Third and State is a joint blog of the Keystone Research Center and PA Budget & Policy Center providing a progressive view of the state economy, budget, and other policy matters.

Deflection by Constitutional Amendment: On HB 55

Marc Stier | 01/26/2021

Republicans this week will seek to advance a constitutional amendment that would enable the General Assembly to act by a concurrent resolution to override a governor’s emergency order after 21 days. In doing so they are doubling down on...

The U.S. Mismanaged COVID and Has More Deaths and Higher Joblessness as a Result

Stephen Herzenberg | 11/01/2020

The U.S. and Pennsylvania have had extensive debate in recent months about whether policymakers should focus on reducing the...

Why The Republicans In Harrisburg Won’t Fight COVID-19

Marc Stier | 10/31/2020

COVID-19 cases are rising again across the country and in our state. Cases in Pennsylvania are averaging 1,552 per...

Kitchen Table Issues and the 2020 Presidential Election

Stephen Herzenberg | 10/30/2020

There has been a lot of discussion about character issues in this election. But kitchen table issues are likely...

Statement on the Death of Walter Wallace, Jr.

Marc Stier | 10/29/2020

The murder of Walter Wallace, Jr. is being called tragic. And it is. But when certain tragedies keep happening,...

The Choice Before Us: New Deal or Depression

Stephen Herzenberg | 10/29/2020

We have been told recently that the our presidential election choice is “boom or depression.” That seems on target,...

HB 2513 Threatens Not Just Our Health but the Economy

Marc Stier | 10/20/2020

Republicans in Harrisburg appear ready to move to override Governor Wolf’s veto of HB 2513, which would severely limit...

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