Year: 2019


The 2019-20 Enacted Budget: How Did Education Fare?

While this 2018-19 budget increase moves us in the right direction with increased funding for education, it still does...

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The Public College Affordability Gap Looms Large for Pennsylvania Students

This time of year, high school seniors are applying to colleges, and some are even beginning to hear back...

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Judicial Gerrymandering Is Back

Republicans who control the Pennsylvania House of Representatives couldn’t find time to raise the minimum wage this week. But...

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On Today’s Ruling on the Affordable Care Act Individual Health Insurance Mandate

Today’s 2-1 decision by a federal appeals court rules the ACA’s requirement that people have health insurance is unconstitutional...

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Opposing the State Senate’s Attempt to Reduce Access to Life-Saving Treatment During a Deadly Overdose Crisis (Opposing SB 675)

In the midst of a tragic overdose crisis, in the state with the third highest rate of overdose deaths...

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Election Reform Enacted!

Yesterday, Governor Wolf signed Act 77, historic legislation that expands the opportunity to vote in Pennsylvania. The legislation includes...

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Thoughts on SB 421 – The Election Reform Bill

Last Friday we released a policy brief on SB 421, the election reform bill that that is currently being...

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Elimination of Straight-Ticket Voting and Related Matters

To: State legislators, editorial board writers, political reporters, and interested parties From: Marc Stier, Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy...

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No Longer the Great Equalizer: New Study Highlights How Pennsylvania’s Low and Declining Investment in Higher Ed Threatens Access to College, Especially for Black and Hispanic Families

As we have showed previously, low levels of state funding for public higher education in Pennsylvania has led to...

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STATEMENT: Keystone Research Applauds Governor Wolf’s Final Rule Which Will Restore the 40-Hour Work Week and Overtime Pay for Hundreds of Thousands of Additional Pennsylvania Salaried Workers

HARRISBURG — Stephen Herzenberg, economist and executive director of the Keystone Research Center, issued the following statement in the wake of...

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