Pennsylvania’s complex state budget has enabled policymakers to keep taxpayers in the dark when it comes to state spending. Year after year, some elected officials use budget gimmicks to both make the budget appear balanced and to secure their own agendas. Pennsylvanians deserve reforms that bring true transparency to the budgeting process. We must limit spending growth to a sustainable rate, ensuring the state government—like hardworking taxpayers—live within its means.

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State Budget

How to Craft a Responsible Budget

  • April 9, 2018

Under Gov. Wolf, total state spending has risen by nearly $5.3 billion. This includes more than $2.9 billion in new General Fund spending—a sum exceeding the combined spending increases of…

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State Budget

Exposing the Shadow Budget

  • March 22, 2018

The state budget process needs an overhaul. Over the last two years, Pennsylvanians have witnessed unbalanced budgets, unsustainable spending increases, and harmful tax hikes. Additionally, a gross lack of financial…

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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…

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Health Care

Pressure Mounts to Create a Pathway to Prosperity in Medicaid

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • March 8, 2018

During state budget hearings this week, Pennsylvanians learned some unwelcome news about healthy adults added to Medicaid under the Obamacare expansion: less than half are working. The Department of Human Services (DHS)…

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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…

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State Budget

Gov. Wolf’s Budget Proposals vs. Reality

  • February 15, 2018

Last week, Gov. Wolf unveiled a budget that includes another energy tax and approximately $1 billion in new General Fund spending. (This doesn't include large spending increases in the shadow budget.) While the plan would take…

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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).

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State Budget

A Budget of Contradictions

  • February 7, 2018

On Tuesday, Gov. Wolf did not deliver the budget address Pennsylvanians needed to hear. Instead, he offered more of the same: a dramatic increase in the size and…

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State Budget

Wolf’s Budget: Nice Rhetoric, Wrong Solutions

  • February 6, 2018

After proposing massive tax hikes of $4.6 billion, $2.7 billion, and $1 billion in his first three budgets, Gov. Tom Wolf struck a different tone in today’s budget address.

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State Budget

A Brief History of Tom Wolf’s Tax Hike Proposals

  • February 6, 2018

Since taking office, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed or supported 11 tax hikes on working families. Lawmakers voted to raise taxes in two of the past three years.

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State Budget

Five Things to Know about Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Budget

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 6, 2018

On February 6, Governor Wolf laid out his plan for the 2018-19 Pennsylvania state budget. Here are the five things you need to know: 1) Spending Increase Exceeds Taxpayer Protection Act…

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State Budget

Lawmakers Call for Common Sense Spending Plan

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • February 2, 2018

In advance of next week's budget address by the governor, 10 House lawmakers held a press conference on Thursday to offer positive budget solutions. The Common Sense Caucus brought attention to…

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State Budget

More Money Coming to a Wallet Near You?

  • January 30, 2018

Pennsylvania's tax burden on individuals and the businesses that employ them is far from a warm welcome to the Keystone State. Earlier this month, a House appropriations subcommittee hosted…

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State Budget

Five Taxpayer Protection Act Facts Every Pennsylvanian Should Know

  • January 29, 2018

House Bill 110, also known as the Taxpayer Protection Act (TPA), would amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to limit spending increases to the combined rate of inflation and population growth over a…

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Government Accountability

Restoring State Budget Transparency

  • Jessica Barnett
  • January 24, 2018

A House appropriations subcommittee hosted a hearing last week on Pennsylvania’s tax structure and fiscal policy. One of the issues highlighted – Pennsylvania’s lack of state budget transparency. Robert P.

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Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reforms Continue to Benefit Pennsylvanians

  • January 23, 2018

Pennsylvania’s bipartisan criminal justice efforts are continuing to pay dividends. According to statistics released by the Department of Corrections (DOC), the state’s prison population fell by 863 inmates—the…

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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…

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State Budget

Has the Wolf Administration Cured Pennsylvania’s Budget Ills?

  • December 15, 2017

Secretary of the Budget Randy Albright gave a surprisingly upbeat mid-year budget briefing yesterday. According to the state’s budget office, Pennsylvania’s structural deficit is virtually gone. Yet, reason…

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State Budget

Moving Toward a Better Budget Process

  • December 11, 2017

Pennsylvania received a bit of good news from Fitch Ratings last week, as the agency affirmed the commonwealth’s credit rating. However, the state’s outlook remains negative. A downgrade is…

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Government Accountability

Overhauling Pennsylvania’s Budget Practices

  • December 11, 2017

Pennsylvania’s broken budget process hurts working Pennsylvanians. In the last two years, the state legislature passed spending packages, which Gov. Wolf allowed to become law without his signature, before authorizing…

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