Facing the Future: Pennsylvania 2018

Posted by Warnock Associates on November 27, 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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