The Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies

CLIMATE DATA SHENANIGANS FROM WOLF AND OBAMA

Pennsylvania is charging ahead with regulations to implement the Obama Administration’s master plan to cool down a planet we are told is on the verge of boiling over. Twenty-seven states, three labor unions and 24 national associations have sued in federal court to block implementation of the “Clean Power Plan” (CPP). Not Pennsylvania. Nearly all […]

Judges and Political Campaigns Do Not Mix Well

May 13, 2016 By David Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center From a public policy perspective, raising the mandatory retirement age of Pennsylvania’s judges seems sensible. However, voters see it differently. Had the primary ballot question on the subject actually counted, it would probably have been rejected. Voters do not appear in the mood to give […]

New Poll Finds Pennsylvanians Concerned About Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

Strongest Opposition Voiced in Hardest-Hit States Such as Pennsylvania Watch Behind the Headlines with Rep. Jeff Pyle, Chairman of the Pennsylvania House Coal Caucus, who discusses how damaging these regulations will be on Pennsylvania’s economy. Polling data released October 22, 2014 by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members […]

National Civil War Museum: An Asset To Be Appreciated

History buffs have become accustomed to and accomplished at defending historical sites and properties against assaults from developers. It is a rarer occurrence for an established museum to come under a concerted political assault aimed at closing the facility and auctioning off the collection. Unfortunately, this is not merely a matter of scary speculation. There […]

Pennsylvania Wrongly Endorses Carbon Rules: Other States Prepare Legal Action

Sixteen states, with many more on the way, have already banded together to pursue legal action to stop the implementation of Barack Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania won’t be joining the party. Governor Tom Wolf, in fact, rushed to release a statement last week in supporting the president after he announced the final rule […]

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 […]