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Don’t Take Skinny Repeal Lightly — The Dangers of the “Just Pass Something” Mentality

As I write this, the Senate is moving in a somewhat haphazard way to a vote on what has...

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Budget Deal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s time for Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to come back from his fundraising trip and call the...

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Senate to Choose Between Health Catastrophe or Something Worse

Mitch McConnell and his Republican allies have one more trick up their sleeves to try to get some health...

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STATEMENT: On the State of PA Budget Negotiations

Marc Stier, director of the PA Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement on the current state of...

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Public Investment and Economic Growth: Even the Commonwealth Foundation Gets It (Sometimes)

A strange post a few days ago by Elizabeth Stelle of The Commonwealth Foundation seeks to undermine the case...

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Drillers Are Right – PA Needs Tax Rate on Gas Like Other States: It’s Time for a Severance Tax

In its recent letter to Speaker Mike Turzai, the Marcellus Shale Coalition points (in paragraph three) to the effective...

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Speaker Turzai: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

The Pennsylvania Budget for Fiscal 2017-2018 is still not finished. Pennsylvanians deserve to know why and who is responsible....

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Statement on CBO Score of BCRA

Earlier this week we released a blog post and a long paper called, “It Can’t Be Fixed” that explained...

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How Would Trump’s Food Stamp Cuts Hurt Americans? Let Us Count the Ways.

This guest post is from Brian Barth, a writer for Modern Farmer. Modern Farmer is a quarterly magazine devoted to the...

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It Couldn’t Be Fixed: Policy and Politics in the Republican Health Care Bill

Now that the Senate Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed, let’s take a...

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Are the Republicans Ready to Gut Higher Education to Avoid a Severance Tax on Natural Gas Drilling?

As we enter the third week of an impasse over funding the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania state budget, an astonishing possibility...

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Yes! Millennials SHOULD Lead the Next Labor Movement

Kashana Cauley, a writer for “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” published a column yesterday, “Why Millennials Should Lead...

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