About the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Launched formally in 2007, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is a nonpartisan, statewide policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget, and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of policy proposals on working families.

PBPC’s vision is that all Pennsylvania citizens will enjoy a system of taxation that is fair and progressive, and that raises sufficient revenue to provide quality public services and economic prosperity.

PBPC provides information and analysis on short-term budget, policy, and revenue proposals as well as long-term trends and challenges.

PBPC is part of a national network of similar organizations that exist in over half the states as part of the State Priorities Partnership coordinated by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

PBPC is a project of the Keystone Research Center.

Read more about PBPC's history here

 

Contact PBPC

Harrisburg Office

412 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-255-7181

Philadelphia Office

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-694-4783

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PBPC Staff

Jeff Garis, Outreach and Engagement Director

Jeff Garis is the Outreach and Engagement Director for PBPC. Jeff received a BA in English from Messiah College, and has more than a decade and a half of experience working with advocacy organizations in Pennsylvania. Before joining PBPC in 2013, he worked with diverse coalitions for several years as the field director for Pennsylvania Voice and the state political director for America Votes. He spent four years as the executive director of Penn Action, and served as the director of a statewide death penalty reform organization for seven years.

Mobile: 215-694-4783
Email: garis@pennbpc.org

Mark Price, Research Director

Mark Price is the Research Director for PBPC. Mark received a PhD in economics from the University of Utah. His dissertation, State Prevailing Wage Laws and Construction Labor Markets, was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Awards Competition sponsored by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. His areas of research include income inequality, trends in employment and compensation, the construction industry, and low-wage labor markets. Mark’s work for Keystone has included reports profiling the state of women in the Pennsylvania workforce, and a nationally recognized report tracking the educational qualifications of the early childhood workforce in the United States. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah, Westminster College of Salt Lake City, and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He has also taught a course in labor market analysis at Penn State University. Mark blogs at Third and State.

Office: 717-255-7158
Email:
price@keystoneresearch.org

Marc Stier, Director

Marc Stier has had an illustrious career as an activist, teacher, and writer. Prior to joining PBPC as Director in 2015, Marc has served as the executive director of Penn ACTION, where he worked to protect funding for education and women’s health care and expand Social Security; the Pennsylvania Director of Health Care for American Now, which led the grassroots effort in support of what became the Affordable Care Act in the state; and the Health Care Campaign Manager for SEIU Pennsylvania State Council. Stier was an academic for 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a doctorate from Harvard University, both in political science. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; City College of New York; the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and Temple University, where he was the associate director and internet coordinator of the Intellectual Heritage Program. Stier is the author of numerous papers on political philosophy, the history of political thought and American politics. He is the author of the book Grassroots Advocacy and Health Care Reform, published in 2013. He recently finished two new books, Liberalism and Communitarianism Revisited and Civilization and Its Contents: Reflections on Sex and the Culture Wars. He also is co-editor of Ambiguity in the Western Tradition.

Office: 717-255-7155
Mobile:
215-880-6142
Email: stier@pennbpc.org


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