An Overview of Justice Reinvestment Initiative II

JRI II seeks to address high corrections spending, insufficient support for county probation, and inadequate pretrial and sentencing guidance. The result: fair and effective punishments that equip people for life after prison, control costs, and improve safety.

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The Taxpayer Protection Act: An Updated Legislator's Guide

Pennsylvanians pay $4,589 per person in state and local taxes, which equals 10.2 percent of residents’ total income. This trend must be reversed by restraining spending growth through long-term reforms like the Taxpayer Protection Act (TPA).

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Corporate Welfare's Record of Failure

In a free market economy, entrepreneurs succeed or fail based on their ability to meet their customers’ needs. Yet all too often, government disrupts this process by conferring tax credits, loans, and grants to favored individuals or businesses. 

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The Benefits of Federal Tax Reform in Pennsylvania

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides tax relief to working people across all income levels. Since its passage, more than 660 businesses have announced raises, bonuses, or enhanced retirement benefits for their employees, including those who live in Pennsylvania.

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Restoring Worker Voting Rights

Most Pa. public sector employees have never voted for their union. They deserve to gain the right to regularly vote for their workplace representation.

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Education Spending Trends 2016-17

$4.5 billion—that's the collective balance in Pennsylvania school district reserve funds. Reserve balances are at an all-time high and hold enough money to cut every Pennsylvania student a $2,860 check, but is more money a solution to Pennsylvania's educational problems?

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2018 State Budget Trends

On February 6, Governor Wolf laid out his plan for the 2018-19 state budget. His proposal includes a $250 million energy tax and nearly $1 billion in new General Fund spending. If enacted, the budget would raise spending to a record level and exceed the spending growth rate allowable under the proposed Taxpayer Protection Act.

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The Taxpayer Protection Act: A Legislator's Guide

Pennsylvania’s high state and local tax burden is the consequence of a decades-long spending binge. Pennsylvanians currently pay $4,589 per person in state and local taxes, which equals 10.2 percent of residents’ total income.

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Pa. Leads the Nation in Teacher Strikes

This report compares Pennsylvania's strike laws to other states, and highlights the impact on teachers and students.

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The State of Natural Gas in Pa.

Pennsylvania’s regulatory and tax environment is stunting job growth and deterring investment. A decade after the Marcellus Shale boom, lawmakers are still debating how to tax the industry instead of fixing the policies contributing to Pennsylvania’s increasingly uncompetitive energy market.

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