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 12, 2012

The Pennsylvania House amended the Senate Budget last week to add $91 million to the Departments of Education, Environmental Protection and Public Welfare, but because new spending had to be offset elsewhere the plan also includes cuts to the Governor’s office, economic development programs and general government operations.

June 8, 2012

Governor Tom Corbett’s administration has proposed giving $1.65 billion in state tax credits over 25 years to companies that build and operate an ethylene cracker plant in Pennsylvania. It would be a windfall for Shell Oil, which is evaluating a site for a cracker plant in Beaver County.

June 5, 2012

Pennsylvanians pay sales tax on numerous purchases, but few realize that the store collecting the tax gets to keep a portion of it. Some large retailers are able to keep millions. Governor Corbett proposes to reform it by placing a cap on how much any one retailer can receive.

May 22, 2012

Next year, Pennsylvania will spend $2.4 billion on business tax breaks. That amount has tripled over the last 10 years and does not count the hundreds of millions of dollars lost annually to corporate tax loopholes.

April 19, 2012

House Bill 2150 will prevent some corporations from using loopholes to avoid paying income taxes, but revenue raised from this change doesn't come close to covering the amount the state will lose in revenue from tax cuts in the bill.

April 16, 2012

The Buffett Rule would reduce the number of millionaires who pay a lower effective tax rate than many middle-class Americans.

March 7, 2012

House Bill 2150 aims to prevent corporations from unfairly shifting profits earned in Pennsylvania to Delaware and other low- or no-tax states, but its approach is flawed. It would not close the Delaware loophole and even creates new tax loopholes corporations could exploit.

January 17, 2012

Interest payments and cancellation fees associated with interest rate swaps and swaptions have cost the City and School District of Philadelphia hundreds of millions of dollars.

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