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 20, 2011

If enacted in its current form, SB 1100 would fall far short of the public’s desire for a tax that makes drillers pay their fair share, protects the environment, and helps restore cuts to health care, education and children’s services.

May 24, 2011

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 109-92 in favor of a state budget that cuts $1 billion from public schools and reduces Governor Corbett's budget by $471 million for health and human services for women, children and people with disabilities.

April 20, 2011

On Monday, PBPC Research Director Michael Wood was featured at a press conference hosted by Common Cause Pennsylvania to call on lawmakers to close tax loopholes and end special tax breaks before cutting schools, health care and other critical state services.

March 1, 2011

More than 41,000 Pennsylvanians have lost their adultBasic health insurance coverage with the expiration of the program. AdultBasic faced a funding shortfall after the December expiration of an agreement under which the state's Blues plans contributed to adultBasic.

February 10, 2011

This week, Rep. Greg Vitali, joined by lawmakers, environmentalists and other advocates, unveiled legislation that would enact an extraction tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. PBPC's Severance Tax Ticker made an appearance.

January 27, 2011

This week, the Corbett administration proposed offering some adultBasic enrollees with pre-existing health conditions the option of enrolling in PA Fair Care, a federally funded high-risk insurance plan. Read a statement from the Pennsylvania Health Access Network raising concerns about that idea.

January 12, 2011

The transition team of Governor-elect Tom Corbett signaled support for a plan that would end adultBasic in February and give those who lose their coverage the option of enrolling in a more expensive health plan with more limited benefits.

October 27, 2010

On Tuesday, former U.S. House Speaker and leading conservative figure Newt Gingrich added his voice to the growing chorus calling for an "appropriate" shale tax in Pennsylvania.

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