The Pennsylvania Economy League

An Independent, Nonpartisan Voice for Good Government

We provide non-partisan, data-driven information and insight through technical assistance, independent research and civic education. Whether you are a municipality or school district facing challenges, an organization requiring policy research, or a community member concerned about local government, PEL is here to help and inform.

Hazleton Act 47 Exit

The Pennsylvanian Economy League team headed by Gerald Cross, Senior Research Fellow, and Patricia Moorhead, Director of Financial Data and Analytics, helped steer the city of Hazleton out of financial distress along with PEL Senior Consultant Fred Reddig. Congratulations to Hazleton!

It’s Not 1965 Anymore: State Tax Laws Fail to Meet Municipal Revenue Needs


Pennsylvania’s municipal tax authorizations have failed to keep pace with modern realities. Municipalities need more flexible revenue just to keep the lights on. PEL’s latest research project in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

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