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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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Pennsylvania Has Room For More State Parks, But May Lack Will

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By David A. Atkinson A recent survey commissioned by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation found that two-thirds of the 701 respondents favor placing greater priority on funding state parks and forests. With more attention being given to protecting natural areas and more focus placed on the benefits of healthy recreation and leisure, this is […]

Awarding “No Stars” To Governor Tom Wolf’s Performance As Captain Veto

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By David A. Atkinson In my experience, every governor dating back to Milton Shapp has had extended periods of rocky relationships with the General Assembly. Shapp’s is a special case, as legislative relations in his second term absolutely cratered, despite substantial Democratic legislative majorities. Through five decades, it did not matter whether the governor was […]

The Dispute That Never Dies: Do Charter Schools Earn An A+ Or F-?

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By David A. Atkinson Because there are no higher stakes than the future of our children, education debates are traditionally fraught and furious affairs. There are more theories on how to fix problems than channels in the standard cable package. For those sitting in the stands, education is easy. You know, the everything I learned […]

Accurate American History Was Made In Many Hues: It Should Be Remembered, Debated, And Taught That Way

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By David A. Atkinson The education calendar features Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month. These designations have become more controversial and less placating during this time of rising contention over how history is taught. On disputatious issues ranging from community policing to health care access to wealth accumulation to education inequity, […]