Recent Issues

State Budget Solution #5: Tackle the Shadow Budget


General Fund Budget Is Just 40 Percent of State Government’s True Cost February 3, 2017, Harrisburg, Pa.—With budget season launching, most public discussion will focus on the General Fund budget, which was $31.6 billion last year. But this was just 40 percent of state government’s $78 billion cost. Hidden in the remaining 60 percent—essentially a “shadow budget”—are more than 150 “special funds” whose costs are largely unknown to the publ

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State Budget Solution #4: Cut Corporate Welfare


Pa. Leads Nation in Wasteful Corporate Subsidies at $6 Billion Since 2007 This year state government will transfer more than $800 million from Pennsylvanians to billion-dollar corporations like Amazon, Netflix, and Kraft under the guise of “economic development.” These corporate handouts benefit special interests and their well-connected lobbyists, leaving taxpayers holding the bag.

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State Budget Solution #3: Student-Focused Education Funding


As lawmakers and Gov. Wolf seek to restructure state government this budget season, they should commit to refocusing education spending to provide the greatest opportunity to Pennsylvania students.

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Recent Blog Posts

Policy Recommendations to Fight COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

As Pennsylvania faces its greatest crisis in decades, it is imperative that legislators take the lead and enact key heath care, education, and budget reforms to help Pennsylvania families and small businesses.

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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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State System Error: Proposed Scholarship Program is a Bailout

Governor Wolf's scholarship plan is a disguised bailout for the financially distressed Pa. State System of Higher Education.

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