COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Harrisburg, PA

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The mission of the Commonwealth Foundation is to transform free-market ideas into public policies so all Pennsylvanians can flourish

IN THE NEWS

OHIO THINK TANK LEADS THE WAY ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

The Buckeye Institute has been named a finalist for Atlas Network’s 2018 Templeton Freedom Award. Too often, lives are defined by a single mistake. This is a story about human compassion, redemption, and commonsense solutions to complex public policy issues. It is a story about changing outdated, unjust, and arbitrary laws at th...

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CROATIAN PROPERTY TAX HANDILY DEFEATED, MORE CITIZENS GET TO STAY IN HOMES

Lipa Taxpayers Association has been named a finalist for Atlas Network’s 2018 Templeton Freedom Award. With Croatia’s population declining for decades, its government ought to pursue policies that encourage growth. Instead, it pursued a policy that threatened to further push Croatians out with the 2017 passage of a tax on privat...

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FOR FIRST TIME, CITIZENS PARTICIPATE IN EGYPT’S BUDGETING PROCESS

Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies has been named a finalist for Atlas Network’s 2018 Templeton Freedom Award. After the dust settled following the Arab Spring in 2011, Egypt’s score fell dramatically on the Open Budget Index, which measures government transparency and citizen engagement in the budget-making process. Seek...

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STAND WITH JANUS TO GIVE CHOICE IN FORCED UNION MEMBERSHIP

Across the United States, millions of government workers are forced to pay money to a government union as a condition of employment. These workers have no choice in the matter. In 22 states, government unions have the power to force every public sector employee to fund their lobbying and political advocacy, even if these workers...

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FINDING THE “GHOST TEACHERS” IN PENNSYLVANIA

In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Foundation (CF) is tackling the problem of “ghost teachers” — teachers who no longer work in a classroom, but go to work for the teachers’ union and manage to stay on district payroll, receive health benefits, and amass pension credits, just as if they were teaching in a school. CF is working ha...

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PENSION REFORM IN MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA SHOWS SHIFTING PUBLIC OPINION

Like many states, Michigan has tens of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities relating to its public pension system, clocking in at $29.1 billion. However, its state legislature recently passed reforms aimed at introducing sustainability to the system – reforms that have been championed by the Mackinac Center for Public Pol...

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CREATING STATE BUDGET SOLUTIONS FOR PENNSYLVANIA

Rather than raise taxes to cover budget shortfalls, the Pennsylvania state government has indicated that it plans to streamline government programs and cut wasteful spending. The Commonwealth Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in Harrisburg, is stepping up to the challenge of presenting the government with prudent and pr...

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CHALLENGE TO MANDATORY CA TEACHER UNION FEES HEARD BY U.S. SUPREME COURT

Freedom of association is a fundamental cornerstone of the ideas of liberty, but mandatory union fees for school teachers have long held many of those teachers captive to an ideological system that they don’t support. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing testimony in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a...

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