Recent Issues

Prevailing Wage Reform in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Prevailing Wage Law was enacted in 1961, mandating that state and local governments pay construction contractors wages that “prevail” in each region on projects costing $25,000 or more. This anachronistic mandate limits the number of construction jobs in the state and unnecessarily increases costs for state government, local governments, and school districts.

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PA Education Spending

Education Spending: The Rest of the Story

Since Gov. Corbett's budget proposal, those who profit from Pennsylvania's $26 billion a year public school system have been gnashing teeth over what they claim is an "underfunding" of the public schools. This misinformation campaign builds on the faulty premises that education spending in Pennsylvania has been cut to the bone and more money will improve student learning. Unfortunately, this narrative distorts reality and omits key facts. As the late Paul Harvey would say, it is time you know th

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Public Schools Can Do More with Less - If We Let Them

As families across Pennsylvania try to figure out how to do more with less in this difficult economy, our local public schools must also do the same. But unlike fiscally sound kitchen-table decisions that can be made in the morning and implemented by lunch, elected school board members are forced to waste taxpayer money because of antiquated and unfair mandates from Harrisburg that do nothing to improve the quality of public education.

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Recent Blog Posts

More States Reject Prevailing Wage Mandates

Last month, Michigan joined 24 other states that have no prevailing wage law. For far too long, Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage law has crippled productivity, wasted taxpayer dollars, and discouraged healthy competition.

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Budget Solution: Stop Paying Extra for Construction Projects

Can you imagine taking your car to the shop for a major repair, learning the cost, and responding, “I’d like to pay 20 percent extra!” No? Then you probably don’t work in Pennsylvania government.

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The Inquirer's Problematic Budget Prescriptions

A Philadelphia Inquirer editorial urges optimism about the forthcoming state budget debate. It’s certainly well-warranted, but the paper's own prescriptions for fixing the state's ailing economy should give Pennsylvanians reason to worry.

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