Posts by chris lilienthal

Get Live Updates from the PA Budget Summit

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is hosting its annual Budget Summit today in Harrisburg. The event features state and federal policy experts talking about the latest on Governor Tom Corbett's 2013-14 spending plan, an update on the federal budget in Washington, and what it all means for communities and families across Pennsylvania.

Governor's Budget Makes Modest Increases But Relies on Uncertain Funding

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's analysis of Governor Tom Corbett's 2013-14 budget plan:

Governor Tom Corbett proposed a 2013-14 budget of $28.4 billion — up $400 million, or 1%, from the budget in place when he took office in 2011. The budget proposes expensive new corporate tax breaks that will continue to shift costs to individuals and local taxpayers, while failing to restore deep cuts to public schools, keep college affordable for middle-class students, or ensure working families can obtain basic health care.

Helping You Make Sense of the Governor's Budget

Governor Tom Corbett will release his 2013-14 spending plan today, and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is here to help you make sense of it. We will be providing our usual critical analysis to shed some light on the immediate and long-term implications of the Governor’s budget priorities.

How Do PA Taxes Compare to New Jersey and West Virginia?

On Wednesday, I blogged about a new report out from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy showing Pennsylvania is among the "Terrible 10" most regressive tax states in the nation. This means state and local taxes fall disproportionately on middle-class, working and poor families to the advantage of the richest taxpayers.

Pennsylvania Among 'Terrible 10' Most Regressive Tax States

Working families in Pennsylvania pay a far higher share of their income in state and local taxes than the state’s wealthiest earners, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

Pennsylvania’s tax system scored so poorly that it made the list of the “Terrible 10” most regressive tax states in the nation.

What a Progressive Tax Looks Like

This is what a progressive state tax system should look like. Upper-income families pay a larger share of their incomes in tax than families with lower incomes. How does Pennsylvania score on this front? Find out tomorrow when the Pennsylvana Budget and Policy Center co-releases a new study with the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) examining state and local tax rates paid by income group in Pennsylvania.

What a Progressive Tax System Looks Like

Undo the Damage Done to Students by Cutting Public Schools

Budget Secretary Charles Zogby addressed the Pennsylvania Press Club Monday, fielding questions on a variety of budget issues without giving away much detail about Governor Tom Corbett's forthcoming spending plan. (The governor delivers his budget address on February 5 to a joint session of the state House and Senate.)

Secretary Zogby did suggest that more cuts could be on the way for public schools if the state does not make changes to the pension system, which could include reducing the future retirement benefits of current teachers and state employees.

About that Federal Budget Sequester...

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a table showing how the fiscal cliff deal reduced the 2013 federal budget sequester, automatic across-the-board cuts now scheduled to take effect March 1. The cuts had originally been slated for January 2, but the fiscal cliff deal delayed them.

As the table at the Center's Off the Charts Blog shows, more than $85 billion in sequester cuts are still on tap for 2013 unless Congress acts.

Fiscal Cliff Deal Reduces Automatic Budget Cuts for 2013

The Bush Tax Cuts in Charts, Part 2

Yesterday, I shared some charts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showing just how expensive the Bush tax cuts for high-income earners have been and will continue to be if policymakers extend them.

Today I wanted to highlight a few other charts from the Center to provide some more perspective in the debate over extending tax cuts for top earners and reducing the federal deficit.

The Bush Tax Cuts in Charts, Part 1

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorites tells many a budget story with pictures. Below are a few of the Center's best charts on the tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 under President Bush, extended in 2010 under President Obama, and now set to expire in January.