Policy Point of the Day Archive

September 22, 2017

The Outdoor Industry Association has ranked PA 5th nationally in spending money on outdoor recreation, behind CA, FL, TX and NY. PA generates $29.1 billion in consumer spending and $1.9 billion in state and local tax revenues. 

September 21, 2017

A recent FDA analysis found drug overdoses in PA have increased 37% in 2016 to 4,642. About 85% of drug overdoses were related to an opioid. 

September 20, 2017

The National Women’s Law Center has reported that 13% of women in PA live in poverty, which is slightly better than the national average of 13.4%.

September 19, 2017

In 2009, DEP had 84 inspectors to oversee water quality and ensure proper maintenance of PA’s 8,500 public water systems that serve 10 million people. Currently, DEP has 43 fully-trained inspectors, meaning 198 systems per inspector. The EPA has stated that PA is not meeting its minimum safe drinking water standards. 

September 18, 2017

According to the Economic Policy Institute, PA’s economy would expand by 1.1% if families’ childcare expenses are capped at 10% of a family’s income. An investment in this type of policy would save PA families on average nearly $4,000 on childcare costs annually.