Year: 2015


Follow the Property Tax Money: The Wolf Plan and HB 504 Compared

Pennsylvania is highly reliant on local property taxes to fund its public schools, ranking near the bottom of all...

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A Comparative Analysis of the Pennsylvania Senate and House 2015-2016 Budget Proposals

This comparative analysis considers the two proposed budgets for 2015-2016 (SB 1073, which is largely bi-partisan, and HB 1046,...

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Analysis of School Funding in SB 1073

In this Reports and Briefing Papers, PBPC provides our analysis of Senate Bill 1073 and its impact on Pennsylvania’s...

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Technical addendum: understanding the difference between the two budgets

This addendum clears up confusion between the two buget proposals, SB 1073 and HB 1460. Specifically, looking at direct...

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Expanding the Sales Tax in an Equitable Way

Pennsylvanis Budget and Policy Center explain in this Reports and Briefing Papers, how legislators can limit the burden on...

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Who Pays For An Increase in the Sales Tax: Analysis of the Tax Incidence of an Increase in the Sales Tax from 6% to 7.25%

Gov. Wolf and legislative leaders are currently negotiating over the terms of a plan to cut property taxes which...

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Property Tax Elimination Raises Taxes on Middle Class to Cut Taxes for Affluent

With ongoing negotiations over the state budget focused on property tax cuts, and the State Senate taking up a...

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Undermining Educational Opportunity: Pennsylvania‰’s Unequal Restoration of School Funding

This policy brief examines the distribution of budget cuts per student by school district and finds large inequities. Specifically,...

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Outstanding Issues to be Addressed in 2015-16 Budget Negotiations

Property Tax Relief, Severance Tax, Education, among issues to be addressed in 2015-2016 PA Budget negotiations.

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Pennsylvania at Another Crossroads

Over the past few years, many other states, similar to Pennsylvania in 2011 and again today, have faced critical...

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