Facing the Future: Pennsylvania 2018
Report outlines major challenges facing Pennsylvania today
Far away from the rhetoric of the political campaigns is the reality of Pennsylvania today. The goal of Facing the Future: Pennsylvania 2018 is to get the data that defines those realities.
Different words can be used to describe them, depending on where your finger lands on a map when you break the Commonwealth into its component parts — its 67 counties.
Carnegie Mellon Professor Robert Strauss sounds more like a meteorologist than an economist when he described the state of the state: “Rainy, overcast, patches of sunshine,” he said. “How much else remains to be seen.”
Here is what a weather map of Pennsylvania would show: mostly sunny in the southeast and in counties in the lower portions of Central Pennsylvania. The clouds roll in as we head west. Then comes the rain — at times a fierce, pounding downfall.
Facing the Future: Pennsylvania 2018 is a project that will outline some of the issues – the real issues – Pennsylvanians will have to confront in the coming years.
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