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. For older blog posts, click here.

Blockbuster Investigation on Tax Avoidance Shows Clear Need for Bold Federal Tax Changes 

Erica Freeman | 07/15/2021

Last month’s ProPublica revelations identified what many experts, some lawmakers, and a majority of Americans already knew about the U.S. tax code: Policymakers over the past several decades have created a system that allows some of the nation’s wealthiest

Achieving a More Equitable Pittsburgh Budget: Treasury Guidance on How the City Can Use American Rescue Plan Funds

Nthando Thandiwe | 07/14/2021

With the recent influx of $335 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds, the City of Pittsburgh has formed...

The PA Budget: A Disgrace and Dereliction of Duty

Marc Stier | 06/25/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2021   Contact: Adrienne Standley 717-805-8466 Statement by Marc Stier, Director, Pennsylvania Budget...

Memo: The Budget No One Wants

Marc Stier | 06/22/2021

To: Editorial boards, columnists, political reporters, and other interested parties From: Marc Stier, Director, PA Budget and Policy Center...

PA’s Emergency Rental Assistance Shorts Counties with Most Renters in Need

Diana Polson | 06/21/2021

As Pennsylvania lawmakers wrangle over how our state should use American Rescue Plan funds, we must look at decisions...

On Juneteenth: White Supremacy Survives in Pennsylvania

Marc Stier | 06/18/2021

Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, is a day to remember. It’s a day to remember the end of slavery...

Why You Get Hurt When Your Neighbors’ Unemployment Benefits Get Cut

Stephen Herzenberg and Maisum Murtaza | 06/09/2021

May job numbers for the nation, released June 4, and the Pennsylvania job numbers for April, released late May,...

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