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

President’s Address: Advancing Ideas Whose Time Have Come

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • November 16, 2005

"As we celebrate these first recipients of our Speaker Franklin Awards, I’m reminded of the great British Statesman Edmund Burke who once said: “All that is necessary for the triumph…

Commentary

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State Budget

Pennsylvania’s Spending Limitation Bills

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • November 8, 2005

Pennsylvania is Exhibit #1 proving the axiom: “You can have government growth, or you can have economic growth, but you can’t have both!” For years, Pennsylvania public policy has increased…

Fact Sheet

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Taxes & Economy

Protect Private Property from Eminent Domain Abuse

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • October 26, 2005

Thank you for the opportunity to address the issue of Eminent Domain. My name is Matt Brouillette, and I am president & CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, a research and…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Minimum Wage: Facts

  • October 18, 2005

Proponents of artificial increases in the government-mandated minimum wage argue, among other things, that raising the hourly minimum wage will help to lift families with children out of poverty and…

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Taxes & Economy

Minimum Wage Politics, Bad Economic Policy

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • October 3, 2005

It wasn’t a corporate executive who said, “Right now Pennsylvania businesses carry a very high tax burden compared to states we compete with. We’re [a] very heavily taxed business state….

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Reform Government’s Claim on Your Domain

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • September 19, 2005

Pennsylvanians never really own their homes—they only “rent” them from the government. Don’t believe me? Just stop paying your school and county property taxes and you’ll find out who actually…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Singin’ Those Car Wash Blues

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • August 16, 2005

Setting aside the traditional economic arguments against increasing the state’s minimum wage rate, what impact would a proposal currently in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have on employees in a…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Protecting Private Property from Eminent Domain Abuse

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • August 9, 2005

Chairman Clymer, Rep. Yewcic and members of the House State Government Committee, good afternoon. My name is Matthew Brouillette and I am president & CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation for…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Government Clock Keeps on Tickin

  • July 29, 2005

We’re #1. That’s what the Pennsylvania Economy League discovered this month after comparing the overall cost of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to its counterparts in other states. The report on…

Commentary

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Education

Throwing a Party for the Educational Status Quo

  • July 18, 2005

The National Education Association recently concluded its annual convention in Los Angeles, gathering 8,000 delegates in celebration of the status quo in public education. When attendees weren’t offering a vigorous…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Pennsylvanias Great Rail Disasters Continue

  • July 5, 2005

Dozens of cities around the country, including Pennsylvania cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, are building, planning, or considering new or expanded rail systems. But is rail really the best…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Only We, the People, Can Restore the Spirit of 1776

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • July 4, 2005

The history of the world is a story about mankind’s struggle to be free. Millions upon millions of people have died over the age-old question about which form of tyrannical…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Rail Disasters 2005

  • June 29, 2005

This paper reviews ridership and other transit data published by the Federal Transit Administration from 1982 through 2003, plus 2004 ridership data published by the American Public Transportation Association, to…

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Health Care

Preferred Drug Lists (PDLs)

  • June 21, 2005

Governor Ed Rendell has proposed a Medicaid “Preferred Drug List” (PDL) as a means to address Pennsylvania’s welfare spending problem. PDLs limit the availability of drugs to Medicaid recipients and…

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Taxes & Economy

Time to Act (not 72) on Pennsylvanias School Tax Crisis

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • June 8, 2005

The Homeowner Tax Relief Act of 2004 (Act 72) failed long before nearly 80 percent of Pennsylvania’s school boards even had the opportunity to reject it. Despite Gov. Ed Rendell’s…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

A Horsepower Boost to PAs Economic Engine

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • June 6, 2005

When it comes to state officials spending their tax dollars, Pennsylvanians want some restraint. That is the clear message contained in a recent statewide survey of citizens by Susquehanna…

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Taxes & Economy

Undereducated Today, Outsourced Tomorrow?

  • May 27, 2005

The outsourcing of jobs to lower-wage countries was a hot topic throughout the campaign of 2004, but it is not clear what the president of the United States can do…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Growing Redder Too

  • May 16, 2005

It’s safe to say that nearly every Pennsylvanian wants to “improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania … create new jobs, revitalize our communities and sustain our families.” And according…

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Regulation

Growing Greener II

  • May 13, 2005

While Pennsylvanians obviously want an environmentally safe and economically prosperous state, the $625 million debt plan known as “Growing Greener II” guarantees neither.

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Taxes & Economy

Limited Government, Unlimited Opportunity

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • May 13, 2005

Remarks from Matthew J. Brouillette’s unveiling of the Commonwealth Foundation’s “Unlimited Opportunity Blueprint” at the Tuesday Club’s Breakfast Lyceum on January 11, 2005. For seventeen years, the Commonwealth…

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