Clear the Red Tape to Rebuild a Stronger Pennsylvania

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Wolf repealed regulations to allow our healthcare sector to respond to the evolving crisis. Nonmedical regulatory restrictions—such as permitting cocktails to-go—were also lifted to help small businesses. Pennsylvania currently has over 163,000 rules, which disproportionately harm small businesses. Many of these regulatory repeals should be made permanent, and additional reforms should be passed.

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7 Signs Pa.'s Pandemic Recovery Is Falling Behind

Pennsylvania business closures continue to be among the worst in the nation.

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Three Ways Pennsylvania Should Spend American Rescue Plan Funds

How should the commonwealth use this massive surplus of federal dollars? The temptation might be to simply pay off our budget deficit. The IFO projects that over the next five years, Pennsylvania will run annual deficits of $2.0-2.7 billion.[i] The pandemic did not create the deficit, though Gov. Wolf’s emergency spending did make it worse. But, in fact, Pennsylvania has long had a structural deficit—spending far exceeds revenue no matter how well the economy performs. Recent tax increases over the past decade have done little to close the gap.

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A Brief History of Tom Wolf's Tax Hike Proposals

Since taking office seven years ago, Governor Wolf has proposed or supported 14 tax hikes on working families.

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Supplemental Appropriations

Supplemental appropriation is another term for overspending. In theory, this practice covers unforeseeable expenses, but it has become a normal part of the state budget process.

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Opportunity Finds a Way

The 2018-19 budget increased EITC by $25 million, providing an additional 8,000 student scholarships. Each child deserves an exceptional education—one that fits their unique gifts and talents. Parents should have control over where and how their children are educated. Since the inception of tax credit scholarships nearly 20 years ago, hundreds of thousands of low- to middle-income Pennsylvania kids have received their educational lifelines through the EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) and OSTC (Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit) programs. But arbitrary caps on these popular programs limit scholarships. We now have the data to show that scholarship waiting lists are reduced when the program limits are raised.

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Steps to Enhance Election Integrity

In 2020, Pennsylvania’s newly amended election law struggled under unprecedented mail-in voting, yet last minute state guidance and judicial decisions not only skirted election law, but further delayed results and exacerbated confusion and concern for future elections.

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Corporate Welfare in 3 Charts

The Governor’s Executive budget includes updated estimates for spending on corporate welfare, which is government favoritism of one sector or business over others. This favoritism is disquised under less innocuous terms such as economic development subsidies, investments, tax credits, etc.

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How to Vote in Pennsylvania

Are Public Schools Underfunded?

Pennsylvania spends more per student than the vast majority of states. Education spending has significantly increased over the past decade. Scroll down to see how much funding your district receives per student.

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