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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 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.

May 3, 2011

A new analysis from the Department of Revenue makes an apples to oranges comparison of the taxes paid by companies engaged in natural gas drilling. PBPC issues a statement on the analysis.

April 28, 2011

Advocates for enacting a responsible natural gas drilling tax in Pennsylvania raised serious concerns about the proposed local impact fee on Marcellus Shale drillers released today by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati.

April 27, 2011

Natural gas drillers claim they have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in Pennsylvania taxes, but data from the state Department of Revenue tell a different story, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

November 17, 2010

Nearly 43,000 Pennsylvanians enrolled in adultBasic will lose their health insurance early next year unless quick action is taken to resolve a funding crisis facing the program.

November 16, 2010

Employers provided health insurance to 876,000 fewer Pennsylvanians in 2008 and 2009 than at the start of the decade, according to a new report analyzing U.S. Census data.

June 24, 2010

If the Pennsylvania General Assembly listens to the natural gas industry, two-thirds of the gas extracted from a typical Marcellus Shale well will be exempted from a state severance tax, a Pennsylvania think tank warned today.

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