Capitol Update

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 24, 2009

Legislation to enact a severance tax on natural gas extraction won committee approval and is headed to the floor of the state House of Representatives.

May 21, 2009

The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee held the first of two hearings Thursday on the budget bill approved by the Senate earlier this month on a party-line vote. Among the testifiers appearing before the committee was PBPC Director Sharon Ward.

May 21, 2009

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation projects that if federal health care reform efforts are not enacted, within 10 years the cost of health care for businesses could double and the number of uninsured Americans could reach 66 million, with middle-income families hardest hit.

April 3, 2009

The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Tax Policy recently examined the plan to introduce a severance tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

December 4, 2008

More than one-third of small business owners say that rising health care costs will likely cause them to scale back some portion of health insurance benefits for their employees, according to a recent

July 2, 2008

Governor Rendell and state legislative leaders agreed on the framework for a state budget agreement that will reduce the Governor's February request by somewhere around $130 million through a 1.3% across-the-board cut in the proposed budget.

June 25, 2008

The calendar is closing in on June 30, the end of the 2007-08 fiscal year with legislators and the Governor furiously trying to reach agreement on a spending plan for 2008-09.

July 2, 2007

Two days into the 2007-08 fiscal year, Pennsylvania finds itself without a budget, and with little prospect of completing one before July 4th.

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