Leo Knepper, Author at Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania
July 27, 2017
tax hikers

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

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
money pit

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
two bad choices

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
CAP Capitol

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 […]
June 26, 2017
kicking the can down the road

Their (In)Action

The deadline for lawmakers in the General Assembly to pass a budget is fast approaching. As we’ve noted before, the current budget under consideration should worry taxpayers. Appropriately dubbed a “get out of town” budget, the current proposal for Pennsylvania’s […]
June 22, 2017
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Not buying the hype

Much has been made of the “historic” pension reform just signed by Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf. Politicos and the media are making it out to be a great compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But our regular readers know better… Thanks […]
June 20, 2017
fleeing harrisburg

UPDATE: A “Get Out of Town” Budget Does not Inspire Confidence

UPDATE: It looks like the General Assembly is in full-on “kick the can” mode on the budget. An article from the Patriot-News lays out the options the General Assembly is considering for closing the budget gap. None of them involve […]
June 19, 2017
Big Spenders

Big Spenders Abound

Government spending is out of control. We all understand how our nation being over $20 trillion in debt isn’t a good thing, but do voters really think the problem stops there? At Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) we help shed […]
June 14, 2017
$800 million radio

The $800 Million Radio System that Still Doesn’t Work Right

The government does a remarkable job of throwing good money after bad when it comes to projects. In April, we highlighted the unemployment compensation system that was $60 million over budget and still is not functional. Last week, the Senate […]
June 7, 2017
Burning dollar

UPDATE: Pension Reform Legislation: Political Cover for Governor Wolf and Symbolism Over Substance

On Monday, the Senate passed SB 1 with an overwhelming majority, 40-9, vote. The House is widely expected to pass passed the legislation by a 143-53 vote, the pension “reform” legislation this week and send it to Governor Wolf’s desk; where […]
May 31, 2017
Greetings from michigan

Pennsylvania Shouldn’t Repeat Michigan’s Pension Mistake

Some members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly continue to push a “hybrid” defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) plan as the solution to the Commonwealth’s pension problems. Senate Bill 1 is the latest iteration of this “reform” proposal. As […]
May 24, 2017
school district reserves

School District Reserves Top $4.4 Billion Statewide

The amount of money held by school districts in “reserve” has more than doubled over the last ten years according to a new report by the Commonwealth Foundation. At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, district reserves were over […]
May 17, 2017
pension reform

UPDATE: Pension Reform Must Include Funding Reform

UPDATE: The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released an actuarial note on HB 778 last week. According to their analysis, the legislation would save taxpayers $18 billion dollars by 2050. That may seem like a long time horizon, but the bill […]
May 15, 2017
State of Corruption

Guest Post: State of Corruption

By, Lowman S. Henry Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal Pennsylvania has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to corruption among […]