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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

Saying Farewell To A Mentor And A Friend

By David A. Atkinson, Associate of The Susquehanna Valley Center's Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies on

  Thanksgiving is a season when we count our greatest blessings, the family and friends who surround us and those who have gone ahead to their eternal reward. Many of us are fortunate to have a special person who sees hidden qualities in us, who goes above and beyond to guide and inspire us, who […]

Rescue For Rural Hospitals A Healthy Move Forward

By David Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center's Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies on

  Given our entrenched political and regional differences, Pennsylvania teamwork tends to conjure thoughts of sports rather than governance. Frustrated citizens, commentators, and advocates believe that Pennsylvania rarely embraces substantial reform or change.  In their view, our state moves only in dire crisis, and even then only once the patches have blown and the cans […]

Anti-Semitism Stains Our Character And Principles

By David A. Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center's Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies on

  Our virtuous civic observances serve to remind us of distinguished Americans who have faded into history.  This past Memorial Day, speakers recalled Rabbi Roland B. Gittlesohn.  The first Jewish chaplain in the Marine Corps, he was awarded three combat ribbons for his actions during the battle of Iwo Jima. This admirable circumstance was merely […]

State Policy And Funding Fertilizing Farming Future

By David Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center's Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies on

Fall fair season and Farm Show week are prominent occasions when public attention is captivated by the bounty and prowess of Pennsylvania agriculture.  These spikes in enthusiasm are great for sustaining the reputation of farming, but do not mean the role and perils of farming are understood and appreciated by all. There are few states […]