Month: October


Thoughts on SB 421 – The Election Reform Bill

Last Friday we released a policy brief on SB 421, the election reform bill that that is currently being...

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Elimination of Straight-Ticket Voting and Related Matters

To: State legislators, editorial board writers, political reporters, and interested parties From: Marc Stier, Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy...

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No Longer the Great Equalizer: New Study Highlights How Pennsylvania’s Low and Declining Investment in Higher Ed Threatens Access to College, Especially for Black and Hispanic Families

As we have showed previously, low levels of state funding for public higher education in Pennsylvania has led to...

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STATEMENT: Keystone Research Applauds Governor Wolf’s Final Rule Which Will Restore the 40-Hour Work Week and Overtime Pay for Hundreds of Thousands of Additional Pennsylvania Salaried Workers

HARRISBURG — Stephen Herzenberg, economist and executive director of the Keystone Research Center, issued the following statement in the wake of...

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Corporate Tax Change will Bring Additional Revenue into Pennsylvania, How Much is Still Not Known

In June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. that states may tax purchases made by...

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Exploring the Potential Benefits of Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization in Pennsylvania

The legalization of the adult use of cannabis in Pennsylvania has been debated vigorously over the past year, during...

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The Recession’s Broad Impact on Pennsylvania Communities

Poverty holds steady for Pennsylvania, although some communities see increases. Unemployment compensation played a pivotal role in blunting the...

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Statement: Senate Should Reject Program Notorious for Misuse in Other States

House Bill 2626 would provide profitable corporations a new tax credit just for filling a vacant position without creating...

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Maintain and Improve State Inheritance Tax, Don’t Eliminate It

Sharon Ward of The PA Budget and Policy Center testifies before the House Finance Committee regarding state inheritance tax....

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Fact Check on Severance Taxes and Marcellus Shale

  In 2010, the Pennsylvania General Assembly took steps to enact a severance tax on natural gas drilled in...

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