Taxes & Economy

Limited Government, Unlimited Opportunity

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • May 13, 2005

Remarks from Matthew J. Brouillette’s unveiling of the Commonwealth Foundation’s “Unlimited Opportunity Blueprint” at the Tuesday Club’s Breakfast Lyceum on January 11, 2005. For seventeen years, the Commonwealth…

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Taxes & Economy

Tax Cuts Cost Government Nothing

  • May 10, 2005

Many citizens suspect that their elected representatives and bureaucrats live in an entirely different world than they do. Further confirming their suspicions, evidence has emerged once again in Harrisburg that…

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Taxes & Economy

Act 72: The Culprit Escapes Again

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • May 4, 2005

As Gov. Rendell campaigns across the commonwealth to encourage school board members to opt-in to Act 72—the Homeowners Property Tax Relief Act—the real culprit (and beneficiary) of ever-increasing school property…

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Taxes & Economy

When Growing Green Means Going Red

  • May 2, 2005

When it comes to “Growing Green,” Gov. Ed Rendell and the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania General Assembly believe that taxpayers should go further into the red. After spending several months promoting dueling…

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Taxes & Economy

“A Republic, If You Can Keep It!”

  • April 18, 2005

A famous Pennsylvanian was once asked what kind of government the Framers of the U. S. Constitution had given the American people. His reply was, “A republic, if you can…

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Taxes & Economy

Reflections on the Battle of Ideas

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • April 15, 2005

As nearly 500 Pennsylvanians gather in Harrisburg on April 15-16 to be part of the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the…

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Taxes & Economy

Meet the New Pennsylvania: Same as the Old Pennsylvania

  • April 14, 2005

April 15 marks the first Tax Day on which Pennsylvanians will fully feel the impact of the roughly $1 billion tax increase passed in December 2003 by the General Assembly…

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Education

The Union Behind the Curtain

  • April 7, 2005

California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is giving his 49 colleagues across the country a quick tutorial in political courage. And Gov. Ed Rendell would be wise to sit up in class…

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Public Union Democracy

The Teachers Menace: Compulsory Unionism

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • March 29, 2005

“I want to urge devotion to the fundamental of human liberty—to the principles of voluntarism. No lasting gain has ever come from compulsion. … [T]he workers of America adhere to…

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Taxes & Economy

An Overdue Diet for an Overweight Government

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • March 25, 2005

Working Pennsylvanians received wage or salary increases averaging just slightly more than 6 percent over the last two years—yet state government spending during the first half of the Rendell Administration…

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Education

School Choice Works!

  • March 17, 2005

A Quick Guide to the Scholarly Literature on School Choice During a recent round of visits with print journalists, I spoke to a newspaper editor who told me that she…

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Education

The Somerset Nine: Pennsylvanias Magnificent Seven

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • March 10, 2005

What does it take for school board members to be fiscally responsible with taxpayers’ money? For the nine members of the Somerset Area School District (SASD) board of directors, the…

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Taxes & Economy

NutraSweet Candidates

  • March 8, 2005

In the summer of 1999, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a “listening tour” throughout New York State to vet a potential candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Some variation…

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Taxes & Economy

Taking Us BackBut Not to Prosperity

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • February 16, 2005

Few people are against preserving and protecting Pennsylvania’s farmland and open space. And fortunately for us, between 86 and 94 percent of our state is undeveloped, depending on who you…

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Welfare

“From Poverty to Self-Sufficiency”

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • February 8, 2005

Matt Brouillette talked about true charity care for our poor at the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania's annual convention in Harrisburg.

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Taxes & Economy

House Democrats Star in “Groundhog Day”

  • February 1, 2005

This week marks Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania—the day that the world’s most famous groundhog emerges from his hole to tell us whether or not we can expect an early…

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Taxes & Economy

No “Free Lunch” for Pennsylvania

  • January 26, 2005

"Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own," the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once remarked. For decades, Pennsylvania's state government has spent billions of taxpayer…

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Taxes & Economy

Competition: The Real Solution to Public Transit’s “Crisis”

  • December 16, 2004

Pennsylvania's two major public transit agencies--the Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Pittsburgh-based Port Authority Transit (PAT)--are facing a financial crisis. But it's not due to a lack…

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