Policy Point of the Day Archive

January 23, 2018

A recent report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers states that the economic impact of the opioid epidemic reached over $500 billion in 2015. The study included prescription and illicit opioids such as heroin.  

January 22, 2018

The Vera Institute of Justice has reported that the number of women in jail has increased from below 8,000 in 1970 to nearly 110,000 in 2014. The total number of incarcerated women has increased by more than 700% from 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. 

January 19, 2018

The Rand Review reports that doubling the number of US Security Treaties would result in up to 34% increase in US bilateral trade per year and a 58% increase in global bilateral trade per year. Doubling the number of US troops overseas could result in a 15% increase in US bilateral trade and 10% increase in global bilateral trade.

January 18, 2018

A recent PCADV report revealed that domestic violence-related incidents are responsible for more than 1,600 deaths in PA over the last 10 years.  In 2016, 139 people were killed, including 37 perpetrators. Of the 102 victims, 56 were female and 46 were male. In 2016, every county had at least 1 death from a domestic violence-related incident.

January 17, 2018

An analysis found that PA’s nuclear industry contributes $2 billion to the state’s GDP and $3.1 billion in economic output while providing 4,685 direct jobs and 11,215 indirect job.