This commentary by Matthew J. Brouillette from our sister organization the Commonwealth Foundation in Pennsylvania, gives us comfort in knowing that we are not alone in fighting a big government machine made up of both Democrats and Republicans. Brouillette points out that:

?[I]n our Pennsylvania, Republicans control both houses of the General Assembly by wide margins (109-94 in the House and 29-21 in the Senate). They could prevent all, if not most, of Gov. Rendell?s shenanigans. Yet taxes and fees increased by more than a billion dollars this year alone?[P]ersonal income taxes were raised by 10 percent. Cigarettes cost 35 cents more. Cell phones are taxed at one of the highest levels in the nation. It costs more to fish and boat. It has even become more expensive to die here.?