Criminal Justice Reform

Pennsylvania State Budget Trends

  • Nathan Benefield
  • January 22, 2019

On February 5, Governor Wolf will lay out his proposal for the 2019-20 state budget. Here are some key facts on spending trends, last year’s enacted budget, and challenges going…

Fact Sheet

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Government Accountability

How Restoring Workers’ Rights Brings Fairness to All Pennsylvanians

  • January 4, 2019

For decades, public sector union leaders have used their unfair political advantages to block public policies that will help our state and citizens flourish. Restoring workers’ rights is critical for a fair…

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Criminal Justice Reform

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative II

  • December 21, 2018

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative recommends fair and effective punishments that equip offenders for life, while controlling costs and improving safety.

Poll

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Taxes & Economy

Pennsylvania’s Path to Tax Relief

  • Bob Dick
  • November 15, 2018

Pennsylvania’s high state and local tax burden is hindering job growth, suppressing wages, and enabling wasteful government spending.

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Education

Fact Sheet: School Funding and Student Outcomes

  • November 9, 2018

Conversations about improving education often devolve into who will spend more. This enables some policymakers to offer a one-dimensional solution—funding—to a multi-dimensional issue—education. Key questions are ignored when the only…

Fact Sheet

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Regulation

Pennsylvania’s Pension Systems

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • November 6, 2018

In 2017, Pennsylvania passed landmark pension reform that will kick in come January. But our $70 billion plus liability is still growing and so is the municipal pension crisis.

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Regulation

Corporate Welfare’s Record of Failure

  • October 16, 2018

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,…

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Education

Opportunity Denied: To Meet Demand, Tax Credit Scholarship Caps Must Expand

  • Marc LeBlond
  • September 27, 2018

The 2018-19 state budget included a $25 million expansion of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. This will allow up to 15,000 additional students to receive scholarships. While helpful, 52,857…

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Criminal Justice Reform

Safer Communities, Smarter Spending

  • September 11, 2018

About 95 percent of those confined to state prison will eventually re-enter society. This is why reformers must focus attention on reducing recidivism and balance "tough on crime" practices of the past…

Fact Sheet

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Criminal Justice Reform

Removing Barriers to Work for Ex-Offenders

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • August 15, 2018

Pennsylvania has a 3-year recidivism rate of nearly 61 percent. Research shows one of the most critical components of successful re-entry is a job. But for 255…

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State Budget

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in Pennsylvania

  • August 14, 2018

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…

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Public Union Democracy

Restoring Public Sector Workers’ Resignation Rights

  • Jessica Barnett
  • August 9, 2018

Many public sector employees remain unaware of their new-found rights to not pay fair share fees, while also facing onerous resignation restrictions. Luckily, lawmakers are working to promote workers' Janus…

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Public Union Democracy

Restoring Worker Voting Rights

  • August 1, 2018

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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Criminal Justice Reform

Spending Trends & Policy Developments Under Gov. Wolf

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 31, 2018

In the last four years Pennsylvania has experienced rapid state spending growth. On the plus side, constant tax hike proposals have been largely rejected and policies like pension reform, school…

Memo

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Education

The Urgent Need for Tax Credit Scholarships

  • Marc LeBlond
  • June 19, 2018

Pennsylvania’s tax credit scholarship programs have helped many students, but thousands of students are turned away each year. Senate Bill 1204 would end the supply problem by allowing tax credit…

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Education

Education Spending Trends 2016-17

  • June 13, 2018

$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,…

Fact Sheet

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Public Union Democracy

Paycheck Protection Primer

  • May 23, 2018

Paycheck protection ends the use of public resources to collect government unions’ political money. Under current law, state and local governments (including school districts) take both union…

Fact Sheet

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Education

Nine Irrefutable Facts About Education Savings Accounts

  • Marc LeBlond
  • May 17, 2018

Children deserve an education that fits their unique needs. It’s time to bring education savings accounts to Pennsylvania and make that dream a reality. How do they work? Is there…

Memo

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State Budget

2018 State Budget Trends

  • May 16, 2018

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…

Fact Sheet

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Education

Education Tax Credit Escalator Basics

  • Marc LeBlond
  • May 4, 2018

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs have offered a lifeline to Pennsylvania students, delivering more than 570,000 scholarships since the programs began. Last…

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