The Update: What’s Going On that’s Important in Harrisburg and DC – July 28, 2022



As we move into the dog days of summer, we are working with Congress as part of our ReImagine Appalachia campaign to move legislation forward to change our strategy toward revitalizing Coal Country. Take a look below at the first in a series of articles about the new strategy on Route 50, a digital journal that connects the people and ideas advancing state, county, and municipal government across the United States.

We also hope you’ll join us for Give Day 2022 next week on August 3rd and support our work to broaden public discussion about strategies to achieve a more prosperous and equitable Pennsylvania economy.

Thank you for supporting our work,

Stephen Herzenberg
Executive Director


Give Day – August 3

Mark your calendars for our third physically distant, socially engaging CELEBRATION of progressive policy work in Pennsylvania.

Running 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, we’ll be hosting an engaging online Day of Giving to celebrate and support the work of the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, as well as the We The People – Pennsylvania and the 99% PA campaigns. There will be LIVE social media events, virtual trivia, and much more.

We are excited to host this event, which includes our entire community, from long-term partners to those who follow us on Facebook. Your support of our research and advocacy work around economic opportunity, unions, fair taxation, health care, education, voting, protecting our independent judiciary, and other policies is more important than ever in the face of current events.

To our Facebook followers, top activists, partner organizations, board members, and sponsors—we couldn’t do this work without you. Thank you so much for being an integral part of the work we do.


We look forward to seeing you (virtually) on August 3rd!  Join us on Facebook!


It’s Time for a New Development Strategy in Coal Country

Route 50 | 7/20/22

For Appalachia to succeed in the 21st century, it will need to modernize its electrical grid, expand universal high-quality broadband, grow clean and efficient manufacturing, build a more sustainable transportation system and repair damaged lands by reforesting the region, restoring wetlands, and promoting regenerative agricultural practices. Achieving these ends will create hundreds of thousands of good jobs while laying the foundation for a more prosperous economy over the long haul—an economy that is also more resilient to our changing climate.


This is not a Pa. budget for the people

The Lockhaven Express | 7/21/22

The new Pennsylvania budget is a deep disappointment for Pennsylvania.
At a time when the state is flush with cash, the Republican-led General Assembly has failed to meet the immediate needs of the vast majority of Pennsylvanians or invest enough in our future.