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Top Pa. labor leader expresses disappointment with proposed Wolf minimum wage deal

One of the state’s top labor leaders said Friday that Gov. Tom Wolf was tentatively moving to gradually increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by June 2021.Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania...

State budget agency projects billion-dollar plus deficits in early 2020’s — and that’s without...

Better get used to budget fights.Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog agency is predicting deficits in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually over the next five years — some topping a billion dollars in the early...

Rural Pa.’s immigrant workforce is growing, new study finds

The share of immigrant workforce in rural parts of Pennsylvania has grown by 75 percent between 2000 and 2016, a new study has found.Using 2016 American Communities Survey data, the report by Penn State...

‘Right to Repair’ has hit Pa. Here’s why it could be the next, big...

Through March, about 20 states had considered similar measures, according to published reports.

Study: Philly shoppers bear brunt of soda tax, buy fewer sweetened drinks

Reseachers found that Philadelphia retailers passed on 105 percent of the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax to consumers, that's driven down sales and consumption.

Opportunity Zones only work if everyone gets the same shot an opportunity | Opinion

A recent conference on our campus gave business leaders a vantage point on two distinct parts of our city. But all of it needs a hand.

Affordable housing project in Philly’s Hunting Park wins $700K in state funding

While the project is relatively small, it will secure low-income housing in an area anticipating a wave of gentrification in the coming years.

As the coal industry shrinks, miners deserve a just transition. Here’s how to make...

Economic and political trends are driving a shift away from coal. What kind of assistance do coal workers and communities need?

Philly Council bill would give nonprofits first dibs on buying affordable housing

In recent years, buildings containing affordable housing units have sold with little notice, leaving low-income residents scrambling to find new housing.

Philly Council passes bill to extend labor protections for domestic workers

The domestic workers — many of whom are undocumented women of color earning an average annual wage of $10,000 — have been fighting for a bill of rights for more than a year.