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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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More Kissinger, Less Kerry- – The Solution to the Ukraine Crisis

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Public discussion on Ukraine is all about confrontation. But do we know where we are going? In my life, I have seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support, all of which we did not know how to end and from three of which we withdrew unilaterally. The test of policy is how […]

True Charter School Reform Closes Gaps in Law But Keeps Doors Open for Innovation

By State Senator Lloyd Smucker on

Pennsylvania is frequently knocked for being slow to adopt policy innovations. Ironic, then, how much criticism is heaped on one of the true innovations of the past generation – charter schools. On the plus side, charter schools have proved every bit as creative and popular in practice as the originators believed. On the minus side, […]

Setting The Record Straight on Governor Corbett’s Education Funding

By The Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association on

A central focus of Governor Corbett’s recent budget address was investment in education. However, many of the governor’s most vocal opponents often refer to his record on education funding as their chief criticism of his administration. For example, State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-7) recently referred to “the legacy of the governor slashing classroom funding by […]

Why We Must Fix Pennsylvania’s Broken Pension System

By Guest Columnist State Representative Warren Kampf on

Is it as maddening to you as it is to me when government seems to make the same mistake over and over again but never learns? It can happen again in Pennsylvania if we don’t make needed changes to our public pension system. I have introduced a commonsense plan in the General Assembly that will […]