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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November 16, 2010

Facts about the loss of employment-based health care in Pennsylvania and across the nation, based on 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data.

October 29, 2010

The Tax Foundation released its 2011 Business Tax Climate Index this week. According to the report, Pennsylvania ranked 26th in the nation. But the index has some methodological problems that limit its usefulness.

October 12, 2010

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has put together a table comparing the details of two plans to enact a severance tax on natural gas in the Marcellus Shale - one approved by the state House of Representatives and the other endorsed by the state Senate Republicans.

October 6, 2010

The gas industry is waging a fierce fight to block a severance tax in Pennsylvania. PBPC, armed with almost two years of research on severance taxes and the potential impacts of drilling in the Marcellus Shale, has a fact check on claims made by the industry.

October 5, 2010

Poverty rates remained essentially unchanged in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2009, but some parts of the state saw a jump, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The new report also offers a snapshot of health insurance rates in communities across the state.

September 17, 2010

Pennsylvania experienced a small increase in poverty and a large decline in health insurance coverage. This report is the first to include a full year of data during the Great Recession.

August 30, 2010

As Pennsylvania lawmakers debate the contours of a severance tax on natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale formation, PBPC has put forth a series of recommendations, including assessing a reasonable tax rate, limiting loopholes and restoring local government's authority to assess property taxes on oil and gas interests.

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, PBPC warned in a new report.

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