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Do High Taxes Play A Part In Keystone Exodus?

Feb 18, 2016
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Last year, Pennsylvania lost one person to another state every 12.5 minutes as cited by the Commonwealth Foundation. According to a recent Gallup Poll state taxes play a contributing role in residents desire to leave the state they’re living in. However, can you blame taxes on the governor? We’ll ask Nathan Benefield, vice president of policy analysis for the Commonwealth Foundation.

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A pair of Republican state representatives want to force teachers’ union representatives to also hold positions that put them in contact with students every day. The move is an effort to end what they are calling “ghost teachers.”

State Representative Jim Christiana (R- Beaver) is upset that there are three individuals that are getting all of the benefits of being an active teacher in the Pittsburgh Public School district that report to the union office every day rather than to a school building.

Commonwealth Foundation's Take on Budget Talks

Aug 13, 2015
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The pace of budget negotiations between Governor Wolf and leaders in the GOP dominated legislature seems to be picking up. The two sides have been at odds over their respective versions of the state budget which is now six weeks overdue. Matt Brouillette, President and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative think tank, joins us to talk about what conservatives want in the state budget.  

American Economic Growth and Unions

Oct 16, 2013

Looking at America’s economy today, Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich has pointed to the decline of unions as a contributor to the stagnation of American wages.

When unions are strong, is the economy strong?

Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center says job growth and America’s recovery from the great recession have been too slow. With the decline in unions over the past few decades, he says wages have been flattened and even declined since the recovery began.

Liquor Sales in PA: Modernize or Privatize?

Mar 17, 2013
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Many policy makers in the commonwealth are looking for ways to change the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. But not all agree on what changes need to be made. State Senator Jim Ferlo joins us to explain how he thinks the PLCB should be modernized.  And Matthew Brouillette, President and CEO of the public policy group, the Commonwealth Foundation explains his group's privatization approach, which the Corbett administration is in favor of.