Policy Point of the Day Archive

May 26, 2017

The National Association for Pupil Transportation reports that 485,000 buses carry more than 25 million children to and from school and related activities in the US. 

May 25, 2017

According to the US Census Bureau, an estimated 61% of adults in farm family households were employed; 31% were not in the workforce and 3% were unemployed. About 27% of the employed workforce work in an ag-related field. 

May 24, 2017

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has reported that an estimated 26% of rural Pennsylvanians and 2% of urban Pennsylvanians live in a health professional shortage area. Health Professional Shortages are defined as having shortages of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers

May 23, 2017

The Center for Economic and Policy Research recently ranked PA 28th with the most blue collar jobs, which account for 14% of the jobs in PA. Of these jobs, 9.5% are in manufacturing, 4.1% in construction; and 0.4% in logging and mining. Nationally, blue collar jobs were 13.7% of all jobs, with 8.6% in manufacturing, 4.7% in construction; and 0.5% in logging and mining. IN, WI, IA, AL and MI topped the rankings.  

May 22, 2017

Airlines have estimated that it could cost Pennsylvanians nearly $1 billion to acquire passports if PA does not comply with the federal Real ID law. PA is the largest of 9 states that are in non-compliance. Effective January 22, 2018, PA’s driver’s license will no longer be accepted by TSA screeners at airports. If a state law starts implementing Real ID this year, PA would have until 2020 to fully comply.