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State Governance

“We need statewide reform, and we need it now.” ...Read more
Recently, there have been discussions about the current Pennsylvania Constitution, with some contemplating a need for changes. Many proponents argue that a constitutional convention is in order because it’s been more than 40 years since the last one. IssuesPA has taken a look at the issue of a state constitutional convention and just what it might mean in the 21st century. ...Read more
Research shows, among other benefits of early learning, increased earning power for parents. The community at large benefits in several ways, including a direct and indirect economic impact and decreased spending on public programs, including education and social services. ...Read more
Quality early learning opportunities – where children learn how to learn –is increasingly recognized as an essential part of the education continuum that extends through adulthood. ...Read more
Assuring access to high quality early learning opportunities for pre-school children benefits the child, family, community, and taxpayers. A review of the research shows how. ...Read more
Early learning is linked to the state's future vitality, and the research demonstrates that connection in a very quantifiable way. ...Read more
Education is a big-ticket item in the state’s General Fund Budget. IssuesPA takes a closer look at the budget, with a focus on the proposed spending for education. ...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
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
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