Below is our comprehensive public policy manual for lawmakers and advocates, “A Roadmap to a New Pennsylvania: State Policy Towards a Safer, Healthier, More Prosperous and Equitable Commonwealth,” which was derived from the best policy research from experts across the country, and informed by everyday Pennsylvanians who came together in 13 community meetings all over the state. At those meetings, citizens found broad agreement on what is wanted from state government: public policies that make poor, working and middle-class Pennsylvanians safer, healthier, and more prosperous. This became the We The People – PA policy agenda. The Roadmap is an expanded breakdown that agenda—a look at the challenges Pennsylvanians face and how policymakers can turn the principles reflected in the agenda into legislation.
On critical issues like healthcare, raising wages, education, and participation in our democracy, our hope is that this book becomes an invaluable reference guide for legislators, many of whom formally endorsed the We The People policy agenda on which this roadmap is based.