Three New Tax Breaks Will Cost PA Schools and Services

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 7:15 pm

After making deep cuts to schools, early childhood education, and health and human services, Pennsylvania lawmakers are now considering new tax breaks that will largely benefit a small number of higher-income earners.

State Tax Cuts Take a Bite Out of Pennsylvania’s Budget Pie

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 12:30 pm

Advocates delivered half a pie to every Pennsylvania legislator Tuesday. Why half a pie?

To remind them that a decade of large tax cuts for businesses has left schools, health care services, and local communities with a smaller share of the state budget pie.

Pennsylvania Tax Giveaways and an Island in the Sun

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 2:29 pm

A few weeks ago, the Pennsylvania General Assembly fast-tracked a bill in the waning days of the legislative session to allow certain private companies to keep most of the state income taxes of new employees. News reports to follow indicated the new tax giveaway was designed to lure California-based software firm Oracle to State College.

Well, it turns out the CEO of Oracle, which will benefit from the largess of Pennsylvania taxpayers, recently bought his very own Hawaiian island, as CNN reported back in June.

The Human Cost of Eliminating General Assistance in Pennsylvania

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 9:15 am

Since the Great Depression, Pennsylvania has had a General Assistance (GA) program — a small cash benefit that serves as a bridge to self-sufficiency for the temporarily disabled and for victims of domestic violence and addicts seeking help to turn their lives around. Until late last month when state lawmakers adopted a new budget.

Piecing Together the PA Budget Framework

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Some details emerged about the state budget framework unveiled midweek by Governor Tom Corbett and legislative leaders, but questions still remain.

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