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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.

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Should Congress Pass the ‘Authorization to Use Military Force’ as Proposed by President Obama?

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

America’s 44th president, Barack Obama, has asked Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State—ISIS. The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is a distinctive variety of Islam with strong beliefs about mankind’s path to the Day of Judgment. In his State of the Union address, […]

Pipelines Will Help Lead to America’s Energy Independence

By Richard Filling on

A pipeline company has proposed to build a north-south natural gas pipeline through Lancaster County, and while opposition to the pipeline has been raised, it is important to realize how infrastructure investment in domestic sources of energy would help our nation by keeping energy prices low, reducing pollution, and ending a major cause of foreign […]

Municipal Pensions: The Rest of the (Untold) Story

By David M. Sanko on

Make no mistake: Pennsylvania is in the midst of a public pension crisis. The headlines, including those generated by recent comments by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, indicate that the predicament is deep-rooted and widespread. But do the news reports tell the whole story? Clearly, the commonwealth is facing a snowballing pension bill, expected to mushroom […]

New Report Shows PA Hospitals Are Saving More Lives Than Ever

By Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA on

Mortality Rates Decline Significantly For Eight Common Medical Conditions, Readmissions Also Down HARRISBURG, PA (December 17)—A new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) shows that, during 2013, hospitals saved lives that might have been lost just five years prior. Hospitals also reduced readmission rates, preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and their associated costs. […]