The Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies

To Create Better Jobs and Schools Governor Wolf Needs a Robust Healthcare Industry

The Wolf administration is missing an opportunity to fulfill its pledge “to create jobs that pay and schools that teach” by advancing a budget that cuts $166 million in hospital funding. The fact is, Pennsylvania hospitals generate jobs and keep Pennsylvanians healthy so they can earn and learn. We urge Wolf to support the hospital […]

The EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” Will Have Far Reaching Negative Impacts on the Economy and Middle Class

Plan will shatter the nation and Pennsylvania’s opportunity to capitalize the growing global coal market and the state’s ranking as one the top energy exporting and electricity generating states. With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the need for “urgent replacement of fossil fuels with renewables”, focus on energy policies is again generating much […]

Stop The EPA’s War Against The Poor

In this year’s State of the Union Address, President Obama promoted his vision of “middle-class economics.” As part of his program, he pledged to lower taxes for working families, “putting thousands of dollars back into their pockets each year.” Alas, what his budget proposal pledged to giveth, his energy policy taketh away. The industry regulations […]

New Energy Taxes Will Cost Pennsylvania Jobs

We all remember positively the Spirit of ’76, when Americans declared Independence! But we also need to remember the Spirit of 1791, when Pennsylvanians fought against oppressive taxation in the Whiskey Rebellion. The farmers of Western Pennsylvania who had a thriving sideline business did not welcome additional taxation and were willing to put up a […]

Closed Primaries Give Voters Clearer Choices in Elections

There is ongoing debate in our commonwealth and nation about open and closed primaries. It always heats up as we near a presidential primary season. Pennsylvania is a closed-primary state, meaning only those voters registered as either Republicans or Democrats may vote to select their party’s nominees for the general election. In states with open […]

Yes, Pennsylvania There is a Pension Crisis – Now What Are We Going to Do About It?

Yes, Pennsylvania, there is a pension crisis. No amount of political rhetoric can alter the fact that years of hefty benefit increases, fund losses and negligent underfunding have left the state’s two largest pension funds–covering both teachers and other state workers–in a huge budget hole. The $27 billion Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System and $51.7 […]

Another Look at Downsizing the State Legislature

In our form of democracy, good ideas are discussed over and over across the years with little evidence of progress. Over the last two legislative sessions, measures to reduce the size of the General Assembly passed the House but died due to inaction in the State Senate. Perhaps this will be the year that change […]

What Would Nixon Do?

What Would Nixon Do? Think he’d for a moment allow a terrorist state to build a nuclear weapon? Your humble servant had the great privilege of being a speechwriter and lawyer for Richard Nixon in the last year of his presidency, 1973-74. I am well aware that he was forced from office and that the […]