Working & The Economy

Workforce recommendations will be a key part of budget proposal, Wolf says

Wolf presented the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center’s report on Pennsylvania’s workforce. The Command Center, which was created last February, made 42 recommendations and outlined five barriers to employment.

In budget sneak peek, Gov. Wolf rolls out $12.35M grant program to fund manufacturing...

Surrounded by exposed steel beams and robotic arms, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a plan to invest $12.35 million in advanced manufacturing research at colleges and universities across the commonwealth.

Where are all the Hispanic executives? How Pittsburgh explains the gap | Analysis

Pittsburgh is the only large city in the U.S. to nearly reach equity. Hispanics comprise 1.3 percent of the city’s executive workforce and 1.4 percent of its overall labor market.

Philadelphia anti-poverty group appoints new president and executive director

Renée Cardwell Hughes, a lawyer and former judge, said the OIC’s mission of combating poverty and unemployment is more relevenant than ever before.

Pa., 13 states sue to stop Trump food stamps cuts, report

Democratic state attorneys general in 14 states, including Pennsylvania are suing in federal court to block a new Trump administration rule to tighten work requirements for food stamps recipients, according to a published report.The...

Dept. of Banking and Securities aims to boost financial literacy, savings for Pa. women

“Through strategic partnerships, the goal of ‘Investing in Women’ is to evaluate investment habits, stereotypes and obstacles for women and reduce the gender gap through education, awareness and research,” Wiessmann said during a Capitol news conference, where she was joined by lawmakers and a prominent advocate.

House GOP retaliates against Wolf’s overtime proposal

In a party-line vote, the House Labor and Industry Committee voted Monday to pass a resolution expressing their opposition to the proposed regulatory move, which would give 143,000 workers who make less $45,500 a year time-and-a-half pay.

Could a state cell phone tax power Pa.’s rural broadband expansion?

As a starting point, Grange president Wayne Campbell suggested that a $.75 to $1 surcharge per-month on every cell phone user could finance small, matching state grants for local broadband projects.

While the state farm bill is a start, Pennsylvania’s agriculture leaders see further reforms

At a House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, lawmakers heard more potential small fixes to aid farmers, big issues that needed some action, and hope that the PA Farm Bill was taking root.

Farm show season highlights issues facing Pennsylvania agriculture

Farm show season is the perfect time to talk about issues currently facing the state’s diverse agricultural industry.