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Municipal government in Pennsylvania is a $13 billion annual "business" today. How do the state's local governments provide these services? IssuesPA investigated. ...Read more
While local control has deep roots in Pennsylvania, state government in the 21st century should take a more active role in assisting and leading local government. ...Read more
There's one undeniable fact about local governments in Pennsylvania – there are a lot of them. Some say we should pay the most attention to what happens at the local government level, because decisions made there affect us the most. IssuesPA offers this primer on the many varieties of local governments, and how (and why) they’ve changed over the decades. ...Read more
Comparing Pennsylvania’s spending habits to other states’ provides a different perspective and could impact how state leaders make future spending decisions. However, these comparisons must be tempered by Pennsylvania’s unique population and culture. ...Read more
What are the varied and myriad taxes collected by local governments? Try connecting the dots to draw a picture and the results would be... mind-boggling. ...Read more
It's been said the one constant in life is change. In Pennsylvania, changes in statewide and regional population are issues that impact the state's overall economic competitiveness - now and in the future. ...Read more
What makes a community strong, vibrant and attractive as a place to live and work? This question is important because, in our global economy, companies and individuals today can locate almost anywhere. In 2006, community vitality may matter more than ever. ...Read more
In October 2006, PEL completed a benchmarking study of transportation funding and conditions in Pennsylvania and five other states (OH, NJ, NY, MI, IL) to provide an objective review of state policy and funding practices. The study confirmed what many motorists and transit riders already know: Pennsylvania’s transportation systems are in bad shape –financial and physical, roads and public transit. ...Read more
While privatizing the Turnpike or other Interstates through long-term leases is hotly debated, the variety of public-private partnerships are virtually limitless. ...Read more
What will be on the minds of voters when they go to the polls this month and in November? IssuesPA asked Pennsylvanians in the April 2006 IssuesPA/Pew poll. They weighed in on those who govern, how they're doing, and what government costs. ...Read more
Is Pennsylvania a high tax state or a low tax state, compared to its peers? It's a difficult question to answer objectively. IssuesPA combined state and local taxes to provide a more accurate picture of the overall tax burden. ...Read more
Most citizens of Pennsylvania believe the business of government, including state government, should be conducted openly and without undue influence. Those same citizens often question whether that’s actually taking place. IssuesPA investigated. ...Read more
What happens in Washington impacts Pennsylvania, from state to local governments, and from the Governor to individual citizens. It's an alliance worth monitoring and nurturing, for a whole lot of reasons. ...Read more
Pennsylvania’s annual state budget comes with strings attached – it must be balanced and it must be passed on time, or the state loses its power to spend state government dollars. Here’s an IssuesPA budget primer. ...Read more
In Pennsylvania, roughly one-third of all road miles are owned and operated by the state Department of Transportation, but three out of four miles traveled within Pennsylvania are on state-owned roadways. ...Read more
When it comes to the state’s roads and bridges, how does Pennsylvania compare to other states with similar economic and climate conditions? IssuesPA takes a closer look. ...Read more
Public transportation systems exist throughout the state – from large networks of buses, trains and light rail in southeast Pennsylvania to small bus systems in rural communities. IssuesPA takes a closer look at ridership, funding and the overall impact of public transit on Pennsylvania's transportation infrastructure. ...Read more