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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June 27, 2011

Leading Marcellus Shale impact fee plans in Harrisburg would give the lion’s share of local funding to only eight drilling counties, while doing nothing to address state cuts to education and local services, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

June 20, 2011

If enacted in its current form, SB 1100 would fall far short of the public’s desire for a tax that makes drillers pay their fair share, protects the environment, and helps restore cuts to health care, education and children’s services.

June 15, 2011

State Representative Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) introduced legislation today creating a Marcellus Shale impact fee. This policy brief compares her plan with other proposals to assess a tax or fee on Marcellus gas drilling.

Updated: May 20, 2011

In a new report, PBPC compares details of the four most prominent plans to assess a drilling tax or fee on natural gas production in Pennsylvania. The report examines legislation sponsored by Rep. Greg Vitali, Sens. John Yudichak and Ted Erickson, Rep. Kate Harper and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati.

May 10, 2011

Experience from other states suggests that voter ID laws are a burden for voters and an expense that cash-strapped states can ill afford, particularly when the need has not been justified.

Updated: 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. In tax year 2008, the oil and gas industry paid $38.8 million in Pennsylvania state business taxes.

April 11, 2011

In 2010, West Virginia, Texas and Arkansas, all of which impose a drilling tax, led the nation in new gas wells, while Pennsylvania, without a drilling tax, came in sixth. These facts contrast with recent statements made by Acting Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee.

March 3, 2011

Coming out of the recession, Pennsylvania must take a forward-looking approach to the state budget that focuses on creating jobs and ensuring our long-term economic success, according to a report released today.

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