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2015 Could be the Year of the Natural Gas Severance Tax

Enacting a severance tax on natural gas would raise much-needed funding for education, environmental, and other critical services and...

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IFO Forecasts Lower Property Tax Revenue in Future

Act 1 may not be perfect, but it has slowed the growth of school property taxes. Since the passage...

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Education Fact: Public School Enrollment Falls Across PA

Across the state, public school enrollment continued its long, downward trend with a 2.9% decrease since 2007-08.  This isn’t...

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Just the Facts: Sen. Wagner’s Proposal Is Not a Real Increase in Minimum Wage

There are two fresh proposals circulating in the Pennsylvania State Senate this week which seek to raise the minimum...

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January Revenues Stay on Track—Barely

General Fund revenue collections exceeded revenue targets by $90 million in January, pushing the fiscal year-to-date revenue surplus to...

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Making Work Pay Coalition Forms to Help Working Families

More than two dozen advocacy and direct-service organizations from across the Commonwealth, including the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center,...

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PA’s Tax System Grows More Unfair: Low-Income Pay Price

Pennsylvania often falls near the bottom of state rankings—for instance, 47th in job growth and 48th in funding for...

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PA Fails Low-Income Preschoolers

A national education report card gave Pennsylvania a grade of D+ and a ranking of 41st among states for...

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NY Gov Proposes Property Tax ‘Circuit Breaker’—Will PA Follow?

This week, New York governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a $1.66 billion property tax “circuit breaker” as part of his...

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For PA School Districts, the Rich Get Richer & the Poor Get Poorer

According to an Associated Press analysis, the gap between the haves and have-nots in public schools grew much worse...

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Crush Unions and You Crush the Growth in Earnings for Workers

New analysis by David Cooper and Lawrence Mishel explores differences by state in wage trends and changes in union...

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Reflections on the One-Day Work Week

At the Keystone Research Center, we closed the office last week except for Friday, Jan. 2, giving our team...

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