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 Fiscal Analysis Initiative 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


PBPC's Advisory Committee

Learn more about PBPC's Advisory Committee.


Contact PBPC

Harrisburg Office

412 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-255-7156

Philadelphia Office

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-563-5848 x 16

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PBPC Staff

Jeff Garis, Outreach and Engagement Director

Jeff Garis is the Outreach and Engagement Director for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (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

Ellen Lyon, Communications Director

Ellen Lyon is the Communications Director at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University. Before joining PBPC in 2014, Ellen was the Media Relations and Publications Manager for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Prior to that, she was a newspaper reporter for 15 years, the last 11 years at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg. She was in the Patriot’s Capitol Bureau from 2000-2002.

Office: 717-255-7156
Email: lyon@pennbpc.org 

Waslala Miranda, Education Policy Analyst

Waslala Miranda received her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon and her Bachelor’s in International Relations from Wellesley College.  Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Waslala spent a decade working as a DREAM Act Activist, lobbying federal and state officials on behalf of undocumented students.  She also helped change city policy in her hometown to allow all eligible undocumented immigrants to receive the police certification necessary to apply for the U-Visa which provides legal status to undocumented victims of serious crime who assist law enforcement.  Waslala understands the plight of the undocumented as she was once undocumented herself.

Office: 717-255-7167
Email: miranda@pennbpc.org  


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PBPC Memberships

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