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.
LATEST FROM PENNSYLVANIA BUDGET AND POLICY CENTER:
- PBPC Webinar: What’s At Stake for PA Schools in Property Tax Proposals
- PBPC Revenue Tracker: State Collections on Target Through First Quarter of 2013-14
- WGAL News 8: Lawmakers Review Push to Lower Property Tax Bill
- Philadelphia Inquirer: At Symposium, a Call for State Education Funding Formula
- Scranton Times-Tribune: Property Tax Replacement Revenue Falls Short
- PA Independent: Analysis Says Property Tax Elimination Comes Up Short
LATEST FROM KEYSTONE RESEARCH CENTER:
- WESA's Essential Pittsburgh: Steve Herzenberg on Economic Growth and Unions
- Public News Service: WA's "Pay It Forward" Tuition-Free Plan Gains National Audience
- WITF's Radio Smart Talk: Mark Price on Shutdown's Impact on PA Economy
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Government Shutdown Hurts Secondary Businesses
- PCN Call-In Show: Mark Price on Economic Impact of Natural Gas Drilling
- KRC Pension Primer: Cash Balance Plan Could Hurt Public Employees and Taxpayers