Pennsylvania’s red tape is a red flag for would-be business owners
Originally published at Broad + Liberty When it comes to zip codes, Americans are dating around. The rise in remote work has changed how people choose their hometowns, allowing…Read More: Pennsylvania’s red tape is a red flag for would-be business owners
Pennsylvania’s notoriously high level of regulation is a burden on our state economy. To make the Keystone State a competitive place to live, work, or grow a business, reforms are needed to rein in the regulatory process. Taxpayers deserve a streamlined regulatory process that scrutinizes proposed regulations to ensure frivolous reforms do not overburden the state economy and do not prevent job-seekers from accessing employment.
Economic Aspects of Liquor Privatization
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is a highly unprofitable monopoly with extraordinary powers that have recently been used to increase prices and harm businesses.
Fact SheetRead More: Economic Aspects of Liquor Privatization
Solutions to Preventing Tax Increases in 2021
Lawmakers can respect the Pennsylvania constitution’s balanced budget amendment and act to prevent tax increases that will drive more families and businesses out of the state, further shrinking the revenue…
MemoRead More: Solutions to Preventing Tax Increases in 2021
A Pa Supreme Court Victory for Licensing Relief
After years of litigation, Sally Ladd is finally free to build her rental business without expensive and time-consuming licensing regulations.
CommentaryRead More: A Pa Supreme Court Victory for Licensing Relief
Liquor Licensing: Too Hot for PLCB to Handle
For restaurant owners in Pennsylvania, the new release Too Hot To Handle is more than pure entertainment, the winnings are almost enough for them to purchase an elusive liquor license. …
CommentaryRead More: Liquor Licensing: Too Hot for PLCB to Handle
Op-ed: Protect lives by preserving livelihoods
Wolf should take state lawmakers’ advice and bring transparency and fairness to Pennsylvania’s reopening — along with a sense of urgency. In doing so, he can continue flattening the curve…
CommentaryRead More: Op-ed: Protect lives by preserving livelihoods
Pennsylvania’s Healthcare Should Always be Crisis Ready
COVID-19 has done its part to highlight the weaknesses of Pennsylvania’s healthcare sector. Primarily, what has been revealed is a lack of flexibility, and regulations that make it difficult to…
ReportRead More: Pennsylvania’s Healthcare Should Always be Crisis Ready
Op-ed: Pennsylvania construction shutdown puts the elderly at risk
Industry leaders who are directly affected by the governor’s orders do not dispute that Wolf has authority to take action aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19. But it’s that…
CommentaryRead More: Op-ed: Pennsylvania construction shutdown puts the elderly at risk
Breaking Down Barriers Following COVID-19
COVID-19 has kept many Pennsylvanians from frequenting the neighborhood coffee shops, nail salons, or retailers they once took for granted. But that’s not the real tragedy—even after stay at home…
Fact SheetRead More: Breaking Down Barriers Following COVID-19
Is it Easier to Be Tiger King Than Buy Booze in Pennsylvania?
For Pennsylvanians, mixing up their favorite cocktail and following the adventures of an off-the-wall zoo owner named Joe Exotic might be easier said than done. State-run liquor stores shut down…
CommentaryRead More: Is it Easier to Be Tiger King Than Buy Booze in Pennsylvania?
Op-Ed: Coronavirus Crackdown Exposes Failing Government Liquor Monopoly
The state liquor monopoly, not the coronavirus, caused the present alcohol shortage. Now is the time to push for changes.
CommentaryRead More: Op-Ed: Coronavirus Crackdown Exposes Failing Government Liquor Monopoly
Pa. Lawmakers can Help Families and Businesses Overcome COVID-19
March 25, 2020, Harrisburg, Pa. — Today, Commonwealth Foundation released a package of key policy solutions to help reduce the harm caused by COVID-19 and the response to it.
Press ReleaseRead More: Pa. Lawmakers can Help Families and Businesses Overcome COVID-19
Policy Recommendations to Fight COVID-19 in Pennsylvania
As Pennsylvania faces its greatest crisis in decades, it is imperative that legislators take the lead and enact key heath care, education, and budget reforms to help Pennsylvania families and small…
Fact SheetRead More: Policy Recommendations to Fight COVID-19 in Pennsylvania
Recommendations to Ease Mounting Healthcare Burden
March 16, 2020, Harrisburg, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Legislature should prioritize flexible medical care as it returns to session this week aiming to mitigate the spread of the novel…
Press ReleaseRead More: Recommendations to Ease Mounting Healthcare Burden
Tale of Two Workers
The rhetoric surrounding public service and actual compensation for public service are two different stories. Average total compensation (salary and benefits) for a Pennsylvania state employee is now $104,506. That’s…
CommentaryRead More: Tale of Two Workers
Slots for Scholars?
Use of gambling revenue to fund colleges is both economically and morally questionable.
CommentaryRead More: Slots for Scholars?
State System Error: Proposed Scholarship Program is a Bailout
Governor Wolf's scholarship plan is a disguised bailout for the financially distressed State System colleges.
CommentaryRead More: State System Error: Proposed Scholarship Program is a Bailout
Wolf’s Wage Mandates Undermine Workers
Governor Wolf's new overtime pay rules and his sixth minimum wage proposal is a one-two punch that could send our economy reeling.
CommentaryRead More: Wolf’s Wage Mandates Undermine Workers
IFO Report: Pa. Wastes $60 Million Per Year on Underperforming Programs
Fairness is such a simple concept. We’re born with it—when treated unfairly, we seek to right the wrong and restore a level playing field. But for some reason, Pennsylvania politics…
CommentaryRead More: IFO Report: Pa. Wastes $60 Million Per Year on Underperforming Programs
Dairy Farms Can’t Support Prevailing Wage Mandates
Pennsylvania’s picturesque countryside is home to roughly 6,200 dairy farms. While the road trip through Pennsylvania is idyllic—the business climate for these farmers is far from ideal.
CommentaryRead More: Dairy Farms Can’t Support Prevailing Wage Mandates
Pension Pacman Must Be Stopped
Next fiscal year Pennsylvania school districts will pay $4.9 billion into PSERS, the state teachers’ pension fund.1 Less than one quarter of that amount will fund new benefits earned by…
MediaRead More: Pension Pacman Must Be Stopped
How to Make an Easy Six Million
A week ago the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office announced charges against Wing Tat Chiu and Ivy Hiu-Ying Li, a married couple whom they accuse of earning $6 million in illegal…
MediaRead More: How to Make an Easy Six Million