August 30, 2011

Will the Unions Take Their Happiness?

Yesterday, my eight-year-old and five-year-old sons started a new year at St. Jerome Regional School (SJRS) in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. Their first day back is always bittersweet.  The thought of them heading off to acquire building blocks for a happy and […]
August 5, 2011

Can you pay your $7,800 share of State Debt?

With the recent “deal” in Washington, Americans are well aware of the federal debt crisis. But did you know that career politicians in Harrisburg have put us on the hook for close to $95 billion worth of state debt?!    That’s […]
July 29, 2011

CAP Launches the Ben Franklin Project

Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) launched the Ben Franklin Project to restore our General Assembly to the “citizen legislature” established by our Commonwealth’s founders. The goal of the Ben Franklin Project is to stock the General Assembly with 70 legislators–55 […]
June 21, 2011

Senate Passes Fair Share Act!

Great news for Pennsylvania’s business climate and legal system, as the state Senate, by a vote of 28-22 last evening, passed meaningful lawsuit reform known as the Fair Share Act (SB 1131).  This measure  abolishes the so-called “deep pocket rule,” also known […]
June 16, 2011

Key Vote Alert: Senate to vote Monday on Fair Share Act (Lawsuit Reform)

On Monday, the Senate is scheduled to vote on a very important lawsuit reform measure–Sen. Jake Corman’s Fair Share Act–which would abolish “joint and several liability”, also known as the “deep pocket” rule, and institute proportional liability. Under the current “deep pocket” rule, a […]
June 13, 2011

Key Vote Alert – Unemployment Compensation Reform (SB 1030)

The state House is expected to vote on Unemployment Compensation Reform (SB 1030) today.  This legislation will make changes to Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation Program that will save taxpayers $125 million.  Currently, the program is $3.7 billion in debt to the […]
May 23, 2011

Budget Showdown?

Gov. Tom Corbett is holding firm on his promise to veto any state budget that spends one penny above his proposal of $27.3 billion.  The House is backing his play.  The Senate, on the other hand, wants to spend more […]
April 27, 2011

Stop the generational theft!

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes that “Pennsylvania shortchanged its state and school pension systems more than any other state in 2009…The state paid only 31 percent of the $2.4 billion needed to keep the funds healthy…  ‘It saves money like not paying […]
April 25, 2011

Anti-SB 1 Republicans Will Be Targeted for Defeat in 2012 Primary

Senate Bill 1—the Opportunity Scholarship Act—will enable tens of thousands of low- and middle-income parents to send their children to the school that gives them the greatest hope for success and happiness.  For parents who are happy with their child’s […]
April 15, 2011

Ending Forced Unionism Will Unleash Pennsylvania’s Prosperity

Pennsylvania’s workers are deprived of their freedom of choice to decide whether or not they want to join or support a labor union. The economic effects of forced unionism are clear: — According to U.S. Labor Department data, between 2003 and 2005, private-sector job […]
April 12, 2011

School Choice Bill Clears Another Hurdle Senate Bill 1 — The Opportunity Scholarship Act — has been narrowly approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 15-11. Better yet, the bill was strengthened as the Committee adopted an amendment that extends K-12 private school scholarship eligibilty to middle class families (originally, only families whose income is 130 percent of the poverty line were eligible for a scholarship ). The bill today will be voted on by the full Senate. Note: Three Republican Senators nearly killed the bill by siding with the Democrats and union bosses – those Republicans are: Patricia Vance, Stewart Greenleaf, and Lisa Baker. Action Item Please contact your State Senator and State Representative TODAY and urge them to support Senate Bill 1, the Opportunity Scholarship Act.

Senate Bill 1 — The Opportunity Scholarship Act — has been narrowly approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 15-11. Better yet, the bill was strengthened as the Committee adopted an amendment that extends K-12 private school […]
April 4, 2011

Your Action Needed on Senate Bill 1

Senate Bill 1 — The Opportunity Scholarship Act — will soon face its next major hurdles, which are a vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee followed by a vote by the full Senate. Several key Republican Senators are still undecided, and they […]
March 16, 2011

Pennsylvania Leadership Conference Is Worth Attending

Whatever your level of interest or involvement in politics or government is, you’ll want to attend the 2011 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference (PLC).  This is our Commonwealth’s annual premier gathering for grassroots activists, policymakers, candidates for office, and just simply those who […]
March 10, 2011

CAP to Rep. Geist: Lead, Follow, or Retire

HARRISBURG (3.10.11) – Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) today rebuked state Rep. Rick Geist (R-Altoona) for stating that Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposal to get rid of WAMs is “unrealistic,” and not signing on to the “No WAMs” Pledge. “The only […]
March 7, 2011

Kudos to Gov. Corbett for Helping Job Creators

Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) lauds Gov. Tom Corbett for approving tax rules that are fair to employers and will result in economic expansion, i.e. more Pennsylvanians having a good-paying job. Specifically, under Gov. Corbett’s reform, an employer can deduct expenses from his business tax burden in one […]