Working & The Economy
‘Buy American’: In the Lehigh Valley, Biden touts manufacturing, as Senate gets infrastructure deal
“We brought this economy back from the brink, put checks in people’s pockets, shots in people’s arms, [gave] tax cuts for people with children,” Biden said.
What can Pa. learn from a Washington State community’s transition away from fossil fuels?
New reports highlight how to repair the Appalachian economy without relying on fracking
Feds send $7.5B in grants, incl. $229M in Pa., to arts venues hit by pandemic | Wednesday Coffee
The U.S. Small Business Administration sent the aid to help more than 10K arts and cultural businesses, venues, and nonprofits get back on track.
Hoarding billions in stimulus dollars leaves small businesses behind | Opinion
If you ask the men and women struggling to keep the doors of their family business open, they’ll tell you they’re weathering the worst storm they’ve ever seen – and they need help now.
‘There was no concern for my life’: Families losing homes despite federal eviction moratorium
Housing policy experts have warned that millions of Americans are still struggling to pay their rent, and that the end of that legal protection likely will lead to a surge in eviction filings across the country.
As federal eviction moratorium ends, state officials tell Pennsylvanians to apply for rental assistance
Pa. received approximately $569 million in federal funds to assist renters, landlords and utility companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Lancaster, Wolf touts COVID relief to Pa.’s bars, restaurants
'Pennsylvania has made significant progress rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, but our hospitality industry still needs support,' Wolf said.
States, including Pa., weigh bans on ransomware payoffs
Some cybersecurity specialists say lawmakers should pump more money into helping state and local governments strengthen their systems rather than banning ransom payments.
Aerial trams and light rail: AlleCo Port Authority thinks big with new draft transit plan
Officials are seeking public comment on their NEXTransit draft plan
Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems | Friday Coffee
"Jeff Bezos is going into space tomorrow. Yesterday, on earth, I saw a man search for food in a trash can," the critic Charles Preston observed on Twitter.
Federal data shows states still lag in getting aid to struggling renters. How is Pa. doing?
Pa. ranked fifth nationally in the rental aid paid out in June, pushing out more than $45M
Roads and bridges aren’t enough. For a strong economy, we need to invest in ‘care’ infrastructure | Opinion
If quality child care is unaffordable, unavailable, or unreliable, parents can’t take the jobs that employers are desperate to fill.