Pennsylvania will only become a beacon for opportunity when its policies are in the hands of taxpayers and citizens, not special interests and bureaucrats. It’s vital that our government is accountable to the people—not organizations or institutions. Policies that advance transparency and restore workers’ rights are the keys to this happening.

Public Union Democracy

How Government Union Dues Subsidize Partisan Politics

  • Jessica Barnett
  • May 5, 2017

The 2016 election cycle reveals big spending from big labor, according to a report released by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR). NILRR discovered $1.7 billion in…

Media

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Education

Ten Reasons for Optimism

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • April 28, 2017

This week state lawmakers advanced a plethora of good policy, from legislation to finally end the government liquor monopoly to a bill that would improve health care in rural areas.

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Government Accountability

Senate Moves Key Transparency Measures

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 25, 2017

Today the Senate's State Government Committee advanced three bills to open up government collective bargaining negotiations to the public. SB 168, sponsored by Sen. Pat Stefano, would require all levels of government…

Media

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Public Union Democracy

Top 10 Recipients of Government Union Money

  • Jessica Barnett
  • April 19, 2017

Government unions wield enormous influence in Pennsylvania politics. Since 2010, the commonwealth’s largest government unions have spent over $71 million on politics—including $26 million in political action committee (PAC)…

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Government Accountability

Policy Memo: Government Union Political Spending Trends

  • Jessica Barnett
  • April 19, 2017

Union leaders spend millions each year to further their own political agenda. Regardless of public sector employees’ personal political convictions, the highly partisan trend continued to the tune of $19 million…

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Public Union Democracy

Paycheck Protection: Where it Stands

  • Jessica Barnett
  • April 7, 2017

In February, the state Senate passed paycheck protection, which would shield taxpayers from subsidizing government union leaders’ political fundraising. Now it’s up to the House to protect the interests of taxpayers…

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Education

Op-Ed: The Cure for ‘March Madness’

  • James Paul
  • April 5, 2017

While the NCAA basketball tournament had the nation on the edge of its seat, Philadelphia students faced their own version of March Madness—full of drama, heartache, and uncertainty, but with far more…

Commentary

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Government Accountability

Paycheck Protection Benefits Teachers

  • Jessica Barnett
  • March 27, 2017

Providing one more reason Pennsylvania needs paycheck protection, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) uses members’ dues to mislead teachers.   In the March 2017 publication of PSEA’s dues-funded…

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Government Accountability

Memo on Redistricting Reform

  • March 24, 2017

Commonwealth Foundation supports redistricting reform as a good government practice.

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Public Union Democracy

Op-Ed: Time to End Special-Interest Loophole

  • Jessica Barnett
  • March 24, 2017

Subverting public resources for political gain will not be tolerated. Except when it is. Pennsylvania government regularly collects and distributes tens of millions of dollars earmarked for politics on behalf of…

Commentary

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Education

Teachers’ Unions Dwarf School Choice Spending

  • Jessica Barnett
  • March 15, 2017

When it comes to education, government union leaders are Pennsylvania’s top political spender. No contest. We recently highlighted how government unions, outspoken proponents of a severance tax, far outspend…

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Public Union Democracy

Send Your Message: Paycheck Protection

  • March 13, 2017

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Government Accountability

Reviving the Push for Transparency

  • March 10, 2017

Taxpayers scored a victory last year with the passage of Senate Bill 644 (now Act 15). The new law requires the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) to provide cost…

Media

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Public Union Democracy

Debunking Union Leaders’ Paycheck Protection Myths

  • March 3, 2017

It’s been said death and taxes are life’s only two certainties. Here’s a third: government union leaders’ continual misrepresentation of paycheck protection. For example, recently, the Philadelphia Federation of…

Media

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Public Union Democracy

Dues-Funded Politics: Why We Need Paycheck Protection

  • Jessica Barnett
  • February 28, 2017

Pennsylvania’s government union leaders are political heavyweights. As we documented in our recent analysis, their political spending far surpasses industry competitors—and relies on…

Media

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Education

Op-Ed: Is the Sky Falling on Children’s Education?

  • James Paul
  • February 24, 2017

In the aftermath of Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as Secretary of Education, opponents predict she could decimate public education. Their perspective is misguided, unsupported by facts, and ultimately harmful for the future…

Commentary

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Government Accountability

Government Unions Outspend the Natural Gas Industry

  • Jessica Barnett
  • February 16, 2017

Proponents of a natural gas severance tax argue the natural gas industry wields undue political influence in Harrisburg. State representative Greg Vitali laments: They [natural gas industry] just always…

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Public Union Democracy

News Release: Paycheck Protection Passes State Senate

  • February 8, 2017

Legislation Would End Use of Taxpayer Resources to Aid Political Activity February 8, 2017, HARRISBURG, Pa.—The State Senate today passed paycheck protection legislation, SB 166, which would end the…

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Public Union Democracy

Budget Solution: Stop Paying Extra for Construction Projects

  • February 6, 2017

'Prevailing Wage' Costs Pennsylvanians Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Yearly February 6, 2017, Harrisburg, Pa.—Can you imagine taking your car to the shop for a major repair, learning…

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