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Why Governor Corbett Is Right to Oppose Blanket Medicaid Expansion

Cost alone is reason enough for Governor Corbett to resist Washington’s call to swell the Medicaid rolls under the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA). Pennsylvania already trails only Missouri for Medicaid taking the largest bite out of its annual budget. Placing 800,000 more Pennsylvanians at a cost of $4 billion under Medicaid would leave even less money for public education, corrections, and other primary government responsibilities. Or, we do it and further buy into the inevitability of having to raise taxes.

Fate of Liquor Privatization Lies with Senate

Contact your state Senators and ask them to follow through on the House’s historic March 21 vote to get the state out of the wholesale and retail liquor business. You can find your legislator. If you would prefer to have a letter generated and sent to your Senator, click here – though the most effective communication is often a phone call to your Senator’s district office.

DEP Chief Brought “Balanced Approach” to Environmental Oversight

Michael Krancer

Mike Krancer promised that as Governor Corbett’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) he would support only those environmental policies based on “sound science.” His approach to environmental oversight at times put the Department at odds with the ever-overreaching federal EPA and some radical environmental groups, but he never backed down; and rightfully so.

State House Moving Fast on Liquor Privatization

Pennsylvania may finally be on the threshold of getting rid of the nagging inconvenience and economic inefficiency of a liquor control system designed in 1933 at the end of prohibition.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has introduced House Bill 720 which is Governor Tom Corbett’s proposal to privatize the wholesale and retail side of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). Leader Turzai hopes to bring the bill to the floor by the end of March.

A Carbon Tax Would Wallop Pennsylvania’s Economy

New Study Finds Proposed Tax Would Hurt Manufacturing Growth, Jobs and Energy Prices in Pennsylvania

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Public Education

Public Education

When he first took office, Governor Corbett walked into a public education funding gap. For over two years Pennsylvania’s school districts received a total of $1.7 billion in stimulus money. Over that same two-year period, public school employee salaries and benefits jumped by $1.3 billion.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Pensions

Pensions

The unfunded liability for state employees and teacher pensions is $41 billion, and if something isn’t done soon we are on the hook for it. The Governor is offering a plan that will almost surely result in a tough political fight because part of it calls for adjusting the pension formulas of those currently employed. There may be no alternative. His budget office says that next fiscal year the costs for pensions will consume 60 percent of all new revenues, money that should be going to core government programs.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Business Taxes

Business Taxes

Only two states, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, cap the net operating losses (NOL) business can carry over against their Corporate Net Income (CNI) taxes. Here’s why the other 48 don’t. The cap penalizes start-up and cyclical companies by significantly increasing their effective tax rate. Allowing for the deduction in net operating losses improves a business’s tax liability. Not allowing for uncapped NOL deductions puts Pennsylvania at a direct disadvantage in attracting or retaining jobs in these innovative industries.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Health Care

Health Care

Remarkably some have characterized the Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) as “free” for Pennsylvania because Washington “covers” the initial few years of cost. This, when the money to pay for the expansion still comes from the same pockets, ours, and the commonwealth will end up shouldering most of the costs in the down years anyway.