High taxes make for a slow-growing economy. And communities feel the pinch of high taxes as more and more native Pennsylvanians leave the Keystone State to prosper elsewhere. To remain economically competitive, Pennsylvania must lower state taxes and ensure businesses have the opportunity to succeed. Lower taxes will incentivize more individuals to call Pennsylvania their home, ultimately spurring our statewide economy forward.

Taxes & Economy

Decoding the Swann Property Tax Plan

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 15, 2006

The property tax relief plan introduced by gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann last month offers a radically different approach to the problem. Swann’s proposal contains some good provisions, some flawed provisions,…

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Taxes & Economy

FEMA funds spent on divorce, sex change

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 14, 2006

AP story on fraud in FEMA aid – as much as $1.4 Billion (16% of all FEMA aid for Katrina and Rita victims) may have been used improperly. My…

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Education

Cut the Fat

  • June 13, 2006

While Gov. Ed Rendell claims that his administration is “squeezing every nickel out of government,” an analysis of state spending released by the Commonwealth Foundation and Citizens Against Government Waste…

Commentary

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Government Accountability

Agency: Unvouchered expenses ‘income’

  • June 12, 2006

The REPUBLICAN & Herald notes that two lawmakers paid taxes on their “unvouchered expenses.” But I thought UEs are not “income” so as not to be a direct violation…

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State Budget

Cut (half) the Waste!

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 8, 2006

Williamsport Sun-Gazette editorial on the Pennsylvania Piglet Book 2006.

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Taxes & Economy

The More You Know … The More You Wish You Didn’t

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 7, 2006

How does a $56,000 salary sound? Not bad? What if that salary was for working on a political campaign? Still better? Now imagine that salary was for your 2nd job,…

Media

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Taxes & Economy

Tax Dollars Spent on PR

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 5, 2006

The Patriot News reports on how your tax dollars are working hard to fund the public relations campaigns of legislative leaders – namely House Speaker Perzel spending $5,000/month on…

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Taxes & Economy

Groups target legislative spending

  • June 2, 2006

From the Courier Times: “Asked about the WAMS — legislative grants for economic development — Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, said, “I don’t know any one of them I would…

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Regulation

Groups identify $4.3 billion in ‘wasteful’ spending

  • June 1, 2006

Public Radio Capitol News on our Piglet Book 2006. Although reporter Damon Baughmer probably doesn’t appreciate the fact that we think his employer (we, the taxpayers) should be funding…

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Taxes & Economy

Swann plan requires work …

  • May 28, 2006

So says our friend Jake Haulk of the Allegheny Institute in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Dr. Haulk concludes that “it’s still tax-shifting, relies on magic money, wrongly disses property tax…

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Taxes & Economy

Minimum Wages Politics vs. Economics

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 25, 2006

The push for a minimum wage increase is going on in North Carolina as well as here in PA. A piece in the Raleigh News Observer looks at the…

Media

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Regulation

Govenment benefits for retirees grow into ‘monster’

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 25, 2006

An article in today’s USA TODAY points out that future unfunded liabilities for Medicare, Social Security, and govenment employees pensions and retirement benefits have grown to $57.8 trillion. To…

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State Budget

Return the Windfall Profits

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 25, 2006

There is a massive organization imposing a financial burden on the Pennsylvania economy. It is consuming an ever larger portion of the average person’s income. The costs for what it…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Government made bumper stickers

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 24, 2006

The Pennsylvania Office of Tourism (part of the Department of Community and Economic Development) have started voting for a PA Bumper Sticker. Not only is developing an “official state…

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Taxes & Economy

Building Excise Fees are Not Property Tax Relief

  • May 22, 2006

Henry David Thoreau said, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” In Pennsylvania, that “evil” is the school property…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

PUC: Free market is OK

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 19, 2006

As reported in the Central Penn Business Journal, the Public Utility Commission will not stop a new taxicab company from competing with existing companies. It always heartwarming when a…

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Taxes & Economy

Tax hike referendum sinks like a stone

  • May 18, 2006

The Bristol Township School District signed on to Act 72, the property tax shift proposal that 80% of school districts rejected. To my knowledge Bristol was the only district out…

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Taxes & Economy

‘Live Free or Move’

  • May 16, 2006

Jobs are flocking to low-tax states for a reason. Commentary in today’s Wall Street Journal says, “new data is out and it shows that the states that embraced supply-side…

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Taxes & Economy

For Now, Gasoline Is Our Only Cheap Fuel

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 12, 2006

Cato Commentary by Jerry Taylor: “Mandating a switch given current technology would increase, not decrease, pump prices.”…

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