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October 2, 2014

Pennsylvania should better target its property tax relief and overhaul its assessment system rather than eliminate the local property taxes that fund our children’s schools and prepare our future workforce, a report released today by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center concluded.

This chart, based on U.S. Census data, compares poverty and median income by county for the years 2007 and 2013.

Sept. 16, 2014

We are disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee has advanced a bill that is so damaging to public education in Pennsylvania. This plan would guarantee new and growing cuts to public schools at a time when the public has said it wants to restore school funding and invest in children’s education.

Aug. 28, 2014

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Corbett Administration have agreed on a waiver that takes steps to provide Medicaid coverage to working Pennsylvanians.

The agreement removes the most harmful elements of Pennsylvania’s proposed waiver, including work search requirements, premiums on the very poor, and drastic benefits cuts, but it comes at a high cost.”


July 23, 2014

 "The  Governor and lawmakers are right to take Moody's recent downgrade of the Commonwealth's bond rating seriously, but they are drawing the wrong lesson. The downgrade is a result of a budget passed just three weeks ago that is hopelessly out of balance."

June 30, 2014

"The budget adopted by the Senate today relies on revenue estimates that are no more than magical thinking. It leaves a ticking time bomb that will explode before the year is out. The Pennsylvania Constitution requires a balanced budget. This budget does not meet that obligation."

June 25, 2014

Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania House passage of House Bill 2328, the General Appropriations bill:

“The budget passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today breaks promises made to Pennsylvania’s school children, communities, and taxpayers.”

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