The state government is ultimately held accountable to the people through the electoral process—but that should not be the only line of defense against government overreach or waste. Taxpayers deserve a transparent government that works for them. Reforms are needed to reduce corruption and limit the scope of government to its constitutional authority. Additionally, reforms that ensure a transparent budgeting process, a fair electoral process, and a streamlined regulatory process should be pursued to increase the government’s integrity.

Government Accountability

Stefano: Tired of politics? Stand by these values.

  • February 21, 2024

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and Commonwealth Foundation Executive Vice President Jennifer Stefano, in her column this week, called on readers to resist politicians who “subvert democratic norms” for political purposes.  Stefano writes:…

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Tired of politics? Stand by these values.

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • February 20, 2024

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Leading up to a likely Trump vs. Biden face-off for the presidency, a Pew Research Center report released in…

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Education

Pa. Tracking Poll: Biden Faces Political Headwinds on Eve of Pa. Visit

  • December 7, 2023

Harrisburg, Pa., December 7, 2023 – As President Biden prepares for his ninth visit to Pennsylvania in 2023—his most-visited state aside from Delaware, his home state—he is struggling to connect with…

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Government Accountability

Shapiro’s ‘Voter Registration’ Change Just Another Photo Op

  • Nathan Benefield
  • October 2, 2023

Originally published in The American Spectator Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro announced, with great fanfare, that he is implementing “automatic voter registration” in the Keystone State.

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Education

Common Ground in the Commonwealth Poll Findings

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • April 6, 2023

Summary The Common Ground in the Commonwealth Poll, conducted March 24-29, is the first in a series of quarterly surveys taking the pulse of voters on the “state of the…

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Fairness

A surefire way to destroy your political enemies

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • April 4, 2023

Originally published at The Philadelphia Inquirer Our modern political life has wrought many ills. The fastest spreading contagion is no longer viewing fellow Americans with ideologies different from our…

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Fairness

No single person should have unchecked authority in Pennsylvania government

  • Kevin Kane
  • January 31, 2023

Originally published in The Bucks County Courier Times The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed Senate Bill 1, which moves three proposed constitutional amendments closer to the ballot. Before Pennsylvanians can vote…

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Government Accountability

To help child abuse survivors, Speaker Rozzi must play politics well

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • January 30, 2023

Originally published at The Philadelphia Inquirer I’m done telling politicians, “Don’t play politics.” It clearly confuses them. Take Pennsylvania House Speaker Mark Rozzi. No, literally, please take him back…

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Government Accountability

Commonwealth Foundation to Testify at Speaker Rozzi’s Listening Tour

  • January 25, 2023

January 25, 2023, Harrisburg, Pa. — The Commonwealth Foundation will deliver a simple message to House Speaker Mark Rozzi today at the first stop on the speaker’s listening tour:  Get back to work…

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Fairness

Voter ID Constitutional Amendment

  • January 16, 2023

Key Points Voter ID requirements improve election integrity, while voter turnout increases, without impacting election outcomes.Pennsylvania voters support Voter ID requirements by a wide margin, with support across all regions…

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Government Accountability

Pa. Senate Passes Voter ID and Regulatory Reform

  • January 11, 2023

January 11, 2023, Harrisburg Pa. — On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate approved three amendments to the state constitution that would enact voter identification, regulatory, and statute of limitation reforms.

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On voter ID, trust the voters

  • Nathan Benefield
  • January 9, 2023

Originally published at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Last session, Pennsylvania lawmakers advanced a proposed constitutional amendment to require voter identification in elections. The state House and Senate must…

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Fairness

PA Is the Epicenter of Democrats’ Political Spending

  • Nathan Benefield
  • October 19, 2022

Originally published at RealClearPennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro’s overflowing campaign coffers underscore the importance of Pennsylvania to national politics—and the influence of government unions in elections. With four…

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New Numbers on Political Spending by Government Union Executives

  • September 2, 2022

Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker—their contributions and achievements that make this country great. Unfortunately, many American workers are sidelined—even bullied—by organizations that are meant to represent…

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Fairness

Four Bills Would Empower Workers & Protect Taxpayer Resources

  • January 25, 2022

January 25, 2022, Harrisburg, Pa. — Four bills approved by the House Labor and Industry Committee Tuesday could soon bring several key public-sector labor reforms to a House vote. Lawmakers…

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Fairness

Op-Ed: How officials use tax dollars in lobbying efforts

  • Nathan Benefield
  • January 3, 2022

Originally published in the PIttsburgh Post-Gazette Used-car salesmen, members of Congress and telemarketers all rank near the bottom of least-trusted professions. The lowest, however, is lobbyist. For decades, media and…

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Op-Ed: Gerrymandering won’t save unpopular candidates

  • Nathan Benefield
  • January 1, 2022

Originally published in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review With state and congressional redistricting underway in Harrisburg, many politicians have blamed “partisan gerrymandering” for past election losses. But this is another instance when the…

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