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.

Healthcare

Welfare Reform is Sweeping the Nation

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • April 20, 2018

“Right now, America combines near-record-low unemployment with near-record-high welfare dependency — the result of state-level eligibility exemptions, federal loopholes and policies that put work on the back burner.” Those are…

Media

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Regulation

Pull the Reins on Horse Racing Subsidies

  • April 13, 2018

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, unless it's a Pennsylvania racehorse—then it's the symbol of government waste and an industry in decline. (Is that how this…

Media

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Regulation

House Committee Embraces Pro-Growth Reforms

  • March 14, 2018

On Tuesday the House State Government Committee voted to advance regulatory reforms that could restart Pennsylvania’s stagnant economy. Legislators advanced three bills included in a regulatory reform…

Media

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Criminal Justice Reform

Pennsylvania’s Overspending Problem Still Proving Costly

  • February 16, 2018

To balance last year’s budget, Gov. Wolf and lawmakers agreed to dedicate a portion of Tobacco Settlement Fund payments to cover a $1.5 billion bond issuance. This decision to…

Media

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Regulation

Energy Markets Need Reform, Not Subsidies

  • Gordon Tomb
  • February 12, 2018

How many industries can withstand a more than threefold increase in regulatory costs in a decade? Few, if any. Yet that's the reality for nuclear power plants. An…

Media

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Regulation

The PLCB’s Relentlessly Unimpressive Business Model

  • February 7, 2018

If you enjoyed a glass of wine or shot of liquor during Sunday’s thrilling Super Bowl, chances are your beverage of choice passed through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).

Media

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Government Accountability

Are PA Courts Biased Against Employers?

  • January 25, 2018

Every year, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) produces a report announcing the “Judicial Hellholes” across the nation. In the 2017 edition, Pennsylvania makes their list- twice. The…

Media

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Regulation

Lifting PA’s Heavy Regulatory Burdens

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • January 17, 2018

Tackling one regulation at a time, House lawmakers released a regulatory overreach report aimed at responsibly lightening the commonwealth's heavy regulatory burden. It takes 18 weeks to read the Pennsylvania…

Media

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Regulation

Public Employee Compensation Reaches $100k

  • January 3, 2018

This post was updated to reflect a change in private sector compensation. For the first time in Pennsylvania’s history, the average cost of a state employee exceeds $100,000, according…

Media

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Regulation

Shocking Pensions a Reminder that we Need More Reform

  • December 1, 2017

The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published an article detailing the $100,000+ pension payouts for 500 retired state employees—a jarring reminder that Pennsylvania’s state retirement system…

Media

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Regulation

Making PA Competitive Again

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • November 30, 2017

Lower post-recession unemployment & labor force participation rates are hopeful signs for a historically-weak economy, but without permanent policy changes, other states will continue to surpass Pennsylvania’s economic performance. At…

Media

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Regulation

PLCB Borrowing Panned, Time to Privatize

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • November 15, 2017

There hasn’t been much to praise in this year’s budget battles. However, the governor’s announcement that he won’t try to borrow $1.25 billion against Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)…

Media

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Regulation

Progress and Setbacks in the 2017-18 Budget

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • October 30, 2017

Pennsylvania’s four-month budget battle is just about over, thanks to an assortment of targeted tax hikes and fee increases along with borrowing and one-time transfers. However, lawmakers and the governor…

Media

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Regulation

How Should Pennsylvania Attract Amazon?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • October 17, 2017

Amazon has been dominating Pennsylvania business news since announcing its interest in creating a second U.S. headquarters (HQ2). Several regions of the state are expected to contend for this new…

Media

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Regulation

Liquor Store Loan? Don’t Bank on It

  • Nathan Benefield
  • October 16, 2017

Gov. Wolf’s plan to borrow more than $1 billion against PLCB revenue to balance the budget makes little sense. Under Wolf’s plan to “monetize” our liquor system, the state’s General…

Commentary

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Regulation

Tapping Indebted PLCB to Pay Down Debt a Risky Bet

  • October 5, 2017

In a press conference yesterday, Gov. Wolf announced a plan to borrow from future PLCB “profits” to pay off last year’s budget deficit. Under the governor’s proposal, the state’s…

Press Release

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Regulation

Gov. Wolf Proposes Using Debt-Ridden Agency to Pay Down Debt

  • October 5, 2017

In a press conference yesterday, Gov. Wolf announced a plan to borrow from future PLCB “profits” to pay off last year’s budget deficit. Under the governor’s plan, the state’s…

Media

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Regulation

An Inhospitable Tax Increase

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • October 4, 2017

Another day, another tax. The newest plan to fill a $2.2 billion budget hole includes a 5 percent increase to the hotel tax, along with a new tax on fireworks and third-party online…

Media

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Regulation

Devil in the Details of PLCB Finances

  • October 3, 2017

It was another banner year for the government liquor monopoly—or so the PLCB claims. The agency recently released its finances, touting all-time high sales and a record $720.6 million…

Media

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