Policy Point of the Day Archive

July 20, 2018

According to the American Lung Association, nearly 90% of smokers try their first cigarette before the age of 18. Raising the minimum age for cigarette purchase to 21 is estimated to reduce tobacco use among teens 15-17 years of age by 25%.

July 19, 2018

HAP has reported that PA currently ranks below the national average regarding mental health care providers. As of this year, the national average is 214 health care providers per 100,000 individuals whereas PA averages 179 providers per 100,000 individuals.

July 18, 2018

United Way 211 has found that up to 7% of PA veterans live in poverty and 5.7% are unemployed. 

July 17, 2018

According to the Economic Policy Institute, men’s wages have risen from 2000 to 2018 while women’s have remained stagnant. The gender wage gap for young college grads has grown over that time period from 11% to 14.7%.

July 16, 2018

CNBC recently ranked TX as the 2018 top state for business in the US while PA ranked 22nd. TX has a 7.5% severance tax rate on natural gas while PA does not have a severance tax.