2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Criminal Justice, Policing and Courts | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 26, 2021

A look at criminal justice and policing spending in the $40.8 billion Pennsylvania state budget.

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2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Conservation, Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Ag | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 19, 2021

Continuing our breakdown of the 2021-22 budget approved in June, this week we dive into the numbers for the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Agriculture.

2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Education, Higher Ed | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 12, 2021

After the $40.8 billion  budget was approved by the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf last month, both Wolf, a Democrat and the Republican-controlled Legislature, touted its savings while spending in a few key areas, including education.  Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future Here’s a breakdown of […]

Who needs the Mouse? Pennsylvania is your destination for fun | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 5, 2021

When you think of fun states, what states come to mind? California? New York? Florida? If one of the top 10 states that comes to mind isn’t Pennsylvania, well, you’d be wrong, according to a new survey.  At the height of vacation season, WalletHub, a personal finance website, conducted a survey using 26 different metrics, […]

Survey: Young Americans want more action on addressing climate change | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 28, 2021

Seventy-one percent of Millennials and 67 percent of Gen Zers say that climate change should be a priority to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations, according to the report. 

Broadband became unaffordable for some during the pandemic | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 21, 2021

A new survey by the  Pew Research Center is shining light on just how many Americans had trouble affording their home broadband connections. 

How common is identity theft in Pa.? Here’s a look at the data | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 14, 2021

Some of the most stolen data includes social security numbers, bank account information, personal information such as birth date and home address and other identifying data. 

Pa.’s 2020 census response exceeds national average | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 1, 2021

In May, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), which led the commonwealth’s census outreach efforts, reported that Pennsylvania’s household response rate was 99.9 percent for the 2020 census count.

Asian Americans, Hispanics are the fastest growing part of the U.S. population | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 24, 2021

Between 2000 and 2019, the Asian population in the United States grew 81 percent, making it the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group during the same timeframe, increasing from 10.5 million people in 2000 to a record-setting 18.9 million in 2019. 

Trivial Pursuit, the Pa. Edition | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 17, 2021

In this week’s Numbers Racket we take a look at an olio of statistics about the Keystone State, courtesy of data from the Pennsylvania State Data Center. 

The Great Labor Divide: How Dems and the GOP view the decline of union workers | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 10, 2021

Conducted by Pew Research Center, the survey found that more than half of Americans (56 percent) said the decrease in workers represented by unions has been “somewhat” or “very” bad for the country, while 60 percent said the decline was “somewhat” or “very” bad for working people. 

Here’s what you need to earn to rent a home in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 3, 2021

A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition examined the state of renting a home in Pennsylvania and its 67 counties.