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.

Education

Property Tax Relief through School Choice

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 11, 2006

Pennsylvanians deserve property tax reform and relief—not a shift and a sham. But the only way to relieve all homeowners while not burdening other taxpayers is to reduce public school…

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Taxes & Economy

State Quashes Economic Freedom

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 9, 2006

The Pennsylvania State Department’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs release their list of disciplinary actions yesterday. Among the egregious violations were: auctioning without an auctioneers license, cutting hair…

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Energy

The Governments Gas Problem

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • May 8, 2006

Government’s energy policies and regulations have been leading us down the wrong road for years, yet the only solution Governor Ed Rendell and plenty of Republicans like Sen. Arlen Specter…

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Taxes & Economy

The Gas-Tax Hustle

  • May 6, 2006

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. I’ll have my own take on “The Government’s Gas Problem” on Monday. Check out the main article at www.CommonwealthFoundation.org then!…

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Taxes & Economy

Property tax proposal has lots of loopholes

  • May 3, 2006

Good coverage by Christina Gostomski (and John Micek) of the Allentown Morning Call on the faux taxpayer protections in the bill moving to the House today.

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Taxes & Economy

Taxing Oil

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 1, 2006

A “windfall” tax on “big oil” will only reduce the supply of oil and increase the cost of gasoline, writes Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Colin McKnickle. It is a shame,…

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Taxes & Economy

The Key to Property Tax Relief

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • May 1, 2006

The failure to pass a property tax “relief” plan in Harrisburg has everything to do with politics—politicians can’t agree on whose ox to gore. Current proposals require some taxpayers to…

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Taxes & Economy

Free Enterprise and Taxpayer Protection Act

  • April 27, 2006

An issue the Commonwealth Foundation has weighed in on, government “enterprises” that compete with private businesses. Read more about it here. Below is the Capitolwire.com story on yesterday’s hearing…

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Taxes & Economy

Why a windfall tax is bad policy

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 25, 2006

Should the federal government create a new tax on profits only for oil companies, as Governor Rendell suggests? This “windfall tax” esentially ensures a limit on the amount of…

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Government Accountability

The price of gas

  • April 25, 2006

Gouging…by government. Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial.

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Taxes & Economy

Tax Freedom Day in Pennsylvania

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 24, 2006

Happy Tax Freedom Day, Pennsylvania! If you are looking for a reason to celebrate, you need look no further than Tax Freedom Day.

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Taxes & Economy

Cut taxes to attract jobs

  • April 14, 2006

Commonwealth Foundation’s Nate Benefield in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Taxes & Economy

The Property Tax Relief Scholarship Act

  • April 13, 2006

It is “like throwing gasoline on a fire,” said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reivew. The idea is “definitely…

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Taxes & Economy

New, Better Property Tax Relief Proposal – Media Coverage

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 12, 2006

Patriot News “Breaking News” coverage of our Property Tax Relief Scholarship proposal. Get our press release, or download our Policy Brief for more details and district-specific property…

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Health Care

Health care for everyone?

  • April 11, 2006

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney writes in today’s Wall Street Journal that he believes he’s found a way to provide health care for everyone, with “no new taxes, no employer…

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