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Pa. may see the strongest post-pandemic sales tax boost in the nation

Researchers found, based on revenue projection data from all 50 states, Pennsylvania is expecting consumers will buy far more than they did during the pandemic.

By Sam Dunklau

Millions in potential sales tax breaks for server farms are tucked into the new state budget

After years of offering tech companies millions in tax refunds for building energy-hungry facilities known as data centers, the Keystone State is pivoting to let those companies buy computer equipment tax-free.

By Sam Dunklau

State anti-hunger programs get a boost in the new budget

Food advocates say that the new budget increases will help fortify the supply of foods.

By Gabriela Martínez

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Pa. plans to spend $1 billion in American Rescue Plan money. A few similar-sized states plan to spend more.

New research shows the huge boost in cash will make a big difference over the long run, but that no two states are exactly alike.

By Sam Dunklau

Behind the scenes of the state budget process: How the $40 billion deal came together

Late last week, state lawmakers passed a nearly $40 billion general fund budget. The deal between GOP legislators and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf sends a few hundred million extra dollars to schools and infrastructure projects.

By Julia Agos

State budget deal inches closer to the finish line

As the details of the next annual spending plan are hammered out, education funding may be both a sticking point and a tool for aggrieved lawmakers.

By Sam Dunklau

State proposes a charter school accountability plan to save nearly $400 million

State proposes a charter school accountability plan to save estimated $400 million

By Merideth Bucher

‘We’re talking about generational loss:’ How Pa.’s Education Department is sizing up post-pandemic life

During its annual budget hearing, department leaders said how schools will approach a pandemic-fueled learning gap, student mental health, and retaining teachers will determine their success once the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

By Sam Dunklau

House lawmakers grill health department leaders over Pa.’s coronavirus vaccine rollout

During the Department of Health’s annual budget hearing, lawmakers of both parties focused on what they say are ongoing problems with its vaccine administration plan

By Sam Dunklau