Publications

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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January 7, 2015

December revenue collections were better than expected, coming in $162 million higher than the December revenue target. This pushes the 2014-15 revenue surplus to $271 million, or 2.1%.

While having more money is better than having less money when trying to balance the state budget, the current 2014-15 revenue surplus pales in comparison to the $2 billion shortfall projected for 2015-16.

December 16, 2014

Summary and PowerPoint presentation from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's "The Road Ahead in PA: 2015 Economic & Budget Outlook" Luncheon in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania would benefit from switching from its current impact fee to a severance tax. Depending on the estimate, the severance tax could raise two to four times as much revenue as we expect from the impact fee, with this difference growing over time.

Whether the revenue gain from switching to a severance tax is $400 million, $600 million, or more, this is exactly the type of recurring revenue needed to help restore harmful cuts to our schools, help bridge an estimated $2 billion funding gap in 2015-16, and help close the state’s ongoing structural deficit where revenues grow more slowly than spending.

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.

Enrollment in Pennsylvania’s private and non-public schools remained steady for more than a decade, at around 330,000 students, but began to decline sharply after 2000. Total enrollment in private schools dropped by 32% between 2000-01 and 2013-14.

In 2013-14, Pennsylvania’s public schools enrolled 1,750,059 students in grades Pre-K through 12 across the state’s 500 school districts. Of these students, 92.6% are enrolled in district-run schools and 7.4% attend charter schools.

View detailed data on student poverty concentration by school district.

October revenue collections came in $103 million higher than expected, due primarily to a one-time infusion of inheritance tax revenue. 

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