The Keystone Research Center (KRC) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization, created in 1996 to promote a more prosperous and equitable Pennsylvania. Since then, it has become the leading source of independent economic analysis The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC), a project of KRC, provides independent and credible research on state budget and tax issues and related policy matters with a focus on creating broadly shared prosperity in the state.
The attention of the public and political leaders in our state and country has understandably been focused in the last few days on the civil disturbances in our cities and how to quell them. We urge that we return our attention as soon as possible to the profound issues facing our country raised by the murder of George Floyd, racism in policing and in our economy.
We The People is a proactive issue advocacy campaign that aims to change the narrative about politics in Pennsylvania from one that focuses on cutting taxes for the rich and on spending for everyone else to one that puts people first. Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center have drawn on our strengths in research, communications, advocacy, and organizing to plan, launch, and advance this campaign to make politics in Pennsylvania center on creating broadly shared prosperity.
The We The People campaign and agenda embrace six principles: (1) raising wages and improving working conditions; (2) adequately and equitably funding public schools from pre-K to college and worker training; (3) protecting our rights to the necessities of life including health care, food, and housing; (4) investing in our infrastructure and protecting our environment; (5) fixing our rigged tax system so that the rich and corporations pay their fair share; and (6) safeguarding our democracy.
KRC and PBPC bridge the fragments of the progressive community — labor; faith-based organizations; advocates for and providers of human service; women’s groups; organizations of people of color; environmentalists; and others — seeking to create a unified vision and agenda around which all can rally.
That means we do research and analysis on a number of different issues. Here you can learn about the many issues we focus on, including: