Author: Diana Polson


Rep. Fitzpatrick Made the Right Choice on SNAP Cuts; Unfortunately, Rep. Costello Did Not

Last week, the House of Representatives voted against the troubling Farm Bill that had recently passed through the Agricultural...

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Complicated Work Requirements Will Upend SNAP as a Stabilizing Force for Those in Crisis

Over the last couple months, we at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center have been holding community conversations to...

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A $4,000-Pay Raise? Nope. Since Trump’s Tax Cut, Businesses Spending 39 Times as Much on Stock Buybacks than on Wages or Bonuses.

“My council of economic advisors estimate that this , along with a lower business tax rate, will likely...

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Don’t Be Fooled: The Extension of the Trump Tax Bill Primarily Benefits the Rich, Just Like the Original Law Does

Tax day is around the corner and many Pennsylvanians are busy gathering their W-2s, 1099s and other financial documents...

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Why “Get a Job!” Is Not the Answer to Decreasing Reliance on Food Stamps

“Just get a job!” I’ve heard these words yelled out of car windows when I marched alongside poor and...

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Governor Wolf’s Proposed Education Budget Finally Restores Corbett’s K-12 Classroom Funding Cuts but Inequities and Inadequate Funding Still Remain

Governor Wolf’s proposed education budget finally restores K-12 classroom funding cuts (in nominal dollars) from the Corbett years, but...

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The Tax Cut and Jobs Act Will Worsen Inequality in Pennsylvania

President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. While spun by Republicans...

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The Pennsylvania Promise – Affordable College for all Pennsylvanians

Pennsylvania is barreling towards a future where only the descendants of the well-off will have access to quality higher...

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The GOP-Backed Tax Bill: A Lose-Now, Lose-More-Later Plan for Low- and Middle-Income Americans

GOP-backed tax bills have passed both the House and the Senate. Many of us have already seen charts which...

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Our Upside-Down Tax System

The Pew Research Center released the findings from a recent survey (conducted April 5-11, 2017) that shows an increasing...

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