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

House Leaders: No Easy Pass This Year on Cost Overruns

Legislators are questioning the administration's chronic overspending habit, but they aren't getting many answers.

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Gov. Wolf Should Unleash Pennsylvanians' Ingenuity to Improve Medicaid

It’s time for Pennsylvania to pursue proven ways of improving the quality of Medicaid services, while reducing the burden on taxpayers.

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Where Have All the Human Service Dollars Gone?

Performance of Assistance Programs Remains a Mystery

Nearly half of Pennsylvania's budget goes to human services or welfare. Governor Wolf wants to increase human service spending by $1.4 billion next year. But how well are these programs working? Are more Pennsylvanians escaping poverty?

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