Pennsylvania is a microcosm of the United States. The state that sparked the American Revolution and fueled the nation’s industrial growth is playing an outsized role in public policy and socioeconomic trends. Its culturally distinct regions—from large metro hubs and sprawling suburbs to Rust Belt cities and rural counties—serve as a crucial bellwether in electoral politics.

From energy and technology to demographics and urban affairs, the Commonwealth figures prominently in national policy discussions. The Covid-19 crisis will only further showcase Pennsylvania as a battleground for public policy. 

This page features noteworthy research, analysis, commentary, and news stories curated from Pennsylvania-based media outlets, national publications, and think tanks. We will examine the most important policy questions confronted by Pennsylvanians.

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Essential Reading

  • Berwood Yost, Franklin & Marshall's Center for Opinion Research
    Franklin & Marshall College released a new poll with findings on Pennsylvanians’ positions on COVID-19, Gov. Tom Wolf, and election reform. According to the poll, less than 7% (1 in ...
  • The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development
    Northeastern Pennsylvania’s housing is relatively affordable compared with other regions in the United States, yet there is still a gap in affordability – especially for lower-income...
  • The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development
    The Institute’s Indicators project measures the progress of Northeastern Pennsylvania over time, focusing on key economic, education, public safety, health and human services, enviro...
  • Frank Gamrat, Allegheny Institute for Public Policy
    Pennsylvania’s casinos took a big hit during the pandemic. But the losses were not as heavy as expected thanks to the advent of internet gaming, which cushioned the blow created by m...
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