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HARRISBURG, PA (Dec. 9, 2014) – A severance tax on natural gas, which every other major gas-producing state already has in place, will generate significantly more revenue for Pennsylvania than the current impact fee, even at lower gas prices.

December 3, 2014

Today’s mid-year budget briefing by Budget Secretary Zogby confirms the warnings issued by the Independent Fiscal Office and the independent ratings agencies about Pennsylvania’s dire financial condition. The Commonwealth can no longer rely on one-time fixes to balance its budget. We need long-term solutions that will restore fiscal stability and allow the Commonwealth to grow.

 November 13, 2014

“The Independent Fiscal Office today warned of a significant and growing budget shortfall that must be addressed by the Governor and General Assembly as a first order of business in 2015.  That yearly shortfall is expected to grow from $1.85 billion next year to nearly $2.6 billion by fiscal year 2019-20. The IFO attributes this large gap next year to one-time revenues and expenditure shifts used to balance the current year budget that will not be available in 2015-16."

October 24, 2014

Pennsylvania’s reduced funding of higher education in recent years has led to steep tuition hikes at its public four-year colleges, hefty average student debt and a small share of residents with education beyond high school compared to other states, a new report released today by the Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center found. To reverse these trends, Pennsylvania should restore $90 million in cuts to state-owned universities and $20 million to community colleges, and freeze their tuitions for four years, A Must-Have for Pennsylvania Part II: Investment in Higher Education for Growth and Opportunity recommends.

 

HARRISBURG, PA (Oct. 15, 2014) – Representatives of several of the 40 diverse organizations that oppose Senate Bill 76 gathered in the Capitol Rotunda today to highlight the harm to public schools and the disadvantages to low-income Pennsylvanians, workers and consumers if school property taxes are repealed. Senate Bill 76 would eliminate property taxes and, instead, rely on an increased income tax and an increased and expanded sales tax to fund Pennsylvania’s schools.

October 2, 2014

Pennsylvania should better target its property tax relief and overhaul its assessment system rather than eliminate the local property taxes that fund our children’s schools and prepare our future workforce, a report released today by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center concluded.

This chart, based on U.S. Census data, compares poverty and median income by county for the years 2007 and 2013.

Sept. 16, 2014

We are disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee has advanced a bill that is so damaging to public education in Pennsylvania. This plan would guarantee new and growing cuts to public schools at a time when the public has said it wants to restore school funding and invest in children’s education.

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