Policy Point of the Day Archive

February 16, 2018

PDA has reported that PA hay farmers produced over 3 million tons of hay in 2016, valued at nearly $570 million. The average racehorse eats 3 to 4 tons of hay annually.

February 15, 2018

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy has calculated that residential gas prices have decreased 40% in PA, compared to 34% nationwide, since 2007. As the largest buyers of natural gas, PA electric-power producers’ price of gas has dropped 79% in the last 10 years, resulting in lower electricity prices. As a result, customer debt to PA gas utilities fell $49 million and 79,000 fewer customers were terminated for nonpayment.

February 14, 2018

PAIU states that Intermediate Units enroll 50,000 PA students in preschool intervention programs annually. In addition, 35,000 students receive autism services and 1,640 student receive vision services. IUs transport 15,000 special education students from more than 470 districts, charters and nonpublic schools.

February 13, 2018

A recent HUD report estimates 14,138 people were homeless on a single night in PA in 2017, representing a 7.8% decrease over 2016. Of those who found themselves homeless, 12,340 were able to utilize shelters or transitional housing while 1,798 were unsheltered. Homelessness among families and veterans also decreased by 12.9% and 15.2%, respectively. While chronic homelessness for individuals increased by 13.5% over the previous year, it is still down 10% since 2010.

February 12, 2018

In the 2016 Annual Survey of Manufacturers, PA’s manufacturing sector added more than $105.6 billion to the economy.  Among the top five manufacturing subsectors, chemical manufacturing added the most ($15.7B) followed by food ($14.1B), fabricated metals ($10B), machinery ($7.9B) and computer electronics ($6.7B).