Salamanders, Hornets, & Bad Political Strategy

Salamanders, Hornets, & Bad Political Strategy

By Matthew J. Brouillette. This piece originally appeared in several news outlets in southeast Pennsylvania.  Recently, our state House members voted 191-6 to make the Eastern hellbender Pennsylvania’s official state amphibian. Unfortunately, some lawmakers find it easier to stand up for a…

The Spirit Of Socialism Vs. The American Spirit

The Spirit of Socialism vs. the American Spirit

By Abhi Samuel. Remarks Delivered May 1, 2019 to students at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Boalsburg, Pa. Last October I became an American citizen, and it was one of the proudest and most cherished moments in my life. I want…

How Government Can Help Pa. Prosper

How Government Can Help Pa. Prosper

As Pennsylvania employers and business owners, we regularly think long term. Whether expanding our companies, hiring new workers, planning capital investments or responding to economic downturns, we base decisions not simply on immediate benefits or drawbacks but on long-term results.…

Amazon Loss Can Be Pa.’s Gain

Amazon Loss Can Be Pa.’s Gain

By: Matthew J. Brouillette -- “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.” Jim McKay popularized this phrase on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, but the race to secure Amazon’s HQ2 showed economic contests can deliver their own thrills and…

Will SEIU’s Millions Buy Wolf’s Veto Of Anti-Poverty Bill?

Will SEIU’s Millions Buy Wolf’s Veto of Anti-Poverty Bill?

HARRISBURG, October 18, 2018—Yesterday, the General Assembly sent Gov. Tom Wolf transformative welfare reform that would help thousands of Pennsylvanians escape poverty through meaningful work or volunteer requirements. While low-income, healthy Pennsylvanians trapped in cycles of poverty have the most…

Wolf V. Wolf: The Real Debate

Wolf v. Wolf: The real debate

By: Matthew J. Brouillette Whether the recent, one-and-only gubernatorial debate between Gov. Tom Wolf and Scott Wagner was actually a “debate” is—well—up for debate. Both candidates had very little time to discuss the issues most important to Pennsylvanians: well-paying jobs,…

Wolf’s Biggest Backers Aren’t The “Little Guy”

Wolf’s Biggest Backers Aren’t the “Little Guy”

Gov. Tom Wolf claims he’s standing up to special interests in Harrisburg, but in reality he’s accepting millions of dollars from special-interests—while doing in office exactly what these special interests’ lobbyists want. As Wolf’s latest campaign finance report shows, of…

Oral Argument Scheduled Sept. 13 In Wolf Budget Lawsuit

Oral Argument Scheduled Sept. 13 in Wolf Budget Lawsuit

News Release —The Commonwealth Court has scheduled oral argument, sitting en banc, in the lawsuit seeking to hold Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly accountable for violating the state constitution’s balanced budget requirement. WHAT: Oral Argument in Brouillette, et…

What Janus Ruling Means For Gov. Wolf’s Agenda

What Janus Ruling Means for Gov. Wolf’s Agenda

News Release:  June 27, 2018—Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, upholding Mark Janus’ right to choose whether to fund a government union, is a major win for worker freedom—and a major loss for Gov. Tom Wolf and his…

Pennsylvanians Spared Utility Bill Hike

Pennsylvanians Spared Utility Bill Hike

By Matthew J. Brouillette. Editorial Note: This piece was originally published in the Somerset Daily American on June 6, 2018. Since then, the Legislature did not embrace Wolf's severance tax proposal and passed a budget with no tax increases.  Who…