Legislative Memos and Testimony

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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January 22, 2013

The inheritance tax bill would create a new loophole that could easily be exploited, would be very costly and would likely violate the uniformity clause. Another bill would eliminate the bank loans tax, a very important piece of the tax code that helps to defer a type of sham financial transaction.

October 23, 2012

The City of Philadelphia should take steps to recover some of the millions of dollars lost in interest rate swap deals that have proved costly in the wake of the Great Recession, PBPC Director Sharon Ward testified in a Philadelphia City Council hearing.

October 2, 2012

The Legislature is considering a new type of business subsidy that has serious potential for misuse. House Bill 2626 would allow new companies to keep the income taxes paid by employees rather than sending those tax payments to the state.

September 24, 2012

Any reform must be fair, transparent and based on an individual’s ability to pay, PBPC Director Sharon Ward testified before the House Select Committee on Property Tax today.

September 19, 2012

Pennsylvania has enacted billions of dollars in business tax cuts and spent hundreds of millions on tax credits, yet there is little information available to determine whether these large tax expenditures have done what they promised to do, PBPC Research Director Michael Wood testified before the House Finance Committee today.

July 26, 2012

"Eliminating school property taxes in Pennsylvania ... would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents, and our children," Michael Wood testified before the Senate Finance Committee today.

Updated: June 11, 2012

Legislation to eliminate all school property taxes in the commonwealth would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents and our children, PBPC Research Director Michael Wood testified before the state House Finance Committee.

October 17, 2011

Pennsylvania should maintain its inheritance tax while limiting any adjustments to those that meet key policy objectives that cannot be resolved in any other way, according to PBPC Director Sharon Ward, who testified before the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee today.

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