Commonwealth Foundation Announces Winners of Please, No More Taxes! Video Contest

HARRISBURG, PA — The Commonwealth Foundation today announced the winners of the  Please, No More Taxes! video contest:

First Prize ($2,500): Colin Jones of Bethel Park
Second Prize: ($1,000): Robert Madeley of Mohnton
Third Prize: ($500): Spencer Folmar of Morrisdale  


The Commonwealth Foundation sponsored the contest as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness of Pennsylvania’s punishing tax burden and the need for Gov. Rendell and the legislature to make it tolerable.  Fourteen videos  were submitted, each focusing on how Pennsylvania’s heavy tax burden negatively impacts economic competitiveness with other states, wages, or the standard of living.  A panel of judges rated how well each entrant’s video incorporate humor, creativity, persuasiveness, and accuracy.

All three winners are students. Matt Brouillette, president on the Commonwealth Foundation, said, “ It’s encouraging to see students who understand what some politicians in Harrisburg do not, that raising taxes in a recession will hurt businesses and people.”

Jones and Madeley will be freshmen this fall at Pitt and Temple, respectively. Folmar will be a sophomore at Grove City College.  

The winning videos can be viewed at


The Commonwealth Foundation ( is an independent, non-profit public policy research and educational institute based in Harrisburg, PA.