CAP NewsBlog - Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania
October 16, 2019
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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
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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
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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.
July 17, 2019
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Adding Another Program to the Shadow Budget

Pennsylvania's shadow budget already includes 36 environmental "special" funds. Why on earth would anyone want to add another one?
July 9, 2019
accountability index

How is my Representative (or Senator) voting?

CAP has launched a new Accountability Index to help voters and taxpayers get a better feel for what is happening in the state capitol. The index will focus on legislation that impacts taxpayers and bills that will affect the future of the Commonwealth.
June 17, 2019
PA children will be trapped in failing schools

Governor Wolf Condemns Thousands of Students to Failing Schools with Veto

Despite his lofty rhetoric that a zip code shouldn’t determine the quality of a student’s education, Gov. Wolf's veto of HB 800 guarantees that children will be trapped in failing schools.
June 4, 2019
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Budget Season: A Parade of Bad Ideas

Of all the popular bad ideas floating around Harrisburg this budget season, none are more harmful than hiking the minimum wage. Here's why.
May 22, 2019
Doug Mastriano, taxpayers' new friend in the Pennsylvania Senate

Taxpayers have a New Friend in the Pennsylvania Senate

Doug Mastriano’s independent streak in selecting who would work on his Pennsylvania Senate campaign will serve taxpayers well.
May 15, 2019
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Update: Nuclear Industry Bailout

It appears unlikely that Pennsylvania's nuclear industry bailout legislation will be moving forward now that Exelon has announced it will be closing Three Mile Island.