CF Responds to Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai's Retirement

The Commonwealth Foundation deeply appreciates Speaker Turzai’s principled leadership over nearly two decades in public service.

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Pa. Prison Population Plummets by Most in History Again

Pennsylvania’s prison population dropped by 1,495 individuals in 2019, the sharpest decline ever recorded.

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Pa. Leading Nation on Smart Justice Reform

The Pa. Legislature passed two bills that firmly establish Pennsylvania as a national leader on criminal justice reform.

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Pa. One Step Closer to Fairer Corrections System, Safer Communities

Bipartisan approval of Justice Reinvestment Initiative 2 (JRI 2) bills in the House Judiciary Committee. 

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Economic Growth Boosts Prosperity, not Minimum Wage Hikes

Instead of pushing counterproductive wage mandates, policymakers should focus on proven ways to boost economic opportunity for all.

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Harrisburg Children One Step Closer to the Quality Education They Deserve

Today, the House Education Committee advanced legislation, sponsored by Speaker Mike Turzai, offering parents an escape from Harrisburg School District—one of the worst-performing districts in Pennsylvania. 

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Pennsylvania's Overspending: A $1 Billion-Per-Year Disaster in the Making

Despite continued economic growth and tax revenues projected to be at historic levels, spending continues to outpace taxpayers’ ability to pay.

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After Janus, Report Shows Govt. Union Leaders Striking Back in the States

Government unions leaders are striking back at the state level with flurry of union-friendly bills across the country seeking to cement their power over workers.

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    Statement: Gov. Wolf's Charter "Accountability" Plan

    Under the guise of accountability, Gov. Wolf is putting restraints on educational progress.

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    Budget Spares Taxpayers, Boosts School Choice, but Leaves Much Undone

    Today, lawmakers put the finishing touches on a state budget that spares Pennsylvanians from tax hikes, grows the state’s beleaguered Rainy Day Fund, and boosts school choice—but also overspends and leaves crucial reforms undone. 

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