Education

This brief looks at the different ways property tax relief can be structured in Pennsylvania and why for lower- and middle-income homeowners, homestead relief provides more bang for the buck than millage rate cuts.

Gov. Tom Wolf presented his 2015-16 State Budget Proposal on March 3.  The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will be posting analysis, infographics and related documents on this page as they become available. Check back often for the latest updates.

November 13, 2014

This webinar focuses on the mechanics of a potential new funding formula for Pennsylvania, such as base costs, weights, funding factors, and comprehensive cost analysis.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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