The Food Trust reports that over 2 million Pennsylvanians, including more than 500,000 children, live in lower-income areas with limited access to grocery stores. Nationally, nearly 30 million Americans live in such communities.
In 2016, PA produced over 5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which is nearly 19% of the entire US annual consumption. The US has surpassed Russia as the world’s largest natural gas producer.
An estimated $5.7 billion in PSERS retirement benefit payouts generates $12.7 billion in economic impacts. Pennsylvanians pay 7.5% to their retirement benefits, higher than most other funds.
Federal data reveals that 23 states have education funding polices that benefit wealthier school districts over poorer school districts. Of those states, PA ranks first, having the largest funding gap between the poorest and wealthiest public schools. In PA, the poorest school districts receive 33.5% less funding per pupil than the wealthiest school districts.
PA ranks #3 for worst-funded pensions in the country, funded at only 60%. Only IL (#1) and NJ (#2) are worse off with their systems funded at 41 cents and 42 cents on the dollar, respectively. PA has more than $60 billion in unfunded pension liability, which was not addressed in any of the major pension “reform” proposals in the last session.
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