Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center http://wesa.fm en Policy Researchers Urge PA, OH and WV Governors to Adopt Common Tax for Oil and Natural Gas http://wesa.fm/post/policy-researchers-urge-pa-oh-and-wv-governors-adopt-common-tax-oil-and-natural-gas <p>Policy and research groups from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio have joined forces to urge their states’ governors to adopt a common severance tax rate for companies drilling for gas and oil in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:25:41 +0000 Liz Reid 25610 at http://wesa.fm Alternate Transportation Funding Model Floated as Lawmakers Debate Plan http://wesa.fm/post/alternate-transportation-funding-model-floated-lawmakers-debate-plan <p>As Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to debate a transportation funding plan, the left-leaning Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is recommending a plan that would fund road, bridge and transit projects through a mix of cash and debt financing.</p><p>“With a combination of cash that’s raised through a number of vehicles (fees) and responsible borrowing, that will reduce the up-front cost but better reflect the fact that these are long-term investments that will have a long use over many years,” said PBPC Director Sharon Ward.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:48:01 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20022 at http://wesa.fm Poll Shows Voters Support More State Education Funding http://wesa.fm/post/poll-shows-voters-support-more-state-education-funding <p>An education funding advocacy group says it has polling data that shows Pennsylvanians place public education high on their priority list and would not mind paying higher income or sales taxes to better support school.</p><p>Public Citizens for Children and Youth and the left-leaning Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center commissioned the Lake Researcher Partners poll.</p><p>The poll found that 56 percent of all respondents have a favorable opinion of public schools, and 48 percent said they were very concerned about funding for the schools.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:46:14 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 12002 at http://wesa.fm