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Celebrate #GivingTuesday With Us

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Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that was started last year as an opportunity at the start of the Giving Season to support important causes that help create a better world.

On this #GivingTuesday, please consider the Keystone Research Center (KRC) and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) in your donation dollars.

In Case You Missed It: A Dose of Reality on Shale-Related Employment, PA Jobs Update, and School Funding

Third and State is taking a break for the holiday. We will return on December 2. Happy Thanksgiving.

In recent weeks, we blogged about a new report on the jobs impact of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formation. We also had the latest on Pennsylvania jobs, a report on a day of action in support of expanding Medicaid, and a letter to the editor setting the record straight about school funding in Pennsylvania.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT AT THIRD AND STATE:

  • On the Marcellus Shale, Chris Lilienthal blogged about a new report finding that shale drilling in the six states spanning the Marcellus and Utica Shale has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim. The report was the first released by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative — a group of research organizations, including the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, tracking the impacts of shale drilling. Chris also highlighted other findings from the report: that shale drilling is highly sensitive to price fluctuations, and that since 2012 shale drilling has shifted from Pennsylvania to Ohio and other areas with growth in more lucrative shale oil production.
  • On jobs and the economy, Mark Price wrote that there was little good job news for Pennsylvania in the September and October employment reports released last week.
  • On education and the state budget, Sharon Ward shared her letter to the editor in The Patriot-News and PennLive.com setting the record straight about funding cuts to Pennsylvania schools in recent years.
  • And on health care, Chris Lilienthal highlighted a recent statewide day of action calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers to expand Medicaid health coverage in 2014 under the health reform law.

SHALE EMPLOYMENT REPORT

  • Drilling in the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim. Read the new report or a press release on it from the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative

WATCH PBPC'S LATEST WEBINAR

Watch the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest webinar for a look at proven strategies to provide property tax relief to those who most need it — while protecting critical investments in public education.

Webinar: Property Tax Relief that Works

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Some states have developed effective policies to address the challenges faced by some seniors and working families in paying their property taxes. What can Pennsylvania learn from them?

Watch the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest webinar for a closer look at proven strategies to provide property tax relief to those who most need it — while protecting critical investments in public education. Get more resources from the webinar, including a PDF of the presentation.

Meg Wiehe, State Tax Policy Director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), and Frank Mauro, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York, joined PBPC Research Director Michael Wood to highlight property tax relief plans that work.

Join Friday Webinar on Property Tax Plans that Work

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Some states have developed effective policies to address the challenges faced by some seniors and working families in paying their property taxes. What can Pennsylvania learn from them?

Join the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center this Friday at Noon for a webinar that will take a closer look at proven strategies to provide property tax relief to those who most need it — while protecting critical investments in public education.

In Case You Missed It: Tax Cuts Slow Revenue Growth, 'Bad Deal' Deregulation Bill, SNAP Cut, Transportation & More

In recent weeks, we blogged about how business tax cuts have dragged down revenue growth this year and will continue to do so in future budgets. We also wrote about the dangers of a Pennsylvania telephone deregulation bill, the impact of a cut to federal food assistance, how the 50 states stack up when it comes to employer-sponsored health insurance, transportation funding, Marcellus Shale-related employment, and more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT AT THIRD AND STATE:

  • On state budget and taxes, Michael Wood wrote in the latest revenue tracker that General Fund collections are not keeping pace with the slowly growing economy, and much of this can be traced to corporate tax cuts. He also wrote about the Independent Fiscal Office's budget outlook predicting slow revenue growth in the next five years, another product of business tax cuts.
  • On utilities and regulation, Steve Herzenberg blogged about a new Keystone Research Center report finding that a telephone deregulation bill in the state House will hurt rural broadband access and increase phone rates for consumers.
  • On the federal nutrition assistance, Chris Lilienthal shared an interactive map of Pennsylvania showing that a $183 million cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will impact families and children in every county.
  • On health care, Chris Lilienthal shared an interactive map of the United States showing how the 50 states stack up when it comes to employer-sponsored health insurance. With the nation’s employer-based health insurance system fraying rapidly in the past decade, the findings highlight just how important the Affordable Care Act is to many Americans.
  • On transportation funding, Sharon Ward highlighted her testimony before a House committee on how Pennsylvania could significantly increase its long-term investment in roads, bridges, and public transit with a mix of cash and debt financing.
  • On the Marcellus Shale, Mark Price shared an article setting the record straight about drilling-related employment claims made by Governor Tom Corbett's re-election campaign.
  • Finally, we shared the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest webinar on the Governor's Healthy PA plan, Medicaid expansion, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Webinar: Latest on Healthy PA, Medicaid Expansion, and Health Insurance Marketplace

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Governor Tom Corbett has proposed the Healthy PA plan, which would take up an option under the Affordable Care Act to expand health coverage for low-income Pennsylvanians along with benefit cuts and other changes to the state's Medicaid program.

Watch the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest webinar to learn more about the Governor's Healthy PA plan, what's at stake for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, and the latest on the Health Insurance Marketplace in Pennsylvania. Get more resources from the webinar, including a PDF of the presentation.

In Case You Missed It: Minimum Wage, Ohio Expands Medicaid, Shale Jobs, Property Taxes, and More

In recent weeks, we blogged about the jobs impact of raising the state's minimum wage, Ohio moving forward with the Medicaid expansion, industry claims about Marcellus Shale job growth in Pennsylvania, the problem with "one-size-fits-all" business rankings, what's at stake for schools in property tax elimination proposals, and more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT AT THIRD AND STATE:

  • On the minimum wage, Steve Herzenberg wrote about the positive economic impacts of raising the minimum wage and a 2010 study that found "no adverse employment effects" from minimum wage increases in multiple states.
  • On health care, Chris Lilienthal blogged about Ohio moving forward with the expansion of Medicaid health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and that Pennsylvania should do the same.
  • On the Marcellus Shale and the economy, Steve Herzenberg broke down the latest industry claims about the impact shale drilling has had on Pennsylvania job growth.
  • On state tax issues, Michael Wood shared a recent news analysis that concluded "one-size-fits-all" business rankings, like those done by the Tax Foundation, are not put together with the states' best interests in mind.
  • On higher education, Steve Herzenberg outlined how we can avoid a future in which a majority of higher education faculty earn less than a quality wage.
  • Finally, Chris Lilienthal share this whiteboard video explaining that the future of Pennsylvania schools — and the quality of education every child receives — is at stake in the debate over a property tax elimination proposal.

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Webinar: Property Tax Elimination and PA School Funding

Legislative proposals to eliminate school property taxes are being debated in Harrisburg, but what does it mean for school funding in Pennsylvania? If you missed the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's Friday webinar tackling this question, you can watch it below (click here to download the PowerPoint presentation). Mark Ryan of the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) joined PBPC's Sharon Ward to outline the fiscal impact of the proposals. If you need the quick version, check out Michael Wood's blog post last week on what the IFO found when it crunched the numbers on the property tax plans.

In Case Your Missed It: Education Funding, Property Tax Elimination, Economy-Boosting Jobs, and More

In recent weeks, we blogged about what's at stake for Pennsylvania schools in the debate over property taxes in Harrisburg, the call for an education funding formula, the value of economy-boosting jobs, and details of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's fall webinar series.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT AT THIRD AND STATE:

  • On property taxes, Michael Wood wrote about an analysis from the Independent Fiscal Office finding that a proposal to eliminate property taxes would leave school districts with $2.6 billion less in overall funding within five years. Mike also wrote about some funding uncertainty surrounding the property tax proposal.
  • On unions and the economy, Steve Herzenberg shared a recent radio interview in which he made the case that when unions are strong, the economy is strong.
  • On education funding, Chris Lilienthal highlighted a recent symposium on school funding where experts discussed the impact of nearly a billion dollars in state funding cuts to schools two years ago and the need for an education funding formula.
  • On the economy, Chris Lilienthal shared a video from Topos Partnerships showing the value of economy-boosting jobs — jobs that pay workers enough to maintain the basic spending levels that keep the economy and our communities going.
  • Finally, we announced the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's fall webinar series lineup, including presentations on property taxes, the Affordable Care Act, Marcellus Shale jobs, and what we can do to restore needed education funding.

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Center Launches Fall Webinar Series on Property Taxes, Health Care, More

In the spring, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center rolled out a new way to keep people connected to what's happening in Harrisburg: a biweekly webinar series. After a summer break, we're back this month with a new series of webinars over the noontime hour. So pack your brown bag lunch and join us.