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Pennsylvania is unrivaled in the number of jurisdictions levying local earned income taxes. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), municipalities and school districts in the Commonwealth use 560 tax collectors to collect and distribute more than $1.9 billion in annual earned income tax revenue. ...Read more
Early learning is linked to the state's future vitality, and the research demonstrates that connection in a very quantifiable way. ...Read more
PEL report analyzed municipal revenue from 1970 through 2003, found a systemic decline in the fiscal health of communities statewide. ...Read more
Pennsylvania’s universities are terrific economic and social assets, both regionally and statewide. But what’s the bottom line impact on their host municipalities? IssuesPA takes a closer look. ...Read more
Comparing Pennsylvania’s spending habits to other states’ provides a different perspective and could impact how state leaders make future spending decisions. However, these comparisons must be tempered by Pennsylvania’s unique population and culture. ...Read more
There's one undeniable fact about local governments in Pennsylvania – there are a lot of them. Some say we should pay the most attention to what happens at the local government level, because decisions made there affect us the most. IssuesPA offers this primer on the many varieties of local governments, and how (and why) they’ve changed over the decades. ...Read more
While local control has deep roots in Pennsylvania, state government in the 21st century should take a more active role in assisting and leading local government. ...Read more
Municipal government in Pennsylvania is a $13 billion annual "business" today. How do the state's local governments provide these services? IssuesPA investigated. ...Read more
What are the varied and myriad taxes collected by local governments? Try connecting the dots to draw a picture and the results would be... mind-boggling. ...Read more