Income Inequality

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.

Tax Fairness: An Answer to Pennsylvania’s Budget Problems

Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
March 11, 2015

Background Memo: FL Gov. Rick Scott’s visit to Philadelphia today and tomorrow

Date of Press Release: 
February 23, 2015

Keystone Research Center has received several inquiries about Gov. Rick Scott’s visit to Philadelphia this week, and the trip has received a great deal of media attention. This background memo provides Pennsylvania media with some context that may be helpful. If you would like to schedule interviews with KRC or need assistance finding additional information or sources in Florida, please contact Ellen Lyon at 717-255-7156 or Stephen Herzenberg at 717-805-2318.

A Trip Premised on a Misguided Economic Approach and Inaccurate Facts

Falling Short: The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage in PA to $8.75 vs. $10.10

Authors: 
David Cooper
Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
February 6, 2015

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The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering a proposal to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage above the federal level of $7.25 to $10.10 by July 2016. An alternative proposal would increase the minimum wage to $8.75 for workers age 19 and older by 2017.

This Policy Watch compares the impacts of these proposals. It finds that the increase to $10.10 per hour would:

A Wage-Less and Income-Less Recovery for PA’s 99 Percent New Study

Top 1% Only Group to See Income Gains Since 2009
Date of Press Release: 
January 26, 2015

Pennsylvania briefing paper at http://keystoneresearch.org/increasingly_unequal2015

National study at http://goo.gl/AnFnMt

Pennsylvania fact sheet at http://goo.gl/8CdtB5

What About the Rest of Us? Top 1% Takes Home All the Increase in Pennsylvania Income in Current Economic Recovery

Authors: 
Estelle Sommeiller
Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
January 26, 2015

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Executive Summary

20 States Poised to Increase Their Minimum Wage January 1

Pennsylvania Could Benefit A Million Workers by Following Suit in 2015
Date of Press Release: 
December 30, 2014
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20 States Poised to Increase Their Minimum Wage January 1

Pennsylvania Could Benefit A Million Workers by Following Suit in 2015

Harrisburg, December 30 – On January 1st, 20 states and the District of Columbia will raise their minimum wages.Pennsylvania’s minimum wage will not rise, remaining $7.25, the same as the federal minimum wage, because the General Assembly in the just-completed legislative session did not act on any of several proposals to increase the state minimum wage.

A Must-Have for Pennsylvania Part Two: Investment in Higher Education for Growth and Opportunity

Authors: 
Mark Price
Authors: 
Michael Wood
Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
October 24, 2014
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A Must-Have for Pennsylvania Part II:

Middle Class In Every Pa. County Has Shrunk Since 1970s

Meanwhile, top incomes in every county have surged
Date of Press Release: 
September 16, 2014
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Pennsylvania’s middle class is smaller, while the top 1% of earners enjoy a larger share of income, in every county in Pennsylvania today as compared to the late 1970s, according to a new report from the Keystone Research Center.