Regulation

Pennsylvania Pensions: Man-Made Financial Disasters

  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • March 7, 2006

The “Process Improvement Theory” relates to the timing in a process when errors are diagnosed and fixed. As the theory goes, at each ensuing interval in which a problem is…

Commentary

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State Budget

State Spending Limits: The Real “Road Less Traveled”

  • March 6, 2006

In his 2006-07 budget address, Gov. Ed Rendell claimed to be taking the “road less traveled.” But in unveiling his new spending plan, the governor revealed that he is speeding…

Commentary

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State Budget

The Rendell Budget: Would Your Family Spend Money Like This?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • March 1, 2006

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had a good tax year – that is, in government collection terms. General Fund revenues will exceed expectations this year by a projected $353 million. But…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Letter to Gov. Rendell on the Minimum Wage

  • January 23, 2006

January 23, 2006 Governor Edward G. Rendell225 Main Capitol BuildingHarrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120 Dear Governor Rendell, I understand that politicians sometimes change their policy positions. And I probably don’t…

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Taxes & Economy

From Hopeless to Hopeful

  • November 30, 2005

On November 16, the legislators handed Gov. Rendell a bill to repeal the General Assembly’s July 7 pay and pension grab. The Governor promptly signed the measure without fanfare. Only…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Private Property & Liberty

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • November 22, 2005

Good afternoon. My name is Matt Brouillette, and I am president & CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, a public policy research and educational institute based in Harrisburg. We develop and…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

President’s Address: Advancing Ideas Whose Time Have Come

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • November 16, 2005

"As we celebrate these first recipients of our Speaker Franklin Awards, I’m reminded of the great British Statesman Edmund Burke who once said: “All that is necessary for the triumph…

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Taxes & Economy

Protect Private Property from Eminent Domain Abuse

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • October 26, 2005

Thank you for the opportunity to address the issue of Eminent Domain. My name is Matt Brouillette, and I am president & CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, a research and…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Minimum Wage Politics, Bad Economic Policy

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • October 3, 2005

It wasn’t a corporate executive who said, “Right now Pennsylvania businesses carry a very high tax burden compared to states we compete with. We’re [a] very heavily taxed business state….

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Reform Government’s Claim on Your Domain

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • September 19, 2005

Pennsylvanians never really own their homes—they only “rent” them from the government. Don’t believe me? Just stop paying your school and county property taxes and you’ll find out who actually…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Singin’ Those Car Wash Blues

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • August 16, 2005

Setting aside the traditional economic arguments against increasing the state’s minimum wage rate, what impact would a proposal currently in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have on employees in a…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Protecting Private Property from Eminent Domain Abuse

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • August 9, 2005

Chairman Clymer, Rep. Yewcic and members of the House State Government Committee, good afternoon. My name is Matthew Brouillette and I am president & CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation for…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Government Clock Keeps on Tickin

  • July 29, 2005

We’re #1. That’s what the Pennsylvania Economy League discovered this month after comparing the overall cost of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to its counterparts in other states. The report on…

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Education

Is the NEA Really a NUT?

  • July 26, 2005

Is the NEA really a NUT? By asking, I’m not casting aspersions on the National Education Association’s sanity, just on its choice of name. The NEA’s British counterpart really is…

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Education

Throwing a Party for the Educational Status Quo

  • July 18, 2005

The National Education Association recently concluded its annual convention in Los Angeles, gathering 8,000 delegates in celebration of the status quo in public education. When attendees weren’t offering a vigorous…

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Taxes & Economy

Pennsylvanias Great Rail Disasters Continue

  • July 5, 2005

Dozens of cities around the country, including Pennsylvania cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, are building, planning, or considering new or expanded rail systems. But is rail really the best…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Only We, the People, Can Restore the Spirit of 1776

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • July 4, 2005

The history of the world is a story about mankind’s struggle to be free. Millions upon millions of people have died over the age-old question about which form of tyrannical…

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Taxes & Economy

Time to Act (not 72) on Pennsylvanias School Tax Crisis

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • June 8, 2005

The Homeowner Tax Relief Act of 2004 (Act 72) failed long before nearly 80 percent of Pennsylvania’s school boards even had the opportunity to reject it. Despite Gov. Ed Rendell’s…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

A Horsepower Boost to PAs Economic Engine

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • June 6, 2005

When it comes to state officials spending their tax dollars, Pennsylvanians want some restraint. That is the clear message contained in a recent statewide survey of citizens by Susquehanna…

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Taxes & Economy

Undereducated Today, Outsourced Tomorrow?

  • May 27, 2005

The outsourcing of jobs to lower-wage countries was a hot topic throughout the campaign of 2004, but it is not clear what the president of the United States can do…

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Taxes & Economy

Growing Redder Too

  • May 16, 2005

It’s safe to say that nearly every Pennsylvanian wants to “improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania … create new jobs, revitalize our communities and sustain our families.” And according…

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