Pennsylvania

Current Fels student Charles McElwee published an article in The Standard-Speaker, giving a profile of the challenges faced by his hometown of Hazleton PA, as well as his hope for its future. Hazleton has become a hotspot for heroin addiction in Pennsylvania and was the focal point of a recent profile in The New York Times. McElwee's article recognizes the Hazleton's current state of...
In The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jack Nagel, former associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Chair of the Academic Policy Committee at Fels, advocates making the Pennsylvania legislature a unicameral system and electing legislators by a new method. Read what he has to say here. While state legislators have already advocated for a reduction of the number of elected officials in Pennsylvania,...
People have a general tendency to conclude that population gain is always a good thing – a sign that a city, region, state, or country is on its way back. Take Allentown for example. Allentown’s population grew by 11% since 2000, making it the fast growing city in the state. Break open the champagne, right? Maybe not. As the population has grown, its household income has slipped, from about...
By Tom Ferrick Jr. I have a question for the four Democrats and two Republicans who are running for governor of Pennsylvania: Why in the world would you want the job? The next governor is going to have to face a financial tsunami that will hit in his first year in office with a force that could drown whatever political future he has. By the way, that tsunami phrase is not mine.  It is Gov....
Subsidized electricity was nice while it lasted By Chris Kingsley, Fels Research & Consulting Associate John Micek of Capitol Ideas reported from Allentown last week that the 1.2 million customers of the power company PPL are scheduled to get more expensive electricity in their stockings this Christmas – an overnight hike of up to 30%. (Yikes.) Consumer advocates think they know just the...
"The story of their efforts to turn a public lemon into limoncello is a study in how even the most maligned government agency can be made to cater to citizens." That's how a recent Governing magazine article described the successful efforts of Joe Conti, Fels faculty member and CEO of the PA Liquor Control Board, to reform one of the state's most problematic enterprises.
Researching Promising Practices for Policy Makers During the spring of 2009, Fels RCG assisted a state-wide school safety working group by compiling and presenting promising practice research to improve school safety across the Commonwealth. The school safety working group was a joint venture between the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and was...
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