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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Pennsylvania is already short of money and borrowing to pay bills less than three months into a new budget year. And that's after transferring $225 million from other state funds in July.

 

August 15, 2014

Several American cities have raised cigarette taxes as a public health measure and to generate local revenue for cash-strapped programs. These taxes are not as regressive as once assumed and can be an important part of a local funding package. Philadelphia has requested authorization from the General Assembly to add a $2 per pack tax on cigarettes sold in the city to raise an estimated $70-$90 million  for its public schools.

July 18, 2014

Once Upon a Time: An Analysis of the 2014-15 General Assembly Approved Budget

The $29.0 billion 2014-15 state General Fund budget enacted earlier this month fails to confront Pennsylvania’s serious revenue problems. Lawmakers pretended that the half billion dollar revenue shortfall in 2013-14 did not exist and “balanced” the 2014-15 budget with one-time transfers, accounting tricks, and phantom revenues.

Here are updated department totals and line-items for Education, Public Welfare, and selected other programs, based on the Govenor's approval of the budget on July 10. 

Here is a listing of the line-items reduced by Governor Corbett on July 10, 2014.

After several changes, the General Assembly has passed a budget for 2014-15. One of the Governor's signature proposals, the Ready to Learn block grant was reduced from the $241 million proposed by Governor Corbett to $100 million in the final budget. This shows how the funds will be distributed to schools and how it differs from the Governor's proposal.

On July 8, the Senate agreed to a House amended version of HB 278, sending the bill to Governor Corbett for his signature (or other action).  This document describes the major provisions of the Fiscal Code and how it relates to the implementation of the 2014-15 Budget.

June 2014 revenue collections exceeded estimate for the first time since November 2013, but they were still far below revenue targets for the fiscal year. In fact, revenues fell short of revenues collected in 2012-13. The 2014-15 budget plan assumes hearty revenue growth to fund program increases.

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