 billion the state can realize through reducing waste, growing non-tax revenue, and implementing accountability measures for existing programs


Philly Should Reject Mayor's Tax-a-Cola Plan

Mayor Kenney’s soda tax would nearly double the average cost of a 12-pack of soda – hitting hardest those who least can afford it, not to mention small retailers, bottlers, and restaurants.

MAY 4, 2016 | Policy Memo by ELIZABETH STELLE

Pennsylvanians Flee from High Taxes

New census figures paint a sobering picture. In 2015 alone, Pennsylvania lost 41,600 residents to other states in net migration. This amounts to one person every 12.5 minutes, nearly the entire population of York. Residents in states with higher state and local tax burdens are more likely to want to move than those in lower-tax states. Below are real-life stories of Pennsylvanians on the move.

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.


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.

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