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COMMENTARY

Report: 3 ways states can help local governments in Pa. and beyond shore up their bottom lines | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 9, 2021

Local tax limitations can hamper cities' and counties' fiscal stability, according to new research by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Fiscal experts to states on stimulus cash: Don’t spend it all in one place | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 13, 2021

States should consider what their budgets will look like after the stimulus funding expires, experts warn.

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States saw a revenue rebound through February. How did Pa. do? | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 10, 2021

Tax revenue recovered to pre-pandemic levels in 29 states and nationwide by February, according to a new analysis.

Socked by the pandemic, Kenney administration forgoes property reassessments for second year in a row

BY: - April 10, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the city’s ability to conduct citywide property assessments for tax year 2022, leading officials to delay the reassessment for another year

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While the GOP carps about Biden’s infrastructure plan, voters already are saying ‘Yes, please’ | John L. Micek

BY: - April 8, 2021

New polling shows voters support Joe Biden's infrastructure plan. Meanwhile, Republicans wage pointless culture wars and focus on voter suppression.

Pa. has to pass a budget soon. Here’s what is on the table

BY: and - October 18, 2020

Budget debates in Pennsylvania’s state Capitol are fast-moving affairs in the best of years, with legislative leaders talking behind closed doors with little input from the public.

Philly Council delays tax abatement bill as lawmakers call for 1% construction impact tax

BY: - October 16, 2020

City legislators have proposed delaying reforms to the 10-year tax abatement passed and a new construction impact tax.

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The tax volatility picture in every state, visualized, and how Pa. stacks up | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 14, 2020

"The coronavirus pandemic is causing sharp, unpredictable swings in tax collections, confounding state lawmakers’ efforts to balance budgets," new Pew study concludes.

Pa. reports $311M in gaming, fantasy sports revenue in August, state regulators say

BY: - September 16, 2020

The total tax revenue from those sources was $128.8 million in August, the gaming board said in its statement.

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Pa. casinos lost big in lockdown. Here’s how that happened | Opinion

BY: - August 9, 2020

A bright spot was the significant rise of online gambling in the period in which the coronavirus reared its ugly medical and economic head.

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Pitt Study: Pa. municipalities in line to lose $3.4B in tax revenue in next 2 years | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 4, 2020

Hundreds of Pa. communities could face 'cash insolvency' because of the COVID-19 pandemic and go into state receivership, researchers found.

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The U.S. is about to drown itself in debt. Who will throw us a lifeline? | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - June 3, 2020

We are on the verge of having to deal with a new, and even more virulent threat to American prosperity that will dwarf the impact of the virus.