CF’s work on Accountable Government revolves around the need to provide transparent government to taxpayers and voters and to return Pennsylvania to the citizen legislature envisioned by our founders.  To hold their elected officials accountable, citizens need accurate information on how government resources are spent and how decisions are made.  As investors would demand adequate information about the performance of a business, so too do taxpayers deserve adequate information about where their dollars are spent.  Restoring the General Assembly to part-time, citizen legislature would result in lower taxes, more efficient government, and less corruption.  

Recent Issues

Redistricting Reform Memo

Redistricting reform, Fair Districts PA and CF Priorities

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School District Labor Contracts: Surprising Provisions

More than 1.7 million students rely on Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts to meet their diverse educational needs. School boards from each district agree to collective bargaining agreements (labor contracts) with local teachers’ unions. These labor contracts, renewed every few years through closed-door negotiations, contain various privileges for unions. This summary highlights key contract provisions that tilt the playing field toward government unions at the expense of students, t

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Pa. Brings Transparency to State Union Contracts

Gov. Tom Wolf today signed into law Senate Bill 644, a historic government transparency reform which empowers the Independent Fiscal Office to estimate government union contracts costs before the contracts are finalized.

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Recent Blog Posts

Pa. State Union Contracts Cost Taxpayers an Additional $1 Billion

As a result of closed-door negotiations, taxpayers must now pay an additional $1 billion in compensation costs for just three government unions over the next four years, according to new IFO analyses.

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A Look Inside New Government Union Contracts

Government union leaders recently reached multi-year contract agreement with the Wolf Administration. Though taxpayers are still waiting to know the cost they will bear, the agreements include several pro-worker freedoms.

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Transparency Deferred During Union Contract Negotiations

Governor Wolf’s administration just finalized secretive contract negotiations with some of his strongest political allies, underscoring the need for greater transparency.

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