Policy Point of the Day Archive

June 23, 2017

DDAP has found that the opioid epidemic affects one in four Pennsylvania families.

June 22, 2017

According to HAP, over 135,000 infants are born in PA annually with almost half of these births covered by Medical Assistance. 

June 21, 2017

Founded in PA, the Salvation Army has ranked PA the 3rd neediest state for the years 2014 and 2015. NV is the only other state ranked in the top 5 both years. With 1 in 7 Pennsylvanians in poverty, the organization found the need for basic necessities to increase among the disadvantaged over the last 10 years.  

June 20, 2017

The PA Industrial Resource Center has reported that PA has 12,506 manufacturing firms, 99% of which have less than 500 employees. In 2016, PA had 568,000 manufacturing employees, nearly 6,000 of which were created and retained that year. The average salary for an employee in the manufacturing industry is $72,500, well over PA’s median household income. 

June 19, 2017

The Institute for College Access and Success reports that a college student in a 4-year degree program in PA is graduating with an average student loan debt of $34,798, which is the second highest nationally.