Policy Point of the Day Archive

March 24, 2017

According to Gift of Life Donor Program, more than 8,300 people in PA are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. An estimated 10 people die each week in PA due to the lack of available organs for transplant. About 9.9 million residents have a driver’s license or state ID card, but only 46% of them are registered as organ and tissue donors. 

March 23, 2017

A recent Future of Business Survey states that 60% of women-run businesses report positive future outlooks. Women comprise at least 65% of top management at 32% of small businesses and 68% of women-run businesses are sole proprietorships. 

March 22, 2017

A researcher found that there were 19,730 marijuana possession arrests in PA in 2016, equal to all other drugs combined. If PA legalized marijuana, PA could receive over $585 million annually in new tax revenue and save $70 million annually by stopping arrests and prosecutions for cannabis. 

March 21, 2017

A new study found that Hispanic voters are the most affected by restrictive voting laws with a 7% lower voter turn-out in states with Voter ID laws. This year, 21 states are considering bills that would make voting more difficult. In 2014, PA’s Voter ID law was struck down by the Commonwealth Court. 

March 20, 2017

A person earning PA’s minimum wage of $7.25/hour earns an annual full-time salary of $15,080, less than the federal poverty level ($16,240) for a two-person household.  MIT estimates that a living wage for a family of two (1 adult, 1 child) in PA is $21.45/hr.