Income Inequality

Comparing Through 2025 the Purchasing Power of Proposals to Raise the Minimum Wage

Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
November 12, 2015

Alongside the state budget debate, policy debate continues in Harrisburg regarding a possible increase in the state minimum wage. At the present time, there are three main options regarding the minimum wage.

Why Hillary Clinton's plan to boost wages will cost you plenty

Date: 
October 15, 2015

KRC Finds The State of Working PA 2015 Is Improving but Still Precarious

State Budget Deadlock, Stagnant Wages & Incomes, Threaten PA’s Recovery
Date of Press Release: 
September 2, 2015

The State of Working Pennsylvania 2015

Authors: 
Mark Price
Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
September 2, 2015

State and county top incomes

You will find here state and county level estimates of top incomes (top 10%, top 1%, top .01%) and top incomes shares first published in 2006 by Estelle Sommeiller and later updated and published by the Economic Analysis Research Network with co-author Mark Price. Sommeiller and Price are contirbutors to the World Top Income Database.

This page lists links to the data and methodolgy underlying Sommeiller and Price's top income estimates as well as county level data.  

State Taxable Income Reporting

Top income analysis based on state and county level statistics on incomes published by state level tax autorities.

 

Delaware's top 1 percent claims all income growth

Date: 
February 17, 2015

Delaware's wealthiest residents hoarded all of the income gains as the state recovered from the recession, according to a study from the Economic Policy Institute that provided yet more evidence of an imbalanced economic recovery.

From 2009 to 2012, the top 1 percent of Delaware earners saw income growth of 15 percent.

The bottom 99 percent? Their incomes fell 1.6 percent. The study was based on Internal Revenue Service data of adjusted gross income.

The States Where the Rich Are Getting Richer

Date: 
March 2, 2015

Income inequality has widened in all 50 states in the last few decades. More recently, as the United States recovered from the latest recession, the gap between the richest and poorest residents in many states has increased. From 2009 to 2012, a period of economic recovery in the U.S., income growth has varied considerably between states but not between income brackets. Top earners have disproportionately captured the bulk of the income growth across all states.

Testimony of Mark Price: Senate Labor and Industry Committee: Increasing the Minimum Wage Hearing

Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
May 5, 2015

My name is Mark Price and I hold a Ph. D. in economics from the University of Utah.  I am a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center (KRC), a non-partisan economic think tank based in Harrisburg.  I want to thank Chairwoman Baker and Chairwoman Tartaglione for the opportunity to testify before this committee on the benefits of a minimum wage increase for Pennsylvania workers. 

Report: Inequitable Tax Code Costs Pennsylvania up to $6.9 Billion

Taxing Top Incomes at the Same Rate as the Middle-Class Could Fund Critical State Priorities such as Restoring Education Cuts and Paying Down Pension Debt
Date of Press Release: 
March 11, 2015

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As Pennsylvania confronts a nearly a $2 billion budget gap and pressing needs for revenue to invest in education, job creation and other needs, a new report out today shows that Pennsylvania could generate up to $6.9 billion in revenue by fixing inequities in the state tax code.