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This is Not Normal

It is hard to look at politics in America without being afraid for our future. Everywhere we look, we...

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On Joint Resolution 1, the Constitutional Amendment on Property Taxes

We are getting a lot of questions about what the constitutional amendment on the ballot this year means and...

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On HB/SB 76 — Property Tax Elimination in PA

As we point out in our previous post, some people believe that the constitutional amendment on the ballot in...

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In Truth, The PA Budget Is Still Not Done

A quick take If the governor signs the tax and fiscal code bills passed this week, or allows them...

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For PA and U.S. Manufacturing to Flourish, Policymakers Need to Be Beholden to Some Different Defunct Economists

This past Tuesday, Keystone Research Center co-sponsored “Manufacturing a Better Paying Pennsylvania” with the D.C.-based Century Foundation, the Steel...

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STATEMENT: On Shale Tax and Cancelled House Session

Marc Stier, director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released the following statement on the decision by the...

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STATEMENT: On State House Revenue Plan

Update noon, October 18: There is talk around the Capitol that a shale tax will come out of the...

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Natural Gas Producers in PA Don’t Pay Their Fair Share

In recent months — and weeks — Pennsylvania’s legislature has shown renewed interest in enacting a severance tax on...

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STATEMENT: On the Governor’s Plan to Securitize PLCB Profits

Marc Stier, director of the PA Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement after the release of the...

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No time for giving up

It appears that members of the General Assembly are moving towards a final plan for funding the budget they...

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Don’t Let the Extremists Win

There are lots of rumors about a budget deal flying around Harrisburg but few details and even less assurance...

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The GOP Federal Tax Proposal: Multiple Reasons to Worry

The outline of the tax proposal released by President Trump and Republican House and Senate leaders should worry all...

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