IssuesPA Quality of Life

Quality of Life

That this southwestern Pennsylvania town's fire department is disseminating this study is, in itself, an example of the stress on local services provision. ...Read more
According to a recent report by the state Public Employee Retirement Commission, pension plans in many municipalities in Pennsylvania are financially distressed. ...Read more
PEL report analyzed municipal revenue from 1970 through 2003, found a systemic decline in the fiscal health of communities statewide. ...Read more
Pennsylvania’s universities are terrific economic and social assets, both regionally and statewide. But what’s the bottom line impact on their host municipalities? 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
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
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
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
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