How do you keep the kids in Pa.? We’re going to spend this week finding out | Monday Morning Coffee

March 18, 2019 7:18 am

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

The start of the third, full week of March finds your favorite online news outlet taking an in-depth look at a problem that nearly everyone in Pennsylvania state government, the business community, academia, and, we’re pretty sure, that guy we ran into in Giant yesterday in the bread aisle, agrees is a enormous and intractable public policy problem:

Namely, figuring out why Pennsylvania, which is saddled with one of the oldest populations in this great land of ours, can’t seem to keep the kids down on the farm.

For the next three days, in a series of news articles, commentary pieces, and videos, we’ll be taking a holistic look at Pennsylvania’s brain-drain. And, hopefully, we’ll have a few recommendations on what to do about it.

Things get rolling this Monday morning with staff reporter Stephen Caruso taking a look at all the things that are keeping young people in Pennsylvania.

On our commentary page, Mansfield University professor Jonathan C. Rothermel offers his prescription for a younger and more vibrant Pennsylvania.

And in the first of a series of video features, York College of Pennsylvania President Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about the role that higher education can play in both recruiting young people to Pennsylvania – and keeping them here when their higher ed days are done.

The rest of our stuff:
Democratic leaders in Montgomery County have called on embattled Sen. Daylin Leach, who’s facing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, to resign. He isn’t going to do thatCaruso reports.
During an appearance on ‘Meet the Press‘ on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., again defended his vote to terminate the White House’s national emergency at the border.

On the Opinion side of the house, state Reps. Chris Rabb and Patty Kim explain their “One Fair Wage” proposal.

The Inquirer runs down the severe complication rate for pregnancies in the Philadelphia area.
The Daily News’ John Baer takes a look at the latest push for term limits in the General Assembly.
PennLive explains what will happen to Three Mile Island’s nuclear waste if the plant closes down.
The Morning Call goes around the horn on the past week in political news in Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh’s Jewish community has sent a message of solidarity to the victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings, The Post-Gazette reports.
Democrats in western Pennsylvania have picked a former Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor to run for ex-state Sen. Don White’s seat, The Tribune-Review reports.

There are Italian hoagie-flavor potato chips in the world, according to BillyPenn. We’re going to have to drive to Philadelphia to get some.
A start-up in Pittsburgh wants to put autonomous trucks on the road in the Steel City, The Incline reports.
‘Hard’ and ‘soft’ school security solutions got an airing at a conference in western Pennsylvania, WHYY-FM reports.
Pa. rejected ‘twice as many’ absentee ballots in 2018, WITF-FM reports.
PoliticsPA runs down the winners and losers in the past week in Pennsylvania politics. explains why African-Americans are being left out of the southern push for legal marijuana.
‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden is a very wealthy man, indeed, Politico reports.

What Happens on Twitter:

What Goes On.
The House and Senate both convene at 1 p.m. this Monday afternoon.
In the Senate: The Rules and Appropriations committees will meet off the floor.
In the House:
11:30 a.m.:
 Insurance Committee, B31 Main Capitol
12:15 p.m.: Transportation Committee, G50 Irvis
Call of the Chair: Appropriations (140 Main Capitol), Labor & Industry (G50 Irvis)

What Goes On (Nakedly Political Edition).
8 a.m.: 
Breakfast for Rep. Gary Day
11 a.m.:  Reception for Rep. Rob Kauffman
5:30 p.m.: Reception for Rep. John Galloway
Ride the circuit, and give at the max, and you’re out a mere $6,500 today.

Heavy Rotation.
Well, you knew this one was coming. From Cypress Hill, it’s ‘Insane in the Brain.’

Monday’s Gratuitous Hockey Link.
Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime on Sunday to win the Battle of Pennsylvania.

And now you’re up to date.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.