• Briefing Paper
    March 1, 2002 - 11:21am

    In the last decade, gaps in income and property wealth among Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts have yawned wider.

    With school financing depending heavily on local property taxes, affluent districts can fund schools generously. Districts with less property wealth however, struggle with high tax rates that still fail to raise adequate revenue for quality schools. This combination often prompts more residents to leave lower-income districts for greener pastures, further undercutting the local tax base and contributing to low-density, land-destroying growth patterns.

  • Briefing Paper
    March 1, 1999 - 11:39am

    State income tax relief for the middle class is on the agenda in Pennsylvania. In the first half of March, the state House of Representatives voted to cut the state personal income tax rate from 2.8 to 2.7 percent. This reduction would put very little cash back in the pockets of middle-class Pennsylvanians. A family making $30,000 would have only $30 more to spend, a family making $50,000 an extra $50.

    The meager benefit for working families from a 0.1 percentage point reduction in the state income tax is one reason that the reduction is not currently expected to become law.

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