Our policy research function is manifested in policy papers stressing 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.
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The Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy's Mission
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
Pennsylvania’s longest-running tax dispute pertains to the heavy dependence on property taxes to fund public education. Persistent public antipathy and active litigation make property taxes for schools the all-consuming controversy. That does not mean other local tax systems are up to snuff and non-contentious. County commissioners are laying out their 2020 legislative agenda. Due […]
Sam Cooke’s 1960 hit song – What A Wonderful World – starts with a series of disclaimers, including these: “…Don’t know much biology; Don’t know much about a science book…Don’t know much trigonometry; Don’t know much about algebra…” As has been proved billions of times, kindling romance does not require a science text or […]
“Life is unfair,” famously intoned by President Jimmy Carter (and others), is an indisputable proposition. These days, expressions of unfairness are on the rise. In public debates of any gravity, someone invariably claims unfairness in framing their grievance. Ubiquity by no means guarantees equal justification or attention. Invoked too frequently and casually, it can […]
High on my list of favorite Christmas movies is Miracle on 34th Street (original version please). In it is an all-purpose, every season piece of wisdom: “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.” Faith in institutions, secular and religious ones, is taking a shellacking these days. Confidence-measuring polls of public mood […]