Author: paspotlight

Profiting Off The Backs of PA’s Children: Commonwealth Kids LLC Exposed

The Education Income Tax Credit (EITC) has long drained resources from public schools to benefit the rich in Pennsylvania. It has been a constant source of grief for communities, parents, and our public schools and many education advocates have spoken out against the program. To no surprise, one of the tax scheme’s biggest backers is the Koch-funded Commonwealth Foundation.Pennsylvania’s EITC is one of the most generous tax giveaways in the country dressed up as education reform. In reality, these type of programs allow corporations and the rich to profit at the expense of children in public schools. A study...

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The Commonwealth Foundation’s Agenda Fails in Harrisburg

If it’s budget season in Harrisburg, that means the Commonwealth Foundation are pushing anti-union bills. Unfortunately for the billionaire-funded front group, their efforts went down early this year, underscoring the continued failure by State Policy Network groups to convince Pennsylvanians that unions are bad. The Commonwealth Foundation have been pulling out all the stops for House Bill 785 and Senate Bill 371, further attacks on collective bargaining in Pennsylvania. These proposed bills come directly from the ALEC playbook. In fact, a recent article highlighted that bills like these are on top of ALEC’s agenda for 2019. The Commonwealth Foundation...

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Mark Janus heads to Harrisburg

It’s that time of year again: spring has sprung, the days are getting longer, and the who’s who of Pennsylvania’s right-wing politics are descending on Harrisburg for the 2019 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. Last year, the annual gathering, whose sponsors include The Commonwealth Foundation, the Koch Institute, and other billionaire-funded front groups, brought the alt-right to Harrisburg through featuring Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, best known for inciting violence on college campuses.This year’s featured guests and sponsors double down on this approach. One of the featured speakers, Jeffrey Lord, was an avowed Trump surrogate on CNN until he posted a...

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