CAP NewsBlog - Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania
December 2, 2019
pay raise for lawmakers

Thanks to Pay Raise, Christmas Comes Early for Lawmakers

Looking for a job that pays more than $90K a year, provides $180 a day for whatever you want, guarantees you an annual raise no matter what, and gives you access to the best health insurance for a pittance? Welcome to Pennsylvania Government!
November 21, 2019
Drew Crompton

Governor Wolf’s Latest Court Nominee Embodies the Swamp

Governor Tom Wolf would have had to work pretty hard to find a worse nominee than Drew Crompton to fill an existing vacancy on the Commonwealth Court.
November 19, 2019
state government gifts

Will the legislature finally move on a gift ban for lawmakers?

When it comes to accepting gifts, cash isn't the only ethical issue for Pennsylvania lawmakers. A proposed House bill that seeks to eliminate a variety of valuable gifts seems to be an important step in the right direction.
November 11, 2019
Capitalists must save Pennsylvania

If Capitalists Don’t Step Up to the Plate, Pennsylvania will go the Way of Virginia in 2020

If capitalists don’t step up to the plate in a big way going into 2020, they will be sorting through the rubble of our government for the next decade.
October 28, 2019
hypocrites

Guest Post: Keystone Saves: The Grandest Hypocrisy by the Damnedest Hypocrites.

Only the most brazen of political-class hypocrites could come up with a lose-lose game like Keystone Saves and call it a win-win for taxpayers.
October 23, 2019
campaign expense

How is a $100 DNA Testing Kit an Acceptable Political Campaign Expense?

A day after an investigative report revealed troubling campaign expenditures made by Pennsylvania's top lawmakers, those same lawmakers pushed for an amendment that would make it more difficult to access their campaign expense reports.
October 16, 2019
act 72

Guest Post: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s carbon tax is all pain and no gain

Gov. Wolf's carbon tax plan is easily his most harmful act in his two terms as chief executive of the state, according to guest blogger Gregory R. Wrightstone.
October 9, 2019
PA Ranked 7th Least Tax-Friendly State in the Nation

PA Among “Least Tax-Friendly” States in the US; Gov. Wolf wants to Make it Worse

In a recent report, Pennsylvania was ranked as the seventh least tax-friendly state in the nation. Gov. Wolf seems determined to lower that ranking even further by issuing an executive order joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
October 2, 2019
Tom Mehaffie: A Democrat in Disguise?

Representative Tom Mehaffie: The Best Republican the Democrats have in Harrisburg

Don't be fooled by Rep. Tom Mehaffie's pro-taxpayer rhetoric. He is one of the worst kinds of politicians: the kind that says one thing and does another.
September 19, 2019
Restore PA is already broken

Guest Post: Restore PA repeats mistakes of old

Restore PA is Gov. Wolf's misguided plan to borrow $4.5 billion to fix a laundry list of problems that have yet to be clearly defined or quantified.
September 10, 2019
Wolf repays teachers unions at the expense of students

Governor Wolf Continues to Repay Teachers’ Unions at the Expense of Students

Gov. Wolf's attack on cyber charters shouldn't come as a surprise, given the loyalty he's shown and the money he's received from Pennsylvania teachers' unions.
August 27, 2019
Wolf labor contracts to cost taxpayers $1 billion

New Labor Contracts Will Cost Taxpayers Over $1 Billion

The same unions that donated millions to Gov. Wolf's re-election campaign now stand to collect more than $1 billion in state labor contracts. Who was looking out for taxpayers at the negotiating table?
August 20, 2019
film tax credit

Horror Film: Loophole Subverts Film Tax Credit Program

Aside from the absurdity of having taxpayers subsidize profitable filmmakers, many production companies are not actually using the film tax credit at all--they're “selling” it to other businesses for cash.
August 8, 2019
diverse economy

Pennsylvania has the Most Diverse Economy in the Country, Why Isn’t It Growing Faster?

With its proximity to large population centers, abundant natural resources, and world-class, high-tech research, Pennsylvania's economy should be booming. So, why isn't it happening?
July 23, 2019
incumbent protection

A $10 Million Incumbent Protection Program

Each of the General Assembly's four political caucuses operates their own private, taxpayer-funded incumbent protection program at a cost of $10 million per year.