Leo Knepper, Author at Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania
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 […]
May 9, 2017
former senator Robert Mellow

Convicted Senator wants $20,000 per Month Pension Restored

In 2012, former Senator Robert Mellow was sentenced to 16 months in prison, three years parole, and ordered to pay nearly $150,000 in fines and restitution. Now he wants his $20,000 per month pension back. Although one lawmaker having a […]
May 3, 2017
SERS

State Pension Fund Takes a Baby Step Toward Reality

Last week the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) took a baby step toward reality and lowered their estimated return on investment (ROI). SERS moved their estimated ROI from 7.5 percent to 7.25 percent. The SERS change matches a move made […]
April 26, 2017
Handcuffed businessman, concept for white collar crime

Who Will be Held Responsible?

Last November, the Governor announced the closure of several unemployment compensation (UC) call centers. He blamed Republicans in the Senate. According to Republicans, they weren’t going to pass supplemental funding because the money allocated previously were squandered. Subsequently, the Wolf […]
April 18, 2017
nuclear power

Nuclear Power Industry Can’t Compete, Now Wants a Bailout

It has become standard practice for industries that cannot compete on their own to look to the government for protection or an outright bailout. Pennsylvania taxpayers spend over $700 million per year supporting various corporate welfare schemes. Now a new […]
April 12, 2017
SEIU

Multi-Million Dollar Contract with a Major Financial Contributor to Governor Wolf Finalized

Suppose that a business owner gave a politician nearly $1 million in campaign contributions and then received a $134.9 million contract. What kind of reaction would expect from the media? Most people would expect wall to wall news coverage and […]
April 10, 2017
wayne langerholc

CAP and CAP PAC Donors Ask Senator Langerholc for a Refund

Earlier this year, Senator Wayne Langerholc broke his pledge to CAP and his constituents. During his campaign, he signed CAP’s pension declination pledge. One of the first things he did once he was elected was to sign up for the […]
April 3, 2017
pension reform

Pension Reform Must Include Funding Reform

No matter what pension plan design reforms the legislature enacts for future employees, the Commonwealth will still have a massive unfunded liability. The unfunded liability is the result of over-promising retirement benefits, poor investment performance, optimistic investment return assumptions, but […]
March 30, 2017
strategy for budgeting

“We’ll Figure It Out Later” is a Bad Strategy for Budgeting

Last June the General Assembly and Governor included money generated from expanded “gaming” (i.e. gambling) in their calculations to pay for a massive increase in spending. Including those funds in the budget was problematic because they didn’t pass legislation at […]
March 28, 2017

What matters most

There is no shortage of political fodder to focus on these days. From the White House, to the State House, to the local courthouse, it seems there are endless stories grabbing our attention. Fortunately, at Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) […]
March 24, 2017
broken promises

It’s done on purpose

Have you ever heard your elected official explain a policy or piece of legislation and wonder what on earth they’re talking about? You’re not alone. Many of our state’s politicians intentionally use confusing language and unfamiliar terms to “explain” their […]
March 22, 2017
spending money

Spending money to save money?

Only politicians could come up with ideas this inane: spending money to perform a study that determines how to save money. Yes, you read that correctly, and it’s exactly what Governor Tom Wolf did recently. One of the main conclusions […]
March 15, 2017
skills shortage

Pennsylvania can Address Skills Shortage by Modernizing Regulations

According to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, sixty-two percent of Pennsylvania contractors reported that they were having a hard time filling positions for skilled craft positions like carpenters, electricians, plumbers and others. Part of the reason […]