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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

Good News: Voters Get Their Say On A Major Constitutional Revision

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

  No matter how much is accomplished during any two-year legislative session, the menu of reforms and systemic changes sought by taxpayers, commentators, and interest groups never seems to diminish.  There are multiple avenues for changing state government – through laws, regulations, executive actions, court decisions, and federal dictates. The kingmaker of change is an […]

AOC and the Singularity of the Holocaust

By Tom Tillett on

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) has once again created a whirlwind of controversy by using words in a reckless manner.  Her carelessness this time was particularly egregious and evoked such strong emotional reactions by using the term “concentration camps” to describe detention facilities set up to house migrants crossing illegally into the United States from […]

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 […]