Reports & Briefing Papers

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.

Browse by Issue: You can also browse PBPC publications by the following issue areas:

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October 24, 2014

Pennsylvania enacted deep cuts to funding for public higher education since 2010-11. Even before these cuts, Pennsylvania ranked low among states in funding for higher education and in the affordability of public higher education. This report summarizes key insights from the economic research literature on the importance of higher education and presents basic information on Pennsylvania’s investment in higher education. 

October 14, 2014

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) will end family planning coverage for almost 90,000 low income women currently enrolled in SelectPlan for Women, most of whom will be eligible for comprehensive health care coverage through Healthy Pennsylvania. Rather than ending the SelectPlan waiver, DPW should transition eligible SelectPlan enrollees into Healthy Pennsylvania and continue to offer SelectPlan as a choice for women who are not Medicaid expansion-eligible.

October 13, 2014

The Pew Charitable Trust recently looked at how all 50 states are recovering from the Great Recession (late 2007 to mid-2009) and the challenges – loss of tax revenue, depletion of cash reserves, increased demand for certain services – they faced. A closer look at the Pennsylvania data showed that spending and tax cuts in 2011 reversed Pennsylvania’s initially robust recovery of state revenues following the Great Recession.  

October 2, 2014

Property taxes are high in some Pennsylvania school districts, but PBPC’s new report, "Reform, Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools," reveals that compared to the national average and neighboring states, property taxes are moderate in most communities.

Pennsylvania is already short of money and borrowing to pay bills less than three months into a new budget year. And that's after transferring $225 million from other state funds in July.

 

This paper is part of the work of the Close the Gap Campaign, to ensure that states accept the federal dollars set aside to extend Medicaid to low-income adults, and that Medicaid expansion waivers do not undermine the goal of providing comprehensive coverage with minimal burdens on potential enrollees. The Close the Gap Campaign is funded by the ACA Implementation Fund, a collaboration of eight national foundations that include The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.

August 15, 2014

Several American cities have raised cigarette taxes as a public health measure and to generate local revenue for cash-strapped programs. These taxes are not as regressive as once assumed and can be an important part of a local funding package. Philadelphia has requested authorization from the General Assembly to add a $2 per pack tax on cigarettes sold in the city to raise an estimated $70-$90 million  for its public schools.

August 8, 2014

A new report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities examines the processes by which states estimate how much revenue will be collected in the upcoming year. The report recommends five common-sense best practices.

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