State Budget

A Brief History of Tom Wolf’s Tax Hike Proposals

  • February 6, 2018

Since taking office, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed or supported 11 tax hikes on working families. Lawmakers voted to raise taxes in two of the past three years.

Memo

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State Budget

Five Taxpayer Protection Act Facts Every Pennsylvanian Should Know

  • January 29, 2018

House Bill 110, also known as the Taxpayer Protection Act (TPA), would amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to limit spending increases to the combined rate of inflation and population growth over a…

Fact Sheet

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Public Union Democracy

Fifty State Labor Report 2017

  • Jessica Barnett, Priya Brannick
  • December 20, 2017

We've updated a nationwide comparison of public sector labor laws - Pennsylvania again scores a D.

Report

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Education

Impact of Education Savings Accounts Under SB 2

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • December 11, 2017

In Pennsylvania, tens of thousands of children are trapped in failing schools. While current programs such as tax credit scholarships and charter schools help, they cannot meet families’ demands for…

Fact Sheet

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Government Accountability

Overhauling Pennsylvania’s Budget Practices

  • December 11, 2017

Pennsylvania’s broken budget process hurts working Pennsylvanians. In the last two years, the state legislature passed spending packages, which Gov. Wolf allowed to become law without his signature, before authorizing…

Memo

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Public Union Democracy

Paycheck Protection Toolkit

  • December 1, 2017

Currently, state and local governments, including school districts, use taxpayer-funded payroll systems and public employee time to collect union campaign contributions as well as union membership dues, a portion of…

Fact Sheet

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State Budget

A Brief History of Tom Wolf’s Tax Hike Proposals

  • November 30, 2017

Since taking office, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed or supported 10 tax hikes on working families. Lawmakers worked with Wolf to raise taxes in two of the past three years.

Memo

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Public Union Democracy

Ending Taxpayer-Funded Collection of Campaign Contributions

  • Elizabeth Stelle, Jessica Barnett
  • November 21, 2017

The House State Government Committee recently advanced SB 166, which restores integrity to an unfair system by stopping taxpayer-funded collection and distribution of campaign contributions for any entity. We explain…

Memo

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Healthcare

Restoring the Dignity of Work

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • October 17, 2017

The benefits of work are widely known. Yet major welfare programs treat work as a burden instead of the pathway to prosperity. Restoring work in food stamps alone could improve…

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State Budget

What’s Next for the 2017-18 Budget?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • September 28, 2017

What does the Senate's vote to non-concur mean? How does a conference committee work? How does the credit downgrade affect the budget? Negotiations over the 2017-18 budget have raised interesting…

Memo

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State Budget

Ten Facts About the Shadow Budget

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • September 11, 2017

Four tax hikes in eight years have failed to solve Pennsylvania’s budget challenges or grow the economy. In contrast, utilizing 13% of reserve funds in the shadow budget…

Memo

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State Budget

Five Facts About the Shadow Budget

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • August 31, 2017

Lawmakers should utilize surplus shadow budget funds before raising taxes on working families.

Memo

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Healthcare

Five Medicaid Work Requirement Truths

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • August 24, 2017

Work leaves families better off. To ignore this fact and urge people to trust a failing Medicaid system is nothing short of a moral scandal.

Fact Sheet

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Education

Policy Memo: Education Savings Accounts: Myths and Facts

  • James Paul
  • July 12, 2017

Education Savings Accounts help children grow, satisfy parents, and can improve the quality of education in Pennsylvania. This memo addresses falsehoods raised by opponents of parental choice in education.

Memo

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Regulation

Policy Memo: Ideas to Balance the 2017-18 Budget

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • July 5, 2017

With a spending plan in place, lawmakers should focus their efforts on reinventing state government to balance the budget, including ending horse racing subsidies.

Memo

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Regulation

Policy Points: Pennsylvania’s Debt Burden

  • June 15, 2017

State and local debt levels have exploded since 2002. When combined with the commonwealth’s unfunded liabilities, total state obligations exceed $17,600 for every Pennsylvania resident.

Fact Sheet

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Criminal Justice Reform

Policy Memo: Principles for State Budget

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 14, 2017

With the 2017 budget, lawmakers have an opportunity to double down on the idea of reinventing government and adopt meaningful reforms that will save taxpayers money, stimulate economic growth, and improve services…

Memo

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Regulation

Policy Memo: Pension Reform in Pennsylvania

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • June 6, 2017

Pennsylvania’s $71 billion unfunded pension liability is unsustainable for taxpayers and puts public employees at risk. Without timely reform, pension payments will crowd out funding for other services, property taxes will…

Memo

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Regulation

Policy Memo: Pension Reform in Pennsylvania

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • May 26, 2017

Pennsylvania’s $71 billion unfunded pension liability is unsustainable for taxpayers and puts public employees at risk. Without timely reform, pension payments will crowd out funding for other services, property taxes…

Memo

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