Policy Blog


Education Savings Accounts Across the Country

Education savings accounts are building momentum and advancing in nearly a dozen states. Will Pa. be next?

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Government Unions Outspend the Natural Gas Industry

Proponents of a natural gas severance tax argue the natural gas industry wields undue political influence in Harrisburg. Government unions, however, far surpass the industry in political spending.

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Examining the Staggering Cost of Pensions

Pennsylvania’s unfunded pension liability stands at $60 billion dollars, two times the annual General Fund budget, and it keeps growing. James Paul recently talked with WURD's Stephanie Renee about the real-life impacts of these massive numbers. Listen now.

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Controlling Spending is A Moral Imperative

In an effort to improve the state’s finances, the Wolf Administration commissioned a government efficiency review—an idea CF included in a recent policy brief, which focused on driving down the costs of state government.

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News Release: Paycheck Protection Passes State Senate

Today, the Senate took a stand to protect the integrity of public dollars, give union members a greater voice in how their money is spent, and restore fairness to the political process by passing paycheck protection legislation.

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News Release: Wolf Pivots on Massive Tax Hikes, Offers Limited Structural Reforms

Gov. Wolf's third budget proposal is an improved starting point from his first two, but it still calls for $1 billion in new taxes and would increase the state’s tax burden by $315 per family of four. 

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Five Takeaways From the Governor's Budget Proposal

Today Governor Wolf laid out his plan to balance the 2017-18 state budget which faces a roughly $3 billion gap between expected spending and revenues. 

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Crucial School Choice Expansion Passes Committee

In a bipartisan vote, the House Education Committee advanced legislation to boost Pennsylvania’s crucial private school scholarship programs. HB 250 deserves the support of lawmakers who believe in high quality educational options for all children.

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Budget Solution: Stop Paying Extra for Construction Projects

Can you imagine taking your car to the shop for a major repair, learning the cost, and responding, “I’d like to pay 20 percent extra!” No? Then you probably don’t work in Pennsylvania government.

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When First is Worst: Pa. Leads Nation in Corporate Welfare

Pennsylvania leads the nation in corporate welfare spending since 2007—and second place isn’t even close. At $6 billion, the commonwealth outspent its nearest corporate handout competitor, Ohio, by more than $1.5 billion, according to data from the Council for Community and Economic Research.

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