November 2013 Posts

In Case You Missed It: A Dose of Reality on Shale-Related Employment, PA Jobs Update, and School Funding

Third and State is taking a break for the holiday. We will return on December 2. Happy Thanksgiving.

In recent weeks, we blogged about a new report on the jobs impact of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formation. We also had the latest on Pennsylvania jobs, a report on a day of action in support of expanding Medicaid, and a letter to the editor setting the record straight about school funding in Pennsylvania.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT AT THIRD AND STATE:

  • On the Marcellus Shale, Chris Lilienthal blogged about a new report finding that shale drilling in the six states spanning the Marcellus and Utica Shale has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim. The report was the first released by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative — a group of research organizations, including the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, tracking the impacts of shale drilling. Chris also highlighted other findings from the report: that shale drilling is highly sensitive to price fluctuations, and that since 2012 shale drilling has shifted from Pennsylvania to Ohio and other areas with growth in more lucrative shale oil production.
  • On jobs and the economy, Mark Price wrote that there was little good job news for Pennsylvania in the September and October employment reports released last week.
  • On education and the state budget, Sharon Ward shared her letter to the editor in The Patriot-News and PennLive.com setting the record straight about funding cuts to Pennsylvania schools in recent years.
  • And on health care, Chris Lilienthal highlighted a recent statewide day of action calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers to expand Medicaid health coverage in 2014 under the health reform law.

SHALE EMPLOYMENT REPORT

  • Drilling in the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim. Read the new report or a press release on it from the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative

WATCH PBPC'S LATEST WEBINAR

Watch the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest webinar for a look at proven strategies to provide property tax relief to those who most need it — while protecting critical investments in public education.

A Shift in Drilling from Pennsylvania to Ohio

To follow up on my blog post Monday, here is a look at how shale drilling has shifted from Pennsylvania to Ohio and other areas with growth in shale oil production beginning in 2012.
A Shift in Drilling from PA to OH

Webinar: Property Tax Relief that Works

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Some states have developed effective policies to address the challenges faced by some seniors and working families in paying their property taxes. What can Pennsylvania learn from them?

Watch the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest webinar for a closer look at proven strategies to provide property tax relief to those who most need it — while protecting critical investments in public education. Get more resources from the webinar, including a PDF of the presentation.

Meg Wiehe, State Tax Policy Director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), and Frank Mauro, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York, joined PBPC Research Director Michael Wood to highlight property tax relief plans that work.

Shale Drilling Highly Sensitive to Price, Meaning Job Gains May Not Be Lasting

Natural gas drilling in the six states spanning the Marcellus Shale is highly sensitive to price fluctuations. High prices fueled shale development from 2000 to 2008. As prices have declined, gas drilling activity has slowed while development of higher-priced oil has accelerated.
Drilling for Natural Gas Fluctuates with Natural Gas Price

Little Good News for PA Jobs in September and October

One of the many lingering side effects of the shutdown of the federal government in October was a delay in the release of Pennsylvania jobs data for September. Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives us our first look at the September jobs numbers along with preliminary numbers for October. (The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has yet to release its own summary.)

The job numbers were all around disappointing.

Six-State Study Finds Industry Supporters Exaggerated Jobs Impact of Shale Drilling

Drilling in the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim. In fact, in Pennsylvania, shale-related employment accounted for less than half a percent of total nonfarm employment in 2012 (as the figure to the right shows).

Join Friday Webinar on Property Tax Plans that Work

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Some states have developed effective policies to address the challenges faced by some seniors and working families in paying their property taxes. What can Pennsylvania learn from them?

Join the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center this Friday at Noon for a webinar that will take a closer look at proven strategies to provide property tax relief to those who most need it — while protecting critical investments in public education.

An 'Early Success Story' of the Affordable Care Act But Not in PA

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The expansion of Medicaid health coverage is being called an “early success story” of the Affordable Care Act — but you won’t find any success stories here in Pennsylvania.

Setting the Record Straight about PA School Funding Cuts

I wrote a letter to the editor in the Patriot-News and PennLive.com setting the record straight about funding cuts to Pennsylvania schools in recent years. Take a look:

Research is clear that student performance improves with smaller class sizes, rigorous programs, and qualified teachers. Yet since 2011 Pennsylvania has done the opposite, enacting cuts that have increased class sizes, eliminated enrichment programs, and taken tens of thousands of teachers, guidance counselors, and aides out of the classroom.

In Case You Missed It: Tax Cuts Slow Revenue Growth, 'Bad Deal' Deregulation Bill, SNAP Cut, Transportation & More

In recent weeks, we blogged about how business tax cuts have dragged down revenue growth this year and will continue to do so in future budgets. We also wrote about the dangers of a Pennsylvania telephone deregulation bill, the impact of a cut to federal food assistance, how the 50 states stack up when it comes to employer-sponsored health insurance, transportation funding, Marcellus Shale-related employment, and more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT AT THIRD AND STATE:

  • On state budget and taxes, Michael Wood wrote in the latest revenue tracker that General Fund collections are not keeping pace with the slowly growing economy, and much of this can be traced to corporate tax cuts. He also wrote about the Independent Fiscal Office's budget outlook predicting slow revenue growth in the next five years, another product of business tax cuts.
  • On utilities and regulation, Steve Herzenberg blogged about a new Keystone Research Center report finding that a telephone deregulation bill in the state House will hurt rural broadband access and increase phone rates for consumers.
  • On the federal nutrition assistance, Chris Lilienthal shared an interactive map of Pennsylvania showing that a $183 million cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will impact families and children in every county.
  • On health care, Chris Lilienthal shared an interactive map of the United States showing how the 50 states stack up when it comes to employer-sponsored health insurance. With the nation’s employer-based health insurance system fraying rapidly in the past decade, the findings highlight just how important the Affordable Care Act is to many Americans.
  • On transportation funding, Sharon Ward highlighted her testimony before a House committee on how Pennsylvania could significantly increase its long-term investment in roads, bridges, and public transit with a mix of cash and debt financing.
  • On the Marcellus Shale, Mark Price shared an article setting the record straight about drilling-related employment claims made by Governor Tom Corbett's re-election campaign.
  • Finally, we shared the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest webinar on the Governor's Healthy PA plan, Medicaid expansion, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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