Category Archives: PA Budget

Investment in Higher Education for Growth & Opportunity

From Keystone Research Center (http://www.keystoneresearch.org): Report includes data on education levels by region & funding cuts at each state system school Pennsylvania’s reduced funding of higher education in recent years has led to steep tuition hikes at its public four-year … Continue reading

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PA Now Ranked 50th for Job Growth Since January 2011

From Keystone Research Center (http://www.keystoneresearch.org): Pennsylvania’s rank for percent job growth since January 2011 has fallen to last place among states, based on employment data for September 2014 released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In September, Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Tell Your PA Senator—Stop Legislation that Would Shift Tax Burden to Workers and Consumers

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): Please send an email and make a phone call to your state senator today at http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6751/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18631, urging him or her to oppose legislation that would drain billions of dollars from classrooms, eliminate … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s Economic Recovery Slowed by Tax and Budget Cuts

Posted by PA Budget and Policy Center on October 13, 2014 at http://pennbpc.org/pennsylvania%E2%80%99s-economic-recovery-slowed-tax-and-budget-cuts-revised The Pew Charitable Trust recently looked at how all 50 states are recovering from the Great Recession (late 2007 to mid-2009) and the challenges – loss of … Continue reading

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Act Now to Stop Property Tax Elimination Bill in PA

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): Today, months of advocacy on behalf of schoolchildren has resulted in a victory, but your help is needed to prevent an unthinkable defeat for students and working families across Pennsylvania. After more … Continue reading

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What Does Senate Bill 76—Property Tax Elimination—Do?

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): September 23, 2014 Senate Bill 76 would impose a foundational re-organization of the state’s taxation and educational systems, with potentially vast negative consequences for Pennsylvania’s schools, its workers and consumers, and the … Continue reading

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Giving Away the Golden Egg: Shale Tax Revenue Could Top $1 Billion by 2015-16

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2014/august/giving-away-golden-egg-shale-tax-revenue-could-top-1-billion-2015-16 Aug 28, 2014 10:04 am | Sharon Ward Here’s one estimate that Pennsylvania exceeded in 2014—gas production in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region came in ahead of projections for the first half of the year. Had Pennsylvania adopted … Continue reading

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Cutting Your Way to a More Sluggish Recovery

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2014/august/cutting-your-way-more-sluggish-recovery Aug 19, 2014 06:46 am | Mark Price New data on consumption spending from the Bureau of Economic Analysis further illustrates that Pennsylvania has cut its way not to prosperity, but to a more sluggish recovery. As … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Relies on Faulty Process to Estimate Revenue

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): Reforms needed to ensure greater fiscal responsibility and promote public trust HARRISBURG (Aug. 7, 2014) – Pennsylvania should improve the way it estimates revenues to create a more fiscally responsible budget, according … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s Debt Rating Downgraded

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): On Monday, July 21, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the state’s debt rating to Aa3 from Aa2 in direct response to the 2014-15 Pennsylvania budget. Moody’s cited, among other things, PA’s underperforming revenues … Continue reading

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