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

Is the “far right” a losing proposition?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • August 4, 2008

Michael Smerconish – who gets mis-identified as a conservative due to his shaved head and glasses – calls for the GOP to act more “moderate” in order to win…

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State Budget

Spend Less on Pork, Voters Say

  • July 25, 2008

Pat Toomey comments in the Wall Street Journal on public opinion of pork spending: The idea that bringing home federal dollars is integral to a politician’s job…

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Health Care

State Budget Crises?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 25, 2008

Cato’s Chris Edwards blasts the Wall Street Journal (and other media outlets) for their uncritical coverage of state budget “shortfalls.” The Times “treats any needed spending restraint as a…

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State Budget

What Congress is up to

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 24, 2008

While the Pennsylvania General Assembly is on vacation, Congress is not – and they are up to no good. 1) The House passed the housing bailout bill, which backs…

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State Budget

Congress’s Edifice Complex

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 21, 2008

John Fund borrows the epithet Edifice Complex to describe Congressman’s (along with Governor’s) penchant for using taxpayer funds to construct projects named for themselves – e.g. Paul…

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State Budget

Kanjorski Earmark Denied

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 9, 2008

The US Department of Transportation is refusing to fund an earmark put in place by Rep. Kanjorski. The earmark was intended to fund a parking garage near Kanjorski’s monument…

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State Budget

Gambling in PA … with a $28 billion budget

  • July 7, 2008

No one can say we didn’t warn lawmakers that their 4.06% increase in spending for the 2008-09 fiscal year was not fiscally prudent. The AP reports that Rendell,…

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Regulation

Time to end earmarks and WAMs

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 7, 2008

Good op-ed in the Patriot News by William G. Williams on the need to end Congressional earmarks and WAMs by the PA General Assembly: For years in…

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Government Accountability

What can we cut?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 5, 2008

An anonymous poster to GrassrootsPA defends the recently enacted state budget against criticism from the Commonwealth Foundation, along with that in other comments. The budget…

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Government Accountability

More Spending, More Debt, Less Transparency

  • July 4, 2008

Commonwealth Foundation expresses disappointment in overall budget deal HARRISBURG, PA — Today, the Commonwealth Foundation provided its perspective on the FY 2008-09 budget agreement making its way to the governor’s…

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State Budget

New budget may mean deficit, higher taxes

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 3, 2008

Marc Levy of the AP reports that the new $28.2 budget agreement may, according to Senate officials (both Republicans and Democrats), result in a budget deficit of $1 billion…

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State Budget

PA Budget Secrecy

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 2, 2008

Pete DeCoursey of Capitolwire asks an interesting question. Since lawmakers are likely to vote on the budget tomorrow (given they don’t want to come in on the 4th and they…

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State Budget

New borrowing in budget deal

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 1, 2008

While we are still waiting to see many of the details on the budget agreement, here are the numbers on borrowing that have been revealed. The new agreement…

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Government Accountability

The state budget: Secret sham

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 1, 2008

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorializes on the secret nature of the budget negotiations and the wheeling and dealing that occurs behind closed doors.

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State Budget

Budget Deal Reached

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 30, 2008

While taxpayers and state workers slept, lawmakers shook hands on a budget deal. John Micek has some of the details, as does the Patriot News. General Fund budget:…

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State Budget

Stop the Borrowing: $110B is Enough!

  • June 26, 2008

HARRISBURG, PA — The Commonwealth Foundation sounded an alarm today that both Governor Rendell and state lawmakers are poised to take citizens deeper into debt. “Putting the people of…

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Regulation

House Republicans Highlight Debt, Rendell Spending

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 24, 2008

AP article on House Republicans (at least some of them) noting the enormous burden of debt on Pennsylvania taxpayers before voting on more borrowing for corporate welfare.

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Government Accountability

Perzel, Fumo at Secret Budget Negotiations

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 24, 2008

John Micek reports on the details of the secret budget negotiations: The players last night:House Dems: Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, Whip Keith McCall and Appropriations Chair Dwight…

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State Budget

Pennsylvania Senate Proposes Spending Diet

  • June 20, 2008

Low-growth budget is a step in the right direction, but will House and Governor agree?  HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed a state spending plan for the upcoming…

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State Budget

Senate Passes Trimmed Down Budget

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 18, 2008

Tired of waiting for the House Democrats to pass a budget bill, the Senate today passed their own version (as an amendment to supplemental appropriations for last year).

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