Tuesday, December 6, 2005
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Iris J. Lav
Deputy Director

Board of Directors

David de Ferranti, Chair
Brookings Institution
UN Foundation

John R. Kramer, Vice Chair
Tulane Law School

Henry J. Aaron
Brookings Institution

Ken Apfel
University of Texas

Barbara B. Blum
Columbia University

Marian Wright Edelman
Children’s Defense Fund

James O. Gibson
Center for the Study of Social Policy

Beatrix Hamburg, M.D.
Cornell Medical College

Frank Mankiewicz
Hill and Knowlton

Richard P. Nathan
Nelson A Rockefeller
Institute of Government

Marion Pines
Johns Hopkins University

Sol Price
Chairman, The Price Company (Retired)

Robert D. Reischauer
Urban Institute

Audrey Rowe
AR Consulting

Susan Sechler
German Marshall Fund

Juan Sepulveda, Jr.
The Common Experience/
San Antonio

William Julius Wilson
Harvard University


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Proposals to limit spending in Pennsylvania would likely bring to the state the fiscal crisis and decline in public services experienced by Colorado under its Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), warns a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Pennsylvania legislators may vote as soon as this week on spending limit proposals that share key features with Colorado’s TABOR, the country’s most restrictive tax and expenditure limit.

“The harmful features of Colorado’s TABOR are included in the Pennsylvania spending limit proposals,” noted David Bradley, policy analyst and author of the report. “Proponents of spending limits in Pennsylvania made superficial changes, but the foundation of the Pennsylvania proposals is the same flawed foundation that created so many problems in Colorado.”

The report, “New Bells and Whistles But the Same Engine”, examines these shared features and documents the negative effects of TABOR on Colorado’s healthcare and education, offering a preview of the deterioration in public services Pennsylvania could face if the state adopts a spending limit.

The full text of this report can be found on the Center’s web site at:

For additional analyses of TABOR and state budgets, see the Center's special series:

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