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

Failure to Save Now Means Tax Hikes Later

Deficits from past years are already waiting to deplete current revenue windfalls. This is the year to be saving and curbing spending in order to be prepared for Pennsylvania's future.

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Tax Reforms - Not Football - Will Keep People in Pa.

Workers, neighbors, families, and football fans are leaving our commonwealth at an alarming rate. If Pennsylvania wants to reverse this trend, we need to give them something more than football championships. 

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Protecting Pa.'s Future: The Taxpayer Protection Act

Great news, the economy is growing. Bad news, so is state and local debt. Out-of-control state spending is threatening Pennsylvania's future. The Taxpayer Protection Act is the solution.

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