Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer
In the last two years, tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians have fled the state. This trend is not new. For 12 of the past 13 years, more residents have moved out of the commonwealth than have moved in. We now have the ignominy of having the fourth-highest population loss in the country. At this rate, analysts anticipate Pennsylvania losing another congressional seat by 2030.
We’re losing the people, the communities, and the businesses that define us.
Things have been going so badly that the then-governor of Arkansas roasted Pennsylvania when his state landed a $3 billion, 900-job economic expansion project from U.S. Steel in 2022. Asa Hutchinson crowed he’d have that plant built and operational “before you could ever get a permit to even start construction in Pennsylvania.”
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