Recent Issues

Embracing Innovation in State Government

Conventional governing is hampering Pennsylvania’s progress. Growing state budgets combined with one-time revenue transfers and targeted tax hikes are delaying the structural reforms essential to improving the quality of life for people who live and work in Pennsylvania.

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Redesigning Government to Balance State and Local Budgets

Pennsylvania taxpayers shoulder the 15th highest state and local tax burden in the country. Consequently, the Keystone State has seen an exodus of working people. Unsustainable growth in state government spending has fueled this high (and growing) tax burden.

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Out of Control

How Welfare Spending is Driving the Budget Crisis

Governor Wolf is facing a budget situation more serious than any of his predecessors. His proposal includes an additional $691 million in the General Fund for DHS, bringing the department’s total to $11.9 billion. This increase accounts for nearly 89 percent of the total increase in the General Fund for all state agencies, absorbing 38.5 percent of the General Fund and 44.5 percent of all funds. If the historic pattern holds, it will be only a matter of time before Pennsylvania lawmakers w

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Recent Blog Posts

Work Requirements Can Help Solve Pa.'s Workforce Challenges

It’s a stark contradiction: Pennsylvania is experiencing record-low unemployment and near-record high enrollment in welfare programs. How can we have both a shortage of workers and a growing demand for income supports?

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Pennsylvania State Budget Trends


On February 5, Governor Wolf will lay out his proposal for the 2019-20 state budget. Here are some key facts on spending trends, last year’s enacted budget, and challenges going forward.

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Arkansas Latest to Demonstrate Power of Work Over Poverty

How do you triple incomes, raise tax revenue and shrink welfare dependency? In Arkansas, they accomplished all of that through food stamp work requirements.

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