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HARRISBURG - The PA Budget and Policy Center and the Keystone Research Center will hold a Facebook Live event for press and other interested parties to release a briefing paper that highlights the extent to which colleges in Pennsylvania facilitate economic mobility for working and middle class families.  The Facebook Live event will be on Monday, April 24 at 4:00 PM.

Poorer Districts Continue to Bear Brunt of Cuts; Most Funding Restored in Many Richer Districts

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Nov. 2, 2015 – Nearly two-thirds – or $560 million – of the original $860 million in classroom funding cuts passed in Gov. Corbett’s 2011-12 budget remain in place. The average annual classroom funding cut per student still in place, statewide, is $330. Undermining Educational Opportunity: Pennsylvania’s Unequal Restoration of School Funding, a new brief released by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center today, examines the distribution of the remaining cuts per student by school district and finds large inequities.

May 1, 2014

Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that have not begun to replace higher education funds cut during the recession, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C.  The state is providing $2,206 less per student in inflation-adjusted dollars to public colleges than it did in 2008.

March 20, 2014

Many profitable Fortune 500 companies including Pennsylvania-based PPL, H.J. Heinz, Airgas, Allegheny Technologies, Hershey, and Comcast are paying little or nothing in state income taxes thanks to loopholes, tax breaks, and crafty accounting, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ).

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