Western Pennsylvania home sales increase in 2017 | TribLIVE

Comparing January-June 2017 with the same time period in 2016:

• Closed sales are up 3.24 percent (13,682 units in 2017 versus 13,252 in 2016);

• Closed sales volume is up 5.34 percent ($2,441,128,758 in 2017 versus $2,317,284,476 in 2016);

• Average sale price is up 2.03 percent ($178,419 in 2017 versus $174,863 in 2016); and

• Home listings are down 0.28 percent (18,433 units in 2017 versus 18,485 in 2016).

Source: Western Pennsylvania home sales increase in 2017 | TribLIVE

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are going up again, this time by 6 percent

For the 10th year in a row, it will cost you more to drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The latest toll increase was announced Tuesday.

“Because of today’s action, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.95 to $2.10 for cash customers,” turnpike officials said in a news release.

View the current toll rates: Pennsylvania Turnpike toll calculator

Source: Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are going up again, this time by 6 percent

When it comes to state budget, Pennsylvania needs a payment plan | PennLive.com

How do we pay for the state’s $32 billion spending plan?

This may interest you because it could make the difference in whether or not there’s a need for a major state tax increase in the next year or two; whether the decks are clear for another run at school property tax reform; or who gets what kind of ammunition for key state elections in 2018.

Or, just because some the proposals under consideration could really tinker with Pennsylvania’s social fabric.

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Like so many former Western Pennsylvania company towns, Ford City is in dire need of a comeback

‘This is our second chance at our second chance.’

In 1993, Ford City lost its massive PPG plate-glass factory after years of the company stripping jobs and lowering production. To replace that 200-acre facility, the borough was able to obtain $12 million in federal and state funds, as well as private investment, to construct a 70,000-square-foot business incubator.

Source: Like so many former Western Pennsylvania company towns, Ford City is in dire need of a comeback