Wait, Didn’t the Governor Say the Budget is Done?

Aug. 22, 2023 /

To hear Gov. Josh Shapiro talk, a state budget is in place and all is well at the Capitol. He’s been crisscrossing the state the last couple weeks bragging about “historic” investments in everything from education and economic development to public safety.

Tourism: Keystone to a Prosperous Tomorrow

Aug. 15, 2023 /

Pennsylvania is contending with ongoing outmigration and falling population as residents leave the Commonwealth in search of new opportunities for their families. With our total population loss ranking as the fourth highest in the nation, the loss of residents, their talent and their resources has been detrimental to our state economy, finances and culture. Between 2019-20, the Commonwealth experienced a $1.2 billion economic loss due to outmigration alone.

Lifeline Scholarships Bridged the Political Divide

Jul. 26, 2023 /

If there is anything that should promote unity and non-partisan work among government officials, it’s the education of our children. Instead, education has become the center of many of our partisan battles. This year felt different, almost hopeful, especially following a dramatic court ruling that essentially handed down a directive that we need to revamp our educational system in Pennsylvania so every child has access to a high-quality education.

Broken Trust

Jul. 16, 2023 /

Imagine sitting in a car dealership and feeling pretty good about negotiating a great deal on a new-to-you used car. Strong valuation of your trade-in, low interest rate, and even some nice “freebies” thrown in by the dealership. The salesman has all the terms ready for you to sign, but suddenly gets a call to head to the back office. After returning, he slides the agreement across his desk, ready for your signature.

Balance of Power in Government Means More Power for the People

Dec. 08, 2021 /

The abuse of executive power by both parties and at all levels of government must stop. The recent unprecedented increase of these executive orders not only concentrates too much power into the hands of a single person, but it also effectively silences the voice of the people and stifles freedom.

The Courts Should Not Be Setting Election Laws

Nov. 01, 2021 /

If you thought the Democratic Party was done manipulating our election laws through the Pennsylvania Court system, think again. Last year, the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit requesting six changes to the Pennsylvania Election Code. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rendered a verdict less than two months before the 2020 General Election. The decision made five major changes to our election laws:

Improving Elections Through Access, Security, Modernization

Jun. 18, 2021 /

Improving Elections Through Access, Security, Modernization

The Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act, approved in committee just recently vastly improves Pennsylvania’s election process that the last few election cycles prove are ripe with problems, some of which disenfranchise voters.

Threats Will Not Stop Pennsylvania’s Farmers

May. 10, 2021 /

Pennsylvania’s farmers know what it is like to face a challenge. Supply chain, international market fluctuations and the weather can impact decisions every day and sometimes every hour. A “disaster” to a farmer can arrive in many different forms, none of which need to be declared by the government.

Wolf’s ‘Restore PA’ Plan More Likely to Destroy PA

Feb. 11, 2020 / Editorial

Gov. Tom Wolf once again is pushing his fiscally irresponsible, job-crushing Restore PA proposal. He wants to borrow $4.5 billion at a cost to the taxpayers of $6.5 billion in principal, interest and fees. This debt-financed “boondoggle” is to be allocated at the whim of a new government board and paid for by yet another job-killing tax on natural gas production. Keep in mind, the state already imposes an impact fee on natural gas production and levies business taxes on these employers.

Dush Condemns Wolf’s Senseless Vetoes

Oct. 30, 2018 /

Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) is joining with his Common Sense Caucus colleagues in expressing extreme disappointment regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent vetoes of three bills that would have dramatically reduced the state’s debt, required the Department of Human Services to institute work requirements, and expanded career and technical education (CTE) opportunities for students across Pennsylvania.

Setting the Record Straight

Oct. 09, 2018 /

Editorial by Representative Bryan Cutler PA House Republican Whip With Pennsylvania’s sole gubernatorial debate having come and gone, most people are likely wondering what statements being made are true or false. Fact checking is always an important step in the political process, which is ongoing around the Commonwealth. The governor and his campaign are highlighting as many positives that occurred during his term in office as they can. They should, as things are legitimately better today than two and three years ago.