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Reading’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Pennsylvania

The Reading metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Pennsylvania, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Pennsylvania earns grade of C for manufacturing health

Pennsylvania received a grade of C on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Chester County’s $3,675-per-month cost of living is the highest in Pennsylvania

Residents of Chester County need to make $3,675 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s public pensions are 79.9% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Pennsylvania’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 79.9 percent of the total, the ninth highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Pennsylvania disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Pennsylvania is $36,193, study finds

College graduates in Pennsylvania have an average debt burden of $36,193, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Income taxes make up 26.2% of total state, local levies in Pennsylvania, study finds

State income tax revenues in Pennsylvania represent 26.2 percent of its total state and local levies, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

Pennsylvania ranks 10th lowest in state, local government GDP, study finds

Pennsylvania finished 10th lowest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

Pennsylvania pension plans are 55% funded, study finds

The funded ratio of the Pennsylvania public pension plans stands at 55%, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on fiscal-year 2017 data.

Philadelphia rated least livable among Pennsylvania counties, study finds

Philadelphia was ranked Pennsylvania’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

Pennsylvania ranks 21st highest on distilled spirits taxes

The state distilled spirits excise taxes in Pennsylvania ranked 21st in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

$384,447 in annual income gets you into Pennsylvania’s top 1% club, study finds

Bring in at least $384,447 in yearly income, and you’ll be among the top 1 percent of earners in Pennsylvania, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the ultra wealthy in every state.

Pennsylvania ranks the lowest on wine taxes, study finds

The state wine excise taxes in Pennsylvania ranked in a tie for 46th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Pennsylvania ranks 34th highest on state and local sales taxes, study finds

The combined state and average local sales taxes in Pennsylvania ranked 34th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on July 2019 data.

Pennsylvania ranks 46th highest on beer taxes, study finds

The state beer excise taxes in Pennsylvania ranked in a tie for 46th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Pennsylvania has 20th highest identity theft rate among the 50 states, study finds

Pennsylvania finished 20th in a ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St. of identity theft rates across the nation.

By the Numbers: Pennsylvania among the 17 jurisdictions with vaping taxes

Seventeen jurisdictions in the nation have some form of vapor product excise tax, according to a new Tax Foundation analysis.

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