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Tax Calculator: Comparing the House Republicans’ tax plan with Wolf’s

I compared an ambitious tax proposal from Gov. Tom Wolf with a competing plan from members of the Republican Legislature with an interactive tax calculator. The story also showed how the Republican plan disproportionately benefited school districts with higher median property values while Wolf’s plan provided more property tax relief to poorer school districts. This story was PublicSource’s most republished story in 2015. It was picked up by 15 of our print partners with a combined audience of six million readers.

Tax calculator: How Gov. Wolf’s budget would affect you in Allegheny County

Gov. Tom Wolf proposed ambitious changes to the state’s tax structure in his first budget address. Wolf proposed increases to the state’s income and sales tax while cutting property taxes. We wanted to show Allegheny County residents whether they would pay more under Wolf’s proposal with our tax calculator, which allowed a user to input their school district, marital status, income and property value.

Wolf’s lead remains strong in raising cash and in polls

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PublicSource launched our 2014 campaign finance app “Price of the Prize” along with this story. I compiled and published campaign finance data for the Pennsylvania governor’s race and continued to track television advertising across 24 stations in Pennsylvania’s six TV markets. This series of stories won a second prize for enterprise reporting in the 2015 Pennsylvania SPJ Spotlight Awards. Our app “Price of the Prize” also won second place for web use in the Spotlight Awards.