Third and State is a joint blog of the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center, providing a progressive view of the state economy, budget, and other policy matters. For older blog posts, click here.

New PA Jobs Report Shows Another Month of a Strong PA Economy

Maisum Murtaza and Stephen Herzenberg | 05/19/2023

With the release of April job numbers for Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry this morning, Keystone Research executive director Stephen Herzenberg and policy analyst Maisum Murtaza

The March Jobs Report Shows PA Economy and Job Market Are Now in Good Shape

Maisum Murtaza | 04/25/2023

It has been just over three years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The just-released March jobs report...

It’s Long Past Time to Answer the Call for a $15 Minimum Wage

Claire Kovach | 04/19/2023

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first cell phone call. On April 3, 1973, co-inventor Martin Cooper...

Pa. Rep. Zabel’s resignation highlights need for systemic change in Harrisburg

Marc Stier | 03/23/2023

We need reparative and restorative justice instead of just punitive justice Originally published in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star on March...

Shapiro Budget Proposes Intriguing Investments in a PA Learning and Career Infrastructure

Stephen Herzenberg | 03/17/2023

Ten days ago, Governor Shapiro’s unveiled his proposed state budget for 2023-24. In one priority area for Keystone Research...

Bipartisan: the Word of the Year

Marc Stier | 03/14/2023

PBPC director Marc Stier made these remarks to the Press Club of Pennsylvania on Monday, March 13, 2023. “Bipartisan”...

PBPC Supports Senator Vincent Hughes’s K-12 Funding Plan

Marc Stier | 03/02/2023

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joined a press conference on Thursday in support of Senator Vincent Hughes’s plan to...

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