Policy Point of the Day Archive

May 18, 2018

According to PDA, PA leads the nation for volume of hardwood trees. Since 1955, the volume of standing hardwood timber in the state has increased by 421%.

May 17, 2018

The Leapfrog Group has ranked PA’s hospitals #22 in terms of safety (up from #25 in 2017) with nearly 32% of PA’s hospitals getting an A rating. HI came in at #1 with more than 72% of hospitals having an A rating. NY was ranked last with only 5.84% of hospitals getting an A.

May 16, 2018

The Health Effects Institute has reported that unhealthy air is being breathed by 95% of the world’s population and 6.1 million deaths in 2016 were attributable to air pollution. Although China (1.61 million) and India (1.58 million) had the highest number of deaths related to air pollution, Afghanistan has the highest rate of age-standardized deaths at 406 per 100,000 while the US was 21 per 100,000.

May 14, 2018

The Economic Policy Institute has found that there is no US state where teachers are paid more than equally educated college graduates. From 1996 to 2015, teacher pay fell by $30 per week, while pay for other college graduates increased by $124 (accounting for inflation). On average, PA teachers earn 87.1% of what other college graduates do, better than the national average of 77%.

May 11, 2018

The US Postal Service reported that the total number of employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,244, more than 500 fewer than 2016. Philadelphia was the only PA city that made the list at #20 with 27 attacks in 2017.