Reports & Briefing Papers

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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December 15, 2011

The House bill effectively creates a $10 million to $14 million annual taxpayer subsidy for wealthy Pennsylvanians who buy airplanes for recreational purposes and for corporations that upgrade jets for executives.

December 15, 2011

Pennsylvanians pay sales tax when they buy cars, trucks and other vehicles, but those in the market for a Learjet or a Gulfstream aircraft will get a tax break under a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives. Read a summary of our latest policy brief.

November 18, 2011

Legislation approved this week by the state Senate would assess an impact fee on Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania that is well below what gas drillers pay in extraction taxes in many other energy-rich states, such as Texas, Wyoming and Arkansas. 

November 15, 2011

Governor Corbett’s proposal would assess the equivalent of 1% over the life of an average Marcellus Shale well and Senator Scarnati's revised SB 1100 would assess the equivalent of a 2.2% rate. A comparable well in Texas would raise five times more than either plan.

September 1, 2011

Six months after the end of the state’s adultBasic program, fewer than 40% of the 37,588 individuals who lost their health insurance have enrolled in Medical Assistance or Special Care.

August 9, 2011

Companies that claim that closing corporate tax loopholes is too complicated already operate in states that have closed loopholes.

June 28, 2011

Representative Dave Reed’s Marcellus Shale impact fee would establish 33 separate county-based drilling fees rather than a single statewide fee and have an effective tax rate of 1%. This rate is far lower than most proposals in the state House and Senate.

June 28, 2011

The General Assembly should enact a fair and meaningful tax on Marcellus Shale drillers that invests some portion of the funds into communities across the Commonwealth. PBPC sums up the critical points that lawmakers should consider as they debate this issue.

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