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September 11, 2017
budget glossary

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
shadow budget

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
protecting incumbents

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
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
jerry-oleksiak

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
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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 […]