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Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Included in State Annual Budget Reform

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The 2013-2014 Pennsylvania state budget includes multiple agricultural provisions

On Sunday, June 30, Governor Tom Corbett signed a 2013-14 state budget, which makes a notable investment in supporting Pennsylvania agriculture. The budget grants almost $35 million to fund the farmland preservation program, over $17 million to fund the Food Purchase Program, which is funding set up for the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn veterinary program, and many other provisions.

"Our agriculture exports now approach $1.7 billion annually. Farming in Pennsylvania is a business, but it remains, inherently, a family business,'' said Corbett. "The value of the tradition and contribution of agriculture to Pennsylvania's economy is immeasurable."

According to PR Newswire, one in seven jobs in Pennsylvania are agricultural. Moreover, of the 62,000 farms in the state, 97 percent are family owned.

Additionally, the year’s budget will provide $10 million for the Resource Enhancement Protection Program, which rewards farmers who use the best environmental and management practices. The governor added, “This budget is an investment in agriculture, which is the cornerstone of Pennsylvania's economy and future.”

Gov. Wolf: Budget Sets Pennsylvania on Path Toward Long-Term Prosperity

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf outlined the significant advancements made in the 2019-20 budget that will help move Pennsylvania towards a future of long-term prosperity. The budget makes investments in all levels of education builds on progress to have the nation’s strongest workforce provides lower cost options for health insurance and helps children, families, vulnerable populations, farmers and veterans, all while making the largest deposit in the Rainy Day Fund in two decades and delivering structural balance after years of deficits.

Later today, Gov. Wolf will sign the General Appropriations (HB790), Human Services Code (HB33/SB695), Fiscal Code (SB712), Tax Code (HB262), Admin Code (HB1461), and School Code (HB1615/SB144) Bills.

Gov. Wolf made the following statement:

“I am proud of the budget before me: More than $300 million for education. Lower health care costs for at least 400,000 Pennsylvanians. The first major state reforms to combat campus sexual assault. Officially doubling early childhood education funding in five years. Stopping cuts to agencies and other services. Making sure kids start school at age six and stay there until they are 18. The most expansive state GI bill in the nation. Spurring agricultural development in rural and urban communities with a Farm Bill tailored to Pennsylvania farmers’ specific needs. A comprehensive plan to build the nation’s strongest workforce. More funding for critical human services, including child care, home-visiting programs, services for people with disabilities, early intervention programs and funding to upgrade and secure our voter registration database.

“But, I lament some of what we were not able to pass.

“I am going to keep fighting tooth and nail for a higher minimum wage. I am going to keep pushing for infrastructure funding that will help strengthen and rebuild our communities. I’m going to keep working to lower the Corporate Net Income Tax so companies know that Pennsylvania is open for business. I’m going to keep advocating for non-discrimination legislation that signals that Pennsylvania welcomes everyone. And I will keep fighting for support for our most vulnerable neighbors.

“That’s why even though the legislature eliminated general assistance, I made sure to include an additional $15 million for low-income housing assistance. This will help a lot of the same individuals who previously received general assistance from the commonwealth. It will provide valuable resources to make sure they have a roof over their head. But there is more we can and should do to lift people out of poverty.

“In divided government you have to advocate aggressively, you have to negotiate hard, and you also have to do what’s best for all of the people you serve.

“You have to do everything you can to promote the most forward-looking agenda you can conceive, and to prevent regressive policies from becoming law. You have to fight for every inch to help all of the people.

“This is the job I was elected to do. This is a job I take seriously. This is a job I’m honored to have.

“I am going to keep working every single day to make progress for the people of Pennsylvania. All of the people. And today I am proud of what we were able to accomplish together over the past few months.”

Increasing Investments in Education and Workforce Development

Gov. Wolf’s top priority is education. This year’s budget advances his goal of investing in schools and workforce development. With this year’s funding increase of $265 million for education, the governor has now secured more than $1.2 billion in public education funding since taking office.

Among other investments, the budget accomplishes the following:
• Provides an increase of $265 million for Pre-K through 12, including $160 million for basic education, $25 million for Pre-K Counts, $5 million for Head Start, and $15 million for preschool Early Intervention. With this funding, Pennsylvania has doubled investments in early childhood education during Gov. Wolf’s time in office.
• Increases funding for higher education by 2 percent for Pennsylvania’s community colleges, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the state-related universities. Over the past five years, funding for higher education has increased by $188 million.
• Expands on the innovative PAsmart workforce development program by again providing $20 million for STEM and computer science education, $10 million for job training and apprenticeships and an additional $10 million to support career and technical education.
• Raises the school dropout age from 17 to 18 and lowers the required age to start school from 8 to 6.

“This budget makes big strides in pursuing my goal of making Pennsylvania’s workforce the best in the nation,” said Gov. Wolf. “When I came to office, I made my desire to better fund our public schools clear. But making our schools stronger and preparing our students for careers that will allow them to thrive in Pennsylvania is about more than just money. Today, I will put into law a new compulsory age of attendance in Pennsylvania. Combined with changes in graduation requirements that focus on trade and technical skills along with historic investments in technical education, we will prepare more students for a wider range of careers.

“Additionally, since I took office, we’ve more than doubled the annual investment in early childhood education from $136 million to $276 million. That’s an investment I’m really proud of because it shows a significant commitment to the future of our commonwealth.”

Gov. Wolf is a steadfast supporter of campus safety and nearly three years ago established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign. The budget package includes initiatives that encourage students to report sexual assault by providing them immunity for violating drug, alcohol, and other minor student conduct policies. Another initiative requires postsecondary institutions to offer students online, anonymous options to report a sexual assault or misconduct.

“More than three years ago, PA became the first state in the nation to start an It’s On Us program to combat sexual assault. I have visited colleges and universities, I have sat with survivors of sexual violence, and I have repeatedly asked for legislation on my desk that will protect our students from sexual assault,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am proud to be able to sign two key bills that will encourage the reporting of sexual violence, and will help quell the epidemic of sexual assault on our college campuses.”

Supporting Vulnerable Pennsylvanians

Gov. Wolf believes our commonwealth succeeds when all individuals have opportunities for their own success. This year’s budget assists in this mission by:
• Increasing home visiting services to reach an additional 800 vulnerable families. This program has been proven to reduce neglect and abuse and improve health and education outcomes.
• Increasing the number of slots in high-quality and affordable day care programs, and the amount of available child care subsidies so more children start life on the right path.
• Raising the rate for Early Intervention (EI) programs for the first time in a decade, this 3 percent rate increase will assist EI providers in recruiting and retaining qualified staff members to serve the at-risk children and families in the EI system.
• Increased funding to take nearly 800 individuals off of the waiting list for services for people with intellectual disabilities.

“This budget makes critical investments in early childhood education that will ensure our youngest Pennsylvanians are starting out on a solid footing, giving them lifelong skills and new opportunities,” said Gov. Wolf. “And, we’re expanding support for vulnerable families, including increasing the number of high-quality, affordable childcare slots and adding significant funding to evidence-based home visiting programs.”

Restoring Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Health

Gov. Wolf is committed to the long-term prosperity of Pennsylvania. As part of the 2019-20 budget, the governor will make a $330 million deposit into the Rainy Day Fund. The deposit is the governor’s second significant transfer into the fund, which held just $250,000 when he took office. After the transfer, the fund will contains more than $350 million, a significant step toward restoring Pennsylvania’s fiscal health.

“Making this $330 million deposit into the Rainy Day Fund is incredibly important for the future of our commonwealth – and we’re doing it with a balanced budget,” said Gov. Wolf. “Growing our Rainy Day Fund means that in worse economic times, we have funds to avoid the disastrous cuts we’ve seen before.”

Securing Historic Funding to PA Agriculture

Gov. Wolf has remained steadfast in his plight to boost Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry since first presenting his six-point plan less than one year ago. This year’s budget invests $23.1 million to provide for business development and succession planning, create accommodations for a growing animal agriculture sector, remove regulatory burdens, strengthen the ag workforce, protect infrastructure, and make Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state.

“The agriculture industry is a critical part of Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Gov. Wolf. “This package of bills will support legacy farms and new business ventures.”

Significant investments guided by the governor’s plan to bolster the agriculture industry include:
• $6 million to provide grants, loans and tax credits for farmers to install and implement best management practices.
• $5 million to fund research and development, organic transition assistance, value-added processing, and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.
• $500,000 to re-establish a program to fund agricultural and rural youth organizations to help increase knowledge and awareness of agricultural issues within the commonwealth.
• $500,000 to improve agriculture infrastructure in urban areas, the aggregation of product, sharing of resources, and support for community development efforts.
• $2 million to create a Agricultural Business Development Center to serve as a resource to help every farmer create a business plan, transition plan, or succession plan.
• $2.6 million to support the overall PA Preferred program, bolster enrollment in the Homegrown by Heroes Program, and develop the PA Preferred Organic initiative.

Supporting PA National Guard Families

Gov. Wolf recognizes the sacrifices Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families make to protect our commonwealth. To support them in return, Gov. Wolf established the PA GI Bill, a first-in-the-nation program to provide spouses and children of Pennsylvania National Guard members tuition reimbursement for higher education.

“I’m proud to say we have done more to make the lives of Pennsylvanians better,” said Gov. Wolf. “The PA GI Bill is a fitting way to show our gratitude to our military member and their families.”

The program will enable:
• Pennsylvania National Guard members who commit to an additional six years of service to receive five years or 10 semesters of higher education benefits for their spouses and children.
• The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved educational institution at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
• The PA GI bill could benefit up to 8,000 military family members.

Increasing Access to Affordable Health Care: State-Based Exchange and Reinsurance

In addition to these investments, the governor has secured the most significant health care reform since the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): the authority to implement a state-based marketplace that will allow for greater access to affordable, quality health insurance for Pennsylvanians. The state-based marketplace, in conjunction with a federal waiver, will also enable a new re-insurance program that will significantly lower premiums for those who purchase their health insurance through the individual market beginning in 2021 – all without spending a single dollar from the state’s general fund.

“Too many people are paying too much and getting too little out of their insurance,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is an opportunity for Pennsylvania to lead on health care reform. Because of this bill, families will have more money to spend on the things they want without having to worry about whether or not they can get the care they or their loved ones need. “

Party control

Current partisan control

The table below shows the partisan breakdown of the Pennsylvania State Senate as of May 2021:

Party As of May 2021
     Democratic Party 20
     Republican Party 27
     Independent 1
     Vacancies 2
Total 50

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Historical party control

Between 1992 and 2020, partisan control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives fluctuated between the Democratic and Republican parties. After the 1992 elections, Democrats held a 105-98 majority. Since that year, control of the chamber changed three times. House Republicans had a 111-92 majority after the 2020 elections. The table below shows the partisan history of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives following every general election from 1992 to 2020. All data from 2006 or earlier comes from Michael Dubin's Party Affiliations in the State Legislatures (McFarland Press, 2007). Data after 2006 was compiled by Ballotpedia staff.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Party Control: 1992-2020

Year '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 '14 '16 '18 '20
Democrats 105 101 99 100 99 94 93 102 104 91 93 84 82 93 92
Republicans 98 102 104 103 104 109 110 101 99 112 110 119 121 110 111

Republicans picked up four seats and gained control of the chamber in 1994. That Republican majority held until the 2006 elections, when Democrats gained nine seats. The chamber returned to a Republican majority in 2010 after Republicans picked up 13 seats.

Between 2010 and 2016, Republicans expanded their majorities from 112-91 in 2010 to 121-82 in 2016 but lost some of those gains resulting in a 110-93 majority after the 2018 elections. Democrats reduced the Republican majority by two seats in 2012. Republicans gained nine seats and two seats in 2014 and 2016, respectively. In the 2018 elections, Democrats picked up 11 seats but did not win control of the chamber. Republicans picked up one seat in the 2020 elections.

Trifecta history

A state government trifecta is a term that describes single party government, when one political party holds the governor's office and has majorities in both chambers of the legislature in a state government. Between 1992 and 2021, Pennsylvania was under the following types of trifecta control:

  • Democratic trifecta: 1993
  • Republican trifecta: 1995-2002, 2011-2014
  • Divided government: 1992, 1994, 2003-2010, 2015-2021

Pennsylvania Party Control: 1992-2021
One year of a Democratic trifecta   •   Twelve years of Republican trifectas
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Coyote hunts in Pennsylvania debated

A dead Eastern coyote hung upside down above a bucket of dried blood in a rural Pennsylvania fire hall, its lips locked in a perpetual snarl.

Some men crouched beside it, while other adults twirled spaghetti with a fork, looking on from aluminum chairs. Children held canned sodas and stared.

“Thirty-eight pounds even,” the men said when the needle on the scale settled.

On this sunny February afternoon last year, 38 pounds wouldn’t take the crown at the 17th annual Sullivan County Coyote Hunt in LaPorte. The weekend-long contest saw 27 coyotes killed, the prize winner coming in at 44 pounds.

January and February are prime coyote-hunting months in Pennsylvania, when most of the state’s two dozen contests, like Sullivan County and the larger Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt, in Clearfield County, take place. Although proponents say the coyote population needs to be controlled, many opponents of these killing contest-style hunts say they’re barbaric and disrupt the natural balance, taking out a “keystone predator” that controls rodent and pest populations and keeps feral cats, raccoons, and skunks in check as well.

“The coyote is by far the most persecuted predator in North America,” said Camilla H. Fox, founder of Project Coyote, a California-based nonprofit that has aimed to stop the contests. “There’s a half-million alone killed each year.”

The Pennsylvania Game Commission describes Eastern coyotes as “immigrants,” however, descendants of animals that moved in from the West and established themselves here in the 1940s and ’50s, and some consider them a distinct species, generally bigger than coyote cousins out west. The state was already home to native species that actively hunt rodents, including fishers, foxes, bobcats, weasels, and a host of predatory birds, said Aaron Facka, furbear specialist for the state commission.

“In short, if coyotes vanished from PA tomorrow, I would not expect a sudden population boom in rodent species,” Facka said.

Hunters and trappers take 30,000-plus per year and say they’re the only thing keeping coyote numbers in check.

“All the hunts in the state don’t put a dent in the population,” Dan Morrison, LaPorte’s fire chief, said at last year’s hunt. “They’re very smart.”

There could be as many as 100,000 coyotes in Pennsylvania, officials say, roaming mostly unseen through every county, including Philadelphia. Known as the “trickster” in Native American folklore, coyotes exist, both biologically and in our psyches, somewhere between the mythical wolf some revere and the beloved dogs snoring in our beds. No fewer than three people interviewed for this story uttered the same sentiment: “When the world ends, there will be cockroaches and coyotes.”

“They are survivors,” said Alan Probst, a Williamsport native who’s trapped coyotes all over North America. “They have adapted to all of their surroundings.”

Coyotes’ midnight howls and yips startle the unfamiliar who are asleep in tents far from the city, and every so often, they emerge to steal a toy poodle in the suburbs. They’re even at the Jersey Shore, denning under empty mansions in winter.

Human interactions are rare, but sometimes, usually when coyotes are sick, they bite people. A coyote that bit two men and a dog in York County last year had rabies.

While many hunters believe coyotes also kill a great number of whitetail deer, the state’s most prized game animal, Facka said that is “largely overstated.”

In rural areas of the state, farmers say coyotes sometimes prey on livestock, particularly smaller animals like sheep and goats. They can usually tell by how clean the kill is.

“They go for the neck and puncture an artery. Then they eviscerate them and take out the organs and take them back to their den for the pups. They actually move the intestines out of the way,” said James Sheeder, a Somerset County farmer who said he lost 50 lambs and sheep to coyotes and vultures years ago before he began trapping them and using guard dogs to keep them away. “It’s all very neat, compared to, say, a dog or a bear.”

Unlike the strict regulations on whitetail deer, trout, or turkey - which often include set seasons and hours, size and sex requirements, and bag limits - coyote hunting in Pennsylvania is limited only by how much free time hunters have. The season, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, is “24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”/

Hunters can kill as many as they want.

While hunters can shoot coyotes all year long, there is a season for trapping them that generally begins during the last weekend in October, the current season ending on Sunday. Trapping is often seen as a better method of population control, because an entire area can be blanketed. Trappers can sell the pelts, which are used as hood liners on winter coats.

Of the traps, Probst said: “They work for you while you’re sleeping.”

In Pennsylvania, Facka said the coyote population could not be controlled without human intervention.

“Coyotes are usually held down in population by wolves,” he said. “Wolves will drive them out of an area or kill them.”

The last known wolf in Pennsylvania was killed in the 1890s, but the Humane Society of the United States, which also opposes hunting contests, says coyotes have filled the role wolves once played in many states.

Coyotes can also have a biological response to hunting pressure that further confounds efforts to contain them. When coyotes are hunted and killed, survivors may respond to that population void, and the decreased competition for food, by having more pups.

“It can be complex, but when there are higher densities of coyotes, there can be a repression of reproduction,” Facka said.

It is one reason Project Coyote believes “unexploited coyote populations are self-regulating,” and indiscriminate killing is ineffective.

Fox said that, out west, some chase coyotes on snowmobiles and run them over. It’s called “coyote whackin,’” and the Wyoming state legislature declined to make that illegal.

In Pennsylvania, hunters are permitted to use tracking dogs, electronic calls that mimic injured prey, and, thanks to legislation approved by the state in July, infrared and thermal night-vision scopes to spot them easier in the darkness.

Shari Beatty, a Tioga County coyote hunter who spearheaded the state to get infrared and night vision approved, said those tools make a night hunt more efficient and humane. Beatty, who makes her own coyote calls, gave a presentation at the contest in LaPorte last year with a documentary crew in tow.

“It’s just another trick in your bag,” she said. “With that kind of equipment, you can see every detail of the animal and there’s no mistaking that shot.”

Biology students from Keystone College were also on hand at a table outside the firehouse taking blood and tissue samples from the dead coyotes for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor the health of the populations. That also attracted a crowd, including Gary Adams and his granddaughter.

Adams, of Montoursville, Lycoming County, said Pennsylvania’s liberal coyote-hunting rules don’t translate to an easier time killing them.

“Pennsylvania is probably one of the hardest states in the country to hunt,” he said. “A lot of people hunt them, and they hunt them with dogs, and they’re even more wary cause they’re always being chased. They’re extremely intelligent. That’s what keeps me hooked.”

Fox said seven states have banned killing contests, including Massachusetts and Vermont in the Northeast. Unlike trapping, the coyotes killed during contests are shot with rifles - and most, she said, are simply discarded, their pelts worthless.

“It’s hard to use a pelt with a big bullet hole in it,” she said.

At Laporte, last year, a few dead coyotes were sold between hunters for their pelts.

“I’ll give you $30 for it,” one man told a hunter.

Mosquito Creek’s contest began Friday and ends with weigh-ins Sunday. The Sullivan County hunt is next weekend. Last year, 219 coyotes were killed at Mosquito Creek, the state’s largest hunt, but Facka said considering the number of hunters who enter, the contests are hardly a slaughter.

“You might have 4,000 entrants in some of these contests,” he said. “And if they’re killing 200, not thousands and thousands, that shows how real the challenge is.”

Probst, who hosts North American Trapper on the Sportsman Channel, said the ship has long since sailed on letting nature sort itself out. Everything must be managed, he said, whether it’s feral cats, cockroaches, or coyotes.

“A lot of people think they’re this mythical creature,” he said of coyotes, “and they’re not.”


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Pennsylvania's history of human habitation extends to thousands of years before the foundation of the Province of Pennsylvania. Archaeologists generally believe that the first settlement of the Americas occurred at least 15,000 years ago during the last glacial period, though it is unclear when humans first entered the area known as Pennsylvania. There is an open debate in the archaeological community regarding when the ancestors of Native Americans expanded across the two continents down to the tip of South America, with possibilities ranging between 30,000 and 10,500 years ago. [1] The Meadowcroft Rockshelter contains the earliest known signs of human activity in Pennsylvania, and perhaps all of North America, [2] as it contains the remains of a civilization that existed over 10,000 years ago and possibly pre-dated the Clovis culture. [3] [2] By 1000 C.E., in contrast to their nomadic hunter-gatherer ancestors, the native population of Pennsylvania had developed agricultural techniques and a mixed food economy. [4]

The best information we have detailing Pennsylvania's prehistory comes from a mix of oral history and archaeology, which pushes the known record back another 500 years or so. Before the Iroquois pushed out from the St. Lawrence River region, Pennsylvania appears to have been populated primarily by Algonquians [5] [ page needed ] and Siouans. We know from archaeology that the Monongahela had a far more vast territory at the time [6] [ page needed ] and the Iroquois Book of Rites shows that there were Siouans along Lake Erie's southern shores as well. The Iroquois collectively called them the Alligewi (better written Adegowe [7] ), or Mound Builders. It is said that this is where the term Allegheny comes from (Adegoweni). Two groups of migrating Iroquoians moved through the region—an Iroquois related group who spread west along the Great Lakes and a Tuscarora related group who followed the coast straight south. The Eries were the next to split off from the Iroquois and may have once held northwestern Pennsylvania. An offshoot of them crossed the Ohio and fought back the ancient Monongahela, but later merged with the Susquahannocks to form a single, expanded territory. [8] [ page needed ] (Europeans later said that they used the terms White Minqua and Black Minqua to differentiate their ancestries from one another.) A whole other Iroquoian tribe, the Petun, are believed to be Huron related and entered the region after, wedging in between the Eries and Iroquois.

By the time that European colonization of the Americas began, several Native American tribes inhabited the region. [3] The Lenape spoke an Algonquian language, and inhabited an area known as the Lenapehoking, which was mostly made up of the state of New Jersey, but incorporated a lot of surrounding area, including eastern Pennsylvania. Their territory ended somewhere between the Delaware and Susquehanna rivers, within the state bounds. The Susquehannock spoke an Iroquoian language and held a region spanning from New York to West Virginia, that went from the area surrounding the Susquehanna River all the way to the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers (about level with modern-day Pittsburgh). [9] European disease and constant warfare with several neighbors and groups of Europeans weakened these tribes, and they were grossly outpaced financially as the Hurons and Iroquois blocked them from proceeding into Ohio during the Beaver Wars. As they lost numbers and land, they abandoned much of their western territory and moved closer to the Susquehanna River and the Iroquois and Mohawk to the north. Northwest of the Allegheny River was the Iroquoian Petun, [10] known mostly for their vast Tobacco plantations, although this is believed to be complete fabrication. [11] They were fragmented into three groups during the Beaver Wars—the Petun of New York, the Wyandot of Ohio and the Tiontatecaga of the Kanawha River in southern West Virginia. (Their much grander than previously thought size evidenced by Kentatentonga being used on the Jean Louis Baptiste Franquelin map, a known name for Petun, showing them with Pennsylvania bounds and with 19 villages destroyed and the use of Tiontatecaga, mimicking the Petun autonym, Tionontati) [12] South of the Alleghany River was, allegedly, a nation known as the Calicua (probably Kah-dee-kwuh), or Cali. [13] They may have been the same as the Monongahela Culture and very little is known about them, except that they were probably a Siouan culture. Archaeological sites from this time in this region are scarce and the very few historical sources even mention them—most of these sources only coming from those who met Calicua traders further east on the Allegheny.

Early on, a tribe known as the Trokwae were said to have settled among the westernmost Susquehannocks, along the Ohio River. [14] They may be the same as the Tockwogh, a small Iroquoian tribe from the Delmarva Peninsula (In many surviving Iroquoian languages, 'r' is silent.). They, however, did not survive the Beaver Wars. During that time, the highly influential Mohawks seceded from the Iroquois Confederacy and the remaining four tribes—Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga and Oneida—began attacking into Ohio, destroying the Petun and other tribes, then the Erie. Later, after their war with the Susquehannocks ended in the 1670s, they pushed straight south from New York and began attacking other tribes of Virginia. [15] In the end, the French pushed the Iroquois back to the Ohio-PA border, where they were finally convinced to sign a peace treaty in 1701. They sold off much of their remaining, extended lands to the English, but kept a large section along the Susquahanna River for themselves, which they allowed refugees of other tribes to settle in towns, such as Shamokin—such as Lenape, Tutelo, Saponi, Piscataway and Nanticoke, to name but a few. [16] [17] Around the onset of the French-Indian War, the English Ambassador to the Iroquois, William Johnson, was able to repair relations between the Iroquois and Mohawk and the nation re-unified. In the 1750s, the refugee tribes were relocated to New York, where they were roughly reorganized along cultural lines into three new Tutelo, Delaware and Nanticoke tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy. [18] In the 1680s, due to conflicts with the sons of William Penn resulted in the Walking Purchase and after the English conquered the colony of New Netherland, the majority of the Lenape were relocated to northeastern Ohio, immediately prior to that very region being conquered by the French. [19]

Other tribes would pass through, such as the first Shawnee, after they broke away from the Virginian Algonquian tribes along the east coast. They soon after merged with other tribes in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia to form a massive confederacy that held much of the eastern Ohio River Valley until the Shawnee Wars in 1811–1813. [3] Like the other indigenous peoples of the Americas, the Native Americans of Pennsylvania suffered from a massive loss in population caused by disease following the beginning of the Columbian Exchange in 1492. [20] The Monongahela culture of southwestern Pennsylvania suffered such large losses that it was nearly extinct by the time Europeans arrived in the region in the 17th century. [21]

Long-term European exploration of the Americas commenced after the 1492 expedition of Christopher Columbus, and the 1497 expedition of John Cabot is credited with discovering continental North America for Europeans. European exploration of the North America continued in the 16th century, and the area now known as Pennsylvania was mapped by the French and labeled L'arcadia, or "wooded coast", during Giovanni da Verrazzano's voyage in 1524. [22] Even before large-scale European settlement, the Native American tribes in Pennsylvania engaged in trade with Europeans, and the fur trade was a major motivation for the European colonization of North America. [21] The fur trade also sparked wars among Native American tribes, including the Beaver Wars, which saw the Iroquois Confederacy rise in power. In the 17th century, the Dutch, Swedish, and British all competed for southeastern Pennsylvania, while the French expanded into parts of western Pennsylvania.

In 1638, the Kingdom of Sweden, then one of the great powers in Europe, established the colony of New Sweden in the area of the present-day Mid-Atlantic states. The colony was established by Peter Minuit, the former governor of New Netherland, who established the fur trading colony over the objections of the Dutch. New Sweden extended into modern-day Pennsylvania, and was centered on the Delaware River with a capital at Fort Christina (near Wilmington, Delaware). In 1643, New Sweden Governor Johan Björnsson Printz established Fort Nya Gothenburg, the first European settlement in Pennsylvania, on Tinicum Island. Printz also built his own home, The Printzhof, on the island.

In 1609, the Dutch Republic, in the midst of the Dutch Golden Age, commissioned Henry Hudson to explore North America. Shortly thereafter, the Dutch established the colony of New Netherland to profit from the North American fur trade. In 1655, during the Second Northern War, the Dutch under Peter Stuyvesant captured the New Sweden. Although Sweden never again controlled land in the area, several Swedish and Finnish colonists remained, and with their influence came America's first log cabins.

The Kingdom of England had established the Colony of Virginia in 1607 and the adjacent Colony of Maryland in 1632. England also claimed the Delaware River watershed based on the explorations of John Cabot, John Smith, and Francis Drake. The English named the Delaware River for Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, the Governor of Virginia from 1610 until 1618. During the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665–1667), the English took control of the Dutch (and former Swedish) holdings in North America. At the end of the Third Anglo-Dutch War, the 1674 Treaty of Westminster permanently confirmed England's control of the region.

Following the voyages of Giovanni da Verrazzano and Jacques Cartier, the French established a permanent colony in New France in the 17th century to exploit the North American fur trade. During the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, the French expanded New France across present day Eastern Canada into the Great Lakes region, and colonized the areas around the Mississippi River as well. New France expanded into western Pennsylvania by the 18th century, as the French built Fort Duquesne to defend the Ohio River valley. With the end of the Swedish and Dutch colonies, the French were the last rivals to the British for control of the region that would become Pennsylvania. France was often allied with Spain, the only other remaining European power with holdings in continental North America. Beginning in 1688 with King William's War (part of the Nine Years' War), France and England engaged in a series of wars for dominance over Northern America. The wars continued until the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, when France lost New France.

On March 4, 1681, Charles II of England granted the Province of Pennsylvania to William Penn to settle a debt of £16,000 [23] (around £2,100,000 in 2008, adjusting for retail inflation) [24] that the king owed to Penn's father. Penn founded a proprietary colony that provided a place of religious freedom for Quakers. Charles named the colony Pennsylvania ("Penn's woods" in Latin), after the elder Penn, which the younger Penn found embarrassing, as he feared people would think he had named the colony after himself. Penn landed in North America in October 1682, and founded the colonial capital, Philadelphia, that same year.

In addition to English Quakers, Pennsylvania attracted several other ethnic and religious groups, many of whom were fleeing persecution and the religious wars. Welsh Quakers settled a large tract of land north and west of Philadelphia, in what are now Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties. This area became known as the "Welsh Tract", and many cities and towns were named for points in Wales. The colony's reputation of religious freedom and tolerance also attracted significant populations of German, Scots-Irish, Scots, and French settlers. Many of the settlers worshiped a brand of Christianity disfavored by the government of their homeland Huguenots, Puritans, Calvinists, Mennonites and Catholics all migrated to Pennsylvania. Other groups, including Anglicans and Jews, migrated to Pennsylvania, while Pennsylvania also had a significant African-American population by 1730. Additionally, several Native American tribes lived in the area under their own jurisdiction. Settlers of Swedish and Dutch colonies that had been taken over by the British continued to live in the region. [3] [25]

In order to give his new province access to the ocean, Penn had leased the proprietary rights of the King Charles II's brother, James, Duke of York, to the "three lower counties" (now the state of Delaware) on the Delaware River. In Penn's Frame of Government of 1682, Penn established a combined assembly by providing for equal membership from each county and requiring legislation to have the assent of both the Lower Counties and the Upper Counties. The meeting place for the assembly alternated between Philadelphia and New Castle. In 1704, after disagreements between the upper and lower counties, the lower counties began meeting in a separate assembly. Pennsylvania and Delaware continued to share the same royal governor until the American Revolutionary War, when both Pennsylvania and Delaware became states. [25]

Penn died in 1718, and was succeeded as proprietor of the colony by his sons. While Penn had won the respect of the Lenape for his honest dealing, Penn's sons and agents were less sensitive to Native American concerns. [21] The 1737 Walking Purchase expanded the colony, but caused a decline in relations with the Lenape. [21] Pennsylvania continued to expand and settle in the areas to the West until the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which forbade all settlers from settling on the western side of the Appalachian Mountains. Meanwhile, Philadelphia became an important port and trading center. The University of Pennsylvania was founded during this period, and Benjamin Franklin established various other organizations such as the American Philosophical Society, the Union Fire Company, and the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. By the start of the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the largest city in British North America. [26]

The western portions of Pennsylvania were among disputed territory between the colonial British and French during the French and Indian War (the North American component of the Seven Years' War). The French had established numerous fortified sites in Pennsylvania, including Fort Le Boeuf, Fort Presque Isle, Fort Machault, and the pivotal Fort Duquesne, located near the present site of Pittsburgh. Many Indian tribes were allied with the French because of their long trading history and opposition to the expansion of the British colonies. The conflict began near the present site of Uniontown, Pennsylvania when a company of Virginia militia under the command of George Washington ambushed a French force at the Battle of Jumonville Glen in 1754. Washington retreated to Fort Necessity and surrendered to a larger French force at the Battle of Fort Necessity. In 1755, the British sent Braddock Expedition to capture Fort Duquesne, but the expedition ended in failure after the British lost the Battle of the Monongahela near present-day Braddock, Pennsylvania. In 1758, the British sent the Forbes Expedition to capture Fort Duquesne. The French won the Battle of Fort Duquesne, but after the battle the outnumbered French force demolished Fort Duquesne and retreated from the area. Fighting in North America had mostly come to an end by 1760, but the war continued until the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763. Britain's victory in the war helped secure Pennsylvania's frontier, as the Ohio Country came under formal British control. Although New France was no more, the French would deal their British rivals a major blow in the American Revolution by aiding the rebel cause.

During the French and Indian War, Pennsylvania settlers experienced raids from Indian allies of the French. The settlers' pleas for military relief were stymied by a power struggle in Philadelphia between Governor Robert Morris and the Pennsylvania Assembly. Morris wanted to send military forces to the frontier, but the Assembly, whose leadership included Benjamin Franklin, refused to grant the funds unless Morris agreed to the taxation of the proprietary lands, the vast tracts still owned by the Penn family and others. The dispute was finally settled, and military relief sent, when the owners of the proprietary lands sent 5,000 pounds to the colonial government, on condition that it was considered a free gift and not a down payment on taxes. [27]

Shortly after the end of the French and Indian War, Indians attempted to drive the British out of Ohio country in Pontiac's Rebellion. The war, which began in 1763, saw heavy fighting in western Pennsylvania. The native forces were defeated in the Battle of Bushy Run. The war lasted until 1766, when the British made peace. During the war, the king issued the Proclamation Act. The act barred Americans from any settling west of the Appalachians, and reserved that territory for the Native Americans. Fighting between Native Americans and Americans in present-day Pennsylvania continued in Lord Dunmore's War and the Revolutionary War. Native American tribes ceased to pose a military threat to European settlers in Pennsylvania after the conclusion of the Northwest Indian War in 1795. [28]

By the mid-18th century Pennsylvania was basically a middle-class colony with limited deference to the small upper-class. A writer in the Pennsylvania Journal in 1756 summed it up:

The People of this Province are generally of the middling Sort, and at present pretty much upon a Level. They are chiefly industrious Farmers, Artificers or Men in Trade they enjoy in are fond of Freedom, and the meanest among them thinks he has a right to Civility from the greatest. [29]

Pennsylvania's residents generally supported the protests common to all 13 colonies after the Proclamation of 1763 and the Stamp Act were passed, and Pennsylvania sent delegates to the Stamp Act Congress in 1765 Philadelphia hosted the first and second Continental Congresses, the latter of which resulted in the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in Independence Hall in 1776. Pennsylvania was the site of several battles and military activities during the American Revolution, including George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River, the Battle of Brandywine, and the Battle of Germantown. During the Philadelphia campaign, the rebel army of George Washington spent the winter of 1777–78 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In 1781, the Articles of Confederation were written and adopted in York, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia continued to serve as the capital of the fledgling nation until the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783. Notable Pennsylvanians who supported the Revolution include Benjamin Franklin, John Dickinson, Robert Morris, Anthony Wayne, James Wilson, and Thomas Mifflin. However, Pennsylvania was also home to numerous Loyalists, including Joseph Galloway, William Allen, and the Doan Outlaws. [30]

After elections in May 1776 returned old guard Assemblymen to office, the Second Continental Congress encouraged Pennsylvania to call delegates together to discuss a new form of governance. Delegates met in June in Philadelphia, where events (the signing of the Declaration of Independence) soon overtook assemblymen's efforts to control the delegates and the outcome of their discussions. On July 8 attendees elected delegates to write a state constitution. A committee was formed with Benjamin Franklin as chair and George Bryan and James Cannon as prominent members. The convention proclaimed a new constitution on September 28, 1776 and called for new elections. [31]

Elections in 1776 turned the old assemblymen out of power. But the new constitution lacked a governor or upper legislative house to provide checks against popular movements. It also required test oaths, which kept the opposition from taking office. The constitution called for a unicameral legislature or Assembly. Executive authority rested in a Supreme Executive Council whose members were to be appointed by the assembly. In elections during 1776, radicals gained control of the Assembly. By early 1777, they selected an executive council, and Thomas Wharton, Jr. was named as the president of the council. This constitution was never formally adopted, so government was on an ad hoc basis until a new constitution could be written fourteen years later.

In 1780, Pennsylvania passed a law that provided for the gradual abolition of slavery, making Pennsylvania the first state to pass an act to abolish slavery (although Vermont had also previously abolished slavery). [32] Children born after that date to slave mothers were considered legally free, but they were bound in indentured servitude to the master of their mother until the age of 28. The last slave was recorded in the state in 1847.

Six years after the adoption of the Articles of Confederation, delegates from across the country met again at the Philadelphia Convention to establish a new constitution. Pennsylvania ratified the U.S. Constitution on December 12, 1787, and was the second state to do so after Delaware. [33] The Constitution took effect after eleven states had ratified the document in 1788, and George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States on March 4, 1789. After the passage of the Residence Act, Philadelphia again served as the capital of the nation from 1790 to 1800, before the capital was permanently moved to Washington, D.C. Pennsylvania ratified a new state constitution in 1790 the constitution replaced the executive council with a governor and a bicameral legislature.

Pennsylvania's borders took definitive shape in the decades before and after the Revolutionary War. The Mason–Dixon line established the borders between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and was later extended to serve as the border between Pennsylvania and Virginia (except for what is now West Virginia's northern panhandle). Although some settlers proposed the creation of the state of Westsylvania in the area that now contains Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania retained control of the region. The first Treaty of Fort Stanwix and the Treaty of Fort McIntosh [28] saw Native Americans relinquish claims on present-day southwestern Pennsylvania. The Treaty of Paris (1783) granted the United States independence, and also saw Great Britain give up its land claims in the neighboring Ohio Country, although most of these lands ultimately became new states under the terms of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. In the second Treaty of Fort Stanwix, Pennsylvania gained control of northwestern Pennsylvania from the Iroquois League. The New York–Pennsylvania border was established in 1787. Pennsylvania purchased the Erie Triangle from the federal government in 1792. In 1799, the Pennamite–Yankee War came to an end, as Pennsylvania kept control of the Wyoming Valley despite the presence of settlers from Connecticut.

After the United States government granted land to Revolutionary War soldiers for military service, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a general land act on April 3, 1792. It authorized the sale and distribution of the large remaining tracts of land east and west of the Allegheny River in hopes of sparking development of the vast territory. The process was an uneven affair, prompting much speculation but little settlement. Most veteran soldiers sold their shares sight unseen under market value, and many investors were ultimately ruined. The East Allegheny district consisted of lands in Potter, McKean, Cameron, Elk, and Jefferson counties, at the time worthless tracts. West Allegheny district was made up of lands in Erie, Crawford, Warren, and Venango counties, relatively good investments at the time.

Three major land companies participated in the land speculation that followed. Holland Land Company and its agent, Theophilus Cazenove, acquired 1,000,000 acres (4,000 km 2 ) of East Allegheny district land and 500,000 acres (2,000 km 2 ) of West Allegheny land from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James Wilson. The Pennsylvania Population Company and its president, Pennsylvania State Comptroller General John Nicholson, controlled 500,000 acres (2,000 km 2 ) of land, mostly in Erie County and the Beaver Valley. The North American Land Company and its patron, Robert Morris, held some Pennsylvania lands but was vested mostly in upstate New York, former Iroquois territory. [34]

The Whiskey Rebellion, centered in Western Pennsylvania, was one of the first major challenges to the new federal government under the United States Constitution. From 1791 to 1794, farmers rebelled against an excise tax on distilled spirits, and prevented federal officials from collecting the tax. In 1794, President George Washington led a 15,000-soldier militia force into Western Pennsylvania to put down the rebellion, and most rebels returned home before the huge militia force arrived. [35]

Pennsylvania, one of the largest states in the country, always had the second most electoral votes from 1796 to 1960. From 1789 to 1880, the state only voted for two losing presidential candidates: Thomas Jefferson (in 1796) and Andrew Jackson (in the unusual 1824 election). The Democratic-Republicans dominated the state for most of the First Party System, as the Federalists experienced little success in the state after the 1800 election. Pennsylvania generally supported Andrew Jackson and the Democratic Party in the Second Party System (1828–54), although the Whigs won several elections in the 1840s and 1850s. The Anti-Masonic Party was perhaps Pennsylvania's most successful third party, as it elected Pennsylvania's only third-party governor (Joseph Ritner) and several congressmen in the 1830s.

Several Pennsylvanians fought in the War of 1812, including Jacob Brown, John Barry, and Stephen Decatur. Decatur, who served in both Barbary Wars and the Quasi-War, was one of America's first post-Revolution war heroes. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry earned the title "Hero of Lake Erie" after building a fleet at Erie, Pennsylvania and defeating the British at the Battle of Lake Erie. Pennsylvanians such as David Conner fought in the Mexican–American War, and Pennsylvania raised two regiments for the war. Pennsylvania Congressman David Wilmot earned national prominence for the Wilmot Proviso, which would have banned slavery in territory acquired from Mexico. [36]

Philadelphia continued to be one of the most populous cities in the country, and it was the second largest city after New York for most of the 19th century. In 1854, the Act of Consolidation consolidated the city and county of Philadelphia. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Franklin Institute were founded during this period. Philadelphia served as the home of the Bank of North America and its successors, the First and Second Bank of the United States, all three of which served as the central bank of the United States. Philadelphia was also home to the first stock exchange, museum, insurance company, and medical school in the new nation. [26]

Settlers continued to cross the Allegheny Mountains. Pennsylvanians built many new roads, and the National Road cut through Southwestern Pennsylvania. [37] Pennsylvania also saw the construction of thousands of miles of rail, and the Pennsylvania Railroad became one of the largest railroads in the world. [37] Pittsburgh grew into an important town West of the Alleghenies, although the Great Fire of Pittsburgh devastated the town in the 1840s. In 1834, Pennsylvania completed construction on the Main Line of Public Works, a railroad and canal system that stretched across southern Pennsylvania, connecting Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In 1812, Harrisburg was named the capital of the state, providing a more central location than Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania had established itself as the largest food producer in the country by the 1720s, and Pennsylvania agriculture experienced a "golden age" from 1790 to 1840. In 1820, agriculture provided 90 percent of the employment in Pennsylvania. Farm equipment manufacturers sprang up across the state as inventors across the world pioneered new equipment and techniques, and Pennsylvanians such as Frederick Watts were a part of this scientific approach to farming. Pennsylvania farmers lost some of their political power as other industries emerged in the state, but even in the 2000s agriculture remains one of Pennsylvania's major industries. [38]

In 1834, Governor George Wolf signed the Free Schools Act, which created a system of state-regulated school districts. The state created the Department of Education to oversee these schools. In 1857, the Normal School Act laid the foundation for the creation of normal schools to train teachers. [39]

Several Pennsylvania politicians gained national renown. Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania served as the nation's first Speaker of the House of Representatives. Albert Gallatin served as the Secretary of the Treasury from 1801 to 1814. Democrat James Buchanan, the first and only President of the United States from Pennsylvania, took office in 1857 and served until 1861.

Prior to and during the Civil War, Pennsylvania was a divided state. Although Pennsylvania had outlawed slavery, many conservative Pennsylvanians believed that the federal government should not interfere with the institution of slavery. One such individual was Democrat James Buchanan, the last pre-Civil War president. Buchanan's party had generally won presidential and gubernatorial elections in Pennsylvania. However, the nascent Republican Party's first convention took place in Philadelphia, and the 1860 elections saw the Republican Party win the state's presidential vote and the governor's office. After the failure of the Crittenden Compromise, the secession of the South, and the Battle of Fort Sumter, the Civil War began with Pennsylvania as a key member of the Union. Despite the Republican victory in the 1860 election, Democrats remained powerful in the state, and several "copperheads" called for peace during the war. The Democrats re-took control of the state legislature in the 1862 election, but incumbent Republican Governor Andrew Curtin retained control of the governorship in 1863. In the 1864 election, President Lincoln narrowly defeated Pennsylvania native George B. McClellan for the state's electoral votes. [40]

Pennsylvania was the target of several raids by the Confederate States Army. J.E.B. Stuart made cavalry raids in 1862 and 1863 John Imboden raided in 1863 and John McCausland in 1864, when his troopers burned the city of Chambersburg. However, easily the most famous and important military engagement in Pennsylvania was the Battle of Gettysburg, which is considered by many historians as the major turning point of the American Civil War. The battle, called "the high water mark of the Confederacy", was a major union victory in the Eastern theater of the war, and the Confederacy was generally on the defensive following the battle. Dead from this battle rest at Gettysburg National Cemetery, established at the site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. A number of smaller engagements were also fought in the state during the Gettysburg Campaign, including the battles of Hanover, Carlisle, Hunterstown, and the Fairfield.

Pennsylvania's Thaddeus Stevens and William D. Kelley emerged as leading members of the Radical Republicans, a group of Republicans that advocated winning the war, abolishing slavery, and protecting the civil rights of African-Americans during Reconstruction. Pennsylvania generals who served in the war include George G. Meade, Winfield Scott Hancock, John Hartranft, and John F. Reynolds. Governor Andrew Curtin strongly supported the war and urged his fellow governors to do the same, while former Pennsylvania Senator Simon Cameron served as Secretary of War before his removal.

Following the Civil War, the Republican Party exercised strong control over politics in the state, as Republicans won almost every election during the Third Party System (1854–1894) and the Party System]] (1896–1930). Pennsylvania remained one of the most populous states in the Union, and the state's large number of electoral votes helped Republicans dominate presidential elections from 1860 to 1928. Only once during that period did Pennsylvania vote for a presidential candidate that was not a Republican (the lone exception was former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912). The Republican Party was nearly as dominant in gubernatorial elections, as Robert E. Pattison was the lone non-Republican to win election as governor between 1860 and 1930. In the 1870s, Pennsylvanians embraced the constitutional reform movement that was sweeping across several states, and Pennsylvania passed a new constitution in 1874. [41] The state created the office of lieutenant governor and made the offices of state auditor and state treasurer into elective offices. [41] The term of the Governor of Pennsylvania was extended to four years, but the governor was prohibited from serving two consecutive terms. [41]

The Pennsylvania Republican party was led by a series of bosses, including founder Simon Cameron, his son J. Donald Cameron, Matthew Quay, and Boies Penrose. [42] Quay in particular was one of the dominant political figures of his era, as he served as chairman of the Republican National Committee and helped place Theodore Roosevelt on the 1900 Republican ticket. [43] Following Penrose's death in the 1920s, no one boss dominated the state party, but Pennsylvania Republicans continued to be significantly more powerful than the Democrats until the 1950s. [42] Although the party bosses dominated politics, the Republicans also had a reform movement that challenged the power of the bosses. [44] Many Pennsylvanians supported the Progressive movement, including Philander C. Knox, Gifford Pinchot, and John Tener. [45] Several new state agencies were established during this time, including the Department of Welfare and the Department of Labor and Industry. [41] Pennsylvanians twice rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have granted women the right to vote, but the state was one of the first to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nationwide. [41]

The era after the Civil War, known as the Gilded Age, saw the continued rise of industry in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania was home to some of the largest steel companies in the world, as Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Steel Company and Charles M. Schwab founded the Bethlehem Steel Company. Other titans of industry, such as John D. Rockefeller and Jay Gould, also operated in the state. In the latter half of the 19th century, the U.S. oil industry was born in western Pennsylvania, which supplied the vast majority of kerosene for years thereafter. As the Pennsylvanian oil rush developed, the oil boom towns, such as Titusville, rose and fell. Coal mining was also a major industry in the state. In 1903, Milton S. Hershey began construction on a chocolate factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania The Hershey Company would become the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. The Heinz Company was also founded during this period. These huge companies exercised a large influence on the politics of Pennsylvania as Henry Demarest Lloyd put it, oil baron John D. Rockefeller "had done everything with the Pennsylvania legislature except refine it". [46] [44] Pennsylvania created a Department of Highways and engaged in a vast program of road-building, while railroads continued to see heavy usage. [41]

The growth of industry eventually provided middle-class incomes to working-class households, after the development of labor unions helped them gain living wages. However, the rise of unions led to a rise of union busting, with several private police forces springing up. [46] Pennsylvania was the location of the first documented organized strike in North America, and Pennsylvania experienced the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Coal Strike of 1902. Eventually, the eight-hour day was adopted, and the "coal and iron police" were banned. [47] [41]

During this period, the United States was the destination of millions of immigrants. Previous immigration had mostly come from western and northern Europe, but during this period Pennsylvania experienced heavy immigration from southern and eastern Europe. [41] As many new immigrants were Catholic and Jewish, they changed the demographics of major cities and industrial areas. Pennsylvania and New York received many of the new immigrants, who entered through New York and Philadelphia and worked in the developing industries. Many of these poor immigrants took jobs in factories, steel mills, and coal mines throughout the state, where they were not restricted because of their lack of English. The availability of jobs and public education systems helped integrate the millions of immigrants and their families, who also retained ethnic cultures. Pennsylvania also experienced the Great Migration, in which millions of African Americans migrated from the southern United States to other locations in the United States. By 1940, African Americans made up almost five percent of the state's population. [41]

Even before the Civil War, Pennsylvania had emerged as a center of scientific discovery, and the state, led by its two major urban centers, continued to be a major place of innovation. The state continued to innovate, as Pennsylvanians invented the first iron and steel t-rails, iron bridges, air brakes, switching signals, and drawn metal wires. Pennsylvanians also contributed to advances in aluminum production, radio, television, airplanes, and farm machinery. During this period, Pittsburgh emerged as an important center of industry and technological innovation, and George Westinghouse became one of the preeminent inventors of the United States. [48] Philadelphia became one of the leading medical science centers in the nation, although it no longer rivaled New York City as a financial capital. [41] Frederick Winslow Taylor pioneered the field of scientific management, becoming America's first "efficiency engineer". [41] In 1890, Chicago had passed Philadelphia as the second most populous city in the United States, while Pittsburgh rose to the eighth spot after annexing Allegheny.

Education continued to be a major issue in the state, and the state constitution of 1874 guaranteed an annual appropriation for education. [41] School attendance became compulsory in 1895, and by 1903, school districts were required to either have their own high schools or pay for their residents to attend another high school. [41] Two of Pennsylvania's largest public schools were founded in the mid-to-late 19th century. The Pennsylvania State University was founded in 1855, and in 1863 the school became Pennsylvania's land-grant university under the terms of the Morrill Land-Grant Acts. Temple University in Philadelphia was founded in 1884 by Russell Conwell, originally as a night school for working-class citizens. Other schools, such as Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, Duquesne University, La Salle University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Saint Francis University, Saint Joseph's University, and Villanova University were also founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Western University of Pennsylvania had been operating since 1787, but the school changed its name to the University of Pittsburgh in 1908. Additionally, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was founded in 1879 as the flagship American Indian boarding school.

Thousands of Pennsylvanians volunteered during the Spanish–American War, and many Pennsylvanians fought in the successful campaign against the Spanish in the Philippine Islands. Pennsylvania was an important industrial center in World War I, and the state provided over 300,000 soldiers for the army. Pennsylvanians Tasker H. Bliss, Peyton C. March, and William S. Sims all held important commands during the war. Following the war, the state suffered the effects of the Spanish flu. [41]

As with much of the rest of the country, Democrats were much more successful in Pennsylvania during the Fifth Party System than they were in the previous two party systems. The Great Depression finally broke the lock on Republican power in the state, as Democrat Franklin Roosevelt won Pennsylvania's electoral votes in all three of his re-election campaigns. Roosevelt was the first Democrat to win the state's electoral votes since James Buchanan in 1856. In 1934, Pennsylvania elected Joseph F. Guffey to the Senate and George Earle III as governor both individuals were the first Democrats elected to either office in the 20th century. Earle, with the help of a Democratic legislature, passed the "Little New Deal" in Pennsylvania, which included several reforms based on the New Deal and relaxed Pennsylvania's strict Blue laws. [49] [50] However, Republicans regained power in the state in the 1938 elections, and Democrats would not win another gubernatorial election until George M. Leader's successful candidacy in 1954. [42]

Earle signed the Pennsylvania State Authority Act in 1936, which would purchase land from the state and add improvements to that land using state loans and grants. The state expected to receive federal grants and loans to fund the project under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in Kelly v Earle, found the Act violated the state constitution. [51] This prevented the state from receiving federal funds for Works Progress Administration projects and making it difficult to lower the extremely high unemployment rate. Pennsylvania, with its large industrial labor force, suffered heavily during the Great Depression. [41]

Pennsylvania manufactured 6.6 percent of total United States military armaments produced during World War II, ranking sixth among the 48 states. [52] The Philadelphia Naval Yard served as an important naval base, and Pennsylvania produced important military leaders such as George C. Marshall, Hap Arnold, Jacob Devers, and Carl Spaatz. During the war, over one million Pennsylvanians served in the armed forces, and more Medals of Honor were awarded to Pennsylvanians than to individuals from any other state. [41]

The Republican lock on Pennsylvania was permanently broken in the era after World War II, and Pennsylvania became a somewhat less powerful state in terms of electoral votes and number of House seats. Pennsylvania adopted its fifth and current constitution in 1968 the new constitution established a unified judicial system and allows governors and the other statewide elected officials to serve two consecutive terms. [53] Between 1954 and 2012, each party consistently won two straight gubernatorial elections before ceding control to the other party. In presidential elections, the Republican Party won Pennsylvania in seven of the eleven elections between 1948 and 1988, but Democrats have won the state in every presidential election from 1992 to 2012. When Democratic presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey won Pennsylvania's electoral votes in 1968, he became the first non-Republican since 1824 to win Pennsylvania's votes without winning the presidential election. After having the second most electoral votes since the 18th century, Pennsylvania was eclipsed in electoral votes by California in 1964. Texas and Florida also now have more electoral votes, while New York also has more electoral votes and Illinois has the same number of electoral votes (and a slightly larger population). As of 2014 [update] , Pennsylvania is generally considered to be an important swing state in both presidential and congressional elections, and Pennsylvania has a Cook PVI of D+1. Since the 1990s, Republicans have usually controlled both houses of the legislature, while candidates from both parties have been elected to the statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, and auditor general. Democrats generally win the cities and Republicans win the rural areas, with the suburbs voting for both parties and often acting as the key swing areas. [54]

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Pa. Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement ‘unable to fulfill its mission’ state officials say, citing lack of funding increases

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, detailing the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement’s impending funding crisis, the implications for public safety and animal welfare, and how the crisis can be averted, on the capitol steps on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. ( Commonwealth Media Services photo)

After more than two decades of stagnant funding, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement has put the General Assembly, and the public, on notice that it is “unable to fulfill its mission” at current funding levels.

During a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding repeated his August 2020 call for the Legislature to consider two bills that would end 24 years of idle funding by increasing dog license fees for an altered dog from $6.50 to $10 and lower the age of licensure from three months to eight weeks, the age at which many dogs move to their permanent homes.

The reintroduced legislation, SB 232 and HB 526 , respectively, sponsored by state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, and state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, would get the bureau to a “midpoint” for funding, eliminating the need for supplemental transfers from the state’s already fragile budget.

Included in the Governor’s proposed budget for 2020-21 is a supplemental transfer of $1.2 million in addition to a transfer for 2021-22 of $1.5 million, Redding said, calling the Legislature’s “lack of effort” on the matter, despite repeated calls for action, “puzzling.”

The bureau, which is tasked with inspecting dog kennels and responding to dog-related complaints from the public, has been unable to hire wardens to fill vacancies due to insufficient funding, resulting in dog wardens from other regions being forced to fill the gaps in coverage.

One vacancy that has not been filled is in southeastern Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County.

Redding told reporters that he fears the lack of funding will “take us backwards,” citing Pennsylvania’s history as a puppy mill hotspot.

In 2017, the bureau reported that it inspected 5,214 kennels statewide the mandatory two times, a feat it says is becoming more difficult.

“The bureau cannot continue at this level,” Redding said, noting that the need for dog wardens has increased, while the funding has been held down.

“The trend lines are all going up with the exception of staffing,” Redding told reporters.

The bureau is down 14 wardens from 1997, a 23 percent decrease in staff, according to Redding.

Currently, the bureau employs 45 dog wardens to Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, six supervisors and one full-time veterinarian.

Megan Horst, a dog warden supervisor in southeast Pennsylvania said the bureau has been operating at “status quo.”