Elizabeth Stelle

Elizabeth Stelle is the Director of Policy Analysis for the Commonwealth Foundation.

Elizabeth has researched and written on government reform, health care, welfare, energy, and government transparency. Her work has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Patriot-News, Philadelphia Inquirer and a variety of radio and television programs throughout the commonwealth. Elizabeth is a graduate of Grove City College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history.

A native of Ohio, Elizabeth makes her home in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and two children. She enjoys swimming, traveling to historic landmarks and exploring the moral foundations of capitalism.

Six Ways to Make Health Care Affordable

 

As Congress looks to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, many are asking how to make health care affordable for Americans. Across the nation, Obamacare increased the number of people holding insurance cards but failed to increase access to quality and affordable health services. For many, the cost of health care […]

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The Downside of Raising the Minimum Wage

 

Kelley Uimer closed her independent book shop in Roseville, California after the state raised its minimum wage for the fourth time in ten years. Kelley chose to her pay her workers a wage and compensate them through profit sharing. With each minimum wage increase, however, her shop’s profits shrank. Eventually, her employees took home less pay at […]

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More Winning on the State Level: Relief for Taxpayers in 2016

 

2017 is off and running! And what better inspiration to keep working for critical reforms across the states than a look back at some of 2016’s most exciting policy victories. Personal Income Tax Elimination:Tennessee eliminated all state personal income taxes in April, joining seven other income-tax-free states. The CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee said, “They [lawmakers] realized […]

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A Dramatic Shift in Pennsylvania

 

From celebration to soul-searching, post-election analysis is everywhere. While top-of-the-ballot results dominate headlines and your news feed, don’t miss the dramatic shift that occurred election night in Pennsylvania. Republicans achieved historic majorities in both chambers. In the state House, Republicans will control 60 percent of the seats for the first time in 70 years. In the […]

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The Rust Belt’s Labor Reform Wave

 

Lagging job growth, rising taxes and coercive union tactics created an appetite for labor reform throughout the rust belt states. Transforming Labor, the latest policy report from the Commonwealth Foundation, ranks states on their progress toward reforms that can produce budget savings, shield taxpayers from overspending, and guarantee greater protections of individual workers’ freedom of […]

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How Does Your State Rank? Public Sector Labor Laws

 

Twenty-two states rank an abysmal “D” or “F” for the negative impact of their public sector labor laws on taxpayers and government workers. Thirteen fare little better with a “C,” and just seven earn an “A+.” These rankings are revealed in a first-of-its-kind 50-state public sector labor report released by the Commonwealth Foundation, Pennsylvania’s free […]

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Obamacare Fails, Again

 

Pennsylvanians shopping on the health care exchange are in for a rude awakening. This week, the state Insurance Department announced premiums for individual plans will increase by an average of 32 percent. The largest hike is for Highmark customers, who will see a 55 percent jump in premiums. Nine companies requested rate increases of more […]

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Impending Pension Disaster: The Threat That Must Not Be Named

 

In the past six years, Pennsylvania taxpayers’ unfunded pension liability has more than doubled from less than $30 billion to $63 billion. The Keystone State’s pension debt is a large contributor to the $1.2 trillion shortfall in pension funding nationwide. A recent Moody’s report finds Pennsylvania is one of five states responsible for half of state […]

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Obamacare is Failing, but States Can Bring Hope

 

Obamacare is struggling for survival. Despite victories in the courts, state exchanges are in trouble, and Medicaid expansion has been costlier than expected—with no evidence of improved health outcomes. In 2015, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected 21 million Americans would purchase insurance on the exchange. Currently, only 9.6 million receive their insurance via state exchanges. Considering […]

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Welfare to Work Helped Reduce Poverty

 

Twenty years ago President Clinton signed a law creating Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), better known as sweeping welfare reform grounded in work requirements. In 1996, 531,000 adults and children collected cash payments. Today the program enrolls just 167,018. That’s proof work is our most powerful anti-poverty tool. Both poor and non-poor Americans agree […]

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