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.

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July 18, 2014

Once Upon a Time: An Analysis of the 2014-15 General Assembly Approved Budget

The $29.0 billion 2014-15 state General Fund budget enacted earlier this month fails to confront Pennsylvania’s serious revenue problems. Lawmakers pretended that the half billion dollar revenue shortfall in 2013-14 did not exist and “balanced” the 2014-15 budget with one-time transfers, accounting tricks, and phantom revenues.

July 10, 2014

A new report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities examines the likely impact of a proposed federal ban on state taxation of Internet access charges.

June 27, 2014

The budget approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on June 25 made significant changes to the Governor’s proposed allocations to school districts and charter schools. The House budget eliminates a $241 increase to school districts and charter schools offered in the Governor’s Ready to Learn Block Grant, replacing it with a $70 million basis education increase, which is a 71% reduction from the Governor’s original proposed increase. This analysis compares each school district’s Ready to Learn allocation with that proposed by the House.

State lawmakers must produce a balanced state budget in the face of a $1.5 billion budget shortfall. A state severance tax could help to achieve that goal and prevent cuts to investments that are important to Pennsylvanians, including public education, early childhood, health care, and programs for children and adults with disabilities. A 5% severance tax would raise $600 million in 2014-15 and $1.4 billion annually by 2018-19. It is a recurring source of revenue that could reduce reliance on one-time changes, fund transfers, payment delays, and other strategies that are unsustainable over the long term.

June 9, 2014

The market value of natural gas produced in Pennsylvania exceeded $11.8 billion in 2013 yet natural gas producers pay among the lowest effective production tax rates in the country. Companies paid $223 million in impact fee for gas produced in 2013, for an effective tax rate of less than 1.9%.

This report examines school funding in Pennsylvania, focusing on the city of Philadelphia and on other low-income school districts. The report highlights recent funding cuts, and the policy choices that led to these cuts. The end of the report suggests some alternative – and better – choices that Pennsylvania might make regarding state school funding and tax policies going forward.

April 23, 2014

The amendment offers revisions to address technical concerns about the bill. It would impose a foundational re-organization of the state’s taxation and educational systems, with potentially vast negative consequences for Pennsylvania’s schools, its workers and consumers, and the economy of the commonwealth.

April 16, 2014

SNAP spending, which doubled as a share of the economy in the wake of the Great Recession, has begun to decline, as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and other experts expected.

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