Leo Knepper, Author at Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania
November 16, 2017
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Guest Post: Assessing PA’s Tax Collections & Economy

By Colin McNickle Senior Fellow and Media Specialist at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy cmcnickle@alleghenyinstitute.org While there are signs that Pennsylvania’s overall economy might be improving, the critical question is whether it’s growing fast enough to cover some less-than-optimum actions […]
October 25, 2017
Wolf vetoes work requirements for welfare recipients.

Governor Wolf Vetoes Work Requirement for Welfare

Back in July the House passed legislation that would have added work requirements to the welfare code. As we noted then: “In our research, we found that nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvania families who were required to engage in job […]
October 18, 2017
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Reforming Pennsylvania Government in One Fell Swoop

On October 17th Senator John Eichelberger and Representative Stephen Bloom introduced legislation to enable a limited state constitutional convention. We are proud to count Sen. Eichelberger and Rep. Bloom as CAP members. The legislation that they’ve crafted will go a […]
September 29, 2017
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Empowering Taxpayers

There are only three months left in 2017, and despite endless promises from politicians in Harrisburg much has been left undone for citizens of our Commonwealth—including a balanced budget. Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) has kept voters up-to-date on issues […]
September 25, 2017
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UPDATE: Don’t Call it Recurring Revenue; It’s a Tax Increase

    UPDATE:  Not much has changed on the budget since last week. On the plus side, Governor Wolf changed his position on using fund transfers to balance the budget. He went from saying all of the money proposed in […]
September 11, 2017
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Guest Post: A Budget Glossary

By, Lowman S. Henry Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal Lawmakers are scheduled to return to session on September 11th to finish work on a state budget which was due at […]
September 6, 2017
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House Members Offer Solid Proposal to Balance Budget

At the end of June Pennsylvania’s 2017-2018 budget became law. It was unbalanced and there wasn’t a plan in place for how to pay for it. A significant part of the problem was that the Governor and legislature did nothing […]
August 23, 2017
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Proposal to Save Taxpayers $370 Million Introduced in House

Often times the news media, Governor Wolf, and the allies of Big Government in both parties present Pennsylvania’s budget choices as raising taxes or shutting down “vital services.” Two weeks ago, we presented several corporate welfare programs and earmarks that […]
August 9, 2017
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Pennsylvania Budget Chock Full of Earmarks

Governor Wolf and Senate Republicans are calling on the House to take up the “Fiscal Code” passed on July 27th. This legislation contained tax hikes that would impact anyone with a cell phone or landline and raise heating bills for […]
July 31, 2017
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Guest Post: The Incumbent Party

By Lowman S. Henry Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal There is a lot of wailing and rending of garments these days over the hyper partisan atmosphere in both Harrisburg and […]
July 27, 2017
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These are the Senate Republicans Who Voted for a Tax Hike

On Thursday morning, Senate Republicans used their super majority to pass a tax increase. The roll call vote can be found here. Here is the list of Republicans who voted for the tax increase: Sen. Pat Browne Sen. Jake Corman Sen. […]
July 26, 2017
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Is a Ghost Teacher and Union President the Best Choice for Labor Secretary?

Last week, Governor Wolf once again put his ideology ahead of what is best for Pennsylvania when He nominated Jerry Oleksiak to be the new Labor Secretary. Mr. Oleksiak is the President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the […]
July 19, 2017
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Another Tax Hike Won’t Get PA Out of the Bottom Ten

Pennsylvania has a lot of problems. In many rankings of the states, Pennsylvania is in the bottom ten. 24/7 Wall St, a business focused website, ranked Pennsylvania 42nd on its list of Best and Worst Run States. Being that close […]
July 12, 2017
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Two Approaches to the Budget, and Neither Work for Taxpayers

On Monday, Governor Wolf allowed the state budget to become law without his signature despite the fact that the budget didn’t balance. The budget passed by the House and Senate spends more than the Treasury is likely to collect. The […]
June 29, 2017
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Our Job

We’re halfway through 2017, and despite endless promises from politicians in Harrisburg much has been left undone for citizens of our Commonwealth. Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) has kept voters up-to-date on issues surrounding the state’s budget, pension reform, spending […]