Idiots sometimes wonder why, if so much land area of Pennsylvania is Republican, why do Republicans have so much trouble winning statewide elections.
The answer is that big swaths of central PA are actually empty. Here’s a cool map that shows the Census tracts where nobody lives. Most are in the western US, but here’s a big dark splotch in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania is an urban state. Three times more people live in urbanized municipalities (which include low density suburbs) than live in rural areas.
Some people think the choice to live in places where nobody lives is some noble activity that should be subsidized. Some other people would like to see this empty land get developed and get subsidized broadband and stuff. Some people think agriculture is a very large economic sector in Pennsylvania deserving of special subsidies.
They are wrong, and this budget season, they need to lose.