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The Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit public policy research organization that stresses that government in Pennsylvania - and government leaders in the Commonwealth - should focus on accountability, efficiency, and responsibility in providing government services and in public service. The Center places special emphasis on free market principles, the role of servanthood, and the responsibilities of citizenship that form the foundation of our political structure.

Recent Additions to our Policy Papers

Pennsylvania Again Near the Bottom in Competitiveness Ranking as Other States Widen Gap

By From The Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association on

What’s going on with the Tresco Paving Company, an open shop contractor in Westmoreland County, is sadly emblematic of a culture in Pennsylvania that has us languishing near the bottom in an annual economic competitiveness ranking, Rich States, Poor States, by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Westmoreland County froze Tresco out of two paving projects by […]

Avoiding The Disruption Of State Budget Crises

By David A. Atkinson on

The first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs saw five of the six games decided in overtime.  For hockey fans, this is excitement plus.  Overtime is a lot less appealing to Pennsylvania’s citizens, however, when the game is the serious business of approving the state budget.  Anxiety […]

Healthier Hospitals Provide Substantial Economic Boost

By David Atkinson on

When Governor Tom Wolf announced in January that two state prisons would close, community reaction was remarkably agitated.  Local officials, community groups, and prison workers mounted a full-court press, presenting the advantages of keeping prisons open.   Defenders portrayed grim consequences for short-straw communities suffering a facility closure. Meanwhile, across Pennsylvania, more than a few health […]

Lending a Helping Hand

By David Sanko on

A Guest Opinion by David M. Sanko Executive Director, Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors Note: This is in recognition of Pennsylvania Local Government Week, April 10-14. Watch PSATS Executive Director David Sanko discuss the issues presented here on Behind the Headlines.      Whether you live in a township that’s large or small, it takes a […]