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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The pandemic lockdown has adversely affected fuel tax revenues for Pennsylvania, the primary source of funds for road repairs and construction. Fiscal year 2019-20 ended June 2020 an...
The 14-school Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) faces several predicaments. As of the fall of 2019 PASSHE had lost 20 percent of its enrollment since the peak in...
If a family is dissatisfied with their child’s residentially assigned public school, they usually only have costly or limited options. Although Pennsylvania’s two private school choi...