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Individuals, Not Corporations, Pick Up the Tax Tab for EITC Scholarships

Pennsylvania‰’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) allows businesses to recover 75% to 90% of the cost of contributing to...

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Education Policy Changes Move with Budget

General Assembly is moving legislative changes to the state‰’s Public School Code and other education-related changes before the end...

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Analysis: Governor’s Budget Moves State in Wrong Direction

Corbett’s new budget moves Pennsylvania in the wrong direction, with two continuing themes: higher education is hit hard, with...

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Bill to Close Tax Loopholes Doesn’t Get the Job Done

A recent proposal to close corporate tax loopholes that rob Pennsylvania schools, colleges, homeless shelters and other vital services...

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HB 2150: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

This Reports and Briefing Papers analyzes House Bill 2150, a corporate tax bill sponsored by State Rep. Dave Reed....

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$2 Billion in Business Tax Breaks Come at Expense of Schools, Communities

Next year, Pennsylvania will spend $2.4 billion on business tax breaks. That amount has tripled over the last 10...

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School Property Tax Shift Would Have Unintended Consequences

Michael Wood, Research Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center remarks that legislation to eliminate all school property...

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Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes

In this Reports and Briefing Papers, we examine the figures commonly cited as evidence that low- and moderate-income families...

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The Road Less Traveled: States That More Tightly Control the Sale and Distribution of Alcohol Have Lower Alcohol-Related Fatalities

What impact would the privatization of Pennsylvania’s retail and wholesale alcohol operations have on the number of alcohol-related traffic...

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Tax Wealth the Same as Work: The Buffett Rule Makes Tax System More Fair

Some wealthy households are able to take advantage of tax expenditures and loopholes to pay less of their income...

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Runaway Spending: Private Contractors Increase the Cost of School Student Transportation Services in Pennsylvania

This study examines the cost of transportation services for Pennsylvania school districts, focusing especially on the impact on costs...

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Beware the Free Lunch: A Critique of the Proposal to Privatize Pennsylvania Wine and Liquor Sales

In 2011, the Corbett Administration commissioned a study by Public Financial Management Group Inc. (PFM) of the state revenue,...

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