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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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.

Media

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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…

Media

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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…

Press Release

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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).

Media

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State Budget

Rendell: Furloughs to begin July 1

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 8, 2008

The Rendell administration has announced that furloughs of non-essential state workers (which includes everyone but state troopers, prison guards, liquor store clerks, casino regulators, and of course, legislative staffers…

Media

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State Budget

Put Pennsylvania on a Spending Diet

  • June 2, 2008

The Burden of Taxes In 2008, the average working Pennsylvanian will labor 111 days just to pay his or her federal, state, and local taxes—the equivalent of working January 1…

Press Release

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State Budget

How Bad is the Farm Bill

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 22, 2008

In light of today’s front page commentary on the federal Farm Bill Fiasco, here are some more links describing how awful this legislation is. Citizen’s Against Government Waste…

Media

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State Budget

A Closer Look at Stadium Subsidies

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 9, 2008

The American magazine has an exposé on sport stadium subsidies, by Dennis Coates, reaching the conclusion that they do not result in broad economic growth: My own research,…

Media

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State Budget

Did Pork cause bridge collapse?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 2, 2008

Yahoo! News has a story about McCain “backing off” an earlier statement that pork barrel projects caused the Minnesota bridge collapse. However, while earmarks didn’t cause the bridge to…

Media

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State Budget

Who Gets Farm Subsidies

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 1, 2008

Environmental Working Group has a comprehensive database of US farm subsidies. (HT Club for Growth). Here are Pennsylvania’s top recipients in 2007.

Media

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State Budget

Make Cardboard Checks Vanish

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 17, 2008

Senator Eichelberger’s stand against posing with cardboard checks when handing out taxpayer-funded grants is getting attention across the state, with a story in the Morning-Call, and…

Media

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State Budget

Time for a Spending Diet

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 15, 2008

As Pennsylvania taxpayers breath a collective sigh of relief after completing their 2007 tax returns, another tax day is looming. But this is a day to celebrate. It’s Tax Freedom…

Commentary

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State Budget

Bringing home the bacon gets a slap in the face

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 13, 2008

The York Daily Record has an article on state lawmakers and administration officials’ penchant for posing with cardboard checks – i.e. “Ed McMahon syndrome” – prompted by Senator…

Media

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State Budget

The Merits of Pork Barrel spending

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 7, 2008

Tom Barnes of the Post-Gazette has a story on the state capital budget, covering some of the projects in the Pittsburgh area. The Rendell administration tries to take…

Media

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Government Accountability

Why the capital budget process needs to be reformed

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 4, 2008

Here is a response I posted on GrassrootsPA to the defenders of the $13 billion in capital budget projects who state essentially “It isn’t that bad, because not all…

Media

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State Budget

Pork-Barrel Projects Take Taxpayers to Slaughterhouse

  • April 3, 2008

Commonwealth Foundation condemns earmarking of $12.7 billion in taxpayer debt HARRISBURG, PA — The Commonwealth Foundation expressed disappointment in the Pennsylvania Senate’s passage of House Bill 1589, which authorizes $12.7…

Press Release

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State Budget

$13 Billion capital budget flies under radar

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 3, 2008

The $12.7 billion in borrowing for the state Capital Budget has become a hot topic on GrassrootsPA. Otherwise, it has merited a blurb in the Patriot News, and…

Media

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State Budget

CAGW releases Congressional Pig Book

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 2, 2008

Citizens Against Government Waste released their annual Congressional Pig Book, highlighting $17.2 billion in pork projects (11,610 projects). Pennsylvania ranks 31st in pork per capita (though sixth in…

Media

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State Budget

$100 Trillion Dollars in Debt!

  • Nathan Benefield
  • March 27, 2008

John Goodman analyzes the latest report of unfunded Social Security and Medicare liabilities and come up with the grand total of $102 Trillion for the “infinite horizon” (after reducing…

Media

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State Budget

The “Ed McMahon” Syndrome

  • Nathan Benefield
  • March 25, 2008

The Republican Herald discusses Rep. Tim Holden’s earmarks, which his challenger, Toni Gilhooley labels “Ed McMahon” syndrome because of his desire to hand out large cardboard checks (a phrase…

Media

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State Budget

Pigfoot Evicted from Jack Murtha Fundraiser

  • Nathan Benefield
  • March 14, 2008

Video of CAGW’s Pig being tossed from Congressman Jack Murtha’s fundraiser while trying to present him with the prestigious “Porker of the Year” award.

Media

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