Legislative Memos and Testimony

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.

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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.

June 20, 2013

"The expansion will benefit a large number of working Pennsylvanians across all age and demographic groups," Sharon Ward stated in written testimony to the House Health Committee.

June 6, 2013

It will help to move Pennsylvania and the nation from a system that is riddled with coverage gaps, where individuals get necessary health care at the last minute and at the highest cost to themselves and health care institutions, to one which emphasizes health, wellness and prevention," Sharon Ward testified before the House Human Services Committee.

April 17, 2013

These bills ask senior citizens in York and working families in Pottstown to subsidize Chevron, Hess, and Royal Dutch Shell.

April 15, 2013

Exempting the purchase and repair of private jets from sales tax may not have the desired effect of increasing employment in the small aircraft repair industry.

April 10, 2013

When fully phased in, the plan will cost the commonwealth—conservatively—more than $800 million annually.

February 4, 2013

One bill, although characterized as a “Mom & Pop” benefit, would provide as much of a windfall for Paris Hilton as for the corner grocer. A second bill would create a loophole that, in certain situations, corporations could use to transfer earnings to owners as “interest,” reducing the state tax imposed on their profits.

January 22, 2013

The inheritance tax bill would create a new loophole that could easily be exploited, would be very costly and would likely violate the uniformity clause. Another bill would eliminate the bank loans tax, a very important piece of the tax code that helps to defer a type of sham financial transaction.

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