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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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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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Testimony: KRC Exec Dir. at Senate Hearing on Proposals to Increase the Personal Income and Sales/Use Taxes

Stephen Herzenberg, of the Keystone Research Center, gives testimony at the Senate Finance Committee Public Hearing on proposals to...

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Testimony: Time to End the Excuses and Enact a Severance Tax on Natural Gas

Michael Wood presents for a joint hearing of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and Senate Finance Committee....

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Property Tax Relief in Pennsylvania

One of the primary issues being negotiated in the 2015-16 budget is school property tax relief. There are several...

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Pa. Leaves Money on the Table by not Enacting a Natural Gas Severance Tax

Responding to overwhelming public support for enacting a severance tax on natural gas production, Governor Wolf and several members...

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A Wage-Less and Income-Less Recovery for PA’s 99 Percent. New Study: Top 1% Only Group to See Income Gains Since 2009

Reports and Research Papers concludes that raising the minimum wage, strengthening unions, and requiring CEOs and other top earners...

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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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