Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Irresponsibility Bears Repeating

A critic, responding to my op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, opines that I am repeating the “mantra” that lawmakers should control the growth of spending and avoid job-killing tax hikes.

He’s right. I have repeated the need to restrain spending ad infinitum. What he misses is that state government has usually followed the opposite practice, allowing the government to grow without limit.

To make my case, here are six sad statistics about Pennsylvania's fiscal trends, all illustrated by interesting infographics:

Is there a better way?

I’m glad you asked. Here’s a path forward.