Tax and Budget

Governor Wolf made education a priority in his first term and this year is no different as he continues to call for new investments in education. However, when stacked up beside what Pennsylvania actually needs to create quality public education for everyone, void of inequities, these new investments are just a small step towards addressing our educational needs as a state. The political environment in Harrisburg makes it difficult to even make an ask for what we need to adequately fund our public schools.

This paper puts forward the Fair Share Tax plan, a major step toward fixing Pennsylvania’s broken tax system and raising the revenues we need to invest in the public goods that are critical to creating thriving communities and individual opportunity in our state: education, infrastructure, protection for our air and water, and human services. The calculations included in this plan are an update to similar proposal put forward by the PA Budget and Policy Center in 2017.

The Budget Summit is an in-depth look at the Governor’s 2019-20 budget proposal, including what it means for education, health and human services, the environment and local communities.

Gov. Tom Wolf presented his 2019-20 State Budget Proposal on February 5th, 2019.  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.

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center released the following statement from Director Marc Stier regarding today's release of the Independent Fiscal Office’s (IFO) Five-Year Economic and Budget Outlook for Pennsylvania:

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center released the following statement from Director Marc Stier on the study, “Pennsylvania: A 21st Century Tax Code for the Commonwealth,” released today by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

In 2014, Pennsylvania became the second-largest natural gas producer in the U.S. and remains so today, behind only Texas.  In 2017, gas production exceeded 5.3 trillion cubic feet and continues to rise. Despite rising production, Pennsylvania remains the only major gas-producing state that allows companies to drill without paying taxes that increase with the volume of gas extracted. 

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