PA Economy

January 17, 2012

Large financial institutions, including many that received financial bailouts through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), will continue to make hundreds of millions of dollars off interest rate swaps negotiated with the City and School District of Philadelphia, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC).

October 25, 2011

Pennsylvanians believe that gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has moved too quickly and that public officials need to do a better job protecting their communities and the environment, according to the final report of the Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission.

April 11, 2011

In 2010, West Virginia, Texas and Arkansas, all of which impose a drilling tax, led the nation in new gas wells, while Pennsylvania, without a drilling tax, came in sixth. These facts contrast with recent statements made by Acting Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee.

March 3, 2011

Coming out of the recession, Pennsylvania must take a forward-looking approach to the state budget that focuses on creating jobs and ensuring our long-term economic success, according to a report released today.

October 5, 2010

Poverty rates remained essentially unchanged in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2009, but some parts of the state saw a jump, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The new report also offers a snapshot of health insurance rates in communities across the state.

September 17, 2010

Pennsylvania experienced a small increase in poverty and a large decline in health insurance coverage. This report is the first to include a full year of data during the Great Recession.

October 2, 2009

A gas industry-financed study overplays the positive impacts of increased natural gas production, while minimizing the negative. PBPC analyzes the study's claims and provides a reality check.

September 10, 2009

Census Bureau data begin to show the tangible impact of the worldwide recession on Pennsylvanians as incomes fall, poverty rises, and more people rely on public heath care.

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