Op-Ed: Pennsylvania Passes the Buck on State Budget

  • Nathan Benefield
  • December 7, 2020

Wolf and the legislature didn’t consider these eventualities when they completed the budget. Instead, during this bleak holiday season, they set up struggling families for a bigger tax bill next…

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Op-Ed: Navigating Pennsylvania’s Political Future

  • Charles F. McElwee
  • November 19, 2020

But future challenges aren’t limited to Democrats. In the case of Republicans, the party must listen to its growing working-class base, particularly in historically Democratic counties. In 2016 and 2020,…

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Op-Ed: Don’t raise taxes while PA families are hurting

  • Nathan Benefield
  • November 16, 2020

Months into this severe pandemic response, the economy is slowly recovering, as are state revenues, but lawmakers face a budget shortfall of at least $3 billion, according to the Independent Fiscal Office’s…

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State Budget

Balancing the State Budget Didn’t Have to Be This Hard

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • November 12, 2020

If lawmakers had enacted the Taxpayer Protection Act in 2018, they would face a $770 million gap between revenues and spending. Going one step further, if lawmakers had enacted the…

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Op-Ed: Dissecting Pennsylvania’s Realignment

  • Charles F. McElwee
  • November 10, 2020

In Pennsylvania, Biden prevailed because enough voters in rural counties, working-class regions, and suburban towns found him inoffensive, if not appealing, during a turbulent period. Outside Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, this…

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Op-Ed: How Pennsylvania Democrats Deliberately Stoked 2020 Election Chaos

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • November 9, 2020

Republicans and Democrats have long understood the problems with mass mail-in ballots. The usual stages of ballot security are lost: unlike absentee ballots, some people are claiming they received unsolicited mail-in…

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Op-Ed: Learning from Pennsylvania’s Election Chaos

  • Nathan Benefield
  • November 6, 2020

We shouldn’t rely on courts to fix Pennsylvania’s election issues. Instead, changes to election timelines and processes should be enacted by the state legislature, not through executive actions or court…

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Key Issues to Remember as Pennsylvania Counts Its Ballots

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • November 4, 2020

This election has sucked all the oxygen out of the room for too long. It’s a sign that government in Washington, D.C. has grown way beyond its constitutional bounds. But…

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Op-Ed: Four Places to Watch in Pennsylvania on Election Day

  • Charles F. McElwee
  • November 3, 2020

From upscale suburbs to blue-collar villages, Pennsylvanians will likely determine the presidential victor. Many consider this election a referendum on Trump’s pandemic-era leadership -- especially in a state where COVID-19…

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Op-Ed: PA Supreme Court’s power grab threatens election integrity

  • Stefanie Mason
  • November 2, 2020

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Pennsylvania’s Democrat-majority state Supreme Court usurped the Legislature to tip the political scales. In 2018, the Court threw out congressional district maps passed by the…

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Taxes & Economy

Op-Ed: Drilling and Fracking Equal Jobs. Does Biden Understand That?

  • Kevin Mooney
  • November 2, 2020

In the past decade, fracking enabled drillers to reach the gas trapped in that shale quickly and cheaply, creating tens of thousands of jobs in the shale and pipeline service industries alone.

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Op-Ed: I still believe America’s brightest days are ahead

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • November 2, 2020

The British soldier was right—only we can govern ourselves, but Walter and Peggy give hope that this American approach works. This election week, we should follow their lead, treating those…

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Taxes & Economy

Op-Ed: Pennsylvania should keep fracking and oil as pro-energy policies

  • Kevin Mooney
  • October 28, 2020

The Keystone State is also the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas, third-largest producer of coal, 16th-largest producer of crude oil, and third-largest producer of electricity in general, according to…

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Should COVID-19 Keep Schools Closed? Weighing the Risks

  • Marc LeBlond, Stefanie Mason
  • October 23, 2020

As the dialogue about returning kids to in-person instruction continues around the state and country, it’s critical to for parents, teachers, and administrators to take into consideration the data on…

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Education

Op-Ed: Pennsylvania’s Catholic Schools Face Uncertainty in the Pandemic Era

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • October 22, 2020

In a shutdown-induced economic downturn, however, many can’t afford private school tuition, and the donations that kept Catholic schools afloat are dropping off. About 150 Catholic schools nationwide have closed permanently…

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