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

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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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