This week at Third and State, we blogged about a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that ensures health insurance companies spend most premium dollars on direct medical care, shared an op-ed on what works when it come to upward social mobility, and provided more analysis on the state's revenue outlook for 2013-14.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
- On health care, Chris Lilienthal wrote about a key reform in the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance companies to spend 80% to 85% of premium dollars on direct medical care or issue rebates to consumers.
- On jobs and wages, Stephen Herzenberg shared his PennLive.com op-ed on a new report providing the most detailed information yet on what works — and what doesn’t — when it comes to keeping the American Dream alive.
- On state budget and taxes, Michael Wood filed two blog posts about the official state revenue estimates for 2013-14 -- the first looking at why corporate tax collections are projected to decline, and the second examining what's expected with personal income and sales tax collections.
IN OTHER NEWS:
In recent weeks, the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center have released the following publications:
- The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center published an analysis of the 2013-14 General Fund official revenue estimates, a briefing paper on how Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale impact fee comes up well short of natural gas severance taxes in Texas and West Virginia, and a press release on the pending cut to federal nutrition assistance.
- The Keystone Research Center published a briefing paper and press release about a new landmark study showing that Pennsylvania enjoys substantially more upward mobility than many other parts of the United States.
IN THE MEDIA:
The staff and research of the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center were featured in the following news reports and radio interviews in recent weeks:
- Big cuts due for federal food aid
August 11, 2013 | The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Editorial: The federal cuts to food stamps will hurt Pa.
August 10, 2013 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Looming Stimulus Cuts Could Mean Less Food On The Table In Pa.
August 9 2013 | KYW Newsradio
- QVC signs up for 15 easy payments — $3.7M in taxpayer money
August 8, 2013 | PA Independent
- Essential Pittsburgh: Do Pittsburgh Upward Mobility Rankings Ring True?
August 7, 2013 | 90.5 WESA-FM, Pittsburgh
- State's food stamp users to receive fewer dollars
August 7, 2013 | The Meadville Tribune
- Philly schools consider suing Wall Street banks for fraud-induced losses
August 5, 2013 | Philadelphia City Paper
- Sen. Leach wants Pa. to offer no-interest student loans
August 5, 2013 | The Intelligencer/Bucks County Courier Times
- Essential Pittsburgh: Trying to Live on the Minimum Wage
August 5, 2013 | 90.5 WESA-FM, Pittsburgh
- Looming Fate of SNAP Threatens Welfare of Millions
August 4, 2013 | Philadelphia Tribune
- Study: Pittsburgh's social mobility among best in U.S.
July 23 2013 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette