CAP NewsBlog - Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania
December 15, 2017
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Only the beginning

Throughout 2017, CAP’s impact on the legislature in Harrisburg has been undeniable. Across issues we’ve seen the sort of movement that was thought to be impossible just a few short years ago.
December 15, 2017
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These Republicans Voted to Continue Using Taxpayer Resources to Fund Government Unions’ Political Activity

Most people don’t realize it, but the state government and localities across the commonwealth collect campaign contributions for political action committees (PACs) controlled by government unions.
December 13, 2017
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Guest Post: End the Nightmare

By, Hon. John Kennedy Chairman Emeritus, Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania I was privileged to represent the citizens of the 88th Legislative District in Cumberland County from 1981-1988. I believed then, as now, that citizens should serve in the General Assembly for […]
December 7, 2017
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Why doesn’t Pennsylvania have a gift ban?

Given the sheer number of public officials from Pennsylvania who end up in prison we think that enacting a commonsense “gift ban” makes a lot of sense.
November 30, 2017
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Why Should Government Collect PAC Contributions?

Most people don’t realize it, but the state government and localities across the commonwealth collect campaign contributions for political action committees (PACs) controlled by government unions.
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 […]
November 8, 2017
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We’ve Set a $100,000 Goal to Help Pay for the Convention

We have a chance to change the direction of state government. At Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) we believe that the Commonwealth can be the economic success story of the twenty-first century. However, government needs to get out of the […]
October 25, 2017
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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 […]