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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 Letter to America: United Kingdom Independence Day from the EU

By Christine Constable, BSc MBA, Susquehanna Valley Center Board Member on

  The endorsement by the EU of the UK Withdrawal Agreement is the final step enabling the UK to return to being a sovereign state and a free agent on the world stage, this happened on the 29th January 2020. For 47 years, the UK has seen a European Economic Zone the EEC, similarly based […]

United Way Pursues Productive Partnerships; Say Hello To ALICE

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

Maybe there has never been a true golden age for running non-profit organizations and charitable groups.  This is certainly not the best of times, with aggressive pushes to cut back on government spending and programs at every level, to impose higher standards of performance, to apply more rigorous tests of accountability, to tighten spending on […]

Plugging Into Modern Medicine Requires Legislative Signoff

By David A. Atkinson, Associate with The Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies at The Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy on

Trailing only education, health care resembles an endless philosophical and political war, with sharp, persistent disagreements over direction and policy.  The list of disputed matters includes but is not limited to: the merits of public versus private insurance coverage, the fairness of provider networks, the utility of health care subsidies, the considerable costs of technology […]

Closing State Facilities: Saving Money But Sacrificing Trust

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

Since Neil Sedaka released “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” in 1962, the song has been covered multiple times.  The tune might be experiencing resurgence as the unofficial anthem of the Wolf administration.   There are heated controversies in several Pennsylvania communities over suddenly announced plans to close state facilities.  Luzerne County is facing a double […]