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May 22, 2009

An obscure business tax break in the federal economic recovery package could cost Pennsylvania and most other states billions of dollars over the next few years, but lawmakers can take simple steps to prevent the loss, according to a report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

April 28, 2009

A well-structured severance tax on natural gas production will protect Pennsylvania taxpayers from shouldering the public costs that come with increased drilling, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

April 15, 2009

Tax Day "Tea Party" protests are taking place in several communities across the Commonwealth today. The events are organized by former Congressman Dick Armey's group, FreedomWorks, to protest the federal stimulus plan and what the group claims are higher taxes and bigger government under President Barack Obama.

March 24, 2009

Read PBPC's response to the House Republican Energy Task Force's plan to lease 390,000 acres of state forest land for natural gas drilling over the next three years as an alternative to a proposed severance tax on natural gas drilling.

February 4, 2009

Sharon Ward, director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Ed Rendell’s 2009-10 budget proposal today.

December 9, 2008

“Budget cuts are counterproductive in this economy: they draw money from local communities, reduce services at a time when demand for those services is likely to grow and put additional pressure on local governments and ultimately local taxpayers," said PBPC Director Sharon Ward.

October 31, 2008

Pennsylvania policymakers must close a growing hole in the state budget without jeopardizing critical investments in education, transportation, health care, and other core services, said Sharon Ward, director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

October 24, 2008

Christopher Lilienthal has been named the new communications director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center in Harrisburg. Sharon Ward, director of the center, announced his hiring.

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