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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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Time To Cull The Herd And Redraw School District Lines

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

“We are all in this together” had a regrettably short shelf-life as a modern national anthem.  In an era when politics is driven by dark impulses of division far more than the illuminating virtues of unity, a mere cameo appearance by the spirit of collective action is not surprising.  But it surely is disappointing and […]

Visionary Public Plan For State Parks Emerges; Can Bake Sales And Car Washes Pay For It?

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

Every state disagreement over issue priority, policy direction, and funding level has been compounded greatly by the monumental uncertainties of coronavirus.  Months of restrictions on institutions, businesses, and workers have punched a gigantic hole in the state budget, reported as upwards of $3 billion for the just completed fiscal year.  Advocates who for years have […]

Wolf Weaponizes Pennsylvania’s Bureaucracy

By Lowman Henry, Chairman and CEO of The Lincoln Institute on

On a crystal clear May morning across the Susquehanna River from a gleaming state Capitol building a podium adorned with the seal of the Senate of Pennsylvania stood in front of a barber shop. State Senator Mike Regan kicked off a stout defense of the barber’s right to cut hair. He was followed by State […]

The Shutdown May Soon Collapse in Pennsylvania Thanks To Local Resistance

By Zachary Yost, Guest Writer on

As in the rest of the country, life in Pennsylvania has been greatly disturbed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the chaos that has resulted from the state government’s attempts to handle the situation. On March 16, Governor Wolf ordered that all “nonessential” businesses be closed for at least two weeks. They are still closed today, and as a […]