Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center to Celebrate 5 Years of Making Facts Matter in Policy Debates

This Friday, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will mark five years of research and advocacy demystifying tax and budget policies, separating truth from myth, and ensuring policy debates are grounded in the facts. 

It's not too late to join the fun. Tickets are still available for PBPC's 5th Anniversary Luncheon this Friday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Sheraton.

The event will feature former Gov. Ed Rendell as a keynote speaker, recognize state Representatives Gene DiGirolamo and Thomas Murt for their efforts on behalf of low-income working families, and honor the legal team that won the court case halting enforcement of the state’s flawed Voter ID Law in the November election. More on the lineup of speakers here. 

PBPC was formed five years ago to be a resource to legislators, the media and the public on important budget, tax and related policy issues. Our work has ranged from fighting for tax fairness to promoting policies that build a stronger economy and work for Pennsylvania families. 

PBPC's research and experts are frequently cited for their work to end special interest tax breaks and loopholes that have done little to create jobs or boost the economy. The Center has been a go-to source on how to shape a Marcellus Shale drilling tax — leading to editorial page support and helping to lay the groundwork for the drilling fee enacted this year. 

At a time when the time-honored Pennsylvania tradition of investing in the public good is under growing assault, the Center is showing the value of devoting resources to education, public health and other building blocks for job creation and a strong economy. We are shining a spotlight on the harsh costs of sharp cuts targeted to those who can least afford it.

We have challenged myths about who pays taxes, set the record straight about education funding and explained how health care policies impact the economy. We bring the facts to these debates, often facing powerful opponents in the process.

We’ve come a long way in five years and are enthusiastic about the work ahead of us. We look forward to leading the way with research and analysis aimed at making Pennsylvania a better place to raise a family and start a business.

But first let's celebrate. We hope to see you at our 5th Anniversary celebration Friday.

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