Issue Spotlight: What Our Federal Tax Dollars Support
The federal government collects taxes in order to finance various public services, including Social Security, national defense, and health care services. As federal policymakers and citizens weigh key decisions about revenues and expenditures, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has put together resources from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showing you what the federal government does with the money it collects.
Many Pennsylvanians will grumble this week as they race to file their tax returns on time. Others will be laughing all the way to the bank. In a recent op-ed, PBPC Director Sharon Ward writes the time has come to close tax loopholes and end special interest tax breaks.
All Pennsylvanians should support efficient government but Tea Party protesters descending on Harrisburg want to dismantle public structures that provide education and human services. Read PBPC's statement on Saturday's Tea Party protest.
An obscure business tax break in the federal economic recovery package could cost Pennsylvania and most other states billions of dollars over the next few years, but lawmakers can take simple steps to prevent the loss, according to a report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.