Year: 2012


Census Data: Poverty Rises Sharply in Many Parts of Pennsylvania

New Census data show that poverty rates remained high in Pennsylvania last year, reflecting the ongoing impact of the...

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Census Data: Fewer Uninsured Americans But Middle Class Struggles Persist

New data Press Released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week offer a mix of good and bad news....

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Memo: PA House Bill Won’t Close Tax Loopholes But Will Make Major New Business Tax Cut

House Bill 2150 presents a half-hearted attempt to close corporate tax loopholes with nearly a billion dollars in business...

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Memo to Editors & Reporters: With Final Push for State Budget On, Here’s Where We Stand

Over the past decade, the cost of business tax cuts has tripled, rising to $2.4 billion in the coming...

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Pennsylvania’s Identity Crisis: Rushed Implementation of Voter ID Law Putting Voting Rights at Risk

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law disenfranchises Pennsylvania voters. This law is restrictive, and complicated to implement for Pennsylvania’s large population...

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In Most PA Counties, Few Would Be Affected by Ending High-income Tax Cuts

President Obama‰’s proposal to end tax breaks for high-income earners would have very little impact on taxpayers in most...

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Too Big to Trust? Banks, Schools and the Ongoing Problem of Interest Rate Swaps

Philadelphia, like many cities, has faced serious financial difficulties in recent years. These difficulties have forced the city government...

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Better Solutions Exist for Property Tax Issues, PBPC Analyst Testifies

Eliminating school property taxes in Pennsylvania ‰ and the strict limits placed on schools ‰ SB 1400 would have...

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Sharon Ward Testifies Before House Committee on Principles to Guide Property Tax Reform in Pa.

In Testimony before the House Select Committee on Property Tax, Sharon Ward outlined principles that should guide property tax...

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Statement: Pa. Needs a Budget in Step with Middle Class Values

This budget turns its back on the state’s most vulnerable, leaving thousands of working Pennsylvanians and children without health...

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