Capitol Update

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center produces a variety of reports, policy briefs, and other publications on state budget and tax policy, health care policy, education policy, poverty and public welfare, the economy, and several related issues. Below is an archive of all PBPC publications to date.

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September 29, 2010

The Pennsylvania House approved a bill today to enact a responsible severance tax on natural gas that is comparable to those in many Western energy-producing states. PBPC has details on the projected revenue this plan would generate and how the bill would distribute those funds.

August 10, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 247-161 on Tuesday to provide $26 billion in additional federal assistance to the states. For Pennsylvania, that means $600 million in additional FMAP funds and $388 million in funding to keep teachers in the classroom.

August 10, 2010

Strong calls for preserving adultBasic have followed last week's release of a report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Pennsylvania Health Access Network examining a funding crisis facing the program.

June 29, 2010

Governor Ed Rendell announced this afternoon that the legislative leaders and he agreed on a $28.05 billion budget plan for 2010-11 - an increase of $182 million, or less than 1% from the current year budget.

June 29, 2010

After a late night of marathon budget talks and some early morning shuttle diplomacy, legislative leaders and Governor Ed Rendell have struck a tentative agreement on a $28.05 billion budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

June 4, 2010

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a jobs bill after stripping out a six-month extension of federal assistance to states for health care costs. Learn more and take action to prevent deep cuts to health and human services.

June 3, 2010

By not having a natural gas severance tax, Pennsylvania has lost more than $54 million to date that could have funded vital state services including education and health care, as well as drilling-related environmental and local costs. PBPC's new Severance Tax Ticker provides a real-time estimate of the lost revenue.

May 26, 2010

The House delayed the vote amid members' concerns about the allocation of revenue from a natural gas severance tax, the sidelining of a plan to close corporate tax loopholes and a proposed increase in the cigarette tax.

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