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.
Earlier this year, the ReImagine Appalachia Coalition released a policy blueprint to create a vibrant region for all people, whether they are white, Black, Brown or Indigenous. The blueprint envisions an Appalachia where everyone is paid enough to support themselves and their family, future generations can put down roots, and all people have clean air to breathe and water to drink. ReImagine Appalachia campaign leaders will join the report author to go over the study’s findings. Future reports by PERI for ReImagine Appalachia will estimate job numbers for West Virginia and Kentucky, the two other states that overlap the Ohio River Valley where the campaign launched in mid-July. Over 90 diverse organizations have now endorsed the ReImagine Appalachia blueprint.
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: