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Aug. 28, 2014

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Corbett Administration have agreed on a waiver that takes steps to provide Medicaid coverage to working Pennsylvanians.

The agreement removes the most harmful elements of Pennsylvania’s proposed waiver, including work search requirements, premiums on the very poor, and drastic benefits cuts, but it comes at a high cost.”


July 23, 2014

 "The  Governor and lawmakers are right to take Moody's recent downgrade of the Commonwealth's bond rating seriously, but they are drawing the wrong lesson. The downgrade is a result of a budget passed just three weeks ago that is hopelessly out of balance."

June 30, 2014

"The budget adopted by the Senate today relies on revenue estimates that are no more than magical thinking. It leaves a ticking time bomb that will explode before the year is out. The Pennsylvania Constitution requires a balanced budget. This budget does not meet that obligation."

June 25, 2014

Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania House passage of House Bill 2328, the General Appropriations bill:

“The budget passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today breaks promises made to Pennsylvania’s school children, communities, and taxpayers.”


Harrisburg (June 12, 2014) – As state legislators face a $1.5 billion state budget shortfall, a new analysis by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) shows that corporate net income tax (CNIT) payments made by drillers have fallen to pre-Marcellus levels even as gas production has boomed.

May 1, 2014

Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that have not begun to replace higher education funds cut during the recession, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C.  The state is providing $2,206 less per student in inflation-adjusted dollars to public colleges than it did in 2008.

April 30, 2014

The School District of Philadelphia and other low-income school districts have been significantly harmed by Pennsylvania's failure to adequately fund public education, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

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