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.

The Economy Is Dropping Like a Stone—Even More Aggressive Policies Needed

Stephen Herzenberg | 04/03/2020

The evidence is mounting to show the economy, almost literally, is dropping like a stone. This blog summarizes that evidence and then points to what it means for federal and state economic and jobs policy. Our Plunging Economy On...

What Not To Do In the Face of a COVID-19 Driven Recession: Lessons from the Corbett Years

Diana Polson and Marc Stier | 03/31/2020

As COVID-19 hurdles us towards a global recession, Pennsylvania will need to make difficult decisions about how to handle...

The Likely Impact of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania

Marc Stier | 03/30/2020

A recent study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington projects the...

COVID Collapse Likely to Cost Pennsylvania More Than 750,000 Jobs by Summer

Stephen Herzenberg and Maisum Murtaza | 03/27/2020

Updated:  04/02/2020 On April 2, the U.S. Department of Labor reported “hard” numbers on the economic impact of the...

Funds for Pennsylvania in the Senate Coronavirus Relief Act

Maisum Murtaza and Marc Stier | 03/26/2020

Update April 1: Two additional funding streams are not yet included in the table below. 1. The state should...

Here Is What We Know About the COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

Marc Stier | 03/25/2020

Here is what we think we know about the bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus / relief bill that we expect the...

Viruses, Health Care, and Communal Provision

Marc Stier | 03/25/2020

A few years ago, I wrote a piece that explained why health care has to be provided communally. I showed that...

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