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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

Obama Climate Policies Hurt the Poor

By Dr. Shawn Ritenour, Associated Scholar on

In anticipation of this week’s United Nations Climate Summit, tens of thousands of activists stormed Manhattan in what organizers dubbed “The Peoples Climate March.” Organized by environmentalist, labor, and self-styled social justice groups, marchers demanded “climate justice now,” even observing a minute of silence to recognize those most affected by climate change. They should have […]

Long Live the Queen! Long Live the United Kingdom?

By Charles E. Greenawalt, Ph.D., Senior Fellow on

Before 1995 few people outside of the United Kingdom had ever heard the name of William Wallace. Mel Gibson, an accomplished Australian film actor and director with a sketchy and haphazard knowledge of government and history, released a box office blockbuster movie—“Braveheart.” Gibson looked back 800 years ago into British history to find a charismatic […]

Beware, taxpayers – zombie pensions are eating your bacon

By State Rep. Stephen Bloom on

For reasons that remain obscure, everyone loves talking about zombies. For reasons a bit more obvious, everyone loves loving bacon. Meanwhile, if there’s one thing nobody loves talking about and nobody loves loving, it’s pension reform. But zombie pensions are eating your bacon, so listen up! The Commonwealth operates two pension programs for state workers […]

We Don’t Have To Choose Between Good Jobs and a Clean Environment

By The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance on

Here is some background on the EPA’s rules on existing power plants. On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its long awaited proposal to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance continues to review the proposal (the preamble alone is 450 pages) but according to several sources, and […]