Working & The Economy

Treasurer Joe Torsella: Pa’s Rainy Day Fund is ‘nothing to write home about’ but...

Pennsylvania's top financial officer says he's committed to helping the Commonwealth build up its emergency savings account and that he wants to "continue doing great things" with his office.Right now, the $22.5 million balance...

A state House hearing for Pa.’s budget watchdog turned into a minimum wage Q&A

A budget hearing Monday for Pennsylvania's independent fiscal watchdog agency turned into a proxy fight over Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to boost Pennsylvania's minimum wage.Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee used a Monday appearance...

‘Fight for $15’ campaigners furious at Erie Democrat for showing hand ahead of minimum...

State 'Fight for $15 activists' are hoping to inspire a fighting attitude among a key House Democrat in the the clash to raise the minimum wage.Keystone Progress, a progressive advocacy group, is seeking signatures...

Higher teacher salaries sound appealing, but can districts afford them long term?

Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal contains a provision that's hard to argue with, at least on the surface: higher salaries for teachers.In his 2019-20 budget, Wolf provides nearly $14 million to bump up salaries...

Payday lenders just scored a win in Washington — will they try again in...

And, as ever, it’s those who are cheering the loudest for him that will end up suffering the most. Let's hope Pa. lawmakers have more sense.

Lawmaker who chaired Liquor Control Committee moves to lobbying role for Pa. brewers

Former Rep. Adam Harris, a Republican who spent 16 years in the General Assembly before retiring last session, has a new job leading outreach for Pennsylvania's beer brewing industry.Harris was chairman of the House...

This Pa. university helps single moms and their kids get out of poverty. The...

In his Tuesday budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf focused on ways to get Pennsylvanians into good-paying jobs, from more investment in early education to revamped workforce programs.He also highlighted the work of Misericordia, a 2,879-student...

In State of the Union, Trump calls for unity – will Pa. lawmakers buy...

By Robin Bravender, Capital-Star Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in in on the border security fight that...

This is why House Democrats are focusing on economic security for working families |...

By Frank Dermody  Many Americans have become discouraged with today’s politics of personal destruction and the influence of big money in campaigns. They are looking for something different. People want to vote for candidates up...

Democrats are happy with Wolf’s budget proposal — but want to go further

The reaction from Gov. Tom Wolf's own party to his Tuesday budget address?It’s a start.Members of the Democratic minority from both chambers sees Wolf's proposed budget as an uncontroversial kickoff to negotiations they hope...