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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

A Positive Reaction From Reality Colliding With Misconception

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

This title may have a “Say What?” nature, but it squares with the impressions that follow.  People of a certain age remember Art Linkletter achieving television immortality through a popular segment titled “Kids Say The Darnedest Things.”  A modern variation is: “Surprising Things You Learn By Quizzing College Students.”  They too give delightfully candid answers […]

We Must Save Our Republic While We Still Have The Chance

By Tom Tillett on

The “American experiment” is on life support. We don’t realize it yet, or perhaps we simply don’t care, but as the most notable Founding Fathers feared, majority-rule democracy has created an America headed toward catastrophe. Benjamin Franklin, when leaving the Constitutional Convention, was asked by a citizen: “Mr. Franklin, what kind of government have you […]

Faulting Teachers Is Not Fixing Education

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

During the four decades I have been around state politics, arguments over the quality, cost, and access to education have dominated the agenda.  Education funding and performance constitute the highest intensity controversy zone in Pennsylvania politics, apart from abortion.  This is partly explained by each of us holding views and perceptions shaped by our experience […]

Charity May Begin At Home, But Good Works Reach Beyond Our Borders

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

In a recent issue of TIME magazine, Queen Rania of Jordan provided a piece advocating empowering girls with education, citing the value and virtue derived from such efforts.  Both the message and the messenger have significance.  As we know, arguments over the place of women in Islam are escalating.  Even so, it is not just […]