rural pennsylvania

Population projections highlight need for long-term solutions to sustain rural Pa.

BY: - October 4, 2023

The population of Pennsylvania’s rural counties is projected to decline 5.8% over the next 30 years, with the state projected to grow just 1.6% based on increases in urban population.

In the face of a call to ban skill games, Pa.’s biggest player is pushing back hard

BY: - September 10, 2023

For nearly a decade, Georgia-based Pace-O-Matic has been fighting to cement the legitimacy of a billion dollar gambling business that has flourished in the back rooms of bars and social clubs across Pennsylvania. Pace-O-Matic is the state’s leading distributor of skill games – slot machine-like devices that allow users to pay to play a game […]


What’s in a name? When it comes to Senate’s vote changing DEPs name? Everything | Opinion

BY: - June 16, 2023

A Republican-backed measure to rechristen it the Department of Environmental Services accomplishes nothing.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Republican again proposes taxing skill games, calling them part ‘of the small business economy’

BY: - April 13, 2023

Sen. Gene Yaw proposed that all skill games in Pennsylvania be “connected to a terminal collection and control system."

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Staff shortages, ‘burdensome’ regulations among top hurdles for addiction treatment providers

BY: - March 9, 2023

At the three-hour-long public hearing hosted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan and bicameral legislative agency, panelists provided lawmakers with an update on various efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction and prevent overdose deaths in the commonwealth.  

Pa. core samples to get new, $6M home

BY: - November 18, 2022

The core samples, experts said, are important tools to understanding how Pennsylvania’s geology could support carbon capture and sequestration efforts.

Pa. Senate committee advances proposed fireworks reform

BY: - June 20, 2022

With proposed reform moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature this month, Pennsylvania could soon see new limits on fireworks.

Pennsylvania oil lobby keeps abandoned wells unplugged

BY: - May 10, 2022

The oil and gas industry could jeopardize federal funding to clean up the state’s thousands of abandoned and leaking wells.

Efforts to change Pa. fireworks law haven’t fizzled out. House, Senate committees to hear feedback

BY: - December 12, 2021

The House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will hold a joint hearing to discuss fireworks regulations, which have prompted safety concerns across the commonwealth since the state legalized their sale and use in 2017.

Pa. Sen. Gene Yaw announces plans for legislation to tax, regulate ‘skill games’

BY: - November 10, 2021

Some want so-called "skill games" banned, arguing that they result in millions of dollars lost by the Pennsylvania Lottery and casino industry each year, one Republican state lawmaker — who considers them a lifesaver for businesses — wants to tax the machines.

After telling constituents to ‘get over it,’ GOP senator proposes changing Pa. fireworks law

BY: - July 22, 2021

Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming, is now open to changing Pennsylvania's fireworks law.

An ‘energy choice’ bill has some lawmakers worried local government could lose power

BY: - May 13, 2021

Though it's dubbed an “energy choice” bill, a proposal now before the state Senate has lawmakers worried that Pennsylvania municipalities will lose some power over local decisions.