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Quality of Life

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
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
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
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
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
State policymakers have placed a large bet on gambling; now only time will tell whether this bet pays off. ...Read more
Pennsylvania’s urbanized areas generally have been experiencing a slow but undeniably real decline. All indicators point to cities and towns that are less populated, less wealthy, and more fiscally unstable with every passing year. ...Read more
Pennsylvania is losing people! More people are moving out of the state than are moving in. IssuesPA takes a closer look. ...Read more
Governor Rendell's Plan is crowded with a multitude of proposals designed to stimulate Pennsylvania’s economy, lower residential property taxes by shifting some of the burden to the state income tax, make a major new investment of state funds in basic education - including early childhood education, student achievement, and rewarding performance - and promote increased accountability in public education. ...Read more