CAP NewsBlog - Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania
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.
July 17, 2019
shadow budget

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
minimum wage

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
nuclear power industry

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.
May 8, 2019
Pennsylvania state of United States flag waving on the top sunrise mist fog

Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan – Crippling Costs for Zero Benefits

The justifications for imposing this plan are flawed, the costs and regulations are economically crippling, and the result is a temperature reduction so low that it is indistinguishable from zero.
May 2, 2019
Naming Highways after Retired Politicians

Let’s Stop Naming Highways After Retired Politicians

Pennsylvania lawmakers are compensated generously for their “service” while they're in office and after they leave. Why are we naming highways after them?
April 17, 2019
fair share fees

Guest Post: Pennsylvania Workers Must Know Their Rights

Public sector workers need to know that “fair share fees” are no longer mandatory and that union dues payments are not a condition of their employment. That's why Rep. Klunk has introduced House Bill 785, legislation that would make sure the First Amendment rights of public employees, as established by the Janus decision, will not be violated.
April 10, 2019
nuclear power industry

Money Talks When It Comes to Bailing Out the Nuclear Power Industry

This latest bailout is on top of the $9 billion in subsidies granted to the nuclear power industry in the lead-up to the deregulation of the Commonwealth’s energy sector in 1996.
March 19, 2019
Nuclear Power

We’ve Launched a Radio Ad Campaign to Stop a $500 Million Bailout

The nuclear power industry and its allies argue that what they want shouldn’t be called a bailout; they're right ... it is something far worse.
March 6, 2019
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Johnny Doc: His Brother’s Keeper?

Just when you thought the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's reputation couldn’t get any worse, along comes Justice Kevin Dougherty, brother of indicted union leader, John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty.