Working & The Economy

With Philly Art Museum walkout, has a new ‘Striketober’ come early to Pa.? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 27, 2022

The storied Philadelphia Museum of Art remained open on Monday even as curators, conservators, visitors services workers and other employees hit the picket line in a labor dispute. The walkout, spurred by stalled contract talks, came less than a month before a Matisse exhibition is scheduled to open, 6ABC in Philadelphia reported on Monday. “I don’t know who is going to hang […]


USDA to spend $500M extending high-speed internet to rural America

BY: - September 26, 2022

The current funding stream was targeted to upgrade existing infrastructure, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Members of American Legion Post 21 in Philadelphia speak with City Coucilmember Kenyatta Johnson (Philadelphia Tribune photo).

Already a community pillar, Philly American Legion post looks to its next century of service

BY: - September 26, 2022

Leaders are using a $100,000 city council grant to refurbish the post at 6400 Paschall Ave. in southwest Philadelphia.

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, attends the Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Report: Total abortion ban would deal $10B blow to Pa. economy | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 26, 2022

Low-income and pregnant people of color would be especially harmed, new research shows.


Pa. lawmakers can, and should, create pathways to work for the formerly incarcerated | Opinion

BY: - September 26, 2022

By Mike Doner Flagger Force employs over 1,000 workers across Pennsylvania who bring diverse backgrounds,  ethnicities, and experiences, including a significant number who are justice-involved. As a believer in fair chance employment and giving individuals who want to work the opportunity to do so, I support the  bipartisan House Bill 1826, sponsored by Rep. Sheryl […]

Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, speaks at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, 9/22/22 (Capital-Star photo by Ariana Figueroa).

Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess

BY: - September 23, 2022

'We need Congress to legislate like it loves the people,' Rabbi Michael Pollack of March on Harrisburg, told lawmakers.

Changes to SNAP income thresholds will expand eligibility for benefits, Wolf admin says

BY: - September 22, 2022

Beginning on Oct. 1, Pennsylvania will increase the income threshold for SNAP applicants to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG), the Department of Human Services said, adding that “more than 420,000 additional Pennsylvanians in more than 174,000 households will be newly eligible for SNAP” as a result of the change. 

A video poker terminal (CC0 1.0/Nevada Current)

Pa. gambling revenue hit $425M in August, officials say | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 22, 2022

A reminder the House always wins: It's a 4.24 percent increase over last August.

Senate Dems push pension hike for retired teachers, state employees | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 21, 2022

Teachers and state employees have not received a cost-of-living adjustment to their pensions in more than 20 years.

GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments through state pension funds

BY: - September 19, 2022

Republicans are arguing that financial managers are putting ideology ahead of making money.

Representatives from the bargaining unit covering public defenders and district attorneys pose at the 2022 Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade with signs demanding fair wage

Allegheny Co. prosecutors, public defenders demand fair pay as bargaining negotiations break down

BY: - September 18, 2022

Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that does not allocate any state funds to pay for public defense.

Pa.’s unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

BY: - September 16, 2022

The commonwealth’s August 2022 unemployment rate is 1.9 percentage points below its August 2021 unemployment rate, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.