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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

Drain State Reserve Funds? More Than Desperation For Dollars Involved

By David At. Atkinson on

  For many Pennsylvanians, this year’s state budget standoff has a dreary and depressing sameness to it.  That is reflected in editorials and letters to the editor, which are timeless in their sentiments of frustration and disgust. But as veteran politicians and commentators know, no two budget deadlocks are exactly the same.  This year the […]

A Constitutional Convention Is In Order

By David Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center on

Ever since the ill-fated pay raise of 2005 angered citizens and energized reform groups across Pennsylvania, interest has brewed in a constitutional convention.  In recent weeks a fresh push has materialized, spearheaded by Representative Stephen Bloom and Senator John Eichelberger. Given the fracturing of viewpoints and the rising intensity of divisiveness within our state, it […]

Boosting Open Government With A Sunshine Commission

By David A. Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center on

Pennsylvania has a very good Sunshine Law. Admittedly, such a statement might seem suspect to taxpayers, who regularly uncover secretive actions taken and decisions made by their public officials that appear contrary to the spirit and letter of the law. But carefully examine individual controversies, and most difficulties arise from faulty interpretations and minimal enforcement […]

Deciding The Future Of Our State-Owned Universities

By David Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center on

When Pennsylvania assets and advantages are assayed, our abundance of colleges and universities is high on the list.  Private and public institutions, located in big cities, sprawling suburbs, and small communities, are highly slotted in numerous qualitative rankings.  Naturally, when the future of an institution or a group of institutions seems in jeopardy, a lot […]