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HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 11, 2015) -- In response to Gov. Wolf’s announcement this morning of a proposed severance tax on natural gas, Michael Wood, research director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released the following statement:

“Enacting a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania is long overdue. We, therefore, applaud Gov. Wolf’s proposal earlier today to establish such a tax at the same rate as neighboring West Virginia’s tax.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 14, 2015) – Pennsylvania’s ranking worsened on a biennial report card measuring the fairness of state and local taxes, according to a study released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

Middle-income Pennsylvanians pay two times more in taxes as a share of income than the wealthiest earners, and the lowest-income earners pay three times more, the study found. Pennsylvanians in the top 1 percent of income actually saw a slight drop in the share of income they pay in taxes, from 4.4 percent in 2013 to 4.2 percent in 2015.

 

HARRISBURG, PA (Dec. 17, 2014) – Communities in Pennsylvania experiencing high-intensity Marcellus Shale drilling also are seeing significant increases in crime, housing costs, traffic fatalities and their rate of sexually transmitted diseases, a new analysis released today confirmed.

HARRISBURG, PA (Dec. 9, 2014) – A severance tax on natural gas, which every other major gas-producing state already has in place, will generate significantly more revenue for Pennsylvania than the current impact fee, even at lower gas prices.

December 3, 2014

Today’s mid-year budget briefing by Budget Secretary Zogby confirms the warnings issued by the Independent Fiscal Office and the independent ratings agencies about Pennsylvania’s dire financial condition. The Commonwealth can no longer rely on one-time fixes to balance its budget. We need long-term solutions that will restore fiscal stability and allow the Commonwealth to grow.

 November 13, 2014

“The Independent Fiscal Office today warned of a significant and growing budget shortfall that must be addressed by the Governor and General Assembly as a first order of business in 2015.  That yearly shortfall is expected to grow from $1.85 billion next year to nearly $2.6 billion by fiscal year 2019-20. The IFO attributes this large gap next year to one-time revenues and expenditure shifts used to balance the current year budget that will not be available in 2015-16."

October 24, 2014

Pennsylvania’s reduced funding of higher education in recent years has led to steep tuition hikes at its public four-year colleges, hefty average student debt and a small share of residents with education beyond high school compared to other states, a new report released today by the Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center found. To reverse these trends, Pennsylvania should restore $90 million in cuts to state-owned universities and $20 million to community colleges, and freeze their tuitions for four years, A Must-Have for Pennsylvania Part II: Investment in Higher Education for Growth and Opportunity recommends.

 

HARRISBURG, PA (Oct. 15, 2014) – Representatives of several of the 40 diverse organizations that oppose Senate Bill 76 gathered in the Capitol Rotunda today to highlight the harm to public schools and the disadvantages to low-income Pennsylvanians, workers and consumers if school property taxes are repealed. Senate Bill 76 would eliminate property taxes and, instead, rely on an increased income tax and an increased and expanded sales tax to fund Pennsylvania’s schools.

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