Capitol Update

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center produces a variety of reports, policy briefs, and other publications on state budget and tax policy, health care policy, education policy, poverty and public welfare, the economy, and several related issues. Below is an archive of all PBPC publications to date.

Browse by Issue: You can also browse PBPC publications by the following issue areas:

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Over the past 48 hours, news report have trickled out about a tentative budget agreement between Republican legislative leaders and the Wolf Administration. Lacking the information for a full analysis, we will instead lay out criteria for evaluating any budget deal; assess what the early information indicates about the likelihood of this tentative budget agreement meeting these criteria; and suggest how the negotiators might improve the budget framework as they further develop its details.

April 4, 2014

While the recession is officially over, many Pennsylvania families are still struggling to make ends meet. Many are turning to the commonwealth for help with basic necessities and health care for themselves and their children.

Updated: February 18, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett presented a $29.4 billion 2014-15 budget proposal to a joint session of the General Assembly. View PBPC's analysis of the budget along with infographics and charts, a commentary, media statement, and more resources.

February 3, 2014

How will Governor Corbett bridge a billion dollar gap in the 2014-15 budget he proposes Tuesday? Will it be a quick and unsustainable fix that leaves Pennsylvania exposed to future budget deficits? Or will it ensure that Pennsylvania can invest what is needed in its schools, health care, public safety, and environmental protection for years to come? Stay with PBPC for the latest on Budget Day 2014.

January 22, 2014

Governor Corbett's Healthy PA plan threatens to undermine the stability of community health centers and services for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable, according to Dr. Hilda Shirk, the chief executive officer of SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, writing in a recent op-ed.

January 13, 2014

"The focus of much of our work has been to help the uninsured gain access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage," the comment reads. "We do not believe that the proposed 1115 waiver would accomplish that goal."

December 18, 2013

A decade of corporate tax cuts are a major reason that Pennsylvania is expected to have far fewer resources than it needs to pay for education, health care, and other essential services for years to come. Unless lawmakers reverse course and come up with additional revenue, our schools, communities, and families will continue to bear the brunt and our economy will suffer.

November 20, 2013

The expansion of Medicaid health coverage is being called an “early success story” of the Affordable Care Act — but you won’t find any success stories here in Pennsylvania. Unless you make your voices heard. Call your state lawmakers today!

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