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UPDATE: How Many Lives Have We Saved?

While, for months, Republican legislators were insisting on a rapid reopening of businesses in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf’s health and...

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Commodity Futures Trading Commission Warns of “Financial Havoc From Climate Change”

As forest fires rage in California, and flooding and drought become more common in many parts of the country,...

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The Consequences for PA of Declaring the ACA Unconstitutional

A case coming before the Supreme Court threatens to declare the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. If that happens,...

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STATEMENT: Select Committee Proposed by PA House Republicans Is a Danger to our Democracy

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is a nonpartisan organization. We do not favor one party or another in...

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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...

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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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Five myths about raising the minimum wage — debunked

Originally published by the PA Capital-Star on October 3, 2019. By Marc Stier While raising the minimum wage has been...

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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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