Tax and Budget

July 13, 2011

On June 30, the Pennsylvania General Assembly completed work on a 2011-12 state budget that achieves Governor Tom Corbett’s primary objective — to meet a target spending number of $27.3 billion or lower, regardless of the impact. PBPC has a detailed analysis of the budget.

June 29, 2011

The Legislature has adopted a 2011-12 budget that does less with more, cutting services to children while leaving most of a $785 million revenue surplus on the table. Read PBPC Director Sharon Ward's statement on the budget approved by the state Legislature.

June 28, 2011

Representative Dave Reed’s Marcellus Shale impact fee would establish 33 separate county-based drilling fees rather than a single statewide fee and have an effective tax rate of 1%. This rate is far lower than most proposals in the state House and Senate.

June 28, 2011

The General Assembly should enact a fair and meaningful tax on Marcellus Shale drillers that invests some portion of the funds into communities across the Commonwealth. PBPC sums up the critical points that lawmakers should consider as they debate this issue.

June 27, 2011

Leading Marcellus Shale impact fee plans in Harrisburg would give the lion’s share of local funding to only eight drilling counties, while doing nothing to address state cuts to education and local services, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

June 20, 2011

If enacted in its current form, SB 1100 would fall far short of the public’s desire for a tax that makes drillers pay their fair share, protects the environment, and helps restore cuts to health care, education and children’s services.

June 17, 2011

Pennsylvania policymakers should reject a proposal to eliminate the state's Tobacco Settlement Fund and divert some funds away from health care purposes, PBPC Director Sharon Ward writes in a memo to newspaper editors.

June 15, 2011

State Representative Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) introduced legislation today creating a Marcellus Shale impact fee. This policy brief compares her plan with other proposals to assess a tax or fee on Marcellus gas drilling.

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