Competition, Not Corporate Welfare: 3 Ways to Help All Businesses Flourish

To effectively promote economic growth and job creation, policymakers need to stop investing tax dollars in failed programs and start enacting policies that benefit a wide range of job creators. By implementing these changes, Pennsylvania can give all businesses a needed hand up. 

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Strange Budget for Strange Times: 2020-2021 State Budget Overview

State assembly funds the government through November with a budget chock full of federal aid.

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Solutions to Preventing Tax Increases in 2021

Lawmakers can respect the Pennsylvania constitution’s balanced budget amendment and act to prevent tax increases that will drive more families and businesses out of the state, further shrinking the revenue base. Here are our suggestions to balance the budget without raising taxes.

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Emergency Education Scholarship Accounts

Educational impacts from COVID-19 will reverberate for years—particularly for students who are already struggling. Emergency ESAs can help stem learning losses and keep kids on a path to success.

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The Broken Promise of Flexible Liquor Pricing

The Liquor Control Board told the public it would use its expanded pricing powers for consumer benefit.  Instead it has used them to benefit only itself.

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Transparency Can Curb the High Taxpayer Cost of Government Union Contracts

Behind closed doors, Pennsylvania elected officials routinely negotiate billion-dollar contracts with government unions leaders. Three new contracts will cost an additional $1 billion from 2019-23.

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Government Unions One Year after Janus v. AFSCME

One year after Janus unions lost significant fee-based revenue, fee-payers largely remain non-union, and existing members—frequently unaware of the ruling or restricted from resigning—often maintain membership

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Opportunity Denied Again: Despite Recent Increase, Thousands of Scholarships Still Denied

In 2017-18, the cap on Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program increased by $10 million. Yet, 49,356 scholarship applications were denied—49% of all applications. To meet demand, lawmakers need to increase the caps $100 million.

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Bad Investments Won't Restore PA

Governor Wolf’s Restore PA plan utilizes a natural gas severance tax and borrowing to fund infrastructure improvements. There’s a better way to improve our infrastructure.

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Improving Our Climate

For decades state government has imposed subsidies, increased regulation and raised energy costs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These efforts have largely failed to make an impact. On the other hand, innovation in the energy industry and public pressure have reduced emissions.

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