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February 2, 2016 (Harrisburg, PA) – A diverse coalition of organizations today released a letter to the governor and members of the General Assembly, “A 2016-17 Budget for Pennsylvania’s Future,” that recommends ways to fairly raise taxes to increase investments in education and workforce development, promote shared prosperity, protect those in need, protect the environment, reform the criminal justice system, and revitalize democracy.

February 1, 2016 (Harrisburg, Pa.) –  In the context of Pennsylvania’s still-unfinished 2015-16 state budget, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) today released a detailed analysis of three competing budget proposals put forward last year – the governor’s original 2015-16 proposal, the compromise budget, SB 1073, and the Republican bill, HB 1460, that passed both chambers and the governor blue-line vetoed in December.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 19, 2015) – Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement in response to the failure of the pension reform bill in the state House of Representatives and Majority Leader Dave Reed’s announcement that the House will vote tomorrow on a stop gap budget.

December 14, 2015 (Harrisburg, Pa.) – In a memo to members of the state House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Director Marc Stier urged the General Assembly to "live up to fundamental democratic norms and strip provisions added to the Fiscal and School Codes at the last minute and behind closed doors."

Harrisburg, Pa. - December 10, 2015 - As of today, the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Budget is still not done. Two different budgets are now before the General Assembly. In a policy brief released today, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) takes an initial look at some of the critical differences between SB 1073 which is supported by the Governor, and large majorities of Senate Republicans and Democrats and House Democrats, and HB 1460, which is supported by almost all House Republicans.

Harrisburg, Pa. (December 8, 2015) – Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania House’s passage of House Bill 1460: "To no one’s surprise, the House Republicans today adopted a partisan budget that does little to help either school children or those who need human services in Pennsylvania."

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Dec. 4, 2015 – Pennsylvania legislators appear to be focusing on expanding the sales tax base instead of raising the sales tax rate as a way to secure new revenues for the Pennsylvania budget. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) has released a policy brief, “Expanding the Sales Tax in an Equitable Way” that calls for legislators to expand the sales tax in a way that is fair to low- and moderate-income Pennsylvania families.

HARRISBURG, Pa.Dec. 2, 2015 – The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) called today for legislators to adopt a final budget “fit for the holidays.” To attain these goals, PBPC calls on lawmakers to include the following eight proposals:

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