Releases

As of July 2015, the Economic and Revenue Reports have been discontinued. They are now included in the Monthly Trend Reports.

IFO Releases

Pennsylvania Gaming Trends

February 13, 2017 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

This research brief contains current and historical trends for casino gaming, pari-mutuel gaming and the lottery. The brief also presents casino gaming revenues, tax rates and effective tax rates for adjacent states, which likely influence trends for Pennsylvania. The final section displays how revenues from the three types of gaming were used in the state budget for the most recent year of actual data, FY 2015-16.

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Updated School District Property Tax Forecast

January 09, 2017 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

Letter updating the IFO's forecast of school district property tax collections for FY 2015-16 through FY 2021-22. The letter also includes projections of school district debt service payments and earned income tax collections for FY 2015-16 through FY 2021-22.

Total school property tax collections for FY 2015-16 ($13.6 billion) and FY 2016-17 ($13.9 billion) are estimated using millage rates published by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For FY 2017-18 through FY 2021-22, collections are projected based on a forecast of the Act 1 index and exceptions. During that period, total school property tax collections are projected to grow by an average annual rate of 3.5 percent, reaching $16.5 billion by FY 2021-22.

Prior reports / references: (1) 2013 IFO analysis of HB / SB 76 and (2) 2014 update of the school property tax forecast.

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2016 Impact Fee Estimate - January 2017

January 02, 2017 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

This research brief uses recent data published by the Department of Environmental Protection to project CY 2016 Impact Fee collections in Pennsylvania.

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Using Performance Measures in the State Budget

September 19, 2016 | Research Briefs and Special Reports
  • Discusses performance-based budgeting and how it could be integrated into Pennsylvania's budget process.

  • Highlights how other states are effectively using performance measures in their budget systems.

  • Includes a prototype report which could be used in agency budget hearings and provides a method for quick integration.

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Impact Fee Update and 2016 Outlook

July 14, 2016 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

This research brief examines 2015 impact fee collections and natural gas production in Pennsylvania. It also provides an outlook for 2016. 

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Analysis of Executive Order 2016-02

May 12, 2016 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

Letter responding to a request from Representatives Gingrich and Grove to examine the fiscal implications of Executive Order 2016-02 (May 2016).

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Pennsylvania Public Pensions: Background on the Unfunded Liabilities

April 11, 2016 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

Deputy Director Mark Ryan made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg regarding the unfunded liabilities in Pennsylvania's public pension systems. (4/11/2016)

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Economic Development Incentives

March 25, 2016 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

This research brief compiles data on economic development incentives into a single document to facilitate a tabulation of Commonwealth spending on these incentives. The report displays this information for the two most recently completed fiscal years (FY): 2013-14 and 2014-15.

 

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Impact Fee Update - February 2016

February 29, 2016 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

This research brief uses recent data published by the Department of Environmental Protection to project CY 2015 Impact Fee collections in Pennsylvania. 

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Shared-Risk Pension Analysis

December 18, 2015 | Research Briefs and Special Reports

This letter provides a statutorily required report analyzing the implementation of the shared-risk pension provisions introduced by Act 120 of 2010.

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