The Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center do policy research and  analysis, advocacy, and mobilization to promote  economic equality and help everyone thrive—white, Black and brown;  women and men; immigrants and native born. We work to expand democracy in order to raise wages, help workers form unions, invest in education at all levels, and ensure that everyone has access to quality affordable health care and housing. The Keystone Research Center (KRC) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The ReImagine Appalachia Coalition, in partnership with Policy Matters Ohio and the Keystone Research Center, has released a report that highlights a path for Ohio and Pennsylvania to gain nearly half a million new jobs. The virtual press conference released findings from the Political Economy Research Institute’s (PERI) economic and job impact analysis of the ReImagine Appalachia blueprint in these two key swing states.



Pennsylvania has a budget deadline—half of the stop-gap budget enacted in June runs out at the end of November. If Governor Wolf and the General Assembly do not reach an agreement by November 30, the state will not be able to carry out critical tasks or pay state workers. Education and human services will suffer. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing these services is  more important than ever.

Budget negotiations are happening now, and we need your help to ensure we don’t see drastic budget cuts to key programs and services. Take action TODAY to tell your state legislator that it’s time to address the needs of Pennsylvanians and, at the very least, make no irresponsible budget cuts in such a crucial time of recovery for our state.  

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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:

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