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

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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Balancing the State Budget Didn't Have to Be This Hard

If lawmakers had enacted the Taxpayer Protection Act in 2018, they would face a $770 million gap between revenues and spending. Going one step further, if lawmakers had enacted the Taxpayer Protection Act in 2015, they would enjoy a $930 million surplus.

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