I will definitely sign that petition. I have been a traveling nurse since Nov 2017. I have actually been considering PA for my next assignment but was deterred because it's not a compact state and, from my research, the contracts are a bit skimpy. However, I've been willing to consider it because I am wanting to get closer to home.
I have to say that, in my experience, in regards to the highest paying states (compact vs. non-compact, CA excluded), it's not black and white. By far, for me, the best paying contract was Montana which is a compact state. I have found that (big surprise) rural states, compact or not, pay well. In Montana, my housing was paid and provided by the hospital (which was a shared, renovated townhome and I only had 2 housemates. We each had our own bedroom/bath). I ended up staying there for 6 months and saved an unbelievable amount of money in that short period of time because I did not have to pay for housing.
I am currently on contract in Alaska which is not a compact state. Once again, my housing is paid and provided by the hospital and I'm also provided a rental car as part of my contract. Believe it or not, Montana still paid better even though I have a rental car, which the hospital is paying for, here in Alaska. I also had a very well-paying contract in Nebraska which is also a compact state.
I've been trying to make it back home to Ohio but it is not a compact state and the pay (rural, urban, suburban) for travelers, in my opinion, is not worth the severe cut in pay.
Thanks again for the info re: PA!