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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When Unions Are Strong, the Economy Is Strong

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I was on WESA's Essential Pittsburgh this week discussing the role of unions in building a stronger U.S. economy.

Funding Uncertainty in Property Tax Plan

As I blogged yesterday, a new analysis from the Independent Fiscal Office concludes that a proposal to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania would leave school districts with $2.6 billion less in overall funding within five years.

What’s At Stake for Schools in Property Tax Plan?

The latest proposal to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania would leave school districts with $2.6 billion less in overall funding within five years, according to an analysis from the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office. Matthew Knittel of the IFO presented the findings during a Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday.

A Call for an Education Funding Formula in PA

Sharon Ward of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joined state policy and budget experts this week for a symposium on school funding in Pennsylvania.

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.

Video: Economy Boosting Jobs

This video from our friends at Topos Partnerships explains the economy in terms everyone can understand. Economy-boosting jobs pay people enough to maintain the basic spending levels that keep the economy and our communities going. If people do not earn enough to afford the basics, like food and car repairs, the economy stalls. This video makes a compelling case that lifting low-wage workers helps everyone.

In Case You Missed It: The Shutdown and PA's Economy, Health Marketplaces, Property Taxes & More

In recent weeks, we blogged about the impact of the federal government shutdown on Pennsylvania's economy, the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace, property tax bills with significant implications for school funding, a high-road restaurant owner's take on the minimum wage, Marcellus Shale-related employment, and the latest state revenue report.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

  • On federal policy and the economy, Mark Price blogged that a prolonged federal government shutdown will harm the Pennsylvania economy and that it should be a top priority of the state's congressional delegation to pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government before lasting damage is done.
  • On health care, Chris Lilienthal wrote about the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace — the latest provision of the Affordable Care Act to take effect — and in the words of a Lancaster teacher "how life changing this will be for people who thought they would die without health insurance."
  • On property taxes and education funding, Michael Wood previewed property tax-shift bills moving through the House and wrote about one bill that won approval in the House last week. Sharon Ward blogged about how legislation to completely eliminate property taxes would threaten long-term public school funding. Chris Lilienthal wrote about a recent Capitol event that brought parents and other Pennsylvanians together to fight for more school funding and a fair distribution of those funds.
  • On the minimum wage, Stephen Herzenberg wrote about a high-road restaurant owner who is advocating for an increase in the minimum wage and the minimum wage paid to tipped workers.
  • On the Marcellus Shale, Mark Price blogged that shale-related employment fell in Pennsylvania in the most recent year.
  • And on state budget and taxes, Michael Wood wrote about a report showing that Pennsylvania General Fund revenue collections are on track a quarter way through the 2013-14 fiscal year.

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) has resources on what the Affordable Care Act means for Pennsylvania and a summary of Governor Corbett's "Healthy PA" plan, which takes the federal option to expand Medicaid health coverage under the health reform law and proposes other changes to the state's Medicaid program.
  • PBPC's latest chartbook shows state tax rates would have to more than double to replace local property tax dollars that support schools.
  • The Keystone Research Center released a pension primer examining a new three-pronged proposal released by Representative Glen Grell, including a new cash balance plan for future public employees. Read a press release on the report and a memo to editorial writers.
  • Read PBPC's press release on the September 30 Capitol event highlighting the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace and watch the highlights below.

A Prolonged Shutdown Will Damage PA Economy

The Pennsylvania economy remains very weak with high unemployment and sluggish job growth so far this year. Federal policymakers are partly to blame for cutting funding to schools and other services and not doing enough to support investments that build a stronger economy.

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