School Reserve Funds in Pandemic Times

Pennsylvania school officials are projecting local tax revenue losses for the upcoming year due to the wreckage from COVID-19 restrictions. Even if local tax revenue declines, most schools have a robust rainy day fund and received CARES funding from the federal government. Overall, school districts are well funded to overcome the challenges of this academic year.

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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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Are Public Schools Underfunded?

Help Restaurants by Privatizing the PLCB

Clearly, Gov. Wolf looks out of touch—and perhaps he knows it. Last week, following his veto, he released a proposal to waiver license fees collected by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) in January 2021. 

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And Then What? Reforms Beyond the Current Budget

In any case, the budget will get balanced. For Pennsylvanians, the real question is: “And then what?” Pennsylvania’s budget problems preceded the virus shutdown and will continue long after it without real reform. Listed below are areas where lawmakers should focus their attention beyond the current budget process to bring about such structural reform. 

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10 Questions to Ask about Voting in Pa.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. In Pennsylvania, voters are navigating how to cast their ballots during this pandemic era. 

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Regulatory Reform: Three Ways to Jumpstart the Post-COVID Economy

At the beginning of April, over 80% of small businesses were at risk of closing if the shutdown continued for five more months. As of July, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported about 60% of small businesses were concerned about closing permanently. According to Yelp data five months after the initial survey, it looks like about 60% of total businesses have closed for good.

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How to Balance the Budget: Revenue Options

Pennsylvania’s partial-year budget to fund the government through November relied on federal emergency aid to patch a prospective deficit. The state cannot count on such extra resources in the future.

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Preserving Medicaid Before It's Too Late

Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program is a national leader in all the wrong ways. Sub-standard access to care and soaring enrollment, costs, and fraud crowd out services for people with intellectual disabilities and low-income senior citizens.

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COVID-19 Could Change the Way Pennsylvania Does Business

Small business owners like Elvira, Jessa, and Andy deserve a fighting chance to keep their business dreams alive. That’s the only way to heal Pennsylvania’s economy.

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