Third and State Blog

Third and State is a joint blog of the Keystone Research Center and PA Budget & Policy Center providing a progressive view of the state economy, budget and other policy matters.

Corporate Tax Change will Bring Additional Revenue into Pennsylvania, How Much is Still Not Known

Diana Polson | 10/11/2019

In June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. that states may tax purchases made by its residents from sellers/companies that do not have a physical presence in the state. This case reversed a previous decision...

Fact vs. Myth on the Minimum Wage

Marc Stier | 09/26/2019

Raising the minimum wage is not a hand-out to low-wage workers. It’s part of an effort to change the...

PA Protects Against Insurance Losses Caused by Trump

Marc Stier | 09/11/2019

A census bureau report released on Tuesday shows that 1.9 million more Americans were uninsured in 2018 than in 2017,...

Child Care for Minimum Wage Workers in PA Costs 78.5% of Annual Earnings

Diana Polson | 07/25/2019

“This fight for $15 is about more than money, it’s about being able to live.” — Reverend Dr. William...

PA House Democrats Clarify the Minimum Wage Debate

Marc Stier | 06/26/2019

Yesterday, Pennsylvania House Democrats, under minority leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), stepped up in a big way for raising the...

It Looks Like Pennsylvania Republicans Are Ready to Move on the Minimum Wage. But Is $8.50 enough? [Hint: No, it is not!]

Diana Polson | 05/18/2019

State senators Michele Brooks (R – Mercer County) and Dan Laughlin (R – Erie County) told the Manufacturer and Business...

Low Teacher Pay Shortchanges Teachers—and Students—in Pennsylvania

Stephen Herzenberg | 05/03/2019

We wanted to highlight the Economic Policy Institute’s new analysis on the teacher pay gap and explain why it should encourage...

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