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

“inebriation of your own buncombe”

  • January 1, 2006

Colin McNickle of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review gets it right on the money … no, make that YOUR money. Read ‘Public-purpose’ mountebanks in today’s Trib.

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Taxes & Economy

Pro free-markets and pro-business are not the same

  • December 27, 2005

George Mason University economics professor Don Boudreaux draws the important distinction between supporting free-markets and supporting businesses. For example, he writes: “Like many economists, I oppose minimum-wage legislation. But this…

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Taxes & Economy

Should we repeal the minimum wage?

  • December 27, 2005

Hans F. Sennholz, Professor Emeritus at Grove City College, says “Good intentions, when guided by error and ignorance, may have undesirable consequences. There is no better example than minimum wage…

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Taxes & Economy

Guv can’t find 00.2% in budget fat

  • December 26, 2005

AP story: Rendell Vetoes Tax Cuts As any economist worthy of his title would tell Gov. Rendell, using the 5 year total of $1.1 billion is a static (and…

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Taxes & Economy

Lawmakers take break on tax issue

  • December 26, 2005

Will either the House or the Senate plan be enough to satisfy taxpayers? Methinks not. Here’s a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story on the lull before the storm in Harrisburg. The…

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Taxes & Economy

“No room at the inn”

  • December 24, 2005

At the heart of the Christmas story rests some important lessons concerning free enterprise, government, and the role of wealth in society. Let’s begin with one of the most famous…

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Taxes & Economy

New Population Data

  • Nathan Benefield
  • December 23, 2005

The US Census Bureau released their annual population estimates yesterday. Pennsylvania continues to lag behind: Pennsylvania’s population grew by 0.3% last year, slower than the national growth (0.9%) and…

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Taxes & Economy

Privatizing Toll Roads

  • Nathan Benefield
  • December 16, 2005

Good study on privatization of Toll Roads in USA Today, summarized by the National Center for Policy Analysis. It save taxpayers money and generates revenue for government. It will…

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Public Union Democracy

Property Taxpayer Protections: Tax Referendum & Prevailing Wage

  • December 14, 2005

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is in the midst of discussing what to do about school property taxes. The discussion is an old one in Harrisburg. The complexity of this issue…

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Taxes & Economy

The Minimum Wage: DeWeese as Marx

  • December 11, 2005

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial board said it, not me…but they’re right!! This may be the week that the Democrats attempt to artificially increase labor costs in PA. The irony,…

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Taxes & Economy

Help low wage workers by taking away their jobs?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • December 9, 2005

From the National Center for Policy Analysis: In June 2004 Santa Fe became one of three cities in the United States to pass a city-wide minimum wage applying…

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Government Accountability

Capital Gains Tax Reform Benefits Seniors, Pennsylvanians

  • Nathan Benefield
  • December 8, 2005

The Tax Foundation released an analysis of federal capital gains and dividend taxes: The Tax Foundation – Majority of Seniors Benefit from Reduced Capital Gains and Dividend Tax Rates.

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Taxes & Economy

New Poll from Quinnipiac University

  • December 8, 2005

Pennsylvania Voters Have Little Confidence In Tax Fix, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Anti-Incumbent Feeling Is Strong…

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Taxes & Economy

Senate moves to curb eminent domain

  • December 7, 2005

News release from Sen. Piccola…. Senate Approves Piccola’s Landmark Eminent Domain Reform HARRISBURG – Senate Majority Whip Jeffrey Piccola (R-15) commended the Senate today for unanimously passing his “Property…

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Taxes & Economy

House Dems Push for Increased Labor Costs in PA

  • December 7, 2005

In a seldom-used parliamentary maneuver, House Democrats may utilize House Rule 53 to discharge House Bill 257, legislation which would increase Pennsylvania’s starting wage by nearly 40% — from $5.15…

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Taxes & Economy

Rendell to veto tax cuts

  • Nathan Benefield
  • December 6, 2005

Governor Rendell promises to veto the tax cuts just passed by the General Assembly. His reason: “lawmakers did not pair the legislation with a corresponding spending cut.” Governor Rendell,…

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Taxes & Economy

Minimum Wage: The Faux Pay Raise

  • December 6, 2005

This Philadelphia Daily News editorial represents the general economic ignorance among people who think government can artificially increase the cost of labor without any negatives consequences. The reality is…

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Lower Taxes = Economic Growth

  • Nathan Benefield
  • December 5, 2005

An analyis of population data and taxes finds that states with low taxes attract residents fleeing states with high taxes: The Heartland Institute – Taxes Fuel Historic American Migration…

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