Government Accountability

Government Unions’ Unfair Political Privilege

  • September 19, 2013

Taxpayer resources should not be used for any political purposes. Every citizen and every organization—including government unions—should have an equal opportunity to engage in policy debates through a level playing field for…

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Education

6 Trends in Public School Spending

  • Nathan Benefield, Priya Brannick
  • June 24, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently updated files from public schools’ annual financial reports and enrollment reports. Here are six key trends from those data.

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Education

Cyber School Funding in Pennsylvania

  • Elizabeth Stelle, Priya Brannick
  • May 30, 2013

Cyber schools currently spend significantly less per student than school districts and only represent about 1% of spending on public education. Discrepancies in cyber school funding are the result of…

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Taxes & Economy

The Economic Impact of Gov. Corbett’s Proposed Tax Reform

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 22, 2013

This policy brief utilizes PA-STAMP to estimate the impact of Gov. Corbett’s proposed tax reform package.  Accordingly, by 2017-18, these reforms (compared with current policy) would result in: 1,259 additional…

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Regulation

Public Pensions: Past, Present, and Future

  • May 6, 2013

Pennsylvania needs pension reform that provides state workers with a sustainable retirement system that’s fair to new workers, existing employees and taxpayers.  This publication addresses the common myths and benefits…

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Regulation

PLCB Boondoggles

  • April 25, 2013

Getting government out of the booze business would eliminate conflicts of interest, stop government from freezing out Pennsylvania wineries, reduce opportunities for cronyism, eliminate taxpayer-funded boondoggles and allow the PLCB…

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Regulation

Pennsylvania’s Pension Crisis: Myths and Facts

  • April 25, 2013

Pennsylvania’s two main government worker pension systems, the Public School Employee Retirement System (PSERS) and the State Employee Retirement System (SERS), are dramatically underfunded. Together these funds owe more than…

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State Budget

Budget Facts 2013: Spending Increases By Department

  • April 17, 2013

Governor Corbett's proposed budget of $28.4 billion in general fund spending and $67.6 billion in spending from all funds represents our highest spending levels ever—exceeding years when federal stimulus dollars…

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Healthcare

Medicaid Expansion Myths and Facts

  • April 2, 2013

For our fiscal health, and the health of families, we desperately need the flexibility to allow state officials to design a solution that fits the needs of Pennsylvanians-not an…

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Regulation

Summary of House Bill 790 as Passed by State House

  • March 26, 2013

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 790 on March 21, 2013.  This legislation would allow private retailers to sell wine and spirits and end the state government monopoly over…

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Regulation

Pennsylvania State Budget 2013

  • March 26, 2013

Governor Corbett's proposed budget of $28.4 billion in general fund spending and $67.6 billion in spending from all funds represents our highest spending levels ever—exceeding years when federal stimulus dollars…

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Liquor Privatization: Social Impacts

  • Nathan Benefield
  • March 25, 2013

The PLCB has a conflict of interest-on the one hand controlling and monitoring alcohol, and on the other, advertising and marketing the sale of alcohol. Government control has not made…

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Regulation

Principles of Liquor Privatization

  • March 1, 2013

While the Governor's proposal will likely change throughout the legislative process, privatization efforts should not be diluted into "modernization," which preserves the inefficient and wasteful Prohibition-era liquor system.  Here are…

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Regulation

Public Opinion of Liquor Privatization

  • February 25, 2013

A strong majority of Pennsylvanians favor ending the government sale of wine and spirits according to a comprehensive poll conducted by nationally-renown pollster Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3).

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Regulation

Liquor Privatization Myths & Facts

  • February 21, 2013

More than 60 percent of Pennsylvania residents support getting government out of the booze business.  This is broad-based, bi­partisan support that finds even the majority of union house­holds want Liquor…

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Taxes & Economy

Bleeding Green

  • February 20, 2013

A new study from the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University finds that Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards will costs Pennsylvanians millions in higher energy costs.

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Healthcare

Affordable Care Act: Costs to Pennsylvanians

  • February 4, 2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—often dubbed "Obamacare"—will cost Americans $1.2 trillion from 2012 to 2022 according to the Congressional Budget Office. These projections do not account for the…

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Public Union Democracy

Protecting Seniors and Taxpayers from the Lottery Cliff

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • January 3, 2013

From the greatest generation to the latest generation, our senior citizens have sacrificed to make Pennsylvania safe and prosperous. Our seniors deserve world-class care and assurance that their growing needs…

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Public Union Democracy

Private Lottery Management FAQ

  • December 21, 2012

To protect seniors from future service cuts, the Corbett administration is seeking a private management agreement (PMA) to ensure Lottery profits will meet seniors' needs. Lottery services company Camelot submitted…

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Taxes & Economy

Principles for Transportation Funding

  • December 20, 2012

Pennsylvania's roads and bridges need repair.  But before taking one more dollar from working men and women through higher prices at the gas pump, lawmakers must work to ensure every…

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