Non-profit

Keystone Research Center (KRC)

Website:

www.keystoneresearch.org

Location:

HARRISBURG, PA

Tax ID:

25-1776998

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $1,018,177
Expenses: $1,063,887
Assets: $365,580

Formation:

1996

Type:

Public Policy Think Tank

Executive Director:

Stephen Herzenberg

The Keystone Research Center (KRC) is a left-of-center public policy organization created to research economic and civic issues within the state of Pennsylvania.[1] A number of members from the organization’s board of directors are associated with labor unions.

History

Based in Harrisburg, the Keystone Research Center was founded in 1996 to propose economic as well as civic policies by conducting research through case studies and quantitative analysis.[2]

 

KRC claims to use “collaborative efforts” in conducting its research by not only including academic scholars, but also unions and left-of-center civic organizations within the state.[3]

Initiatives

KRC produces research reports, research briefings, and policy agendas[4] for a number of left-wing issue areas.[5]

Minimum Wage

KRC claims that Pennsylvania’s current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour doesn’t allow Pennsylvanians to “afford the basics.”[6] KRC supports the Service Employees International Union-backed effort to raise the minimum to $15 per hour, more than double the current minimum wage.[7]

Labor Unions

KRC’s research initiative surrounding “new unionism”—the rise of post-industrial-era unions—hinges on the think tank’s belief that a “rebound of labor organizations” in a modern workforce can supposedly aid current economic challenges.[8]

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is a research project of the Keystone Research Center that provides research on budget, state tax, and related policies.[9] PBPC makes the case for a progressive, left-of-center tax system.[10] PBPC is part of a larger national network of organizations called the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative, coordinated by the left-wing Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.[11]

“State of Working Pennsylvania”

Among its other reports, KRC produces an annual publication reviewing Pennsylvania’s economy and labor markets titled, the “State of Working Pennsylvania.” The most recent report explored Pennsylvania’s economic growth since the great recession and the subsequent impact on incomes and the role of public policy.[12]

People

Executive Director

Stephen Herzenberg is executive director of the KRC. Prior to joining the Keystone Research Center in 1996, Herzenberg worked at the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton administration. He was an assistant to the chief negotiator of the labor side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).[13]

Officers and Board Members

A number of KRC’s officers and board members represent liberal causes and are associated with labor unions.

KRC vice president Bill Dando is a legislative director at the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 13.[14] AFSCME is the United States’ largest union for government workers other than teachers, with over 1.3 million members.[15]

Board member Ken Mash is president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), the labor union representing faculty at universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. [16]

Frank Snyder, a KRC board member, is secretary-treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, an AFL-CIO-affiliated regional group.[17]

Funding

KRC receives the bulk of its funding from foundation grants and receives additional funding from union and individual contributions.[18] KRC’s most recent Form 990 shows more than $915,000 of total revenue and more than $808,000 in expenses.[19]

According to KRC’s own analysis, unions provide 20 percent of the organization’s funding.[20] Unions that have provided financial support to KRC include the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), AFSCME Council 13, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, UFCW Local 1776, and the Communications Workers of America.[21]

References

  1. “About The Keystone Research Center.” Keystone Research Center. Accessed November 16, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/about-Keystone-research-center.
  2. “About The Keystone Research Center.” Keystone Research Center. Accessed November 16, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/about-Keystone-research-center.
  3. “About The Keystone Research Center.” Keystone Research Center. Accessed November 16, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/about-Keystone-research-center.
  4. “KRC Research Publications.” Keystone Research Center. Accessed November 16, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/publications.
  5. “Issues.” Keystone Research Center. Accessed November 16, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/issues.
  6. “The Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania.” The Keystone Research Center. Accessed December 28, 2018. https://www.keystoneresearch.org/minimumwage2018.

  7. “The Minimum Wage In Pennsylvania.” The Keystone Research Center. Accessed December 28 2018. https://www.keystoneresearch.org/minimumwage2018.
  8. “New Unionism.” The Keystone Research Center. Accessed December 29, 2018. https://www.keystoneresearch.org/issues-guides/new-unionism.
  9. “Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.” About the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Accessed November 19, 2018. https://www.pennbpc.org/about-PBPC.
  10. “Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.” About the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Accessed November 19, 2018. https://www.pennbpc.org/about-PBPC.
  11. “PBPC’s History.” Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Accessed November 19, 2018. https://www.pennbpc.org/PBPC-history.
  12. Price, Mark, and Stephen Herzenberg. State of Working Pennsylvania 2018.Report. August 2018. Accessed November 17, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/sites/default/files/KRC_SWP_2018.pdf.
  13. “Stephen Herzenberg.” Keystone Research Center. Accessed December 01, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/about/stephen-herzenberg.
  14. Pennsylvania Union Directory. December 2017. Accessed November 17, 2018. https://www.hrm.oa.pa.gov/employee-relations/Documents/union-directory.pdf.
  15. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Annual Report of a Labor Organization (Form LM-2), 2016, Schedule 13
  16. “Leadership/Staff Directory.” APSCUF. Accessed November 17, 2018. https://www.apscuf.org/about-us/leadershipstaff-directory/.
  17. “Officers & Staff.” Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Accessed November 16, 2018. http://www.paaflcio.org/?page_id=40.
  18. “About The Keystone Research Center.” Keystone Research Center. Accessed November 16, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/about-Keystone-research-center.
  19. Keystone Research Center, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2015. https://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2016/251/776/2016-251776998-0e4908f8-9.pdf
  20. “About The Keystone Research Center.” Keystone Research Center. Accessed November 16, 2018. https://www.Keystoneresearch.org/about-Keystone-research-center.
  21. Author’s analysis of data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Labor-Management Standards, from Annual Report of Labor Organization forms filed by labor unions in the most recent available years as of 19 December 2018.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: August - July
  • Tax Exemption Received: November 1, 1998

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Aug Form 990 $1,018,177 $1,063,887 $365,580 $241,813 N $226,523 $780,705 $637 $115,434 PDF
    2014 Aug Form 990 $954,203 $993,847 $442,905 $273,430 N $204,930 $742,460 $934 $113,228 PDF
    2013 Aug Form 990 $992,478 $1,016,018 $439,901 $230,782 N $175,289 $790,717 $1,515 $111,063 PDF
    2012 Aug Form 990 $933,039 $1,040,069 $369,313 $136,654 N $182,808 $744,182 $3,220 $108,942 PDF
    2011 Aug Form 990 $1,195,161 $1,135,787 $631,648 $291,959 N $191,742 $991,994 $4,083 $105,654 PDF

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    Keystone Research Center (KRC)

    412 N 3RD ST
    HARRISBURG, PA 17101-1346