Tax and Budget

September 9, 2013

Pennsylvania should develop a school funding and property tax relief program that ensures adequate funding for schools, reduces the inequities between school districts, provides targeted property tax relief to individuals who face true hardship, andp targets relief to communities where high millage rates impede growth.

August 8, 2013

Using a “moderate” production scenario, the Pennsylvania impact fee brings in less revenue than a severance tax comparable to that of Texas or West Virginia.

August 5, 2013

Low revenue growth projected for 2013-14 likely means the commonwealth will be treading water in the coming year, with General Fund spending barely matching the inflation-adjusted buying power of the 2012-13 budget.

July 11, 2013

If nutrition assistance is weakened, millions of struggling parents, their children, and other vulnerable individuals will be harmed.

July 9, 2013

The Pennsylvania Legislature has approved and the Governor has signed a 2013-14 state budget that spends $28.376 billion. Read PBPC's full analysis.

July 9, 2013

The plan maintains the capital stock and franchise tax, which was set to expire in 2014, for two more years and takes steps to close the Delaware loophole.

July 2, 2013

The School Code establishes a new basic education funding “formula” with a base distribution, and 12 new supplemental criteria targeted to very specific school districts based on aid ratio, enrollment or other unique factors.

July 2, 2013

“There is little to celebrate in this budget," says PBPC Director Sharon Ward. "It fails to adequately address the enormity of the funding crisis facing Pennsylvania schools. 80 percent of the cuts to classrooms are left intact, and that means higher property taxes and even larger class sizes in our schools.

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