It’s Time for a Taxpayer’s Budget

Harrisburg, PA (02.08.10) – The Commonwealth Foundation today called upon Governor Ed Rendell to propose a taxpayer’s budget, a fiscal blueprint adhering to three principles of responsible spending for Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is nearly dead last in economic growth, and our state now has the 11th heaviest burden of state and local taxes in America,” noted Commonwealth Foundation president and CEO Matthew J. Brouillette.

The three principles of a taxpayer’s budget are as follows: 

  • Reduces taxes on working Pennsylvanians and job creators.
  • Eliminates corporate welfare, WAMs/pork-barrel projects, and special interests spending.
  • Balances the budget without accounting gimmicks, shell games, or new debt.

“It’s high time to craft a state budget with the taxpayers’ prosperity in mind, rather than feeding state government’s insatiable appetite to spend.” 

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