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Keystone Research Center, 2015
Gov. Wolf has indicated his willingness to modify pensions for future Pennsylvania public sector workers by using a variant of the "stacked hybrid" design proposed in 2013 by Pottsville Republican Rep. Mike Tobash. Negotiations of a compromise pension deal, however, remain stalled because Senate leaders remain committed to their own…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, State Legislation, State Action, Personnel Policy
Herzenberg, Stephen; McAuliff, John – Keystone Research Center, 2015
State efforts to boost the economy--economic development--first came to Pennsylvania in the 1950s with the establishment of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) low interest loan program used to recruit manufacturers to Pennsylvania, including devastated coal regions. Since that time, economic development in Pennsylvania and…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Economic Change, Economic Opportunities
Price, Mark; Sommeiller, Estelle; Wazeter, Ellis; Basurto, Luis – Keystone Research Center, 2014
The pace of income growth since the 1970s has been slower for Pennsylvanians than in the 30 years following 1945. In addition to being slower, income growth since the 1970s has also been lopsided, with a small fraction of the highest-income households capturing most income growth in Pennsylvania. This report examines the extent to which these…
Descriptors: Income, Trend Analysis, Middle Class, Population Distribution
Herzenberg, Stephen; Price, Mark; Wood, Michael – Keystone Research Center, 2014
Pennsylvania's deep cuts in funding to K-12 education since 2010-11 have drawn a great deal of attention in recent months. Less widely recognized is the fact that Pennsylvania enacted even deeper cuts, on a percentage basis, to funding for public higher education in the same period. Four-year colleges received the largest reductions in funding,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Investment, Educational Opportunities, Educational Development
Price, Mark; Herzenberg, Stephen; Brandon, Sean; Herzenberg, Teresa – Keystone Research Center, 2012
This study examines the cost of transportation services for Pennsylvania's school districts, focusing especially on the impact on costs of contracting out. Using data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education from 1986 to 2008, the study statistically analyzes total costs, the costs to the state, and the costs to local school districts. On…
Descriptors: School Districts, Student Transportation, Costs, State Programs
Brill, Deidre; Herzenberg, Stephen – Keystone Research Center, 2010
Over the last generation, the instructional staffing system in U.S. higher education has experienced a significant reduction in the proportion of jobs for full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members and a dramatic growth in "contingent" instructors--full-time non tenure track, part-time/adjunct faculty and graduate employees.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Employment Patterns, College Faculty, Tenure
Wial, Howard – Keystone Research Center, 2004
The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a school finance proposal, exemplified by House Bill 113 of the 2003 legislative session, that would shift some school funding away from local property taxes and toward state funds and local income taxes. The proposal would give greater proportional benefits to homeowners with lower property values. A…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Legislation, School Taxes, School District Wealth