Once Upon A Turnpike

Once upon a turnpike

It’s like a recurring bad dream. A new year, a new turnpike toll hike. Now, driving the length of the highway costs upwards of $65.70—not counting the return trip. Only, this nightmare is real. We know the usual suspects: infrastructure…

Pot Push Lives In Labor La-la Land

Pot push lives in labor la-la land

Op-Ed by Commonwealth Partners Board Member Rob Shearer.  While Lt. Gov. John Fetterman crusades on legalizing recreational marijuana, one poll released last fall suggests Pennsylvanians may not be eager to jump on the bandwagon. They’re right to be cautious. Lost…

A Vote For Supreme Court

A vote for Supreme Court

Op-Ed by David Barensfeld. This piece originally appeared at Broad & Liberty.  There’s a big election coming up, and it’s not 2020. Certainly, if you turn on the news, or visit any media site, or scroll through Twitter (if you…

What We Learned By Suing The Government

What we learned by suing the government

Op-ed by Jonathan Goldstein and Matt Brouillette. This piece has appeared in more than a dozen media outlets across Pennsylvania. Two years ago, we filed a historic lawsuit against Gov. Wolf, the General Assembly, the State Treasurer, and the Auditor…

Fetterman Was “Listening” For The Obvious

Fetterman was “Listening” for the Obvious

Op-Ed by Rob Shearer. This piece has appeared in more than 15 outlets across Pennsylvania. Whatever your stance on legalizing recreational marijuana, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide “listening tour” should raise your ire. Thanks to our government’s taxpayer-funded press shop,…

Court: Taxpayers Can Hold Harrisburg Accountable

Court: Taxpayers Can Hold Harrisburg Accountable

HARRISBURG, July 9, 2019—Pennsylvania taxpayers have legal standing to challenge unconstitutional government action that has infected the Commonwealth’s budget process in recent years, according to a Commonwealth Court order issued last week. The ruling came in response to the lawsuit…

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…