Recent Issues

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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Will Wolf 'Walk the Walk' on 'Government That Works'?

Last month, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his “Government that Works” plan to reform government contracting and increase transparency. Now, the state Legislature has given Wolf a chance to back up these words with action.

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House Passes Historic Government Union Contract Transparency

Today, the state House passed SB 644 (108-83) to bring much-needed cost transparency to government union contracts—contracts Governor Wolf is negotiating behind closed doors right now.

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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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The Shadow Budget Comes to Light

The shadow budget is coming into the light in an unlikely way this budget seasonWhen state budgets are tight, it’s common for lawmakers to “discover” new sources of revenue, much like finding some spare change in couch cushions.

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