HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania state government's financial health is the 42nd worst among states, according to a George Mason University study that analysts predict will become political fodder in the governor's race. The study released last week by the Mercatus Center at George Mason said, “States with the worst fiscal condition have had years of poor financial management.” The study defined fiscal condition by considering “liquidity, budgetary balance, reliance on debt to finance current and long-term expenditures, and ability to pay for essential services.”
School nurses estimate as many as half of Pittsburgh Public Schools students live with asthma, a staggering figure that is more than triple national averages and confounds doctors across the region, researchers say. But the mystery could begin to unravel in a yearlong study announced on Monday by Allegheny General Hospital. A $415,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments will help doctors to identify more precise childhood asthma rates and exact triggers for the respiratory disease.