In an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer, ATR Director of State Affairs Patrick Gleason writes: “Gov. Corbett's greatest success in his first six months in office was closing a more than $4 billion budget gap without further soaking the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, who already contend with the nation's 10th-highest state and local tax burden. Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer protection pledge, which Corbett signed, is often denounced as too ‘rigid,’ and the governor has been criticized for signing it. But the state budget that went into effect this month highlights the efficacy of the pledge in promoting fiscal restraint and helping politicians focus on government's real problem: overspending.”