Recent Issues

Policy Memo: Pension Reform in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s $71 billion unfunded pension liability is unsustainable for taxpayers and puts public employees at risk. Without timely reform, pension payments will crowd out funding for other services, property taxes will rise, and teachers may be laid off.

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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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Recent Blog Posts

Heavy Tax Burdens Weigh Down Job Growth

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is expected to create 1.2 million jobs across the country in its first decade. Despite the economic boom, the act remains fairly unpopular among voters due to the unfounded belief that tax reform disproportionately benefits those with higher incomes.

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Does Justice Reinvestment Work?

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative will make crucial investments in Pennsylvania's criminal justice system system, but as history shows, commitment from lawmakers will determine the scope of success.

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This Year's Budget Continues Past Trends

The 2019–2020 budget spending bill is on the governor’s desk and lawmakers are claiming it represents an increase of only 1.8 percent over last year. If this were true, it would be a refreshing change from the status quo, but when you sift through the spin you find state spending continues to grow faster than the economy.

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