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February 14, 2024

Syringe Services Programs Would Save the Lives of Thousands in PA

The Pennsylvania Legislature needs to pass HB 1245, legislation that would legalize syringe services programs across the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania families and communities are being devastated by the loss of loved…
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February 6, 2024

STATEMENT on Governor Shapiro’s 2024-25 Budget Address

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 6, 2024 Contact: Kirstin Snow, Director of Communications, snow@pennpolicy.org STATEMENT on Governor Shapiro’s 2024-25 Budget Address, Pennsylvania Policy Center A Pennsylvania Budget To Celebrate Overview…
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February 6, 2024

A Pennsylvania Budget to Celebrate

A Pennsylvania Budget to Celebrate Note: This is an initial review of the fiscal year 2024–25 budget proposed by Governor Josh Shapiro on February 6, 2024. As we delve deeper…
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January 19, 2024

Statement on Federal Child Tax Credit Expansion

STATEMENT on Child Tax Credit Expansion – Marc Stier, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Policy Center The House Ways and Means Committee today voted in favor of bipartisan tax legislation that includes…
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January 12, 2024

Statement in response to the Basic Education Funding Commission Report

The adoption of the Basic Education Funding Commission Report yesterday is a major step forward in meeting our constitutional and moral responsibility to fund education fully and fairly in Pennsylvania. The…
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January 10, 2024

Presentation: Taxes in Pennsylvania Are Upside-Down

Slide deck from our press conference on January 10, 2024 Click here to print or read full-screen. 
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January 10, 2024

ITEP Report: Tax Fairness in Pennsylvania

Every few years, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy releases its survey of taxes in the states, "Who Pays?" Click here to read the seventh edition, released on January…
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January 4, 2024

Pennsylvania Voters Believe Wealthy Individuals and Profitable Corporations Are Not Paying Their Fair Share

Income and wealth are highly concentrated at the top in Pennsylvania, a situation that has worsened greatly in recent decades. Pennsylvania voters rightly believe that corporations and wealthy individuals aren’t paying…
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January 4, 2024

Survey Results: Support for Higher Taxes on Profitable Corporations and Wealthy Individuals by PA Senate District

In November and December of 2022, Data for Progress conducted a survey of registered voters nationally to gauge voter support towards state action to hold profitable corporations and the wealthy…
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January 4, 2024

Survey Results: Levels of Support for Higher Taxes on Profitable Corporations and Wealthy Individuals by PA House District

In November and December of 2022, Data for Progress conducted a national survey of registered voters to gauge voter support towards state action to hold profitable corporations and the wealthy…
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December 22, 2023

We Can’t Fix Education By Shuffling The Deck

In February 2023, Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer called for a new funding system in Pennsylvania to fulfill the state's obligation to provide a thorough and efficient education for its children.…
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December 22, 2023

Education, Democracy, and Economic Growth

A year ago, Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer ruled that Pennsylvania violates its constitutional obligation to create a “thorough and efficient” system of school funding. In response, legislative leaders and Governor…
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December 22, 2023

Education Funding and Education Achievement

A year ago, Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer ruled that Pennsylvania violates its constitutional obligation to create a “thorough and efficient” system of school funding. In response, legislative leaders and Governor…
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December 15, 2023

Why Pennsylvanians Should Reject Vouchers

Why Pennsylvania Should Reject Vouchers Susan Spicka, Education Voters PA Diana Polson, Keystone Research Center Marc Stier, Pennsylvania Policy Center Here we quickly summarize three major reasons why the General…
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December 13, 2023

Statement on Completion of PA State Budget

Six months after the general appropriation bill was passed by the Pennsylvania House and Senate and signed by Governor Shapiro, the House, and Senate today took the necessary step to…
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December 10, 2023

Pennsylvanians Together Releases Holiday Wish List!

As we enter the holiday season, our thoughts are turned to all the ways the government of our state could be better serving the people of Pennsylvania, especially those who…
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December 1, 2023

PRESS STATEMENT: PA Will Lose $3.1 Billion to Corporate Tax Cuts by 2028

November 30, 2023 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kirstin Snow, Communications Director, Pennsylvania Policy Center, snow@pennpolicy.org; Ellie Blachman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, (202) 325-8718, eblachman@cbpp.org   New report: Pennsylvania…
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November 28, 2023

Making Our Votes Count for the Issues We Care About

Voting access. Abortion access. Climate change. Public education. Redistricting. Pennsylvanians continue to focus on critical issues that matter to our quality of life. In 2023, we showed up to elect…
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November 22, 2023

Editorial Board Memo on Education Funding in Pennsylvania

In February 2023, Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer called for a new funding system in Pennsylvania to fulfill the state's obligation to provide a thorough and efficient education for its children.…
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November 9, 2023

PPC Statement on PA Court’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Decision

The Pennsylvania Policy Center (PPC) joins several of its partners in expressing concern about last week’s Commonwealth Court ruling, which struck down Pennsylvania’s opportunity to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas…
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October 19, 2023

Parents Have Rights—But Not to Ban Books

The Senate is now considering SB 7, a bill proposed by Senator Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster),which would require schools to “identify sexually explicit content in school curriculum, materials, and books and…
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October 13, 2023

Is Harrisburg Ready for Change?

October 12, 2023 For Immediate Release Contact: Kirstin Snow, snow@pennpolicy.org Is Harrisburg ready for change? Is new leadership showing a new approach to legislating? Marc Stier, Executive Director Since Democrats…
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September 18, 2023

What Would an Equitable Voucher System Look Like?

Pennsylvania's Republican legislators support a voucher program they say is meant to help a small number of students who attend schools they claim are failing. (They don’t mention that those…
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September 18, 2023

Anti-Worker S.B. 803 Would Gut Worker Protections

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August 30, 2023

Senate Again Refuses to Fund State’s Most Dire School Districts

Senate Again Refuses to Fund State’s Most Dire School Districts - Marc Stier, Executive Director, Penn Policy Center "The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate came back today for a rare August session.…
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August 22, 2023

Economic Opportunity, the Dignity of Work, and the Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage has always been about the dignity, as well as the wages, of working people. We who place so much value on our ability to provide for…
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August 3, 2023

STATEMENT: The (First Part) of the Budget Standoff Is Over

After Governor Shapiro signed the General Appropriation bill today, the Pennsylvania Policy Center released the following statement by our executive director, Marc Stier: "Today, Senate Republicans blinked in the budget…
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July 5, 2023

Penn Policy Center Statement on PA Budget Passage

July 5, 2023 For Immediate Release Contact: Kirstin Snow, snow@pennpolicy.org Penn Policy Center Statement on Budget Passage Governor Shapiro’s letter announcing that he would line-item veto the appropriation for vouchers…
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July 5, 2023

Saving Public Education in Pennsylvania, Where It Began

Originally published on PennCapital-Star.com The budget stalemate in Harrisburg hasn't been primarily about whether some budget line items go up or down by a few hundred million dollars. Those kinds…
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July 3, 2023

Update on Pennsylvania Budget Negotiations

With $13 billion in accumulated surplus and a budget from the governor that proposed modest additions to state spending on policies that have broad support, one would expect that making…
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June 30, 2023

Pennsylvania Policy Center Statement on PA Senate’s Proposed State Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: June 30, 2023 Contact: Kirstin Snow, Communications Director, snow@pennpolicy.org, 215-510-9336   Harrisburg, PA – Marc Stier, executive director of the Pennsylvania Policy Center, today released the…
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June 30, 2023

Pennsylvania Policy Center Update on Pennsylvania Budget

With $13 billion in an accumulated surplus and a budget proposal from the governor that only proposed modest additions to state spending on policies that have broad support, one would…
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June 29, 2023

It’s Time for Combined Reporting

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June 28, 2023

The Lifeline Scholarship Program Would Undermine Public Education

My name is Marc Stier. I’m the executive director of the Pennsylvania Policy Center.  I’m here today with my fellow advocates for education—including the leaders of unions of teachers, who…
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June 28, 2023

Why We Should Raise the Minimum Wage in PA to $15 Per Hour

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June 23, 2023

The Time Is Right for PA to Finally Raise its Minimum Wage | OPINION

Originally published in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star By Marc Stier House Bill 1500, co-sponsored by Democratic Reps. Jason Dawkins of Philadelphia and Patty Kim of Dauphin County, would increase the minimum wage to $15…
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June 23, 2023

We Need To Let Local Communities Set Their Own Minimum Wage

The state of Pennsylvania does not allow local governments—whether counties or municipalities—to set a higher minimum wage than that set by the state. It should do so. The reason it…
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June 20, 2023

Penn Policy Statement on House Passage of HB 1500, the Minimum Wage Bill

Marc Stier, executive director of the Pennsylvania Policy Center, released the following statement after the PA House passed HB 1500. House passage of House Bill 1500 is a major step…
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June 15, 2023

Penn Policy Speaks in Support of House Budget on K-12 Education

Remarks by Marc Stier, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Policy Center, at a PA School Work press conference in support of the House passed budget for 2023-2024 In March, Governor…
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June 14, 2023

Why We Should Raise the Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania to $15 Per Hour

  Click here to read a full-screen version, download, and print. A high minimum wage ensures we have an economy that works for all of us. It protects workers and…
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June 13, 2023

PA House Passes Proposals to Reduce Taxes for Working People

Four Major Proposals Will Make Pennsylvania Taxes Fairer The Pennsylvania House today passed the second and third of four major tax proposals: an expansion of the Child and Dependent Care…
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June 8, 2023

Pennsylvania Policy Center Announces Leadership Team

June 8, 2023 For Immediate Release Contact: Kirstin Snow, snow@pennpolicy.org Pennsylvania Policy Center Announces Leadership Team PA’s State Affiliate to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Harrisburg, PA—Today, Pennsylvania…
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June 6, 2023

Pennsylvania Policy Center Statement on General Fund Budget Passed by PA House

VIEW STATEMENT AS PDF For Immediate Release Contact: Kirstin Snow, Communications Director, snow@pennpolicy.org; 215-510-9336 Harrisburg, PA–Marc Stier, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Policy Center, today released the following statement after…
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May 1, 2023

The Real Cost of Opening a Window for Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in Pennsylvania

By Marc Stier I was asked to testify about the claims made in a paper by the Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy that opening a two-year window for childhood…