The Pennsylvania Economy League
Pennsylvania’s Independent Voice for Good Government.
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From 1936 to today, we have a long tradition of providing critical analysis, perspective and support for action that will make Pennsylvania a better place to live, work and do business. Click here to learn more!
We strive to strengthen the health of local governments so that they can provide the vital serves we depend on to run our businesses, educate our children and conduct our lives. Click here to learn how your organization can support our mission.
The Pennsylvania Economy League (PEL) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization; it is not an agency of the Commonwealth.
PEL April Civic Leadership Education Events: Bad News for PA Municipalities?
John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center, showed how York, Williamsport, NEPA and Reading compare to other cities and the surrounding regions on income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education and more, and how they impact the region’s health and sustainability.
- York Penn State Data Center Presentation
- Williamsport Penn State Data Center Presentation
- NEPA Penn State Data Center Presentation
- Reading Penn State Data Center Presentation
Read PEL’s latest commentary Free PA State Police Costs Everyone. Half of the Commonwealth’s municipalities receive local police protection for free from the Pennsylvania State Police, a cost pegged at $540 million or more than half of the PSP’s annual budget. The situation is another example of the state’s fragmented local government system.
Bad News for PA Cities. A recent research brief by the Pennsylvania Data Center showed that the majority of cities that experienced statistically significant change in income levels, housing values and poverty rates over the past 10 years saw declines rather than improvements. The figures demonstrate why it is so difficult for Pennsylvania cities to make ends meet.
Heroin Use in PA Rises While Local Police Resources Fall. PEL recently held a series of events examining the problem of the state’s growing heroin epidemic. The surge in heroin abuse comes at the same time a growing number of municipalities are finding it harder to fund an adequate level of police coverage.
The Quiet Boom and Potential Bust of PA Townships Recent data indicated that the once booming Pennsylvania townships are seeing troubling signs including rising service costs and tax revenue that is either declining or flattening. The challenge for townships may soon be the same issue facing distressed cities: how to provide quality services at a price that taxpayers can afford.
Beyond Act 47: A Call to Action. The Pennsylvania Economy League prepared Beyond Act 47 as part of its work on the state legislature’s Act 47 Task Force, which is considering recommendations to the distressed municipalities act.
PEL IN THE NEWS
Keystone Crossroads Rust or Revival series looked at the issue of municipalities that use state police services for free rather than hiring local police. The story quoted PEL’s recent op-ed on Free PA State Police Costs Everyone.
Click here for Keystone Crossroad’s report: “Half of PA Municipalities Rely Fully on State Police”
The Pennsylvania Economy League helped Nanticoke to regain its financial footing and become the first city to leave the state’s Act 47 program for distressed municipalities.
Click here for WITF’s report “Nanticoke’s new start: What other Pa. cities can learn from the first poised to exit distressed cities program”
PEL Participates in PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee Roundtable
The Pennsylvania Economy League recently served on the Senate panel that discussed “Moving Municipalities from Distress to Success in Pennsylvania” along with officials from Harrisburg and Bethlehem, economic development professionals, state officials, union representatives and other experts.