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HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 19, 2015) – Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement in response to the failure of the pension reform bill in the state House of Representatives and Majority Leader Dave Reed’s announcement that the House will vote tomorrow on a stop gap budget.

December 14, 2015 (Harrisburg, Pa.) – In a memo to members of the state House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Director Marc Stier urged the General Assembly to "live up to fundamental democratic norms and strip provisions added to the Fiscal and School Codes at the last minute and behind closed doors."

Harrisburg, Pa. - December 10, 2015 - As of today, the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Budget is still not done. Two different budgets are now before the General Assembly. In a policy brief released today, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) takes an initial look at some of the critical differences between SB 1073 which is supported by the Governor, and large majorities of Senate Republicans and Democrats and House Democrats, and HB 1460, which is supported by almost all House Republicans.

Harrisburg, Pa. (December 8, 2015) – Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania House’s passage of House Bill 1460: "To no one’s surprise, the House Republicans today adopted a partisan budget that does little to help either school children or those who need human services in Pennsylvania."

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Dec. 4, 2015 – Pennsylvania legislators appear to be focusing on expanding the sales tax base instead of raising the sales tax rate as a way to secure new revenues for the Pennsylvania budget. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) has released a policy brief, “Expanding the Sales Tax in an Equitable Way” that calls for legislators to expand the sales tax in a way that is fair to low- and moderate-income Pennsylvania families.

HARRISBURG, Pa.Dec. 2, 2015 – The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) called today for legislators to adopt a final budget “fit for the holidays.” To attain these goals, PBPC calls on lawmakers to include the following eight proposals:

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Nov. 23, 2015 – The Pennsylvania Senate is expected this week to take up Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate the property taxes used to provide local funding for schools and replace their revenue with a combination of higher sales and income taxes. A new brief from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released today, compares the property tax cuts promised by SB 76 to the more targeted property tax cut plan in House Bill 504, which passed the state House of Representatives in May, and the property tax cuts proposed by Gov. Wolf in his original budget plan from March, using data for the relatively low-income Reading School District in Berks County and the relatively affluent Wissahickon School District in Montgomery County. The brief also makes available data for reporters to make similar comparisons for any other set of school districts in the state.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Nov. 18, 2015 Under a budget framework currently being negotiated by Gov. Wolf and legislative leaders, Pennsylvania’s sales tax would be increased to pay for property tax cuts. A new analysis, released today by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, found that the bottom 80 percent of Pennsylvania families – those earning less than $102,000 annually – would provide 63 percent of the revenue produced by raising the sales tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent, as proposed.

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