The Pennsylvania Economy League

An Independent, Nonpartisan Voice for Good Government

We provide non-partisan, data-driven information and insight through technical assistance, independent research and civic education. Whether you are a municipality or school district facing challenges, an organization requiring policy research, or a community member concerned about local government, PEL is here to help and inform.

Home Rule in PA: Challenges and Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Economy League returns to its signature in-person Issues Forum events with a discussion on home rule on Tuesday, March 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Yorktowne Hotel, city of York, featuring York Mayor Michael Helfrich and Brian Adams, chairman of the Lancaster City Government Study Commission.

  • What is home rule and could it be right for your community?
  • Find out why more communities are considering writing their own “constitution.”

Lunch is included and will be served at noon followed by the presentation.

Welcome PEL Central’s New Executive Director Vincent Cannizzaro

Vincent Cannizzaro, founding director of York College’s Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy and the Master of Public Policy and Administration program, will serve as the new executive director for Pennsylvania Economy League Central LLC (PEL), based in Harrisburg. PEL, a non-partisan, nonprofit public policy organization founded over 85 years ago, has regional membership in York, Lancaster, Williamsport, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Reading, Altoona, and Allentown, and conducts work statewide.

“We are thrilled to bring a leader with such exceptional qualifications to PEL as we continue to grow our good government mission through independent research, civic education and technical assistance to state and local government,” Stephen H. Stetler, chairman of PEL’s Board of Directors, said of Cannizzaro’s hiring.

“PEL has a long history of supporting local governments and communities throughout the Commonwealth,” Cannizzaro said. “I am honored to continue this tradition and grow the organization to best support our communities.”

Hazleton Act 47 Exit

The Pennsylvanian Economy League team headed by Gerald Cross, Senior Research Fellow, and Patricia Moorhead, Director of Financial Data and Analytics, helped steer the city of Hazleton out of financial distress along with PEL Senior Consultant Fred Reddig. Congratulations to Hazleton!

It’s Not 1965 Anymore: State Tax Laws Fail to Meet Municipal Revenue Needs


Pennsylvania’s municipal tax authorizations have failed to keep pace with modern realities. Municipalities need more flexible revenue just to keep the lights on. PEL’s latest research project in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

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