Recent Posts

Yes, Democrats, It’s a Mob

David Harsanyi / @davidharsanyi / The Daily Signal Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, D.C., ...

Read More

Keeping Cruz control in Texas

By Bonnie Chernin at Renew America It is critically important for Sen. Ted Cruz to win re-election and keep Texas red ...

Read More

The anti-Trump riots are a smoke screen. The real goal--eliminate the electoral college

By Tom DeWeese at Renew America Many seem bewildered by the anti-Trump riots and demonstrations that have covered the nation since ...

Read More

Walter Williams: The Electoral College Debate

By Walter E. Williams | cnsnews Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Screenshot) Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York's 14th Congressional District, has called for ...

Read More

Drugs, Drinks, Doors, and Dogs

 GARY DEMAR / Godfather Politics Donald Trump has picked at the scab of Democrat politics and exposed its savage wound on the body ...

Read More

Democrats' New Strategy: Destroy The Institutions Of American Government

JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images ByBEN SHAPIRO @BENSHAPIRO/DailyWire Back in 2013, President Obama, frustrated by Republican unwillingness to pass his agenda, lashed out at Congress. ...

Read More

Culture Warriors-grid your loins

By R.T. Neary at Renew America The sharp division in American society is not really in evidence until we come into ...

Read More

To deal with leftists, imagine you're confronting Satan

By Selwyn Duke at Renew America If you're a conned-servative who gets sand thrown in your eyes, your kneecaps kicked off ...

Read More

In our cultural civil war, November 6 is Gettysburg

By Bryan Fischer at Renew America Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at "Focal Point" Host of "Focal Point" on American ...

Read More

Why Is The Mainstream Media Telling Us That A Giant West Coast Tsunami “Might Hit Without Warning”?

In Southern California, an earthquake could trigger an underwater avalanche in the Santa Monica Bay, producing a tsunami that could ...

Read More

Latest News

[smoothslider]

Hide Your Wallet: It’s Budget Season in Harrisburg–the CAP Report

Share

Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania

What could possibly go wrong?
View this email in your browser

Hide Your Wallet: It’s Budget Season in Harrisburg

Every June an unholy alliance of Big Government special interests and politicians gathers in Harrisburg to decide how to spend your money. Governor Wolf provided an outline of what he wanted to see back in February. His focus was on more education spending, more taxes on natural gas, and a higher minimum wage. As we noted at the time:

Pennsylvania currently spends more on education than forty-one other states. More money is not going to help students in failing schools…The worst performing school district [in Pennsylvania], Wilkinsburg Borough, spends over $30,000 per pupil. However, only fifteen percent of their students are proficient in math, and twenty-six percent are proficient in reading. On top of poor performance in math and reading, less than half of Wilkinsburg’s students graduate. More money is not the solution for our education system’s failings…

“In his budget address, Wolf repeated the lie that natural gas companies aren’t paying their ‘fair share’ and he advocated for raising their taxes. He stated that Pennsylvania was the only state not collecting an extraction tax, but the Governor failed to mention that we are the only state to levy an impact fee. In 2017, the natural gas companies paid over $200 million into Pennsylvania’s coffers due to our impact fee. Natural gas companies are also subject to the Commonwealth’s corporate net income tax, which happens to be the second highest in the country. On top of that, the Treasury gets a cut of any royalties paid to individuals by the gas companies. At what point will Governor Wolf be satisfied that natural gas companies are paying their fair share?

“The final item trotted out by the Governor was an increase in the minimum wage. If Governor Wolf wants to make it harder for lower-skilled workers to find employment, setting an artificially high wage floor will undoubtedly make that happen. Minimum wage increases enacted by other states and localities have resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs and Pennsylvania would not be exempt from that trend.”

As far as we can tell, none of the Governor’s proposals are entirely off the table. In fact, Senate Republican leaders and Democrats included another shale gas tax in their fiscal code last year, along with several other tax increases. The House nixed the worst of the fiscal code, including the shale tax increase. So far this year, we haven’t heard anything from Senate Republican leaders shutting the door on targeted tax increases.

We have yet to see a budget proposal from the Pennsylvania House or Senate. The General Assembly doesn’t provide a budget framework until closer to the June 30th deadline, making it harder for taxpayers to weigh in on how their money will be spent over the next year. We will be sure to update you as soon as there is anything to report.

Forward to a Friend
More to explore:
Will Independents Be Able to Vote in Pennsylvania Primaries?
 President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Joe Scarnati, will be drafting legislation to allow voters registered as independents to participate in Pennsylvania’s primary.
Read More
Election Update: Primary Results 2018
It was a fantastic night for CAP, and CAP PAC supported candidates. Both of the candidates CAP PAC supported for the Senate won commanding victories.
Read More
Ready to Invest?
CLICK HERE
Draining the Harrisburg swamp since 2009.
Copyright © 2018 Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.Our mailing address is:

Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania

1017 Mumma Rd
Suite 102

LemoynePA 17043

Comments are closed.

Polls

Please take our reader satisfaction poll. Please select one from each part.

View Results