The Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies

New Report Shows PA Hospitals Are Saving More Lives Than Ever

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. […]

Obama is Risking A U.S. Ebola Outbreak For His Own Ambitions

Nearly 60 percent of Americans want the government to shut down flights to the U.S. from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, sources of the Ebola virus. Why isn’t the White House playing ball? One theory: because once again, President Barack Obama is serving his legacy at the expense of the country. Six years ago he […]

Six False Claims the EPA is Making to Hide Its Attempt to Control America’s Water

Obama Administration’s Proposed Water Regulation Also Would Make the Environmental Protection Agency the “Lord and Master of Private Land,” New Analysis Says Landowners, homeowners, home builders, construction companies, farmers, ranchers, fruit growers, the forestry and mining industries, and just about everyone else engaged in productive activities in the United States are in the crosshairs of […]

Obama Climate Policies Hurt the Poor

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?

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

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

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 […]

Steel Industry, Workers Urge Commerce Department to Stop Dumping of Foreign Steel

American steel producers and the United Steelworkers (USW) are working together to stop foreign “dumping” of seamless tubes, or oil country tubular goods (OCTG), which are used in the gas and oil industry. Dumping is the practice of exporting products at a subsidized below-market price, in many cases as much as 30 percent below. This […]

“Babe, I Got You Babe”-Will the Expiration of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax Be Delayed Again?

Sound the 6:00 a.m. alarm and cue Sonny and Cher! “Groundhog Day” is previewing in Harrisburg with rumblings that the General Assembly may yet again delay the expiration of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax (CSFT). One business tax expert sarcastically characterized CSFT as the go-to tax if your aim is to stunt business growth. […]

Hal Mowery: Driven by Policy, Not Politics

His given name was Harold F. Mowery, Jr., but to most folks he was simply Hal. His recent passing was marked by an extensive recitation of jobs and positions held and titles and recognitions earned. While this reflection was nice and true, there is still more to be said about a highly accomplished and warm-hearted […]