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PolicyBlog · 5d ago

Guest Blog: The Hidden Cost of Tax Complexity

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of occasional blogs by a Philadelphia resident highlighting policy problems holding back the City of Brotherly Love. As a Philadelphia resident ...
PolicyBlog · 5d ago

Philly's School Reform Commission Ends, Questions Abound for Residents & Taxpayers

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission has voted to dissolve itself. The 16-year experiment has been a mixed bag. The school district continues to face tough financial times with a loomin...
PolicyBlog · 6d ago

New Report Demands Urgent Action: IFO Predicts Massive Deficit by 2023

By 2023, the state deficit could reach more than $2 billion. By 2030, Pennsylvania will have just 2.4 workers for every 1 person of retirement age. These were some of the most alarming findi...
PolicyBlog · 6d ago

PLCB Borrowing Panned, Time to Privatize

There hasn’t been much to praise in this year’s budget battles. However, the governor’s announcement that he won’t try to borrow $1.25 billion against Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB...
PolicyBlog · 6d ago

PA's Poor Budget Report Card

Pennsylvania’s 2017 budget is finally complete, but Pennsylvania’s fiscal house is in disarray. The Volcker Alliance, an organization which seeks to “improve the administration of government...
PolicyBlog · 6d ago

Pennsylvania's Sin Tax Addiction

Pennsylvania’s excess of excise—or so-called "sin"—taxes was the subject of a recent story in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The piece focused on the amount working people pay in taxes on alcoho...
PolicyBlog · 2W ago

Another Step Forward for Kids

Governor Wolf allowed HB 178, an act amending Pennsylvania’s Public School Code, to become law on Sunday. The bill is a big win for Pennsylvania's families. It includes three significant ref...
PolicyBlog · 2W ago

Inconvenient Facts: Debunking Climate Alarmists

Governments should focus on supporting economic prosperity to enable better adaption to climate changes instead of controlling carbon footprints. Consider the contrast in hurricane recoverie...
PolicyBlog · 2W ago

Wolf Tax Reform Hypocrisy

Gov. Wolf has criticized recent federal tax reform proposals—which would lower most tax rates and simplify the tax code by reducing loopholes—because it would eliminate the state and local t...
PolicyBlog · 3W ago

What's on the November Ballot: Property Taxes and Judges

In addition to several statewide judicial races, the upcoming November election includes a ballot measure that could change the way Pennsylvanians pay taxes or make no difference at all. Jud...