Recent Issues

State Budget Solution #5: Tackle the Shadow Budget

General Fund Budget Is Just 40 Percent of State Government’s True Cost February 3, 2017, Harrisburg, Pa.—With budget season launching, most public discussion will focus on the General Fund budget, which was $31.6 billion last year. But this was just 40 percent of state government’s $78 billion cost. Hidden in the remaining 60 percent—essentially a “shadow budget”—are more than 150 “special funds” whose costs are largely unknown to the publ

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State Budget Solution #4: Cut Corporate Welfare

Pa. Leads Nation in Wasteful Corporate Subsidies at $6 Billion Since 2007 This year state government will transfer more than $800 million from Pennsylvanians to billion-dollar corporations like Amazon, Netflix, and Kraft under the guise of “economic development.” These corporate handouts benefit special interests and their well-connected lobbyists, leaving taxpayers holding the bag.

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State Budget Solution #3: Student-Focused Education Funding

As lawmakers and Gov. Wolf seek to restructure state government this budget season, they should commit to refocusing education spending to provide the greatest opportunity to Pennsylvania students.

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Recent Blog Posts

Wolf’s Big, Bad Budget Leaves Families Behind

Largest Tax Hike in State History Threatens Pandemic Recovery

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Three Takeaways on Gov. Wolf's 2021 Budget

Our commonwealth faces a structural budget deficit. Families need education lifelines to get back on track. Small businesses need regulatory and tax relief to stay afloat. Patients need more options to access care.

Governor Wolf’s budget proposal addresses none of these critical issues. Like his past budget proposals—even before he was a lame duck governor—this one isn’t going anywhere. Instead, lawmakers have an opportunity to launch an agenda to prioritize kids and communities.

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How to Balance the State Budget without Raising Taxes in a Pandemic

Reducing spending to reflect how the pandemic impacted state agencies and balance the budget without tax hikes or borrowing is the first step. Without additional structural spending changes laid out in our backgrounder Reforms Beyond the Current Budget, future tax hikes will occur.

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