We asked, you answered: What should Gov. Shapiro prioritize in Pennsylvania’s new budget?

With the governor having previewed two of his main objectives for Pennsylvania’s upcoming budget — overhauling the state’s higher ed system and increasing public transportation funding — we asked our newsletter readers to sound off on what they wanted to see Shapiro prioritize in the state’s new budget.

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As Pennsylvania housing costs soar, Biden wants to turn empty offices into housing

In Sept. 2020, the median home sale price in Pennsylvania was $230,400. As of Sept. 2023, that figure had risen to $274,900, a 19% increase, according to Redfin. Renters are also paying more in the commonwealth. In 2020, they paid an average of $684 per month for a one bedroom apartment. In 2023, they’re paying an average of $917 for a one bedroom, a 34% increase.

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