This week at Third and State, we set the record straight about state education funding cuts and how Pennsylvania's drilling impact fee is failing to keep pace with growth in natural gas production. We also wrote about growing momentum to delay a corporate tax cut and the tens of thousands of uninsured veterans who would benefit from expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
- On education, Chris Lilienthal blogged that nearly 85% of the cuts to public school classrooms enacted in the past two years remain intact in the state budget plan before the Legislature.
- On health care, Chris Lilienthal wrote about news the state Senate plans to vote next week on expanding Medicaid coverage in Pennsylvania and what that would mean for uninsured veterans.
- On the Marcellus Shale, Michael Wood blogged about a new report showing that a modest natural gas severance tax would raise twice as much revenue as Pennsylvania's local impact fee and do a better job keeping up with expected growth in natural gas production.
- And on state budget and taxes, we highlighted recent news stories showing that momentum is building in Harrisburg to delay a tax cut for corporations next year in order to restore funding to public schools and other budget priorities.
IN OTHER NEWS:
- Read the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's policy brief setting the record straight on state education funding, a policy brief on how a modest natural gas severance tax would raise twice as much Pennsylvania's local impact fee on drilling, and get the latest budget news here.
- Read the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest report on the tens of thousands of veterans in the state who could benefit from expanding Medicaid, Sharon Ward's House Health Committee testimony on expanding Medicaid, and a fact sheet on the Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.
- Read KRC's latest pension primers on how 401(k)-type public retirement plans return less bang for the taxpayer buck and the actuarial studies documenting the high cost of the Governor's pension plan. Learn more about public pension reform here.